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This is the first time the FT and Inclusive Boards, a recruitment agency that helps organisations to diversify, have published a Top 100 list of black and minority ethnic leaders in technology. Did we miss somebody in 2018? If so, please nominate candidates for 2019 using this form.

The tech sector has long suffered from a lack of diversity, including a low rate of ethnic minorities that hold leadership positions.

In the UK almost three quarters of boards and 71 per cent of senior executive teams in the top tech firms have no BAME members, according to a report being released today by Inclusive Boards.

This 2018 list highlights those making a positive change. Candidates were initially identified by Inclusive Boards, a recruitment agency that helps organisations to diversify. Researchers scanned the leadership of the top 500 tech companies by revenue and the top 50 fastest-growing tech companies in the UK and Europe.

The criteria used for nominees included their holding a senior role, having a sphere of influence within their organisation — or across a community — and driving progress in the sector outside their professional roles.

A call for nominations attracted additional candidates beyond Inclusive Boards’ research. After the researchers interviewed individuals on a long list, the judges picked the top 100, presented here in alphabetical order.

The judges also chose the top 10 most influential BAME tech leaders and named 10 highly commended disrupters.


  • Tim Sawyer CBE, chief investment officer, Innovate UK
  • Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director, Business in the Community
  • Catherine Muirden, director of HR, Co-Op Foods

