Karol is a proven people, product and thought leader who has pioneered Global programs, launched new business offerings, created ecosystems and improved products at the leading technology companies. He has lead teams at Alexa, AWS, Google and Microsoft. Karol combines big thinking, a drive for results, sharp business acumen, understanding of ecosystem success and hands on technical expertise.
I’ve been navigating the product management labyrinth for 10 years, and what an exciting journey it has been!
Working predominantly in the Health and Legal industries, I’ve undertaken a number of roles including Senior Product Owner, Product Manager to now Head of Product. One thing’s for sure, no two days, businesses, product teams or R&D management teams are the same. Even over time in the same organisation!
Niall is the founder of Black Tech Sales Network. He started working as a sales recruiter in the Tech space in 2017 and noticed there were not many black people working in the roles he recruited for. He launched BTSN in 2020 to bring Black sales professionals together and to give give them the tools and opportunities they need to excel in their careers. He's also the Founder and Managing Director of Pursue Talent.
Abi Mohamed is Tech Nation's Early Stage Scaling Expert, supporting founders from pre-seed to pre-series A. Tech Nation is the leading growth platform for UK tech scaleups. Also, in the role, she designs and leads the Libra 6-month programme for early-stage underrepresented founders scaling in the UK, unblocking access to capital, commercial and network opportunities. Additionally, she is the co-founder and Tech Lead of Community Growth Ventures, a London-based angel investment firm, investing time, capital and resources to help passionate founders from minority and underestimated backgrounds since 2018. Previously, Abi has also helped push through digital end-to-end transformation campaigns at various County Councils & Government bodies across the UK as a software engineer & automation tester.
Leke started his coding journey 5years ago, completing a coding bootcamp in London called Makers academy. He then moved on to become an iOS developer after witnessing APple's famous Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). He is passionate about agile software development, clean code and effective team collaboration. When he is not coding you can find him at his beloved CrossFit gym or dancing salsa and bachata.
Afiya transforms raw thoughts and ideas into roadmaps, specifications and plans, understood by all stakeholders for successful delivery!As an experienced and proven Technical Program Manager with a background in Science, Engineering & Technology she has managed programs across a digital identity platform, for e-commerce web applications and National e-commerce operations and for advanced materials engineering manufacturing. She's delivered change across global manufacturing sites, across a monolith platform and disparate microservices!Afiya's keen and curious nature and large appetite for change has led her to roles that deliver large programmes to objectives, time, scope and budget & developing strategies for optimisation, new technologies and process improvement.
She is particularly passionate about driving disruptive technology and innovation while developing team and stakeholder relationships to solve today’s and tomorrow’s problems. STEM ambassadorship is also a passion of hers particularly encouraging young people to consider STEM studies and careers
A C-suite HR/People professional with over 15 years of experience across a number of industries, currently specialising in digital and financial technology. Having climbed up the ranks and mentored many professionals along the way, my approach is straight talking, yet business focused. I believe that an individual’s key to success is understanding where your passion and expertise lies and breaking the barriers of stigma. Being of Ghanaian decent has it challenges in the workplace, but this shouldn’t be an excuse to not want to aim higher.
Arthur Hayes is an entrepreneur, a crypto trader and advocate, and a fintech pioneer. He is the co-founder of BitMEX and the originator of the perpetual swap, a popular derivatives trading product unique to the digital assets space. He is passionate about helping spread financial literacy and educate investors regarding cryptocurrencies and digital assets.Arthur began his career as a market-maker for Deutsche Bank and Citibank’s ETF businesses. He holds a BA in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Benson Egwuonwu is a lawyer and poet based in London, United Kingdom. He has worked on international human rights interventions with The Law Society of England and Wales. Benson has also written about human rights, policing and technology for the award winning digital charity, EachOther.
Daniel Glazer is an American technology lawyer, strategic business advisor, and the managing partner of Silicon Valley-headquartered Wilson Sonsini’s London office and US Expansion group. Dan and his team support technology-driven UK/EU companies through their US life cycle: US launch, scale, venture capital financing, and IPO/M&A exit. Dan collaborated with the US Department of Commerce to conceive of and develop its "SelectUSA Tech" program for non-US technology companies, and the legal publication The American Lawyer named him its inaugural “Transatlantic Innovator of the Year.” Wilson Sonsini - often referred to as a Silicon Valley "anchor tenant" - has represented more technology companies on their venture financings, M&A transactions, and IPOs than any other law firm globally. Wilson Sonsini's US Expansion and Fundraising FAQ for non-US tech companies is available here: www.shorturl.at/lFRU5.
Devshi Mehrotra is the CEO and co-founder of JusticeText, an criminal justice reform startup that has raised $2.4 million from investors like John Legend, Reid Hoffman, and Bloomberg Beta. Their software platform leverages machine learning to surface relevant insights from body-worn camera footage, interrogation videos, and other critical media evidence.Devshi received her BS/MS in computer science from the University of Chicago and her MS in global affairs from Tsinghua University through the post-graduate Schwarzman Scholars fellowship. During her time in college, she was recognized by the Obama Foundation for her contributions to advancing gender and racial equality in STEM education across Chicago. Devshi has additionally led applied machine learning projects at Google Brain, Microsoft Research, Peking University, and Stanford Law. Her work at the intersection of tech and social good has led her to be recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 social entrepreneur, SXSW Pitch winner, Camelback Fellow, and MIT Solver.
Founder of Missing Black People, featured in BBC, ITV, The Independent, Vice UK, RT, a platform that bringing awareness to missing Black people cases worldwide.
Head of Product, inside voices, backed by Entrepreneur's Roundtable Accelerator
On Deck No Code Fellow
University of London Graduate
Tuskegee University Graduate
Former Youth Led Decision-Making Panel, Peabody Foundation
Former Youth Advisory Board, partnership for young London
Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard is London’s Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice.Since taking office, Debbie has made it a priority to ensure London’s diverse communities have a voice in their city. She works to promote social justice and equality for all communities and has been a key player in driving London’s social recovery from Covid-19 and supporting households more impacted by the cost of living. Debbie chairs the Mayor’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory group, as well as London’s Strategic Migration Panel and is co-chair of the Diversity in the Public Realm Commission. She is also a member of the TUC Anti-Racism Taskforce and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Systemic Inequalities and Social Cohesion.Debbie joined the mayoral team in 2018 from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where she led the organisation’s work on poverty and ethnicity with additional areas of expertise on labour markets, education, lone parents and young people. Prior to this Debbie worked at the Runnymede Trust as Head of Research, running their work on inclusive curriculum development, education attainment gaps and school exclusion as well as work on community cohesion, race and criminal justice and youth transitions.