In an environment where you are “the only one”, it is easy to feel alone. The Black Tech Experience – Navigating the Tech Diversity Gap will bring together Black tech professionals from various organisations and provide a forum where Black professionals will be able to explore tried and tested ways to advance their careers, stay on top of their game and create impact across the sector. With insightful panel sessions and keynote talks, attendees will leave this event equipped with knowledge and recommendations on how to successfully navigate the tech industry.
Who is this for?
We invite all Black professionals working in the tech industry who would like to develop, be inspired, and have real, honest and open discussions in an environment that supports learning and growth.
Multi-award-winning author and founder of Storiaa guided journaling app designed to help people organise their thoughts and unleash their inner voice. She has published five books, including her critically acclaimed bestseller Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, which is credited with establishing a new category in the publishing market for literature catered for black women. Elizabeth was awarded Ad Age’s 2021 Leading Women in Europe, a Marie Claire Future Shaper and the Groucho Maverick Award for being a ‘culturally progressive innovator’.
Masimba Zata is a seasoned professional in insurance analytics and business strategy, currently serving as a Director at Moody’s Analytics. In this role, he leads the development of cutting-edge analytics and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for global insurance clients, helping them optimize their strategies and meet financial and solvency reporting obligations. Masimba is also a member of the Steering Committee for Moody’s Black Impact Group, actively promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization. Beyond his work at Moody’s, he contributes to the advancement of actuarial science in underrepresented communities through external board and academic roles. Masimba holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Kent, as well as an MPhil and PhD in Business Administration from the University of Hertfordshire. He is recognized as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
“Cecil was a lifelong banking technologist before pivoting his career in 2021 to a full time focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at J.P. Morgan, across its EMEA business, encompassing 35 countries, 48 cities and 29,000 employees. In addition, he leads the Advancing Black Pathways strategy across the same region, where he has significantly grown black representation whilst also highlighting and celebrating black excellence outside the firm. Cecil currently serves as a non-executive director of J.P. Morgan Jersey Trust Limited; is on the education advisory board of The Sutton Trust, a social mobility charity; and advisory board of Bubblr Inc., an ethical tech company. In March 2023 he was awarded the title Head of Diversity of the Year at the Burberry British Diversity Awards, whilst he was recognized as a finalist in the 2020 Black Business awards. Cecil is also a judge for The Powerlist, and the Black British Business Awards.”
Del Titus Bawuah is a British Ghanaian Web 3 entrepreneur, investor and social impact advocate with a focus to develop the Web 3 ecosystem between Africa and the Diaspora. He is the Founder of Web 3 Accra (W3A) a Board Advisor on Artshelp which is a non profit organisation which has formed a partnership with the United Nations to establish the worlds first digital climate library and also an Ambassador for LHMV’s newly established Web 3 arm H3NSY.
Keisha Garcia is the VP of Digital Foundations, Technical Programme Management (TPM) Head of Discipline at bp, leading the delivery of modern, secure, and compliant digital operations in service of net zero ambitions, to deliver sustainable solutions at pace for customers, driving adjacencies in new digital business and deploying integrated capability in service of bp’s reinvent ambitions. In addition to Keisha’s role as VP, she is also Head of Discipline, responsible for shaping the direction of the TPM discipline, managing the quality of outcomes, and taking a long-term view of the development of bp’s TPM practitioners. Joining bp 15 years ago, Keisha has developed in-depth knowledge and expertise across program/project management, business process re-engineering, product and service design, strategic communications, systems, and technology.
Roland is a career banker, but not of the traditional mould. Roland spends a lot of time cutting through ‘Buzz words’ of what tech change really means to us here and now, and in the medium term.
Roland heads up HSBC UK’s Technology Sector & Growth Lending, helping growing businesses from start-ups to large quoted multinationals. Roland is aware he is very lucky to get to meet more than 200 innovative tech firms per year, getting to hear the inside story, giving him a big network and broad perspective on the sector. Whatever else is happening, one thing stays the same – the rapidly growing presence of tech in every aspect of modern life. The embrace of digital transformation across every sector is spurring enormous growth in Technology firms, which are starting up, scaling up and expanding at pace.
Celia has worked at American Express for 27 years and is trusted for delivering value across large scale initiatives and for fostering innovation and empowering strategic solutions that deliver the company goals. Celia was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica before moving to the USA and graduating with a BSc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science from Barry University, Florida. She later attained an MBA. Celia moved up the ranks at American Express after joining on an unplanned internship after University. Celia moved to the UK in 2019, becoming Head of Scrum Transformation in 2021, driving the development and execution of future focused strategies. In 2022, Celia was promoted to VP, Product Delivery & Integration. Outside of her career, Celia enjoys family time, football, travelling, reading and a good bottle of bubbly!
Indie, an award-winning luminary, stands as the Founder of the Halo Safety App and serves as the Head of Programs and community at Foundervine. With over 10+ years of experience, Indie excels in orchestrating large-scale strategic portfolios, managing influential stakeholders, and driving transformative business growth. Beyond her professional roles, Indie is an early-stage angel investor, renowned international speaker and government advisor. Her mission is to empower enterprises with the technological resilience needed to weather societal, economic, and environmental changes, ensuring their success in an ever-evolving landscape.
Bilal Hilton-Leigh is an Executive Director in Technology at UBS. He is passionate about unlocking the value of data and has built successful, world-class data engineering and data science projects in organisations. Bilal leads data and analytics platforms in the Investment Bank within UBS.
By leveraging emerging technologies, Bilal has created and led transformative data products and services, which provide insight, enhance trading strategies, and foster deeper client relationships. These advancements increased both revenue and client balances, by billions of dollars.
Bilal is a diversity champion, advising firms on how to attract and retain diverse talent. He has been both founder and chair of employee ethnicity networks, and is a longstanding supporter and judge of The Precious Awards – which celebrates outstanding achievements of women of colour.
In his spare time, Bilal enjoys spending time with friends and family, loves reading, and supports mentoring initiatives and junior elite sports teams.
A Globally experienced executive who has run large P&Ls (up to €700m), Delivery Programs and Client teams. Atul has been a Management Consulting Executive at IBM and a Consulting Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has lived both in the UK and USA, managed globally diverse teams and delivered transformational change to his clients. He has extensive knowledge of Global Delivery, both offshoring and outsourcing. He is equally comfortable talking to end users or board members. Atul has extensive experience of the Oil and Gas, Utility and Travel and Hospitality Sectors and is currently our M.D. for EMEA and APAC facilitating Digital Business Transformation across key clients. Atul is also the executive sponsor for Inclusion & Diversity at Publicis Sapient in EMEA.
Leke, is the driving force behind Black Valley, An Organisation whose mission is to discover, nurture and place top black tech talent to change how the technology of tomorrow is built.
He is passionate about diversifying the tech industry. He’s committed to creating both physical and virtual spaces where Black talent can connect, share, and grow. His mission involves three key pillars:
1. Cultivating a robust community, both online and offline, for Black tech enthusiasts.
2. Facilitating opportunities for the talent in this community to secure roles in leading tech companies.
3. Empowering early-stage Black-led startups to secure the funding they need to thrive.”