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Event

29th & 30th July 2021

REflect is back for 2021!

This year, REflect is back in collaboration with RS Grass Roots & The IET. The online event is committed to inspiring young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and demonstrating the ways in which companies are working to promote inclusivity in the workplace.

This year we will be splitting the event into two sessions, one aimed at young people and the other aimed at businesses. As well as our line-up of incredible speakers in the main room, we will be having engaging sessions in our breakout rooms. It's free to attend, so join us in celebrating #DiversityInSTEM and book your place!

The Youth Session has been created to showcase opportunities available in the world of Engineering & Technology. Come along for motivational talks, career advice, and networking opportunities! We will give you an insight into breaking down barriers and driving change, whilst highlighting the point that anyone can achieve whatever they want with the right attitude and mindset.

The Business Session is aimed at companies, entrepreneurs, and anybody working in the STEM industry. During this session, our high-profile speakers will provide insight into the under-representation of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in organisations, whether this be senior leaders or role models of any kind. They’ll be sharing advice and best practices on how to tangibly take steps to address and fix this from within, or partner with organisations that can help.

Youth Session - Thurs 29th July 2021, 6-8pm:

Host: Shrouk El Attar

MEng | Electronic Engineer


Engineer, Belly Dancer, Refugee. Creator and host of Badass Engineers and ShroukieTronix. Named BBC 100 Most Influential Women in the world, United Nations refugee agency Young Woman of the Year, and top six Young Women Engineers in the UK.

"REflect is one of the most exciting engineering spaces in the country. It’s a an event that successfully shows and loudly celebrates the true diversity of engineers. What we look like, what we do, and the amazing things we achieve together. I’m super honoured to be hosting REflect 2021."

Mamta Singhal

CEng, MIET, MBA, FWES | Sustainability Packaging Program Manager – Global Sustainability Team


Her global engineering experience includes the design, manufacturing, quality, safety, project management and sustainability of products from toys, cameras, chocolate bars to drinks. Working across UK, Africa, the Middle East, America, and EU. In 2007 she was named the UK WES Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering & Technology. She was a finalist for the AMBA Global MBA Student of the Year and the Woman of the Future (WOF) Awards. In 2015 she Won the British Indian Awards Best in Science & Engineering. A Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and sits on a range of boards and councils for engineering bodies

She is passionate about STEM communication and featured on a range of TV/Radio/press shows about STEM. Holding almost 20 years’ experience industry she is change maker and creative thinker and truly passionate about neurodiversity, equality and diversity in academic and industry.

Vincent Egunlae

Public Sector Consultant


Vincent is a qualified accountant, working as a Public Sector Consultant at Grant Thornton UK. As a first-year, Vincent co-founded GT’s Ethnicity Network, which aims to reduce the ethnicity pay gap and increase representation. The firms largest network now comprises 550+ members. Vincent is also on GT’s Inclusion Advisory board, which advises the Strategic Leadership Team on operational and strategic decisions.

Outside of work, Vincent is the co-founder of The Open Private School, a charity which aims to provide state-school educated students with some of the intangible benefits of a private education.

In his capacity as a One Young World ambassador (the world’s pre-eminent forum for future leaders), Vincent is a project lead within the FinBiz 2030 Taskforce, aiming to unite the business world to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal’s by 2030. Vincent is also a governor at Crowlands Primary School.

"For a company to be successful, it naturally has to compete. However, for society to be successful in becoming truly diverse and inclusive, we have to overcome those natural tendencies and work together. I truly believe that if we want to go quickly, we go alone, but if we want to go far, we go together. So, I am delighted to be taking part in Reflect 2021, an initiative that embodies that belief."

Laura Fox

Director | The LinkedIn Fox


Laura has worked in Marketing & Advertising for 19 years, specialising in Employer Brand, Company Brand, Personal Brand and Recruiting online. Having worked for LinkedIn for 7 years joining in 2011, Laura has deep, specialist knowledge of the platform. After seven transformational years at LinkedIn, Laura set up her own LinkedIn Consultancy in 2018 working with clients including Unilever, Mattel, Reckitt and many SMEs and private individual, and is also a Coach at London Business School.

