Listed as one of the UK’s Top 35 Most Influential Women in Tech ’17 (by Computer Weekly), one of the top 50 Belfast Business ‘17 & a finalist in the Women in Business NI 17’s “Young Businesswoman of the year” category, Sheree (@nirushika on Twitter) is a 26 year old, working as a Tech Business Consultant, Deloitte; Founder, I Am Lanka; UK Expansion Director, Women Who Code.
As well as her day to day life in the tech industry, Sheree is a tech outreach leader across the UK.
As a passionate advocate for gaining & retaining women in the tech industry, in 2013 she brought Women Who Code to the UK (womenwhocode.com). Women Who Code is a global non-profit, working to eradicate the gender bias through free hack nights, tech talks & career trainings.
Women Who Code UK (Belfast, London, Edinburgh & Bristol) has been in several publications, such as Huffington Post, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Marie Claire and many more.
In addition to this, Sheree has also founded & is working on a new Social responsibility project called I Am Lanka organisation (www.iamlanka.org). The I Am Lanka organisation exists in order to shine a light on the global/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 1000s of messages from Sri Lankan people saying that she empowered them and that they wanted to share her story.
In order to ensure all of the stories were shared, not just hers, but all of the global and local change makers, I Am Lanka was created.
She has spoken at many global events such as the World Economic Forum ’17, MIPIN ’17, Webit.Fest 16, InspireFest 15, DojoCon, techUK panels & many more.
The aim of her career is to ensure people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the tech industry has to offer & to ensure people (regardless of gender, race or social stature) are able to benefit from these & reach their full potential in their careers.