Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

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Mathematician & STEM Advocate

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Synopsis

After a stellar academic career that saw her become one of Oxford’s youngest ever master’s graduates, Anne-Marie worked in banking and technology sectors before founding Stemettes. The pioneering social enterprise has seen thousand of women and schoolgirls pursue the study of and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. As well as being a passionate advocate for diversity within STEM disciplines, Anne-Marie also comments on technology, the changing nature of work, and the challenges both present to business and society.

Biography

Computer scientist and mathematician Anne-Marie Imafidon works to inspire women to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. She also comments on technology, the changing nature of work, and the challenges both present to business and society.

A child prodigy, aged 11 Anne-Marie passed her first two GCSEs and at 13 she was the recipient of a scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. She then went to Oxford, starting her master’s in mathematics and computer science at 17 and becoming one of the university’s youngest ever master’s graduates.

Anne-Marie worked for Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, and Deutsche Bank in business analysis, enterprise collaboration and technology (and was cited as one of the leading figures in IT along the way). She then founded, and continues to lead, Stemettes, a social enterprise dedicated to bringing girls and young women to STEM subjects. Stemettes has helped tens of thousands of schoolgirls go on to higher levels of study in STEM.

A regular commentator in the media on opening up and diversifying access to STEM education, Anne-Marie is also the co-founder of Outbox, a pioneering incubator dedicated to businesses started by teenage girls. Elsewhere, Anne-Marie has also worked with companies including the BBC and 20th Century Fox to include more tech role models on screen, and has served as a board member on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Digital Skills Partnership.

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