Laura will be running a breakout session on "Amplifying Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn"

"Seeing the enthusiasm of the attendees, the quality of the speakers and the passion of the organisers, meant I had to be part of REflect 2021. I am absolutely thrilled I'll be able to share how LinkedIn can help the UK's best and brightest future talent."

Louis Howell

Founder | Director | 7PK | Revolution Hive


Louis Howell is a dynamic and rounded professional with experience that pans the voluntary youth sector, education sector and the world of small business. Today, he co-runs an educational social enterprise, Revolution Hive, that equips young people for life by running programmes focused on Personal Development, Social Responsibility and Global Awareness at schools, colleges and universities. Louis’ experience has also led to him setting up an expert consultancy, 7PK, that helps charities, social enterprises and corporate organisations to improve their approaches to Youth and Community Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their Social Mobility Initiatives.

His other commitments include being a trustee and council member of two UK based charities, and he is a proud member of the 100 Black Men of London. Louis’ central belief is that young people are the leaders of today.

Louis will be running a breakout session on "The Importance of Soft Skills"

"Opportunity is only valuable when the people that deserve it are prepared to take advantage of it. I’m excited for Reflect 2021 because we are about to give young people the tools needed to be in control of their career progression. Let’s go!"

Wayne Hutt

Skills Superstar | Grass Roots Education | RS Components


Wayne has over 25 years’ experience working in the field of learning and development. He has worked across a number of businesses including large commercial corporations, charities and start-ups.

It was during his time at British Airways and Visa International that he was able to train and develop his passion for learning and development. As a learning professional he has worked extensively across the USA, EUROPE and APAC helping organisations to develop their people and improve company performance.

Wayne joined RS Components in 2019 as part of the Grass Roots Education team (The Engineering and Technology Youth Empowerment Team within Electrocomponents).

Today, his main focus is to look at creating valuable learning opportunities for students and young people all round the world. His ultimate aim is to develop young people and bridge any ‘soft’ skills gaps between the formal education establishments (Universities and Colleges) and the workplace.

Wayne will be running a breakout session on "The Magic of Mentoring"

Elvis Tinago

EngTech, ARAeS | Research Assistant


MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (SW) recent graduate at the University of the West of England Bristol (UWE). Completed an industrial year placement at Rolls-Royce plc, developing future methods to reduce the design time through AI and Machine Learning algorithms. An internship at S&C Thermofluids Ltd designing anti-acing design systems for aircraft engine nacelles.

I am currently working on a summer research program funded by the university to extend a personal dissertation project to reduce efficient losses in aircraft engines..

"Once an attendee, now a speaker.”

Navjot Sawhney

Founder of The Washing Machine Project


Navjot studied an Aerospace Engineering MEng degree. After failing the first year, he went on to graduate as one of the top of his class. Following this, he joined Dyson’s graduate programme where he worked for three years. Then, after taking a sabbatical, he volunteered for one year in South India with Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) and Prakti Cookstoves to make clean and efficient cookstoves. Here, Navjot started an online blog — Nav’s Project 365 — advocating for a more human-centred approach to some of the world's most pressing issues. It gained 25k followers in 60 countries.

It was whilst volunteering in India that he was inspired to start The Washing Machine Project (TWMP). A volunteer-led organisation, TWMP seeks to help the women and girls who handwash the clothes of 70% of the global population. The idea for ‘Divya’, an innovative hand-cranked washing machine, was born out of Nav’s friendship with his neighbour, Divya. She would spend 20 hours a week suffering joint pains and skin irritation from handwashing clothes on her hands and knees. A prototype for ‘Divya’ was completed in 2018 and taken to Iraq for field-testing to influence the next-generation design.

