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Meet Our speakers!

Meet Our speakers!

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For this years Empower Conference, we have an incredible lineup of speakers from varied industry backgrounds, why don't you meet them below !


aimen mahmood

Aimen earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature in 2019 and a Postgraduate Certificate in English Literature in 2021 from the University of Leeds. She currently works with the University of Leeds Careers Service to help minority students become competitive applicants in the international job market by  expanding  the opportunities offered to students through partnerships with employers and advocating for inclusive environments for all employees.

She strives to bring diverse voices to professional settings and works tirelessly to improve the professional experience of underrepresented people. As a twenty-four-year-old, she has come a long way.  She believes that change happens from within and pushes herself to be the best. She is known for her ability to make people feel heard, safe and for her profound grasp of inclusivity.


hosanna hali

Hosanna is an Azure Specialist at Microsoft; her role involves helping public sector organisations to digitally transform by adopting Cloud technologies. She started her career in the tech industry almost 4 years ago and since has been using her experience to help guide, mentor and inspire people interested in this growing industry. Additionally, she is the founder of The Tech Cornr, a platform she created to help people to pursue a career in tech.


olga korenyak


Olya is an EMEA Lead for Social Good Hackathons at JP Morgan, hackathons that connect aspiring technologists with JP Morgan experienced technologists to help social good organisations. Previously, Olya was part of the Emerging Talent team creating alternative opportunities for talent to obtain career skills and training, gain experience and go into employment. Enjoys doing good, yoga, and reading. Bad, but enthusiastic dancer.


kristin ransome

Kristin’s biggest passion is empowering people to get closer to what makes their life meaningful. She is a professional coach, public speaker, facilitator, and business professional. She believes that empowering people to change the world begins with empowering people to change themselves. She currently works at Google in Dublin, coaching Googlers on the art and science of getting people to care. She is the founder of Connection Academy, hosting talks and workshops for corporations and young working professionals seeking to craft purpose into their lives and careers.


lydia violeta

Lydia is a final year Business Management student at the University of Leeds. She started her YouTube channel 5 years ago with the hope of documenting the highs and lows of her student experience. Now, through a variety of relatable and informative vlogs and sit-down videos, her main intention is to leave her audience feeling inspired, motivated and ready to be productive.

During her year abroad in Copenhagen, Lydia has grown her interest in both health and wellbeing, as well as a love for travelling. Through her content, she looks to encourage her audience to live a more mindful lifestyle while she navigates her last year as a student.


renee kapuku

Renee is a creative portfolio entrepreneur, speaker and content creator with a background in education technology, social entrepreneurship and community building. She is passionate about gender equality,  specifically access to education and financial capital for women across the globe. She is co-founder of To My Sisters, one of the fastest-growing women’s development communities, and co-author of the debut book: To My Sisters: a Guide to Building Lifelong Friendships. She founded Optimise Me, her personal newsletter with over 1000+ weekly subscribers, and co-founded  the Phoenix Programme, an independent writer’s programme, for young people. Renee holds an Ed.M in International Education Policy from Harvard University, where she was a recipient of the Kennedy Scholarship.

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