3) Serpil Timuray: CEO Europe Cluster and Member of Group Executive Committee Vodafone Group PLC
Having chaired Vodafone’s global Inclusion for All Committee since 2014, Serpil Timuray brought significant contributions to the telecommunications and tech industry, leading a pioneering agenda which pushed for improved diversity and inclusion. Ever since joining Vodafone, Timuray has championed the development of apps and services aiming to support women such as a domestic abuse app, in the markets where Vodafone operates.
Not only that, but in March of 2020, Serpil Timuray has led the launch of Vodafone’s #ChangeTheFace initiative, a call for action following ground-breaking research which found significant lack for racial, gender, age diversity within the tech industry. According to Serpil Timuray herself:
“For the technology sector to reach its full potential, it must strive to more fairly reflect the world in which we operate.”
Therefore, the research involved Vodafone asking around 7,000 people from 9 different markets in which Vodafone operates the question, “if technology was a person, what would they be?”, to which most participants replied “young, white and middle-class”. In turn this then led to the formation of the #ChangeTheFace alliance with Vodafone inviting leading tech companies across the world to pledge their support, some of which include Deloitte, Ericsson, Facebook, IBM, Nokia, PWC and Samsung.
Timuray’s contributions towards the acceleration of diversity and equality in the technology sector did not go unrecognised. In February of 2022 she received the Diversity in Tech Outstanding Achievement Award at the Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards.