‘An Evening of Empowering Women’ will bring together a broad range of inspiring speakers working in a variety of different careers.

Dr Janneke Adema

Research Fellow in Digital Media, Coventry University

Janneke Adema


Janneke Adema is a Research Fellow at the Post-Digital Cultures Research Centre at Coventry University (UK). In her research she explores the future of scholarly communication and collaborative knowledge production, where her work incorporates, among others, experimental forms of book publishing, radical open access, book history, media studies, cultural studies and critical theory. You can follow her research, as it develops, on openreflections.wordpress.com


Professor Valerie Gibson

Professor in High Energy Physics. Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity College.

valerie_gibsonVal Gibson is the Head of the High Energy Physics Research Group in the Cavendish. She holds a Special Honours BSc in Physics from the University of Sheffield (1983) and a DPhil in Experimental Particle Physics (1986), The Queen’s College, Oxford. She was a Fellow in the Experimental Physics Division at CERN (1987-89) and came to Cambridge in 1989 as an SERC Advanced Fellow, held concurrently with the Stokes Senior Research Fellowship at Pembroke College (1989-1994). She was appointed as University Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College in 1994, Reader in 2006, held a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship (2007-08) and became a Professor in 2009.

She enjoys science communication and is a Patron of the Gravity Fields Festival held in honour of Sir Isaac Newton. She is a champion of Women in Science and spearheaded the Cavendish Laboratory’s success at achieving an Athena SWAN Gold award in 2014. She is a School of Physical Sciences Equality & Diversity Champion and Chair of the Institute of Physics Juno Panel. More details about her Women in Science activities can be found at the following link:  http://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/~gibson/Women%20in%20Science.htm


Kit Jackson

Managing Partner of Strategy Together, a network of experts in strategy execution

Kit Jackson-2Kit is a business consultant and executive coach specialising in making strategy happen. She has spent more than 25 years helping leading organisations throughout the world manage strategic change to create sustainable value. She is the recognised global expert and thought leader in strategy mapping.

With her forthright, collaborative leadership style, she works with leadership teams to help them implement the right strategic processes, disciplines, organisational changes, and behaviours to achieve and manage business strategy.  Kit is a coach in personal strategy and practice – making whole of life conscious choices that are congruent with personal aspirations and values, and clarifying alignment with organisational aims and objectives.

Kit donates a significant amount of her time to leading Homeward Bound as Strategy Management Officer and Strategy Programme Faculty.


Amanda Mesler

General Manager at Microsoft

Amanda MeslerAmanda Mesler is Microsoft’s General Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, covering 33 countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Uzbekistan, Greece and the Ukraine.

Amanda has worked in consulting technology for most of her career. She is a savvy business and commercial executive with significant P&L responsibility, Amanda has 26 years of extensive international leadership and general management experience at CEO and board level. She has a demonstrable track record of success leading transformations, building start-ups within global businesses, and rapidly growing businesses in several industries. Amanda has held leadership positions across all major business areas, such as CEO, Operations, Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Alliances, Consulting, Supply Chain and Business Units.

After starting her career at General Electric, she worked as a partner for KPMG and ran energy businesses for Electronic Data Systems. She then sat on the executive committee of IT group Logica and also worked for banking technology group Misys before joining Microsoft in 2015.


Tapoka Mkandawire

PhD student, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge


Tapoka Mkandawire is a graduate student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. She is passionate about science as well as the effective communication of science, and the positive impact this can have on society. Tapoka is interested in the challenges faced by women in STEM in African nations and how the global community can work together to find meaningful solutions to these challenges.

Hailing from Malawi by way of Manchester and Oxford, she has had the opportunity to work as a molecular biologist in both developed and developing contexts, affording her a unique perspective on the challenges faced in each.


Amelia Troubridge

Photographer, London

Amelia Troubridge 22418 (2)Born in London in 1974, Troubridge’s interest in photography began in her late teens when her father gave her a camera. Whilst completing a degree in American studies in London & New York, Amelia used the time to photograph the world around her.

Amelia’s work has won numerous awards and has been commissioned by Esquire, The Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, TIME magazine, The New York Times, Vogue, Red, Harpaars Bazaar, Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, The Times Magazine, and The Observer. Commercially Amelia has worked on campaigns for Jimmy Choo, Swarovski, The BBC, Channel 4, WomenforWomen, & HSBC.

Her monograph ‘Joan Of Arc Had Style’ was published by Trolley books in 2015. The book was a celebration of feminine power, through a collection of personal and commissioned portraits of women she had collected over a ten year period.

In 2017, Innovate UK commissioned Amelia to photograph female entrepreneurs around Britain. The work was exhibited at Getty Images Gallery in London, and will go on tour in 2018.