Hanfia Khan

Hanfia Khan | Carlton Bolling College

As captain of the girl's cricket team, Hanfia Khan must personally stand for all the attributes the team pride themselves on. Loyalty, perseverance, dedication and steel hard determination is what makes her the unique individual that she is. She has a blinding ability to take control and simply captain the situation and take responsibility for the outcomes which happen.

Developed from a girl who struggled to voice her concerns and walked around with her signature slouch and body language practically screaming 'stay away from me', she is now the captain of the first all-Asian girl's team to ever achieve anything like this.

She now stands proud, knowing she is playing a sport which has helped her overcome obstacles and made her the educated individual she is today.

She has had the pleasure on speaking on national TV, doing several radio interviews, filmed for national TV headlines and recived plenty of attention for the many awards the team has managed to pick up.

Looking back, she had come a long way from the challenged little girl that first began her journey three years ago as she has learnt, taught and played within the isolation of society. She now stands a proud performed woman, captain of the team who can genuinely say that cricket has saved her life.


Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Many years experience in Programme, Project Management Office and Tech, working in large IT and business change programmes and projects.

Successfully changed careers to Tech by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and have since worked in a range of IT, Change, Regulatory and digital security projects to the present role as Vice President Delivery PMO at Barclays International.

Outside the Investment Bank day job my commitment, enthusiasm and passion are well received through all voluntary activities whether through my company or externally, where I organize and participate to inspire and share my passion to encourage diversity.

This ranges from Tech or women in senior management to inspire others from deprived backgrounds, from school age through to professional women.

I like to encourage and influence within the fast paced, growing Tech industry and also women in senior management through my active charity work to inspire and be inspired from others by regularly giving back to the community.

An active committee member of Barclays Gender network co-chairing Enable & Engage committee, Lead on the Wellbeing workstream and organize many tech and non tech community based voluntary activities outside the day job. I’m delighted that my company encourages diversity and this is one of the qualities I really appreciate which further give the opportunity to create real impact on the issues that matter such as encouraging more into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and improve the pipeline.

Use of previous experience as a keen voluntary worker ranges from teaching OAPs in my spare time in the local community centre to learn / coach on PC and iPads to become more 'IT savvy' to sharing tips through my passion and knowledge influencing – for example, encouraging more women into IT through my blogs (that have over 12,000 hits and have been published on corporate sites) and help and mentor young people to assist in careers an Tech such as CV help, mentoring to encourage interest for females to join the Tech sector. Also share skills and experience in a professional women’s forum where I actively participate such as speaking at a conference and participate and organise many voluntary forums.


Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu | Women in Leadership Publication

Dr Shola is a dual qualified New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with over a decade of financial services experience working in-house as a trusted senior legal advisor to heads of business and stakeholder partners. Her experience includes providing strategic legal risk management to SMEs and large organisations. She is experienced at facilitating effective decision making to deliver key mandates; brokering strong alliances and cultivating productive relationships to influence and shape outcomes; and demonstrating leadership and mentoring qualities that drive forward developments within respective areas of responsibility www.legaldistinction.com .

She is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Africa Committee responsible for managing the 400+ member Africa committee in the ABA Section of International Law, which includes managing the basic operations of the Committee, initiating projects of interest including programs (Seasonal Meetings, Forums, and committee non-CLE programs), policies, publications (including Committee newsletters) and communications (including Committee webpages). Liaising and interacting with high-level attorneys within the ABA and forging new relationships externally to contribute to African legal affairs.

She is the Executive Board Director of the Centre for African Business Education (CABE), a UK based institution focused on the development and exchange of practical knowledge on doing business in Africa but also on Africa doing business globally. She also sits on the steering committees of a number of organisations including (i) the International Law Section of the ABA; (ii) Women’s Equality Party; and (iii) Women’s March Global, to help shape and drive positive outcomes on key mandates.

Dr Shola is an activist for women rights and one of the organisers of Women's March London. She was at the forefront of the 2017 and 2018 Women's March and Time's Up rally in London. She has written a number of articles addressing the challenges faced by women and tackling the difficult issues; and featured in British Vogue, Huffington Post, Telegraph, RED, Stylist, Evening Standard, The Voice among others.


Sophie Ball

Sophie Ball | Apps for Good

Sophie joined Apps for Good in 2013 as part of the Business Development team after completing a four year BA degree at University College London in History and French (with a year spent studying at the Sorbonne in Paris). Whilst at University Sophie had the opportunity to work for a small start-up Benivo (previously FlatClub) and became increasingly excited about how technology can be created and leveraged to improve people's everyday lives and communities. On finishing University, the opportunity at Apps for Good then perfectly combined Sophie's already existing passion about education and growing interest in technology. Now after 4.5 years at Apps for Good, Sophie has built and nurtured a number of long-term social impact partnerships with industry partners and large foundations and trusts, enabling Apps for Good's reach to grow from 6,000 to over 28,000 students per year across the UK. Sophie particularly enjoys developing new products and forging new partnerships with the aim to improve the diversity of Apps for Good's beneficiaries and in particular gender equality in the wider tech sector. Sophie now looks forward to continuing to deepen Apps for Good's impact on young people, develop more valuable partnerships for social good and be a positive agent for change, supporting a more diverse talent pipeline into tech and business.


Joana Baptista

Joana Baptista | Oxford High School GDST

Joana is an award-winning 16-year-old entrepreneur from Oxford, currently studying for her A-levels at Oxford High School (Computer Science, Economics, Maths, Spanish). As well as excelling in her educational studies, she is the founder of three successful startups, a podcast show and an Economics magazine.

She has set up a popular code-club for 7-17-year-olds, as well as teaching computer science and internet safety workshops to disadvantaged pupils. She also teaches science lessons and has delivered talks at a variety of schools and University on Business, STEM and Misogyny, both to students and teachers. Further to talks, she has sat on, and chaired, panels for the University of Cambridge, Girl Guides, STEMettes and most recently, Facebook.

Her three passions lie in STEM, Entrepreneurship and feminism, which she advocates for through every activity she is involved in.

Her proudest achievement was being named the Young Star at the Women of the Future Awards 2017, having been a finalist the year before in the Rising Star category of the FDM Women in Technology Awards.