Heres Britain's 139 Coolest Women to Watch in 2018

When we think of trailblazing women breaking barriers doing incredible work we often think of the awesome;

  • Martha Lane Fox,
  • Joanna Baroness Shields OBE,
  • or Nicola Mendelsohn CBE of Facebook.

A quick Google search highlights the following incredible female leaders.

Each one of these women are fantastic and deserve to be celebrated.


And I say a ‘but’ cautiously ..

I don’t see many women that look like me

What do I mean?

I mean — women from diverse backgrounds.

With the exception of Indra Nooyi Chairman and CEO of Pepsi & Co.

I find myself asking, where are the rest of us? And why are they not celebrated?

So I scratched my itch and put together a diverse list of inspiring women that equally deserve recognition — regardless of colour.

Diversity is not just about ticking boxes and inclusion should not just be about employer branding or even a PR farce. It is about being an instrumental part of the conversation and facilitating opportunities.


Cos you can’t be what you can’t see.

Here is a diverse list of 139 fabulous women. With this list I hope we all see someone that looks like us, someone we all relate too and someone we see as a role model.

  1. Isabel Montoya Founder and Chef Nuuk Bakery
  2. Aneeqa Khan Founder Eporta
  3. Ade Hassan Founder Nubian Skin
  4. Michelle You Co-founder Songkick
  5. Marija Butkovic Founder Women of Wearables, Co-founder Kisha Smart Umbrella
  6. Tamara Rajah Founder Live Better With
  7. Amber Atherton Founder Zyper
  8. Sarah Hesz Founder Mush App
  9. Sara Tateno Founder Happity
  10. Susan Ramonat Founder Spiritus Partners
  11. Sheeza Shah Founder UpEffect
  12. Urenna Okonkwo Founder Cashmere App
  13. Yodit Stanton Founder OpenSensors
  14. Gen Ashley Director of Women Who Code
  15. Nafisa Bakkar Co-founder Amaliah
  16. Sharmadean Reid MBE Founder Beautystack and WAH Nails
  17. Seetal Fatania Founder J’adore Adorn
  18. Hasna Kourda Founder Save your wardrobe
  19. Sahar Fikouhi Director at DARF Design
  20. Upma Arora Co-founder of Dhaba Lane
  21. YeeMun Thum Partner at Potential VC
  22. Shefaly Yogendra Serial Entrepreneur
  23. Sonia Padam 8 Hours Studio
  24. Kiran Singh Multi-Award Winner, Lifestyle, Mindfulness & Wellness Coach, Author and Interior Designer
  25. Ekaterina Lengefeld Founder Your Interest
  26. Weerada Sucharitkul Co-founder FilmDoo
  27. Connie Nam Founder Astrid & Miyu
  28. Abadesi Osunsade Community Product Hunt, Founder Hustle Crew
  29. Anisah Osman Britton Founder 23 Code St
  30. Arfah Farooq Co-founder Muslamic Makers
  31. Noreen Niazi Muslim Women Connect
  32. Vanessa Vallely Founder WeAreTheCity
  33. Anjali Ramachandran, Co-founder Adas List
  34. Lu Li, Founder Blooming Founders
  35. Saira Khan Digital Innovation Leader HSBC
  36. Sarah Lloyd Hughes Founder Ginger Training and Coaching
  37. Roberta Lucca Co-founder Bossa Studios, Founder BOLDR
  38. Nene Parsotam Co-founder Vine Creatives. Founding Member We Are Stripes
  39. Mariam Jimoh Founder Women in the City
  40. Adaobi Adibe Lead VC at Campus Capital, Co-founder Careforseven
  41. Anisa Haghdadi Founder Beatfreeks
  42. Hushpreet Dhaliwal Corporate Development Deep Science Ventures
  43. Shruti Ajitsaria Head of Fuse Allen and Overy
  44. Marion Gamel CMO Betsson Group, CEO Betsson Services
  45. Doniya Soni Principal Policy Officer Greater London Authority
  46. Nikki Cochrane and Kathryn Tyler Founders Digital Mums
  47. Ella Goldner Co-founder Zinc VC, Co-founder NewCo
  48. Natasha Walter Director Women for Refugee Women
  49. Samantha Payne COO Open Bionics, Innovation Fellow at Wired
  50. Cassandra Stavrou Founder PROPERCORN
  51. Linda Wang Co-founder Lendingblock
  52. Alexandra De Faucigny Founder London Expectant Mums Meetup, Founder Tendre Deal
  53. Sumita Jindal CMO Digimeal
  54. Silja Litvin Founder PsycApps
  55. Samiya Parvez Founder Andiamo
  56. Noor Shaker CEO GTN Ltd
  57. Nadia El Hadery CEO YFood & London Food Tech Week
  58. Tanya Suárez Co-founder IoT Tribe
  59. Hope Jikiemi Founder Epoh-Ireti
  60. Wan Tseng Founder Wisp
  61. Suki Fuller Founder Miribure
  62. Justine Roberts Founder Mumsnet and Gransnet
  63. Tina Lobondi Creative Director and Founder Tina Lobondi
  64. Vicky Hunter COO at 3beards and silicondrinkabt
  65. Dr Aygul Zagidullina Director of Social Media at Motaword
  66. Jessie Link Head of Engineering Twitter UK
  67. Vera Mehta Head of Development at UK Ministry of Justice
  68. Olga Bagach Director at Founders Keepers
  69. Susie Coleman Software Developer at Guardian News & Media
  70. Becca Caddy Freelance Tech Writer for WIRED, The Observer, The Sunday Times
