Kayisha Payne

Kayisha Payne


Kayisha Payne began her Higher Education journey at Aston University where she read Chemical Engineering. She continued her education at Imperial College London, where she received a Masters’ in Advanced Chemical Engineering with a heavy focus on Biochemical Engineering and Drug Development. During Kayisha’s time in industry, she has amassed experience in the Cosmetic Industry (COTY) as a Process Engineer, playing a key lead in bringing a very popular product to market. She also has Project Management experience working within the Pharmaceutical and Technology team at Mace. Currently, she holds a position as a Scientist at AstraZeneca. Realising the lack of representation of Black individuals in STEM from education right through to industry, as of January 2018, she founded a non-profit organisation named BBSTEM, Black British Professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The aims are to encourage, enable, and energise individuals in education and industry to widen the participation and contribution of Black individuals in STEM. In 2018 she was recognised by the Financial Times as one of The Top 100 Most Influential BAME leaders in Diversity and Tech. In 2019 she was awarded the STEM Rising Star Award at The Black British Business Awards.

Through an interactive platform discuss with sector leaders and experts the latest insights into how to support the advancement and progression of girls and women in the STEM sector, looking at examples of best practice, practical solutions and leading strategies. This panel discussion will be chaired by Dr Katie Perry, CEO, The Daphne Jackson Trust. 

  • Sharing successful examples of collaboration and partnerships between employers and education providers in supporting the STEM pipeline
  • Exploring strategies for supporting girls uptake of STEM subjects beyond engineering and science but specifically in technology related subjects
  • Discussing innovative approaches to creating a more diverse STEM workforce which includes gender and racial parity
  • Analysing the potential challenges women in STEM will face in the future and how to develop and deliver strategies to support ongoing progress and advancement