Meet our speakers


Catherine Ruggles

Director, Software Engineering, Google

Catherine has been programming since the 70’s and managing software engineering teams since the early 90’s when she led the teams producing the Norton products at Symantec. Since then she has led engineering at several venture backed and bootstrapped startups. In the fall of 2017 she joined Google to lead the Android Search App Team in London.


Marzia Niccolai

Product Manager, Google Arts & Culture

Marzia has worked at Google for over 10 years, most recently as a Product Manager for Arts & Culture working on Google Search, infrastructure, and cultural digitization. She helped launch Google Art Project in 2011. Before that, she worked on Google App Engine, now part of Google Cloud. Originally from California, she attended Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University.

Joanna Chwastowska

Joanna Chwastowska

Engineering Lead, Google

Joanna's  teams build Streams, a mobile application that helps clinicians in UK hospitals to deliver better, more proactive care to their patients. She's passionate about impact, creativity, solid engineering, and fun on the way to achieve them:) As an engineering coach she focuses on developing people and catalysing organisational change, creating the best possible environment to solve hard and important problems.

Ksenija Antic

Ksenija Antic

Commercial Manager, Head of Nordics Region, Google Cloud

Ksenija is a Google Cloud Strategic Negotiator and Head of Commercial Management for Nordics. She has more than 10 years of experience in IT contracting, deal managing and developing complex agreement structures with a focus on cloud computing.

Alexandra Gherghina

Alexandra Gherghina

Software Engineer, Google

Alexandra is a software engineer in Google's research org. She works on machine perception, in particular on music and voice recognition and on-device ML.


Paulina Mustafa  

Product Design Engineer, Cerebra, Google

Paulina is an Interaction Designer in Google's research org. She and her team work on exploring potential futures of personal compute, and how Google's research can facilitate them. 


Corey Latislaw

Tech Lead, Kin + Carta Create

Corey is a Tech Lead at Kin + Carta Create, an international keynoter, and an avid sketchnoter.

Tell Your Story speakers


Siobhan Baker

Software Crafter, 8th Light

Siobhan is actively questioning how to blend art, philosophy and programming. When she’s not doing that, she’s either struggling to find stillness through yoga or punching boxing pads (whilst secretly wanting to thump her trainer for making her work harder).


Janique-ka John

Software Engineer, MEDIAGENIX 

Janique-ka is originally from a country in the Caribbean called St.Vincent and the Grenadines. She is a software engineer at Mediagenix in Belgium, working on their flagship software WHATS'ON for close to three years.


 Elizabeth Obisesan

Technology Analyst, Bank of America

Elizabeth is a 19 year old and was the first ever female student to graduate with honors from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in Computer Science at the age of 18 despite all odds with this story published in national newspapers across West Africa to inspire many young girls. 

Organisers and speakers

Noa Havazelet

Noa Havazelet

Regional Lead UKI, Developer Relations, Google

Noa is the Regional Lead of DevRel in the UK and Ireland. She works with communities of developers to make them successful with Google technologies. 


Chiara Giuliano

Women Techmakers Ambassador and GDG Cloud London Co-Organiser

Chiara works at QS, organising over 300 students recruitment events all over the world every year. She is passionate about technology and creating a more inclusive world.


 Laura Morinigo

Women Techmakers Ambassador and Google Developer Expert

Laura is a software developer, advocate, and mentor, currently working as a web developer advocate for Samsung Internet at Samsung Research Institute UK. She has been involved in the tech industry for over 10 years, working as a full-stack developer and getting involved with education projects teaching coding in New York and Buenos Aires.


Nino Nanitashvili

Women Techmakers Ambassador

Nino is passionate about the use of tech for social good and human capital development. Over the course of the last nine years she has been involved in establishing and empowering tech communities in Georgia and beyond, including being an ambassador for the Women Techmaker's program and the lead for the GDG community. 


Gen Ashley

Women Techmakers Ambassador and GDG London organiser

Gen is the Founder of TECH(K)NOW Day - a conference focused on Women in Technology. She is a very active leader in the Tech community in London being the lead for NASA Space Apps Challenge London, Twitter Developer Community London and GDG London as well as the leadership committee for Ada's List (a network for women in technology). She was a former VP at Citigroup and as Director of Women Who Code London built up a community of around 6000 women in tech.