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Sheree Atcheson

UK expansion director, Women Who Code

Listed as one of the UK’s Top 35 Most Influential Women in Tech 2017 by ComputerWeekly, one of the Belfast Business Top 50 2017, and a finalist in the Women in Business NI 2017’s Young Business Woman of the Year category, 26-year-old Sheree Atcheson (@nirushika) is a tech business consultant at Deloitte, founder of I Am Lanka, and UK expansion director at Women Who Code.

As well as her day-to-day life in the industry, Sheree is a tech outreach leader across the UK.

As a passionate advocate for gaining and retaining women in the tech industry, in 2013, she brought Women Who Code to the UK. Women Who Code is a global non-profit, working to eradicate the gender bias through free hack nights, tech talks and career trainings. The UK cohort (Belfast, London, Edinburgh and Bristol) has featured in several publications, such as HuffPost, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Marie Claire and many more.

In addition to this, Sheree has also founded a new social responsibility project called I Am Lanka. The organisation exists in order to shine a light on the global and local change-makers in Sri Lanka. I Am Lanka was born when Sheree was searching for her Sri Lankan birth mother. During this time, she received thousands of messages from Sri Lankan people saying that she had empowered them and that they wanted to share her story. In order to ensure all of their stories were shared, I Am Lanka was created.

The aim of Sheree’s career is to ensure people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the tech industry has to offer, and that everyone – regardless of gender, race or social stature – is able to benefit from these and reach their full potential in their careers.

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