ANNETTE JOSEPH MBE
CEO and Founder
Diverse & Equal Founder/CEO, Annette Joseph MBE, is an award winning Agile Coach who is striving to improve innovation in tech by increasing the number of talented Black people and people of colour in the industry.
Diverse & Equal’s multi-strand focus equips adults from under-represented groups with the necessary skills for careers in tech, through DiverseTech’s Taster sessions and bootcamps. While at the same time, leading research and initiatives that empower organisations to create inclusive environments where diverse talent can thrive and the business benefits of diversity can be fully realised.
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Annette received an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours List. She’s also been named to TechNation’s list of 50 Most Influential and Inspiring Black Voices in UK Tech and featured on Northern Power Women’s Future List
Annette received an MBE in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours — click above to watch her interview on BBC News.
Her viral #icantbreathe article in response to the murder of George Floyd resulted in the commissioning of a number of research initiatives to record and capture the impacts of tech on Black people and communities of colour. The Racial DIversity in Digital report published in October 2021 has been described as a game-changer and is being used to spearhead change.
Annette’s keynote speaker engagements include:
Manchester’s inaugural DigitalCity Festival in 2020 and as a host in 2021
— Leeds Digital Festival
— GCHQ IWD 2021
— Service Design Fringe Festival
— Code Your Future’s first Manchester conference
— SheSays MCR
— Her + Data
— TECH@Housing Conference
Yorkshire Post — Improving the Tech sector through diversity
The R word with Vimla Appadoo [Culture Cast]
A life more extraordinary panel [Rage against the machine]