Today, with the dedication of 150 volunteers and significant outlets reporting on TWMP’s work, including BBC News, The Guardian and The Mirror, TWMP is a force that partners with the UN, Oxfam, Care International, World Vision, Bath University, Electrocomponents and others. The organisation has conducted research in 10 countries to better understand the importance of innovation and its impact on displaced people.

“I wish that, when I was young, there had been an event like this where I could be inspired by people that look like me, people that talk like me, people who have the same background as me. Then I would have known anything was possible. These kinds of events really help young people to aspire to be something. They make it real and they make it accessible. It’s a privilege to be part of an event that inspires young people, especially minority backgrounds, to achieve their aspirations; to do something.”

 
 

Business Session - Fri 30th July 2021, 10am-12pm

Host: Ambily Banerjee

Director | Therapeutic Groups, Global Regulatory Affairs | GSK


Ambily started her career as a post-doctoral scientist, following a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. After a decade working in academia (at Imperial College and UCL), she moved to the Pharmaceutical sector in 2007. Ambily is currently a Director within the Therapeutic Groups, Global Regulatory Affairs, where she is accountable for governance activities for the HIV (ViiV) portfolio.

Since Sept 2019, she has been co-leading the EMBRACE Employee Resource Group at GSK, and has worked with senior leaders including the Chief Executive Team to highlight some of the challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues. As a direct result of EMBRACE activities, significant actions have been implemented, including mandatory inclusion training for almost 100,000 GSK employees, ethnic minority sponsorship programmes rolled out, and aspirational targets have been set for senior levels of the organisation. Embrace membership has grown 500% under her leadership.

Ambily also serves on the Board of a not-for-profit ‘Microbit Educational Foundation’ (founded by the BBC and Microsoft), and a local charity ‘Slough Council for Voluntary Services’. She is an active advocate for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. She is passionate about ensuring the next generation have equal access to opportunities. She set up Dr. How - a career advice YouTube channel to provide mentoring advice to those who don’t have access to individuals who work in the corporate world.

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth

Chief Executive | British Pharmacological Society | Managing Director | BPS Assessment Ltd.


Rachel is Chief Executive of the BPS and responsible for delivering the vision, mission and strategy of the British Pharmacological Society, and its subsidiary companies. Rachel is also Managing Director of BPS Assessment Ltd.

Rachel is mixed heritage, with British and Indian ethnicity. She has grown up in the UK and has a passion for understanding intersectionality, barriers to inclusion, and the importance of building equitable spaces for everyone to achieve their potential in the workplace and beyond.

She is Trustee and Board level champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Science Council and Trustee for the Royal College of Nursing Foundation and Chair of their Grants Committee. She is mother to two young boys.

"I am delighted to be part of Reflect 2021 and honoured to have been asked to join such a fabulous line up of speakers. Equity, belonging and inclusion are all values that I am passionate about and we constantly review how well we are doing at the BPS, asking ‘How can we build a more inclusive Society and engage positively with the breadth of the pharmacological community?’ Diversity and inclusive research are high on our agenda at the moment, as is understanding the drivers behind vaccine hesitancy. By engaging in open dialogue and being open to a diversity of views we hope to better support our employees to engage with positive conversations and build communities of trust and belonging."

Dan Cottle

Lecturer | Physics Education | Director | Secondary Initial Teacher Education | University of Birmingham


Dan taught physics in a range of schools for 15 years before moving into higher education and teacher education. He is particularly interested in widening participation in physics and in evidence-based practice in the learning of physics. Dan is a graduate of the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford and a Chartered Physicist.

Ollie Folayan

Co-founder and Chairperson of AFBE-UK


Ollie is a chartered chemical engineer working in the energy industry and chairperson of the award -winning AFBE -UK Scotland and co - founder of AFBE -UK.

He graduated with a BEng in Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology and then earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Fuels and Combustion. In 2018 Ollie Folayan was accepted into the Fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

He has championed successful outreach programmes such as Making Engineering Hot, NextGen (Scotland), Transition and Real Projects and has co -authored two publications on the influence of role models in the transition from academic study to the workplace and on the sustainability of the engineering profession in the UK.

