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Yinka Bankole

Mentoring Lead,
Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers-UK

Yinka Bankole is a chartered chemical engineer primarily in oil and gas companies, who has held both management and client positions, but also worked in local government and in various Information Technology roles. In the last 10 years he has dedicated considerable time and effort mentoring junior engineers/students, during which he has been a STEM ambassador and was fortunate to join AFBE-UK , becoming the mentoring lead for a few years. He also participated in an AFBE drive to reach out irrespective of ethnic background. He is currently an engineering consultant and continues to mentor, looking forward to when there will be no minorities 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