INWED event: What does inclusive leadership look like in 2021?

180622 RAE 214


9 June 2021


To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED21), the Royal Academy of Engineering is hosting an online version of their annual INWED Leadership event, where the next generation of engineers have an opportunity to hear from and interact with inspirational industry leaders.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, who is Chief Executive of both the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering, will discuss the importance of inclusive leadership with special guests Aleida Rios, Senior Vice President Engineering at QEPrize donor company bp, and Dr Loubna Bouarfa, Founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies. They will discuss the business benefits of building inclusive workplaces for all, especially in times of crisis, and how to lead inclusively and drive positive change.


Aleida Rios, SVP of Engineering, bp

Aleida is accountable for bp’s center of technical discipline engineering expertise, which houses the most senior engineers and engineering technical authorities. She chairs the heads of engineering forum, which represents the company’s 3,000 practicing engineers. Aleida is accountable for enabling bp’s energy transition through engineering to deliver on resilient hydrocarbons and the scale up of gas and low carbon energy in the areas of CCUS, hydrogen, wind, bio and electrification.

Aleida holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and was given its Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of her STEM advocacy. She was recognised as the 10th most powerful Latina, 2017 by The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and Fortune magazine. Most recently Aleida was named to the 2020 Financial Times EMpower top ethnic minority executive list, a recognition of her leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion above and beyond her role. She serves on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group.

Dr Loubna Bouarfa, Founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies

Dr Loubna Bouarfa is a machine-learning scientist turned entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies, an artificial intelligence data analytics company for healthcare. OKRA allows healthcare professionals to combine all their data in one place and generate actionable, evidence-based insights in real time, to save and improve human lives.

Loubna is currently a member of the European Union High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, where she is particularly focused on healthcare and achieving competitive business impact with AI. She was named an MIT Technology Review top innovator under 35, a Forbes 50 top women in tech, and won several prizes, including CEO of year 2019 at the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards and best female-led startup at the StartUp Europe Awards. On a personal level, she is a strong advocate for diversity, women and challenging the status quo.


The event will be hosted on the Royal Academy of Engineering's LinkedIn Live page, and registration is required: REGISTER HERE .

Recording notice

Please note this event will be recorded and published on the Royal Academy of Engineering website.

To find out more about the event, including accessibility arrangements and diversity monitoring, please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering event page.

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