Most influential BAME leaders in technology

NamePosition and OrganisationGender
Abadesi OsunsadeFounder, speaker and mentor, Hustle CrewFemale
Abdul Haseeb BasitCo-founder, Elipses | Chairman, Yielders Male
Adah ParrisCoach, Djembe Consulting | Facilitator, #IamRemarkableFemale
Ade Akin-AinaTalent acquisition leader, HostmakerFemale
Adnan EbrahimFounder and chief executive, Car ThrottleMale
Adrian JosephHead of AI for financial services UK and EMEIA, EYMale
Akosua AnnobilFounder, AB2020 | Founder, Tech in GhanaFemale
Alex FefeghaCo-founder and head creative technologist, ComuziMale
Amali de AlwisChief executive, Code First: GirlsFemale
Andrew KoCo-founder and chief executive, PersonalyzeMale
Andy AyimManaging director, Backstage Capital AcceleratorMale
Anish PatelDigital transformation lead, NatWest MarketsMale
Anjali RamachandranDirector, StorythingsFemale
Anouska RuaneCommunications director, Facebook UK, Ireland and AfricaFemale
Anushka SharmaFounder, Naaut | Product manager, Nasa's FDLFemale
Aseem SadanaExecutive vice-president, IMImobileMale
Ashleigh AinsleyFounder, ColorintechMale
Baz KhutiFounder and chief executive, QiO TechnologiesMale
Bill LiaoFounder, CoderDojo | Trustee and chair, Social Tech Trust Male
Chai RajebahadurHead of Europe, Zensar TechnologiesMale
Chantelle BellCo-founder, Syrona WomenFemale
Chelsea ChenCo-founder, EmotechFemale
Dara NasrManaging director, Twitter UKMale
Deborah OkenlaFounder and community lead, YSYSFemale
Dee SellayahEnterprise account director, LinkedInFemale
Dhruv GhulatiChief executive and co-founder, FactmataMale
Dhruv PatelChief executive, Nisai GroupMale
Dupsy AbiolaHead of global innovation, International Airline GroupFemale
Eileen BurbidgePartner, Passion Capital | Fintech envoy, UK TreasuryFemale
Einstein NtimFounder, Enabled AI | Partner, GSEMale
Eric CollinsChief operating officer, Touch SurgeryMale
Founding Members, UKBlackTechAbrar Akhtar, Alex Addae-Brobbey, Dara Kirton, David McQueen, Dionne Condor-Farrell, Imran Adan, Julian Hall, Mark Martin, Ola Otaiku, Phil Benson, Rashada Harry, Yinka Ewuola M&F
Gautam SamantaHead of Europe and global head of BFS, NIIT TechnologiesMale
Geoffrey WilliamsGlobal head of Diversity and inclusion, Thomson ReutersMale
Gerald CharlesGlobal IT operations and strategy vice-president, Under ArmourMale
Hephzi TagoeCo-founder and chief executive, GHScientific | Founder, HANATFemale
Husayn KassaiCo-founder and chief executive, OnfidoMale
Ian ForresterSenior producer, BBC R&DMale
Ibrahim KamaraCo-founder and editor-in-chief, GUAPMale
Ishani PatelCo-founder, Lantum | Mentor, Royal College of GPsFemale
Ismail AhmedFounder and executive chairman, WorldRemitMale
Ismail AmlaManaging partner, IBM services in North AmericaMale
Ismail JeilaniCo-founder, ScoodleMale
Jacqueline de RojasPresident, TechUK | President, Digital LeadersFemale
Jag SinghManaging director, TechstarsMale
Jan SinclairGlobal immigration leader of MAO, IBMFemale
Jeremy BoonAnalytics and information management chief of staff, Deloitte UKMale
John MichaelChief executive, iStorageMale
Jonathan AkwueExecutive vice-president, Publicis GroupeMale
Joyce Adeluwoye-AdamsGlobal director of diversity and inclusion, KingFemale
June AngelidesFounder, Mums in TechnologyFemale
Karimah CampbellForensic and integrity services assistant director, EYFemale
Kayisha PayneFounder, BBSTEM | Associate Scientist II, MedImmuneFemale
Kike OniwindeFounder and chief executive, BYP NetworkFemale
Kriti SharmaAI vice-president, Sage | Young leader, United NationsFemale
Kush KanodiaCo-founder, Choice International | Trustee, CAFEMale
Kymberlee JayFounder and creative director, DoodleDirectFemale
Liz AytoHead of finance, FonixFemale
Madhavi ReddyHead of digital business solutions, UK and Ireland, Fujitsu UKFemale
Mahiben MaruthappuCo-founder and chief executive, CeraMale
Martin IjahaCo-founder and chief executive, NeyberMale
Michael BerhaneCo-founder and chief executive, People Of Color In TechMale
Michael OlayeChief executive, Dare Male
Michael OmoniyiFounder, The Common Sense NetworkMale
Mirra SondhiGlobal head of technology risk, SchrodersFemale
Mitchell FasanyaFounder and chief technology officer, FanbytesMale
Monica KaliaCo-founder and chief strategy officer, NeyberFemale
Mursal HedayatFounder, ChatterboxFemale
Nadeem RazaChief executive, MicroliseMale
Nathaniel PeatCo-founder, GeNNex | Founder, The Safety BoxMale
Neeta PatelChief executive, New Entrepreneurs FoundationFemale
Nneka AbulokweFounder, MicroMax ConsultingFemale
Owen PringleCo-founder and partner, ArcMale
Paul Asare-ArcherDirector of compliance, O2 Male
Pierre-Simon NtiruhungwaCo-founder and head, Founders of the FutureMale
Piers LinneyTechnology adviser, Swiftsure Partners | Trustee, NestaMale
Raj KaliaChief executive, Broadband Delivery UKMale
Regina OladipoEU exit digital delivery adviser, Government Digital ServiceFemale
Rioch Edwards-BrownFounder, So You Wanna Be In TV?Female
Roshni GoyateCo-founder, The Other BoxFemale
Rupal KariaHead of UK and Ireland, private and public sector, Fujitsu UKMale
Sameer GulatiHead of policy and regulation, Innovate FinanceMale
Saritha ArunkumarSenior security architect and master inventor, IBM UKFemale
Sheeza ShahFounder and chief executive, UpEffectFemale
Shruti AjitsariaHead of Fuse, Allen & OveryFemale
Shwetal ShahGlobal Shaper, World Economic ForumFemale
Silas AdekunleCo-founder and chief executive, Reach RoboticsMale
Simi AwokoyaTech evangelist, Microsoft UK | Founder, Witty CareersFemale
Sudhir ChaturvediPresident, Larsen & Toubro InfotechMale
Suki FullerChief executive, Salaam Ventures | Founder, MiribureFemale
Supriya Dev-PurkaysthaClient and strategic partnerships director, Forward 3DFemale
Tia KansaraChief executive, Replenish Earth | Adviser, Economic TimesFemale
Tom IlubeFounder and chief executive, Crossword CybersecurityMale
Tony ProphetChief equality officer, SalesforceMale
Trevor JohnsonDirector of global agency development, FacebookMale
Tunji AkintokunSenior vice-president of sales, NSC GlobalMale
Victoria EverestStrategic account executive, telco and media, MicrosoftFemale
Vivian ChanCo-founder and chief executive, SparrhoFemale
Wajid AliHead of paid search, Forward3DMale
Zia YusufFounder and chief executive, VelocityMale
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