The CF:G Advisory Board
Code First: Girls has a group of 6 incredible and accomplished people who've joined us as advisors, to help guide CF:G to achieve even more success in the future.
Sarah headS up Campus London, Google’s first physical startup hub, providing early stage founders with work and event space, mentorship and educational programs as well as access to a vibrant startup community. Passionate about entrepreneurship and communities, Sarah’s previous role at Google was leading a global team of community managers around Google Maps, while also volunteering at Campus helping run Campus for Mums. Before Google, she worked in content and community for startups, advised brands on their social media, and was a journalist, and holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Reading and an M.A. from University College London. Sarah’s on the board of Code First: Girls which provides classes and a support network for young women keen to work in tech and combines her enthusiasms for education and diversity. Outside of work, Sarah loves travelling, cycling, cities and stories, and lives in East London with her soon-to-be husband.
Jeff is an experienced executive and has spent more than 15 years in the Financial Services industry. He heads up the FinTech practice at Capco, a global management and technology consulting firm. Jeff chairs the FinTech and the China Working Group at Tech London Advocates, a collection of tech leaders, experts and investors uniting to form the most influential independent, private sector group in London. Jeff also advises a number of technology startups, and is a mentor at several accelerator programmes such as Virgin Startup and Startupbootcamp. He sits on the Committee at the Institute of Directors (IoD City of London), the UK’s leading organisation for executive professionals, and is a member of several other organisations such as the 48 Group Club and the Aldgate Ward Club. Jeff is also a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Glaziers, one of the UK’s oldest livery companies.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) footprint comprises of 32 cities, across 23 countries on three continents. The company is a long-established participant in the European markets, with a presence since 1922. Currently over 14,000 associates are based in EMEA. Globally, Bank of America Merrill Lynch serves clients and customers in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500, nearly 96 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and 33 percent of the FTSE 100. Member of the senior leadership team, personally responsible for all business performance, delivery of business strategic initiatives and support services in Technology & Operations for Corporate and Commercial Investment banking across EMEA and LATAM. Leading key transformational activities including site strategy, organisational redesign,efficiency drives and performance across a diverse, global matrix organisation. Including the successful turnaround of a significant relocation programme of works - delivered ahead of schedule and within budget, resulting in a multi-million dollar YoY saving to the bank. Key partner in the delivery of all OCC/FRB and FSA related risk and compliance activities. In addition to my regional responsibilities, I have expanded my duties to cover Asia Pacific to review current operations, oversee business support services and performance. Selected for the Merrill Lynch Women's executive program at Columbia University.
Partner at Spring Partners - early stage tech fund based in London that turns founders into partners. Maths grad who founded content led ecommerce business Llustre and ran the creative teams for Fab in Berlin and then in New York. She started her career in the venture team at MMC and before that in IB at NM Rothschild. Encouraged by an old boss, she taught herself a little HTML, SQL and VB while in the Horizon programme at Accenture and she’d love to see more people have the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of tech. She believes that diverse teams create better outcomes. For these two reasons she’s super excited to be working with both Code First: Girls and Tech Will Save Us.
Matt Elek is the CEO of VICE in the EMEA region. Having helped set up VICE in the UK in 2002, he now oversees Vice's presence in 18 markets across all of their channels. VICE started in 1994 as a newsprint monthly in Montreal and has since grown to become a globe-strangling youth media company that includes TV, publishing, mobile, digital, marketing and feature film divisions. VICE represents a whole generation of young people – influencing what they see, hear, wear, think, put in their mouths, dream about, and flush shamefully down the toilet when no one’s looking.
Oriana is chief of staff for PwC's global network for private and entrepreneurial businesses, leading strategy and implementation. She works across developed and high growth territories to bring focus on owner led, entrepreneurial and family businesses and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. She leads PwC's global research on family businesses and PwC's collaborations with third parties such as Slush, the ecosystem for high tech entrepreneurs and investors. She is passionate about the role of entrepreneurship; and in 2015 was a group leader on the Jagriti Yatra, designed to promote growth through enterprise in India. She's also a member of the Dean's European Advisory Board for the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.