At 10, Anne-Marie Imafidon became the youngest girl to pass two GCSE exams — Mathematics and ICT; at 11 she was the youngest girl to pass A-level computing; at 13, she got a scholarship to study Mathematics at John Hopkins University; and at 20, she became one of the youngest people to get a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford.
Last week, she was decorated by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, alongside 3 other Nigerians, for her exceptional excellence and outstanding work with young women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) industries. At 27, Anne-Marie is the youngest scientist to be named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) since 1890.
The oldest of the Imafidon children, who have been dubbed ‘the smartest family in Britain’, Anne-Marie’s siblings have equally broken records in Mathematics and sports.
To combat the lack of diversity in the UK’s ICT sector, Anne-Marie started Stemettes, a platform across the UK and Ireland that supports and inspires young women to go into STEM. She had previously worked in prestigious companies like Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. Stemettes has now worked with over 14,000 young women across the UK, Ireland, and Europe, using workshops, public events, and incubators to introduce young women to science.
Anne-Marie has received several awards and recognition including the UK IT Industry and British Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013. She was Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ in 2014, and the 8th most Influential woman in IT in 2016. She also sits on the board of several organizations, most notably the Durham University Computer Science advisory board.