Amali de Alwis
Code First: Girls
Amali de Alwis is CEO of Code First: Girls, a social enterprise, which works with companies and women to increase the proportions of women in tech. They do this by running free and paid for coding courses, advising companies on tech talent, and by running a community of 4000+ women who are interested in tech. Over the past 3 years they’ve provided £1.5 million worth of free tech education, taught 2500+ women how to code for free, and are the largest provider of free in person coding courses for women in the UK.
Amali previously worked as a consultant at PwC, which included a secondment to World Economic Forum. Prio to that she was a senior research and strategy consultant at TNS Global, where she advised organisations ranging from global banks to multinational retailers on stakeholder management, product, brand, and digital strategies.
Outside of the day job, she is a Commissioner for the Doncaster Education and Skills Commission, a mentor at Start-up Direct, a Tech London Advocate, as well as a fellow at the RSA.
She has advised and mentored on a number of senior and youth leadership development programmes such as the Commonwealth CSC Leaders and 33Fifty, and regularly speaks at events such as the Institute of Ideas’ “Battle of Ideas”, Devoxx, and the World Wide Web Foundation’s “Web We Want” Festival.