DR SUE BLACK

KEYNOTE

Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.

Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.

Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.

In 2017 she received the Social Impact ABIE Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.

Dr Sue Black’s brilliance and determination resonate with her audiences in a humble, motivating and inspirational way.  While most of us will never earn a doctorate in computer science or save a historical site, you can’t walk away from Dr Sue’s message without being motivated to make a difference in your business, family or community.

KATHLEEN OVERLIN, AGENCY EDUCATION MANAGER, CHUBB

Dr. Sue Black added a refreshing perspective into what is becoming a very crowded debate around the barriers women face in entering and developing a career in cybersecurity. She spoke from her broader background as a woman working in STEM, and one that is very active and committed to both understanding and influencing the choices girls make as they grow up and make their way through our education system. She also spoke as an individual lending personality to the discussion, communicating genuine interest, and bringing her own following to the event, in recognition of the common interests at play. I hope to be working with her again soon.

LYNDSAY TURLEY, HEAD OF COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, EMEA