Ayo Sokale

Ayo Sokale

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BBC Science Presenter and Civil Engineer

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Synopsis

BBC Presenter and Civil Engineer Ayo possesses an array of talents and expertise, working at the cutting edge of the scientific, environmental and media landscape.

Biography

A generation of young people have grown up following Ayo Sokale on BBC Reel and BBC Bitesize, where she’s covered the first principles on an array of scientific subjects from physics to design. She also works as TV expert on STEM issues, and has presented documentaries for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Yesterday TV, and Channel 5.

Ayo is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Team Manager for the Environment Agency in Eastern England and is a popular Keynote Speaker on the environment and sustainability. She was previously a project manager and BIM lead, pushing for innovative, efficient, and sustainable delivery of flood and coastal risk management schemes. Ayo was a Graduate Civil Engineer on the Environment Agency’s training scheme where she undertook internal and external placements which enabled her to sign off her ICE training agreement in two and a half years and achieve CEng in three years. A former Deputy Mayor of Reading, she campaigned tirelessly on sustainability issues in the area.

Ayo was selected as one of Professor Lord Robert Mair’s Future Leaders for his year as President of the ICE. She is one of the ICE’s Water Superheroes aptly named Eco Warrior (previously Angel), and is an excellent Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Speaker, particularly when it comes to inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects.

Ayo is a STEM ambassador and mentor, encouraging others to take up careers in Civil Engineering. She was also nominated for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 initiative run by The Telegraph in partnership with The Women’s Engineering Society and is a popular Diversity and Inclusion Speaker.

She also talks about being on the autism spectrum. She has a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and is an empathetic and inspirational keynote speaker on neurodiversity, and mental health challenges and how to overcome them.

 

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