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Professor Sue Black OBE

Professor Sue Black OBE is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, and Director of EDI in the Computer Science department at Durham University, UK.

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Professor Sue Black OBE

About Professor Sue Black OBE

Sue Black leads the pioneering #TechUPWomen programme retraining women from underserved communities into technology careers. Sue is an internationally known, multi award-winning, technology evangelist, inspiring speaker and media figure who is well known for championing Women in Computing, promoting women in STEM and running the successful campaign to save Bletchley Park in 2011. Sue set up the UKs first online network for women in computing BCSWomen in 1998 and in 2012 a social enterprise #techmums to help disadvantaged mums retrain.

Sue is well connected and networked in the tech world and regularly keynotes large corporate events, conferences and leadership events. She is also called upon to appear on radio and television to comment on technology issues, and recently fulfilled her lifelong dream of appearing on BBC Radio 4s Desert Island Discs. In 2021 Sue co-created and hosts the 100 moments that rocked computer science! to great acclaim. #100moments achieved a chart-topping 5th highest in the Apple technology podcast charts in 2021, series 2 is streaming now.

Awarded an OBE by King Charles for Services to technology in 2016, Sue has written many articles evangelizing about technology, over forty academic computer science papers, and is currently working on a coding book to be published by Penguin. Board Trustee for Comic Relief and Digital Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education Sue has spent much of her career helping people and organisations to realise the amazing opportunities and potential that technology can bring from refugee mums on welfare through to the UK Prime Minister.

In March 2023 Sue will become Deputy President of the British Computer Society and President in 2024.

Recent awards and recognition

Diversity Powerlist Top 100 2022
Les Margarets – European Intrapreneur of the year 2022
British Airways #BA100 – Top 100 Britons 2019
Inducted into the British Interactive Media Awards Hall of Fame 2018
University of London + Royal College of Art + University of Kent honorary DScs 2018
Grace Hopper conference ABIE Social Impact award 2017
Inspiring 50 – most inspiring women in European Technology 2016 + 2017
OBE – presented by King Charles for Services to Technology 2016

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