Sierra Leone’s FA President Isha Johansen will be delivering the keynote speech at the UK’s award winning Your Future, Your Ambition (YFYA) conference on the 3rd March 2016 at the Emirates Stadium in London, for the world’s future leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Isha Johansen will share her story, experiences and expertise with senior representatives from the world’s leading STEM organisations. Her speech will focus on growth, innovation and STEM talent – bridging the gap in this highly competitive market.

STEM skills play a central role in developing innovative products and services that can be effectively positioned in world markets. International organisations must meet the growing demand for people equipped with higher level, economically valuable skills.

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It is acknowledged that more needs to be done internationally to increase diversity in STEM related subjects and jobs both from a gender and ethnicity perspective; and the evening’s goal is to inform, educate and inspire attendees and organisations to take action in hiring and nurturing STEM talent from the diverse talent pool that is available.

Isha Johansen is the only female FA president in Africa, and one of only two in the world. As the first woman to serve on FIFA’s Security and Integrity Committee, and the force behind Power Play Africa – an initiative to advance the status of women and girls in Africa through their participation in football, her experience at the forefront of diversity in the world of football and sports leadership will be an important addition to the conference.

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The YFYA initiative brings together each year a number of blue chip organisations, development organisations and service partners.

Companies involved have included Accenture, Afro Caribbean Business Network, Association of Black Engineers, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bloomberg, British Airways, British Petroleum, British Telecom, BNY Mellon, Cisco, Deloitte, EDF Energy, Ernst & Young, IBM, Ian Dodd Consulting, KPMG, National Grid, Oracle, Race for Opportunity, Proctor & Gamble, SceneChange, Synchronous Leadership and Thomson Reuters.