ESPRESSO MARTINI: What more can we do to promote diversity in Tech

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 18:00
Espresso Martini Fintech

As we close the door on the month of London Pride we will be reflecting on how we continue to promote Diversity in the Tech & FinTech Industry.

This Espresso Martini, run in partnership with the Rainbow network (Lloyds Banking Group's inclusive network for colleagues & allies) will include a diverse Panel of speakers who identify as LGBTQ+ who will be speaking about:

• Their journey

• How they have broken down barriers and the challenges they have faced along the way.

• Benefits of diversity in tech what more we need to do to continue to promote diversity in the sector.


18:00 – 18:30 Registration, drinks and networking

18:30 – 18:40 A word from Digital Rainbow Exec Sponsor

18:40 – 19:30 Panel discussion

19:30 – 20:30 Networking and drinks


Tom Kegode - Innovation Programmes & FinTech Engagment Manager, Lloyds Banking Group @tommykegode

Tom has worked across Lloyds Banking Group in a variety of roles from leading front line teams in the branch network to driving cultural change in the LBG Innovation Labs. His current role is focussed on connecting colleagues with the FinTech ecosystem and running engaging programmes to unleash creativity by busting through bureaucracy. A stonewall leadership alumni he is passionate about encouraging authentic leadership and acting as a Gay Role model both within the organisation and externally in the Tech community.


Alexandre Hecker - EMEA Commercial & Finance Director, Live Person

Alex is currently EMEA commercial and finance director at LivePerson. Prior to this he worked for Accenture and Eurostar. At Accenture I was actively involved in the Accenture LGBT group working to create a totally inclusive environment. At Eurostar, he found a more macho environment and a business that didn't actively promote diversity. He learned a lot from that experience and the feeling of somewhat being back in the closet. When he joined LP, nearly three years ago, one the key selling points was joining a company with a great open culture. As a gay man and a leader in the company he has continued to push for more inclusion and diversity in our workforce.

Laura Nichols - Customer Success Director, Live Person

Laura is UK Customer Success director at LivePerson, leading CS team in large clients delivering our technology to their contact centres. She's been at Live Person for 3 years and prior to working with them she was at Nice Systems. Laura is active in the LGBT community through sports (softball team). She is also very involved in our company culture being on the social committee. She bring an interesting point of view on diversity and tech being a lesbian and having worked in more male dominated environments.

Nzube Ufodike - Entrepreneur & Advisor to early stage FinTech startups @nzube

Nzube is an entrepreneur and advisor to early stage FinTech start-ups. Specifically, this entails technology, entrepreneurship and finance in the UK and emerging markets from operations to strategy, business analysis/development and equity investments. Previously, he founded and managed Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, which supported exceptional start-ups seeking strategic support and growth capital. In that capacity, he received over 1000 business proposals, and met several hundred companies in person. These meetings led to several successful engagements including >3.5M GBP in funds raised for clients.

Isabel Pitt - PISP & Specialist Brands Channel Security Open banking & PSD 2, Lloyds Banking Group

As a global change leader specializing in Digital, IT and Cyber Security, she is known for turning around struggling teams and programmes. Before coming to Lloyds, Isabel was with Accenture and was an active member of the LGBT Committee; responsible for starting the Health Insurance Policy transformation to include Transgender colleagues. She was also a Stonewall Youth Leader when first joining Lloyds. In Sydney, Isabel worked with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and ran Lemon’s with a Twist (the Lesbian Business networking events). Having worked in organisations that were very un-inclusive in the past, Isabel consciously aims to be a visible lesbian role model within technical domains as a way to challenge the status quo and make others feel comfortable to bring their authentic self to work.

Yaseed Chaumoo - Head of Mobile Service Design & Product, Lloyds Banking Group @yaseed

Yaseed is an entre and intrapreneur. Having founded Waive, an AI and Machine Learning Content Marketing startup this year he hopes to use big data to solve key problems facing companies and brands today. Whilst working on his start up he also works and consults for Lloyds Banking Group within their Mobile development team. As a digital leader and a background in product development; fusing data, user experience, strategy with commercial realities his ambition is to propel mobile banking to be at the core of the customers experience.

Over the years Yaseed has helped companies change culture to be more LGBT inclusive and has an interest in diversity at the workplace. He has run over 400km to fundraise for LGBT charities and hopes to raise more awareness and to change stigmas.

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