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Dr Nike Folayan

Chairperson,
Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers-UK

Dr Nike Folayan is a chartered engineer with a PhD in Electronics Engineering. She works as Associate Director and Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within the Railways Division of WSP on a variety of transport projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Nike is chair of AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation set up to inspire people of BME origin in Engineering. She is a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), on the diversity panels of the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London Diversity Steering group. Nike also champions gender diversity in engineering.

  • Identifying the major challenges facing BAME women in STEM such as equal opportunities and progression and how to overcome them
  • Outlining effective strategies aimed at achieving racial parity across the sector, in education, recruitment and progression
  • Discussing AFBE-UK’s ‘Making Engineering Hot!’ campaign and how mentoring can support progression of BAME girls into studying engineering and pursuing a career in it
  • Creating more role models for BAME women, with only 0.5% of board members in UK engineering companies being black
  • Helping to fill the skills gap through recruiting a more diverse workforce and providing opportunities for BAME women