Ollie has also been involved with community initiatives through organisations such as Shell and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the All Energy Diversity and Inclusion task group setup in 2019 by Oil and Gas

Ollie will be running a breakout session on "Tapping into Diverse Talent"

"Reflect was one of my highlights of 2020. It had such an impressive line-up of speakers on issues such as diversity, inclusion and sustainable development, very accommodating hosts and an engaged audience. I made many contacts who I have kept in touch with since. I am therefore not only excited to be supporting Reflect 2021, I am looking forward to learning new things and meeting many more people."

Carmen Morris

Managing Director | Kenroi Consulting | Diversity and Inclusion Consultant


Carmen Morris is the Managing Director, and Founder of Kenroi Consulting, a global provider of bespoke diversity and inclusion solutions.

With nearly 30 years’ practice in the field of DEI, she utilises her significant experience to support businesses to develop equitable and inclusive practices through a wide range of services, including strategic diversity management, training and development and expert consultancy.

Carmen works with businesses to implement authentic inclusive practices. She has supported a wide range of organisations by enabling them to take a a strategic approach and cultivating a mindset for authentic inclusion within project and programme deliverables. She has appeared on the BBC and TRT World News, as an expert consultant on race and equality and featured on many industry webinars, podcasts, and conference platforms. Carmen is also a former Contributor for Forbes, in the area of diversity and inclusion and leadership.

Carmen will be running a breakout session on "Creating an inclusive Workplace"

"I am thrilled to be a part of REflect 2021. Diversity and inclusion is part of organisational and people development processes, for building sustainable and equitable good practice. It has immense benefits at both organisational and individual levels. I welcome the opportunity to share my knowledge with attendees."

Vincent Egunlae

Public Sector Consultant


Vincent is a qualified accountant, working as a Public Sector Consultant at Grant Thornton UK. As a first-year, Vincent co-founded GT’s Ethnicity Network, which aims to reduce the ethnicity pay gap and increase representation. The firms largest network now comprises 550+ members. Vincent is also on GT’s Inclusion Advisory board, which advises the Strategic Leadership Team on operational and strategic decisions.

Outside of work, Vincent is the co-founder of The Open Private School, a charity which aims to provide state-school educated students with some of the intangible benefits of a private education.

In his capacity as a One Young World ambassador (the world’s pre-eminent forum for future leaders), Vincent is a project lead within the FinBiz 2030 Taskforce, aiming to unite the business world to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal’s by 2030. Vincent is also a governor at Crowlands Primary School.

Isabella Mascarenhas

Vice President | Grass Roots Education | RS Components


Isabella Mascarenhas has forged a successful career in developing young people from diverse backgrounds to realise their full potential and achieve their ambitions. She currently works for Electrocomponents Plc as their Vice President of Grass Roots Education where her team work with young engineers and technologists all over the world to develop community opportunities, competitions, events and initiatives to enhance their technical skills, employability skills and career prospects.

In June 2020, Isabella started the EmbRace Network with a small group of passionate, like-minded colleagues. Together they have created a movement to forward the race inclusion agenda through the implementation of targeted initiatives to attract, retain, support and develop global majority talent and to give back to ethnically diverse communities.

Isabella is South Indian and spent her childhood in Zambia before settling in the UK. She has two children with her Jamaican husband and is fascinated by different cultures and their traditions.

Kudzai Manduvi

Industry Sector Manager | RS Components


Kudzai works in Corporate Sales as an Industry Sector Manager where he leads the team responsible for supporting customers in the UK Public & Facilities Management Sectors. He has more than twenty years of experience across a number of industry sectors in a variety of commercial roles. He is also a committee member of EmbRace, the Electrocomponents race inclusion network championing diversity and inclusion to drive change and create a more inclusive workplace and has been involved in community initiatives as a STEM ambassador.

"REflect is such a great platform and initiative and I am excited to do my part to contribute to it and help support and remove barriers for young people from diverse backgrounds."