Join us at our virtual alumni panel to celebrate Women's History Month
The 1st March marks the start of Women's History Month. Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. To celebrate this the alumni team have organised a panel event full of accomplished and inspirational women, we hope you will be able to join us.
The panel discussion will feature our selected alumni giving hints and tips and discussing their path since graduating. The event is open to students, staff and graduates and will take place on Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 18:00 – 20:00.
Register to attend here.
Confirmed panellists include:
Lucy Quist is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and the author of the book, ‘The Bold New Normal’. She is an international business leader focused on technology, transformation and thought leadership for positive business returns. She is the first Ghanaian woman to head a multinational telecommunications company as the former CEO of Airtel Ghana. She is a co-founder of the Executive Women Network. She served as the Vice President of FIFA's normalisation committee in Ghana. She also served as the board chair of Petra (Pension) Trust and was a board member of the Consolidated Bank Ghana. She currently serves on the boards of INSEAD and Mercy Ships. She is a chartered electrical and electronic engineer with a first-class honour's degree from the University of East London. She is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK) and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France. She has over two decades of corporate experience with blue-chip companies starting at Ford Motor Company. She has held C-level positions for a decade at Tigo (Millicom), Vodafone and Airtel. Her career spans manufacturing, telecommunications, banking and automotive industries in Europe and Africa. She has led technical, marketing and sales functions before becoming CEO. She is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to advance development in Africa. She also advocates for greater participation in STEM, especially for young people, across the continent.
After graduating Adriane founded 'Muddy Boots Kids Clubs' a business that has utilised her knowledge of exercise in nature with children. Muddy Boots run high-quality OFSTED registered Holiday camps for children aged 2-8 years. Offering a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities such as bug hunting, nature exploring, multi-sports, cooking, dance and movement classes as well as science experiments and arts and crafts to name just a few! Muddy Boots was founded after Adriane realised that children were being given fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, with the knowledge she learnt during her time at the university paired with her extensive history of working as a sports coach for different schools she made a change to the world of Kids Camps. In 2019 she also won a prestigious 'hoops' award in recognition of her camps that focus on exercise in nature for children.
Cassie graduated in 2019 with first-class honors from BA Fashion Textiles from UEL. Immediately after graduating, she began a residency with Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency to continue developments of bio-materials that derive from seaweed. This was followed by another residency on the Makers With a Mission at Makerversity. Her work has been featured at London Design Festival at Opencell, OXO Building, Lampoon Magazine, There and Back Again Symposium and on the Innovation table at Future Fabrics Expo. She was a semi-finalist at the Mayor's Entrepreneur Award in 2020 for her company CQ Studio and is in the final year of her master's degree at Central Saint Martins studying Biodesign.
Anna graduated from UEL in 2012 with a Professional Diploma in Architecture and has since then fully qualified as an ARB/RIBA registered architect.
Anna has worked with leading universities and institutions such as Imperial College, UCL, Kings College, the University of Warwick and the Medical Research Council on projects ranging from £2m to £45m.
In her current role, Anna focuses on large scale residential schemes of 600+ apartments for major housebuilders such as Bellway and Mount Anvil.
Outside of work Anna has delivered lectures for RIBA and she is currently part of the international committee for EAEA15: Envisioning Architectural Narratives Conference organised by the University of Huddersfield.
Anna has an ongoing relationship with UEL as a mentor for architecture students and is keen to share the lessons she has learnt as a professional in an exciting and fast-paced field of work.
Rebecca Weaf Smith
Rebecca graduated from UEL in 2005 from the BA Fashion and Textiles degree and again in 2017 from the MSc Applied Positive Psychology degree. Rebecca is a creative who utilizes whatever resources are available to shape theoretical concepts into practical narratives. She states that she sees education as experiential. Rebecca works mostly with blending fashion and positive psychology; generating nudges to convince others to utilize clothing as a force for good rather than mindlessly consume. Wearing Wellbeing is her adaptation of Applied Positive Psychology through the medium of fashion which stemmed from her dissertation research at UEL.