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Local woman makes top 100 tech leaders

Adama Ibrahim from Wokingham. Picture: Inclusive Boards

A LOCAL RESIDENT has been announced as one of the 100 most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the technology sector nationally.

Adama Ibrahim from Wokingham hit the top 100 on Wednesday, November 13 when the list was published by the Financial Times, as part of a special report into diversity in the technology sector. 

Ms Ibrahim is an Associate Director for Biogen, an international biotechnology company. She has an MBA from Henley Business School, a BSc in Physiology from the University of Southampton and has a postgraduate degree in public health from the University of Wales College of Medicine.

Ms Ibrahim said: “I am thrilled to receive this recognition and be part of the leadership community in UK Technology.

“Over the years, the unrelenting work on innovative technology such as Blockchain as part of cross-industry groups such as PhUSE has led to this success. 

“I also support local primary and secondary schools in Berkshire and have taught at Science lessons and given career workshops to encourage the younger generation to take an interest in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“It means a great deal to be recognised for this effort and motivates me to do more and be visible to inspire young minds.”

Now in its second year, the list was produced by Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times. 

In 2018, Inclusive Boards research found that 74.5% of boards in the technology sector had no BAME members and that BAME people made up 8.5% of senior leaders in the sector. 

As part of their Inclusive Tech Alliance (ITA) campaign, Inclusive Boards is calling on technology companies to create inclusive working practices to help BAME individuals move into senior leadership positions. This would be done by resolving career progression challenges that face the BAME community.

This year’s #IB100 list showcases role models to encourage and inspire tech’s future BAME senior leaders.

Those featured in the list include the most influential leaders from tech companies such as DeepMind, Google, IBM, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, Microsoft, Monzo, Rolls-Royce, Twitter and Seedcamp. 

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