Accenture to host special diversity panel at Digital City Expo

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Professional services company Accenture has been confirmed as hosting the dedicated diversity panel taking place at Digital City Expo.

Names including Noha Amin, award-winning cybersecurity specialist; Namrata Murlidhar Anand, LinkedIn Learning’s Director of International Marketing; and Annette Joseph, Founder of Diverse & Equal, have already been announced as joining the discussion, which is titled 'Closing the diversity gap in the Northern tech industry'.

The panel takes place in the Keynote Session sponsored by Accenture, between 11am and 12pm on March 12th. It will be chaired by Liz Scott, Tech Nation's Head of Entrepreneur Engagement. Completing the panel is Amanda Newman, Technology Senior Manager at Accenture.

The Accenture session will be opened by Alexis Rose, Global Inclusion and Diversity Director at Accenture Strategy. 

Chris Gray, Managing Director and North West Lead at Accenture, said: “Having recently relocated to the heart of Manchester’s thriving innovation district, Accenture is committed to supporting the growth of the city as the largest Tech hub outside of London. Digital City Festival provides an ideal platform for connecting and collaborating as part of the North West’s ever-growing ecosystem of technology start-ups and major players.”

Speaking ahead of the panel, Amanda Newman said: “The proportion of tech roles filled by women has flatlined at 16% since 2009 and all we need to do more. Accenture has committed to driving the inclusion and diversity agenda and not just on gender equality, but all aspects of diversity.

"It is fundamental to our culture and embedded in our core values, because we know that equality drives innovation. We’re excited to share our research and experience with other tech and digital businesses in the region that are keen to create a similar culture of inclusion.”

Taking place on March 11th and 12th at Manchester Central, Digital City Expo brings together exhibitors and leading speakers across eight stages. Registration for the event is free and open now, enabling you to meet all the exhibitors and access all the talks.

It sits at the centre of the wider Digital City Festival (March 9th - 13th) held all across Manchester, featuring awards, networking opportunities, an official launch, expo afterparty, and a host of fringe events.

Opportunities to sponsor and exhibit at Digital City Expo are available now. Find out more here, or contact Becky Mellor on hello@digitalcityfestival.com, or 0161 533 0681.

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