London, Wednesday 8th April 2015 - Amali de Alwis has joined Code First: Girls in the newly created independent position of chief executive officer, and as a member of the board of directors effective immediately.
Amali joins Code First: Girls from PwC where she worked extensively with the senior leaders and thought leadership teams as part of the PwC Trust and PwC Global CEO programmes, and through her secondment to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. She has also worked on a pro-bono basis over recent years as a small business advisor and mentor to senior and emerging leaders through programmes such as the Commonwealth CSC Leaders programme.
“Amali joining as CEO of Code First: Girls marks an exciting time for the organisation. Over the next couple of years, we will be expanding our programme of practical coding courses to even more universities and further developing our education programme around careers in technology. We are inundated with demand and I look forward to working with Amali and the Code First: Girls team create a new generation of technical women.” Alice Bentinck, co-founder Code First: Girls.
Amali succeeds original co-founders of the joint companies Entrepreneur First (EF) and Code First: Girls, Alice Bentinck and Matt Clifford, as part of the recent transition of Code First: Girls to an independent CIC social enterprise.
Alice Bentinck and Matt Clifford will support the transition in an advisory role, and remain as board members going forward.
About Code First: Girls
Code First: Girls is a social enterprise that teaches coding for free to university level young women and encourages them to consider careers in tech and entrepreneurship through a variety of events and professional development programmes. Code First: Girls currently runs 19 courses across the UK, and has helped over 1000 women learn to programme and develop their professional skills in the past year.
Code First: Girls is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Entrepreneur First (EF).
Code First: Girls press contact
@CodeFirstGirls / codefirstgirlsgeneral