5 emerging Black millennial and Gen Z women in UK tech


This Black History Month, we want to shine a spotlight on five young women who are revolutionising the UK tech sector! Coders, scientists, public speakers and entrepreneurs, these innovators are just a selection of those leading the way in their respective fields to promote a more equal digital sector.


1. Elsa Zekeng PhD 

Elsa is a scientist and innovator who heads up the Student Engagement and Enhancement team at Jobseekrs - an inclusive careers portal that helps companies worldwide hire Millennials in un-biased ways. She is also co-founder at Solidarity in Tech – a platform that aims to engage, raise awareness, and present opportunities in the technology sector to minority groups.

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2. Fey Ijaware

A skilled Web Developer, Fey is also the founder of Code Possible, a programming learning platform for emerging developers, and CodeandStuff, a coding and networking community for women and non-binary developers in Manchester. She is an active advocate for diversity in the tech space in Manchester, working tirelessly to introduce more people into tech - particularly women from under-represented groups.

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3. Kayisha Payne 

Kayisha is the founder of BBSTEM, an organisation campaigning for balance and representation of black individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Through her leadership role at BBSTEM, she is actively promoting Black parity in the UK’s STEM workforce, from school to the highest level in industry.

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4. Kike Oniwinde

Kike Oniwinde is the Founder & CEO of BYP Network. After the 2016 Black Lives Matter protests, BYP Network was founded to harness the power of the black community. With a network of 50,000 members and a focus on working with existing black networks and businesses, they are enhancing the representation of Black individuals in professional roles. As a result of her impact and influence in industry, Kike was also recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

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5. Simi Awokoya

Simi is an accomplished cloud solution architect at Microsoft and the founder of Witty Careers, working to equip women from Black and Ethnic minority backgrounds with skills to build a successful career in the UK tech space. They run coding workshops, skills sessions and career advice programmes from BME female role models in partnership with corporate partners. Simi was also named as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

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