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Ayo Sokale

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Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, Former Deputy Mayor of Reading, Sustainability & Motivational Speaker, STEM Speaker and Neurodiversity Speaker

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BBC Presenter, Civil Engineer and a leading keynote speaker in her field - Ayo Sokale  possesses an array of talents and expertise, working at the cutting edge of the scientific, environmental and media landscape. 

Reasons to book Ayo Sokale

  • She is a STEM ambassador and mentor, encouraging others to take up careers in Civil Engineering.
  • Ayo works as TV expert on STEM issues – documentaries for the likes of the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Yesterday TV and Channel 5 – and counts Shell, Heineken, Blue Yonder, the NHS and Thames Water are among the leading clients she has worked with as a keynote speaker.

Ayo is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Team Manager for the Environment Agency in Eastern England and is a popular Keynote Speaker on the environment and sustainability. She was previously a project manager and BIM lead, pushing for innovative, efficient and sustainable delivery of flood and coastal risk management schemes. Ayo was a Graduate Civil Engineer on the Environment Agencys training scheme where she undertook internal and external placements which enabled her to sign off her ICE training agreement in 2.5 years and achieve CEng in 3 years. A former Deputy Mayor of Reading, she campaigned tirelessly on sustainability issues in the area.

Ayo is one of the ICEs Water Superheroes aptly named Eco Warrior (previously Angel) and is an excellent Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Speaker, particularly when it comes to inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects. She was also nominated for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 initiative run by The Telegraph in partnership with The Womens Engineering Society and is a popular Diversity and Inclusion Speaker, particularly during black History Month.

In recent years, Ayo has felt more able to talk about being on the autism spectrum. She has a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome and is an empathetic and inspirational keynote speaker on neurodiversity, mental health challenges and how to overcome them. She is writing her first first book in the field of self development to support these endeavours. 

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Keynote topics by Ayo Sokale

Ayo has a wide range of experience and can speak on the following topics:

  • Civil Engineering .
  • Flood and coastal Risk Management.
  • The Environment.
  • Environmental Injustice.
  • Water.
  • Project Management.
  • BIM – Building Information Modelling.
  • Digital Twins.
  • Digital Transformation.
  • Sustainability.
  • UN’s 17 sustainable development goals.
  • Construction Health and Safety.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Diversity & Inclusion. 
  • Women in STEM.
  • Women in Engineering.
  • Technology.
  • London’s Underground Sewers.
  • Mental Health.
  • Neurodiversity.
  • Motivational speaking.
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Ayo Sokale Presenter Showreel 2021

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Ayo Sokale - Breaking into a Male-Dominated Industry | Exclusive Interview

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Ayo Sokale hosting the Environment Agency Awards in Birmingham

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The session with Ayo was fantastic. I have to say she was phenomenal, really inspiring, we had great feedback!

Rachel Collins,

Colt Technology Services

Ayo was fantastic and the session went down really well. Please extend my thanks to her for such a well presented and well-rounded session, not only touching on race but also neurodiversity a topic we have also presented on earlier in the year.

Monty Onanuga

Senior Risk Manager at ClearBank

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your invaluable contribution to our very first virtual IEMA members’ conference for environment and sustainability professionals. We were all so deeply inspired and empowered by what you shared with us, particularly in the area of tackling the sustainability challenge as professionals and for your ongoing commitment to a more sustainable future. We have already received so much positive feedback from our members around how beneficial and motivational they found the day and how brilliant our speakers were. This event would not have been possible without you.

Sarah Mukherjee MBE


Ayo was an excellent speaker for DVERSTY's Intentional Engineering series, we were humbled to have her. She represented her experiences as a Chartered Civil Engineer and Councillor extremely well. Delivering her presentation so eloquently, Ayo gave our guests an insight into the DNA of Civil Engineering. We'd like to thank Ayo for encouraging everybody to use their voice to challenge injustices seen in their environment.

Joanna Tomlin

Co-Founder & Development Director- DVERSTY

Very interesting - such a positive force of nature…People often say that change happens because people "stand on the shoulders of giants". Today, I think we've all just met a giant!

NHS Network members

Ayo, I just wanted to say thank you very much for the talk today. Your energy and passion was incredible and you brought some very valuable insights and practical tips, for which we are very grateful. I truly don’t know where you find the time to do it all, but the talk and what you are achieving was a real inspiration both for me personally and I know for the 120+ people listening in.

Paul Cuff

Chief Executive Officer, XPS

The event was hugely successful and Ayo was truly inspirational! Could you please convey our thanks and appreciation to Ayo for a very engaging talk – feedback has been very positive.


Thank you so much for coming to our certificate presentation evening. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your words to our departing students hit exactly the right note in terms of inspiration and motivation.

Langtree School
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