  71. Gayathri Rajan Lead Software Engineer at Capgemini UK
  72. Jo Franchetti Web Developer Advocate Samsung
  73. Kamila Sledz Agile Coach at Barclays
  74. Claire Cohen Women’s Editor and Associate Features Editor at Telegraph
  75. Jacqui Gibbons Journalist at Time Inc. UK
  76. Janine Gibson Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed UK
  77. Yessi Bello Perez Editor UK Tech News
  78. Adizah Tejani Advisor UCL School of Management, Director of Marketing EMEA Token
  79. Cansu Deniz Bayrak COO Startupbootcamp
  80. Lauren Razavi Award-Winning Writer, Speaker and Consultant
  81. Vivienne Scantlebury Senior Business Adviser for the Enterprise Europe Network
  82. Kiana Sharifi Head of Talent Services at Balderton Capital
  83. June Angelides Founder at Zinc VC Mission 1, Founder Mums in Technology,
  84. Jawahir Roble Britains First Muslim Female Referee in the UK
  85. Nina Salomons Lead at VR Diversity
  86. Emma McGuigan Managing Director of Technology at Accenture
  87. Helen Lamb,VP at Fujitsu
  88. Charlotte Finn VP of Programmes at Salesforce EMEA
  89. Jo Bertram Northern Europe general manager at Uber
  90. Elizabeth Eastaugh Head of Customer Experience at Expedia
  91. Kiki Loizou Former Enterprise Editor at the Sunday Times
  92. Ingrid Lunden Writer at TechCrunch
  93. Harriet Minter Freelance Journalist, Speaker, Women in Leadership Advocate, Former Editor of Women in Leadership at Guardian
  94. Olivia Solon Journalist at Guardian
  95. Emily Spaven UK News Editor at LinkedIn
  96. Katharine Viner Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News and Media
  97. Margarete McGrath Director of Digital Strategy at EY
  98. Sue Duke European Director of Public Policy at LinkedIn
  99. Cindy Rose CEO of Microsoft UK
  100. Magdalena Kron Head of Rise London
  101. Claire Gilmartin CEO Trainline
  102. Ijeoma E. Okoli Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co
  103. Kjersten Margaret Moody VP of Information and Analytics at Unilever
  104. Sherine Yap Global Head of CRM at Shell
  105. Itxaso del Palacio Investment Partner Europe at Microsoft Ventures
  106. Yasmeen Ahmad Practice Partner of Analytic Business Consulting at Teradata
  107. Anna Boffetta Associate at Balderton Capital
  108. Anna Hyde Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures
  109. Sonali de Rycker General partner at Accel Partners
  110. Reshma Sohoni Partner and Co-founder at Seedcamp
  111. Carolyn Johnson VP Global Technology Talent Strategy at JPMorgan Chase & Co
  112. Anne Sheehan Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK
  113. Sasha Koren Editor at Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab
  114. Ffiona Jones Manager of Technology Consulting at Deloitte
  115. Hema Patel Group manager at BNY Mellon Pershing
  116. Emma Gannon Author, Broadcaster and Host of the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast
  117. Jennifer Wetton New Technologies and Innovation Manager at Santander
  118. Natasha Sayce-Zelem Head of Technology at Sky
  119. Christine Ashton SVP of Technology at Thompson Reuters
  120. Lauren Garey Banker & UK Head of Female Strategy JPMorgan Chase & Co
  121. Raminder Bath Director of IT at Credit Suisse
  122. Shivvy Jervis Tech and Digital Futurist
  123. Anne-Marie Imafidon Co-founder Stemettes
  124. Ruth Milligan Head of Financial services and payments at techUK
  125. Catherine Allen BAFTA-winning AR, VR and Immersive Media Specialist
  126. Valerie Mocker Head of Development and European Digital Policy, Nesta
  127. Hermione Way Consultant and Former Head of European Communications at Tinder
  128. Saritha Arunkumar Security Leader at IBM UK
  129. Zoë Rose Ethical Hacker and Cyber Security Consultant at Baringa Partners
  130. Neila Romdane Founder Tatteo, Marketing Strategy Hatch Enterprise
  131. Lillian Li Investor at Salesforce Ventures
  132. Paulina Sygulska Founder GrantTree
  133. Nazo Moosa Technology Investor and Managing Partner at v | t partners
  134. Wendy Tan White Partner at BGF Ventures
  135. Julia Qiu Associate Partner at Mosaic Ventures
  136. Luciana Lixandru Partner at Accel Partners
  137. Amanda Foon Portfolio Finance Manager at Octopus Investments
  138. Rabeb Othmani Developer Advocate
  139. Adiba Maduegbuna Android Engineer at Asos

This list barely scratches the surface when it comes to highlighting women doing incredible things.

It is my mission at sprinters is to bring diverse role models to the table and drive change. Be part of the conversation at sprint STARS, our flagship conference taking place in collaboration with London Business School, 26 June.

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