The ‘OIW Series’ Team

Engaging, Educating & Informing

The series will be presented by Engineering and Technology experts who can show great chemistry and friendship on screen. They will be inspiring, funny and up for hair raising challenges! They will take viewers on an incredible journey and share great engineering concepts through simple, clear and relatable concepts. They will bring their ‘fun-game’ to screen and show viewers that music, fashion and dance are also creative outlets for Engineers and Technologists. They will learn phrases in different languages and also immerse themselves into the cultures of the featured Engineers/Engineering stories.

The series will, in some parts, take the form of reality TV and as such, the presenters will share their real (raw) emotions with viewers. They will experience first hand the wonders of Engineered solutions– From super lifts in super high rise buildings to the fastest trains and power supply innovations. All through the series, they demonstrate either a professional or personal connection to the stories they tell.

L-R Larissa Suzuki, Yewande Akinola, Nike Folayan, Anne-Marie Imafidon (Koi Miah Photography)


Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She has always been interested in business, mathematics and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics and ICT), holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20.She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014, was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016 and has been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and was on the Timewise List of 50 Power Part Timers. Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In 3 years more than 7,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the worlds first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU.


She is an award-winning, passionate computer scientist & engineer, inventor, CEng and FRSA.  Her career includes +15 years working in many fields of engineering, including: AI & Machine Learning, Smart Cities, Emerging technologies and computing applied to medicine. She has received numerous awards for my contributions to industry and international science.  She works with Google as AI/Machine Learning Practice Lead, and her continuing academic work is at UCL as an Honorary Associate Professor and at University of Sao Paulo (Nuclear Medicine Department) as an International Research Collaborator. Larissa holds a BSc in Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude) and she was the valedictorian student honoured by the University and the Brazilian Computer Society as the best student. She was also a scientific initiation fellow and conducted research on AI which was presented and published at International Conferences. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCL in an joint program at Imperial College London (Business School) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (School of Architecture and Planning). Her PhD research has contributed to a growing body of knowledge in smart cities and urban data management.


Nike is currently Technical Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within the Railways Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Nike has also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald and Harada Limited. Nike’s interest lies in the evolution of Radio and IP Networks and its application within the transport industry. Nike Folayan chairs AFBE-UK, a not for profit organisation, which aims at challenging and inspiring people of BME origin to enter the field of Engineering and make enhanced contributions to their respective fields, and to local communities using Engineering as a platform. She is also a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), on the Advisory panel of Careers Ready at Lambeth College, on the diversity panel of the Science Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London Diversity Steering group, on the Strategic Planning Committee of University of the West of England and is on the industrial engineering panel at the University of Kent.


Yewande is a chartered engineer, an innovator, a dreamer and speaker with tons of passion for the role of innovation, creativity and engineering in our world today. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability. Her engineering experience and responsibilities include the design and management of sustainable water supply systems in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the U.K., Africa, the Middle East and in East Asia. Yewande has been awarded the U.K. Society of Public Health Engineers’ Young Engineer of the Year. She won the 2012/2013 the U.K. Young Woman Engineer of the Year (Institute of Engineering & Technology) and has been honoured with the Exceptional Achiever Award by the Association for Black Engineers (AFBE-UK) and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, U.K. (ACE). She has presented television programs for Discovery Channel, Channel 4, Yesterday TV and CBEEBIES. She participates in global forums on world challenges and global education, contributing to panel discussions on the next steps for developing and implementing solutions for our world’s grand challenges. She sits on the board of Trustees at the Institution of Engineering and Technology and on the Africa Catalyst Steering Committee (Global Challenges) at the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster.


Simran has a unique hybrid skillset in marketing engineering. Graduating from Imperial College London with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering she has since worked at Airbus, the worlds largest aircraft manufacturer. Starting her career as a structural engineer she then moved into marketing. Simran has had an international career, seconded to New York, Beijing and lived in France, experiencing first hand how engineering is a truly global business. Simran managed corporate events at Airbus where she travelled to over 35 different countries, working with world class airlines conducting business with different cultures. She is extremely passionate about promoting engineering, showing what an exciting profession it can be and is now working on creating content to do just this! As a sociable person her hobbies match her energetic personality, salsa and samba dancing, grade 7 drum kit playing regularly for stress release and yoga for mind and body well being!


Chris Underwood is a highly experienced video producer with a passion for making entertaining and engaging content. He has led on a hugely diverse range of projects in recent years: filming at Lords with members of the England One Day Cricket Team; at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and even creating video backdrop projections for Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1. He developed the emotional Find Every Child TV campaign for the Missing People charity and has made video content for everyone from FTSE 100 companies to flying schools to members of the Royal Family. Most recently he led on all of the digital content for the enormously successful Year of Engineering and Engineering: Take a Closer Look campaigns; working with a host of global partners including the British Antarctic Survey, the UK Space Agency, Shell, Facebook, and Pioneer Audio, as well as creating a bespoke video, shown at a service for engineering at Westminster Abbey. When he’s not filming or editing, he likes to play guitar and sing really loud! Some of this neighbours are still speaking to him.