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London Tech Week and EQL:HER host free event to support women in tech who fled the Ukraine war to rebuild their businesses, careers and lives

by jcp
  • Ukrainian Female Tech Talent breakfast, Tuesday 22 November 2022 0930-1130 Informa, 240 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NW
  • Register for a FREE place here
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  • For interviews, please contact ltw@bigtop-pr.co.uk

London Tech Week in partnership with EQL:HER is staging a special free-to-attend networking breakfast on Tuesday 22 November to support Ukrainian women in tech who have been forced to flee the war.

The EQL:HER Ukrainian Female Tech Talent breakfast will offer a unique opportunity for female Ukrainians who have now settled in the UK. They will meet recruitment professionals across the UK tech sector, connect with leading CEOs, founders, influences and investors focused on female founders to build their network, and gain valuable advice and guidance from mentors on coaching, reskilling, CV reviews and more.

Speakers on the breakfast panel session include:

  • Irra Ariella Khi – CEO of Zamna Technologies and CEO of Sunflower Relief, which was created in February 2022 to help information flow in and out of Ukraine and organise logistics and supplies into the war zone. Irra was born in Lviv and lived there until she was nine years old.

Irra is also founder of five organisations, mother of four children and speaker of nine languages. Named in Management Today’s 35Under35, as a Founder’s Forum and AccelerateHER Rising Star, UK Business Angels Association’s Best Investment, Irra is an Oxford Alum and a proud Ukrainian.

She said: “One day, we won’t need to highlight gender in tech leaders – being a woman should be irrelevant to one’s work in tech. But we know you can’t be what you can’t see – so I’m proud to be the tech CEO (who happens to be a woman) in leading the work to help more Ukrainians in the same situation find a way into the sector after leaving the war zone.”

  • Viktoriya Tigipko – founding and managing Partner of TA Ventures, and founder and President of ICLUB Global and WTECH. In 2022, Viktoriya co-founded OneUkraine, a charitable platform to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and set the foundation for the country’s recovery.

Born in Ukraine and proudly Ukrainian, Viktoriya is the Chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Startup Fund and a member of the Committee for Innovative Development of the Ukraine economy. She’s also the founder and President of the Odesa Film Festival, and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy.

Laura Stebbing, CEO, EQL:HER said: “The women attending can look forward to a morning of in-person networking and knowledge-sharing, which will help them to re-connect with their peers and also expand their network in the UK community. We’ll be offering personal and professional support, on everything from re-skilling to CV reviews, and they can connect with leading women and men in the UK tech sector. From these meetings, mentorships, jobs and business will spring, and we’ll follow it up at the end with a special e-booklet of information and contacts.”

Born out of Founders Forum, EQL:HER (formerly accelerateHER) is a global network and event series, which exists to re-balance gender in the technology sector to secure women an inclusive future across all businesses.

CASE STUDY – Diana Kocheva

Diana had to abandon her new art tech start-up, her apartment and her life in Kyiv when she fled Ukraine. The start-up’s Developer was killed in Kharkiv and the code he was writing was lost. Diana has now found a new job with another art tech business in London, and a new apartment to live in. She has also made contact with around 600 Ukrainian women in the tech sector who have also come to London to escape the war, sharing her knowledge and contacts to help them restart their careers. So far she has helped over 60 find new jobs and contracts.



The Ukrainian Female Tech Talent breakfast is being staged in conjunction with London Tech Week in partnership with the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme.  The event will be supporting two Ukrainian charities: Sunflower Relief and OneUkraine. Other partners in the event will be DIT and WTech.

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