Alumni Spotlight: Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO of Stemettes
In our Alumni Spotlight series, we share with you some of the inspiring experiences and achievements of our Oxford Alumni. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is the youngest ever Master’s degree graduate from the University and co-founder of Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors.
The journey so far
Anne-Marie Imafidon’s inspiring story started in London; both her parents migrated to the UK from Nigeria - neither of them are mathematicians.
After her Master’s degree, Anne-Marie worked for several prestigious companies, including positions at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. Then there are her Honorary Doctorates from the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University and Bristol University, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Keble College, Oxford. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland.
Anne-Marie regularly appears in international media and hosts the Women Tech Charge podcast for the Evening Standard, and has conducted live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond, including Jack Dorsey, Rachel Riley and Lewis Hamilton. She is also a trustee of the Institute for the Future of Work, who research and develop practical ways to improve work and working lives.
Co-founding a social enterprise
Anne-Marie co-founded Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in STEM sectors. Since its inception eight years ago, Stemettes has exposed almost 50,000 young people across Europe to Anne-Marie’s vision for a more diverse and balanced science and tech community.
Awards and achievements
Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her work as a renowned champion and inspiration for women looking to find a role in the world of STEM. She delivers keynotes at leading companies and conferences all over the world and was voted the ‘Most Influential Woman in Tech in the UK in 2020’ by Computer Weekly.
Inspiring the future
Anne-Marie continues to push for more diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, making a statement in her winner’s speech for the 2020 Most Influential Woman in UK Tech to those unwilling to push forward to diversity, inclusion and equity on the tech agenda: “To the people who have closed doors, and continue to close doors for the Anne-Maries, I want to say good luck. By closing doors on Anne-Maries and people like me you’re only holding up your own success and getting in the way. And I’m not the only one, and there will be many more, and it will probably get tiring after a while closing doors on people continually.”
You can learn more about Annie-Marie Imafidon and her work by visiting her website and to find out more about her social-enterprise, visit the Stemettes homepage.
To find out more about Oxford's alumni community, visit the Oxford Alumni page. You can read our other Alumni Spotlight on Dhruti Shah, a Mansfield alumna who is currently a BBC journalist and published author.