VBQ Speakers

Didem Ün Ates


Didem Ün Ates

Global technology leader

Speaker Themes

  • Tech trends

  • AI in business and society

  • Innovation

  • The tech startup ecosystem

  • Girls in STEM

  • Diversity in the tech industry, especially in AI

Travels From

London, UK



Didem Ün Ates is a global technology leader with 20+ years of experience in business development, partner/account management and management consulting.

She is currently Senior Director, AI Customer and Partner Engagement at Microsoft, and has extensive multinational leadership experience in scaling disruptive technologies, building new revenue streams, and implementing global partnerships.

Her expertise allows her to provide critical insights on the latest tech trends - particularly in AI - that are disrupting the global business landscape, and how they can be implemented for social good as well as economic benefit.

She is also deeply passionate about diversity in the tech industry, particularly in helping women, minorities and underrepresented groups embrace technology and AI through organising global hackathon programmes.

She is a member of the “Women In AI” network, and has received the Women in Advertising and Communications London ‘Future Leaders’ Award for her social impact work on women and girls in AI.


Didem talks about connecting the tech startup ecosystem (2016)

Teens in AI (2018)