Founder and CEO at 23 Code Street.

Anisah is the founder and CEO of 23 Code Street, a coding school for all women and non binary people. For every paying student, they teach digital skills to a woman in the Slums of Mumbai.

Having seen the lack of diversity and inclusion in tech in her role at a global accelerator and seeing the effects this has on products and services, Anisah is determined to be a signpost for the underrepresented to create a workforce that represents our society.

What does diversity mean to you?

Diversity means having a workforce that is representative of the society we live in, in workspaces that are built to include them.

Why do you care about diversity?

I care because I want to see innovation that considers more people. We need to give more people the tools to build the future and a seat at the table in bigger organisations, because they will see and understand problems that others will not. We don’t know what we don’t know.

A very basic level example of this is that as an abled woman, if I was to open a shop, would I consider how a disabled woman in a wheelchair accesses it? Is this a priority for me if I am on a tight budget?

We need more exposure to diversity too. We need diversity of every variety to be normalised because on a global scale, this is what brings about empathy and equality.

How can we build more inclusive communities?

We need to change the version of success we look for in people. We currently see white, males, middle class, from a “good” university as the default version of success. We trust this “Default Man”, as named by Grayson Perry. Therefore, when we hire, this is what we look for consciously and sub consciously.

We need to highlight more diverse role models, change the way we hire by looking at things like blind CVs, removing universities from applications, creating new personal networks, and using new technology that helps remove bias.