Manjit K. Gill, is CEO and founder of the phenomenal UK registered charity, Binti International.
Binti has a vision to create a world where all women have menstrual dignity.
She has amassed over 20 years of international business expertise and has been involved in 7 startups prior to Binti. It was her role as a volunteer mentor for a young lady in Kenya with the Cherie Blair Foundation that led her to start Binti where she found out that some women do not have access to sanitary products.
Her mission is to create a huge, social impact, whilst generating a sustainable organisation, and providing basic menstrual hygiene solutions and education for girls and women across the world.
Manjit has been nominated and won several awards for her work at Binti including: AWAA Social and Humanitarian award where she was highly commended in association with Nat West. In July she won the Lift effects top 100 star award. Last August she was named Woman of the Year through receiving the Asian Achievers Award in association with EY. In December she was recognised as an inspirational Top Ten Sikh woman in the UK.
She has also been profiled in many notable publications including Marie Claire, The Independent, The Metro, The Times of India, Canary Wharf magazine, Thomson and Reuters Foundation.
Manjit says her faith has led her to believe she can accomplish anything that she puts her mind to and that belief has led her to follow her passion and drive to keep going. She says maybe that is why when she found out some women do not have access to sanitary pads it fuelled her fire to create change - because she knows that without a pad she would not have been able to have done half the things that she has done.
For more information please go to binti.co.uk
Paul leads Allia’s “Serious Impact” enterprise support activity, including its accelerators, incubators and Innovation Lab at all Allia locations. Prior to Joining Allia, Paul worked with range of technology businesses (including Agritech, Biopharma, ICT, Cleantech) around the world, primarily in the areas of strategy, fundraising and corporate development. Paul has co-founded a significant biofuels business in the UK and worked in international investment banking in the USA. Paul is on the Advisory Board for a number of exciting ventures and is a Global Judge for the MassChallenge accelerator programme.
Sylvia Lu, FRSA
- Senior 5G Tech Lead, u-blox UK, Member of Advisory Board, UK5G
Senior 5G Tech Lead, u-blox; UK5G Advisory Board Member; Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless); IET Digital Panel Member
A multi-award-winning engineer and inventor, a non-executive director, advisor and ambassador, Sylvia has over a decade of hands-on experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) and was recently recognised as UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering. She offers guidance on impact of emerging technologies on products and strategy, monitors industrial trends and global standards, and provides technical direction and guidance on major inter-sector, multi-country projects. She also provides industry-focused, independent advices to the government and policy panels on future plans for 5G development.
Sylvia is an elected Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless) and was appointed to the Advisory Board of UK5G in 2018 - an independent, national body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that connects organisations across the 5G ecosystem, including vertical industry partners, regulators and technology providers. She was appointed as Vice-chair of UK5G International Working Group in 2019, co-leading development of UK proposition and engagement plan with overseas government and industry bodies. Sylvia recently joined the IET UK Digital Panel, helps to raise awareness of societal impacts of emerging technologies in relation to resilience of cross-sector infrastructure.
Sylvia operates on an international stage as keynote speaker on 5G, emerging technologies and global standards (highlights incl. House of Lords, United Nation's International Telecommunication Union, Ofcom, MWC, IET, IEEE), and contributes to industrial magazines and journals, some of which have been translated into 6 languages with a global reach.
Sylvia was handpicked as an Ambassador of the Women of the Future (WoF) programme; inspires and empowers female engineers and future leaders as a role model and through appearances and talks at schools and universities.
Sylvia passionately promotes diversity and inclusion, winning several special recognition for work on empowering future female trailblazers.
Sylvia is also an amateur artist and was recently awarded a Fellowship at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges for a better future for people.
Abhi has a long heritage with CW having previously founded the CW Handset Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2008, now called Future Devices. Prior to CW, Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has a MBA in International Marketing and, interestingly, was approached by Cambridge University Press (alongside a colleague at the time) to write a book on Mobile Handset Design which was successfully launched in New Delhi. Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impaired through inclusively designed smartphones. He held senior management roles at Powermat and Silicon Valley mobile touchscreen technology provider, Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi created and is leading the CW Unplugged programmes in alignment with the UN SDG’s goals of creating Impact Innovators and the ‘Hive’ programmes a new form of co creating and co innovation in digital connectivity with some largest global brands in the world. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility and smart city infrastructure scale up Conigital and Industry Partner for Arjun Infrastructure Partners AIP with 2 Billion Euros of assets under management for Infrastructure Investment.