Rania Svoronou

Rania Svoronou | IBM

Design for me was never just an option – it is a way of life. I've studied abroad in UK and hold a BA on Graphic Design and an MA on Human-Computer Interaction Design. I've started my career 7 years ago at a small local print agency in Athens, Greece and after working in start ups, small design studios, Ad agencies, and global corporations, I am now the Lead Designer for a major client at IBM Interactive Experience - a new division within IBM, which has been named the largest digital-agency network in the world. I've joined IBMiX two years ago and I am an active speaker, a guest lecturer, an industry mentor, and get invited as a judge/mentor at multiple hackathons and design events across Europe. I am passionate about design & digital and one of my missions is to empower more women into design & technology and help connect the gaps between design education and the tech industry.

Maya Dibley

Maya Dibley | Lancashire County Council

Maya has a background in publishing management and digital product development, and later economic development and building technology business clusters. She is currently working in Economic Development at Lancashire County Council, while also studying part-time on the Lancaster MBA.

Maya's passion lies in building the capability and productivity of the North of England. At The Landing In Media City, she led the development of business support and incubator programmes to support growth in digital and technology SMEs as well as building a network of private partnerships to ensure the business ecosystem in Salford is sustainable.

She is currently leading the curation of the Northern Power Futures conference, a 2-day event powered by the Northern Power Women network, presenting talks and debates on the economy and society, all with speakers (men and women) under 35. She is passionate about finding ways to support younger leaders to find their voice and strength, and to this end has also sat on the national board of Girlguiding for the past 4 years. In this role she has contributed to a full programme overhaul, projects to improve governance and accountability, and is the trustee lead on the organisation's digital transformation work which recently saw the launch of a new member CRM system for 100,000 volunteers.

Maya began her career at Hearst Magazines UK where her understanding of young audiences and commercialising digital platforms saw her rise quickly to become one of the company's youngest publishers at the age of 26.

Elsewhere, Maya is a Director and Trustee of The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, a Non-Executive Director of a small technology start-up, HE Inventions, and sits on the Industry Advisory Board for Lancaster University's school of computer science, advising on curriculum development to suit industry.

Karolina Szudrzynska

Karolina Szudrzynska | Mastercard

Karolina is a Digital Acceptance Manager at Mastercard, responsible for European coordination on strategy and sales approach for the company’s digital agenda.

Karolina has worked for Mastercard in London, Warsaw and Singapore. In 2015, she was selected as one of 12 employees worldwide to participate in Mastercard’s exchange program, where she managed online merchant programs across the Asia Pacific. While working in Poland, Karolina made a significant impact by broadening payment acceptance and introducing new payment products and solutions to the market. Her varied experience at a broad range of roles has given her valuable skills, knowledge and exposure that she has continued to leverage.

A keen advocate for diversity, Karolina holds a key role in Mastercard’s Women’s Leadership Network, managing external engagements and supporting female talent. She actively engages in charity and mentoring activities, including volunteering with the First Love Foundation to Mastercard’s Digital Girls’ Day School Trust challenge, promoting girls in STEM.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Karolina worked at the BZ WBK bank (Santander Group), managing onboarding programs for bank customers. Outside of the office, Karolina is Vice President of Membership at London’s Toastmasters Club where she develops her public speaking skills and encourages others to overcome their fears of presenting. She also enjoys adventurous traveling, hiking and backpacking around the world.

Bobbie Mansfield

Bobbie Mansfield | XL Catlin

Having only started her career at the end of 2015, Bobbie has made herself a prominent part of XL Catlin's innovation transformation. After a successful graduate scheme, she secured the role of Digital Change Manager, responsible for communication, education and colleague engagement for XL Catlin's digital transformation. Her remit has seen her lead the partnership of two InsurTech Accelerators, facilitate ideation sessions with key business partners and speak at conferences and exhibitions on our immersive technology capability.

Notably, she is a founding member of the London office's Future Focused Network, leading the launch of London's first innovation demonstration space where colleagues can learn, experiment and engage with XL Catlin's innovation projects. She is currently managing its global expansion to help create a culture where innovation can thrive, while the London committee has expanded from 3 to 10.

Bobbie has a passion for people and community, evident in her capacity as the colleague engagement representative of the UK Charity committee and member of the women's and LGBT+ networks at XL Catlin. She has been the co-chair of the Associate Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation since it launched its London division 2 years ago, combining the collective support of the industry to make a positive impact in the community. She promotes diversity and inclusion as key catalysts for innovation, sharing her experiences as a young woman in technology at school outreach events and with anyone who will listen!

Her spare time is spent participating in a variety of networks, supporting charitable activities and salsa dancing.

Katrina Young

Katrina Young | Katrina Young Consulting (KYC) Digital

Katrina’s 18+ years of extensive marketing experience as a Strategist/Consultant include working on behalf of Research Houses as a usability tester, market researcher and focus group facilitator, managing consumer interviews with clients such as Tefal, Experian, Coutts, Moschino, Vodafone, Volkswagen, Kia, Jaguar, BMW, Sony BMW Mini, Department of Health, HSBC, Persil, Muller Light, Mcvities, Disneyland Paris, Candy and Candy, Levis, Diesel, American Tobacco, AOL, EE, T-Mobile, Verizon and Investec as well as more on Research, Marketing, Focus groups and Advertising campaigns.

She holds a Prince 2 Project Management certificate, a Degree in Marketing & Advertising with a certificate in Teaching and Lecturing with the City & Guilds. She is currently studying Robotics and Robotic Process Automation.