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Games Careers Week has added 3 new voices to the Steering Group for the festival: Shivani Rambaran from Triangular Pixels, Soraya Sobh from Fnatic and Ayesha Allen from ELAM.
Ayesha Allen, Assistant Principal – Partnerships and Professionalism, ELAM
Ayesha Allen is a founding member of East London Arts and Music (ELAM), a free sixth form college in East London specialising in Games Design, Music and Film and committed to improving diversity within the creative industries. With over 10 years experience in education she now focuses on bringing industry to curriculum to strengthen the learning experience of trainees.
The ELAM games course was started in 2017 with trainees learning games art, programming and design from scratch working alongside companies like Sports Interactive, Creative Assembly and Playstation. This year ELAM trainees and staff were nominated for 3 BAFTA Young Game Designer awards and won the senior Game Making award.
Soraya Sobh, Head of Creators, Fnatic
Soraya needs little introduction, as a multi-disciplinary music and media executive with a focus on management, strategy and business development currently Head of Creators at leading esports org, Fnatic.
Winner of the 2019 Women of the Future Awards [media] (sponsored by Aviva) and named in the Music Week 30 under 30 (2015), she often frequents panels at conferences internationally. She has an Executive MBA at Cass Business School, City of London University with a concentration in corporate strategy.
Alongside her career she sits uniquely at the intersection of technology, culture and entertainment whereby she can leverage her skillset strategically and commercially in a rapidly converging digital landscape.
Shivani Rambaran, Designer, Triangular Pixels
Shivani joined award-winning VR games studio Triangular Pixels in 2021 as a junior games designer after completing various online courses, such as Prince’s Trust’s Get Started with Games Design course made in partnership with NextGen Skills Academy, the BGI’s How to start your career in videogames course on FutureLearn, and Unity’s LEGO® Microgame course.
A firm supporter of diversity in the games industry, she also volunteers with BiG (BAME in Games) as their Discord Manager.
Games Careers Week’s Steering Group now comprises:
Marcia Deakin, NextGen Skills Academy
Declan Cassidy, Into Games
Shahneila Saeed, Digital Schoolhouse / Ukie
Dr. Jacob Habgood, Sumo Digital / TIGA
Shivani Rambaran, Triangular Pixels
Andy Driver, Grads in Games
Soraya Sobh, Fnatic
Chris Dring, GamesIndustry.biz
Ayesha Allen, ELAM
Rick Gibson, BGI
Games Careers Week is a free non-profit event organised and funded by the BGI, Into Games and Grads in Games, supported by TIGA, NextGen Skills Academy, Gamesindustry.biz and Ukie
The BGI is a charity number 1183530 which educates the public about games through the National Videogame Museum, training and research.
Into Games is a national non-profit Community Interest Company that supports people from all backgrounds in finding rewarding careers in games.
Grads in Games is a non-profit Community Interest Company which equips students with the skills games employers need.