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Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, keynote speaker
Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, keynote speaker
Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, Keynote Speaker, Sustainability Speaker, Motivational Speaker
Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, keynote speaker
Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, keynote speaker
Ayo Sokale keynote speaker at EEMUA awards

Ayo Sokale

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

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Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, keynote speaker

Ayo Sokale is a renowned Chartered Civil engineer, a distinguished keynote speaker, motivational speaker, STEM speaker, and sustainability speaker. She is widely recognised as one of the fastest engineers to achieve Chartered status. With an extensive background in delivering flood risk management projects, managing teams, supervising engineers, and influencing policy through key committees, Ayo is a dedicated advocate for engineering and sustainability.

She works as a Major Project and Programme Delivery Business Manager for The Environment Agency.

A sought-after presenter and keynote speaker, Ayo shares her expertise on technology, sustainability, engineering, innovation, and more. Her captivating presentations inspire and educate audiences on critical topics.

In addition to her engineering prowess, Ayo Sokale is a multifaceted talent. She is a prominent BBC Broadcaster, notably co-presenting on CBeebies’ Get Set Galactic, a captivating science-based gameshow for children. Her love of working with young minds shines through as she explores themes ranging from gravity to the Solar System, pollination, and energy.

Ayo’s broadcasting portfolio extends to BBC Reel, BBC Bitesize, and acclaimed documentary work for renowned networks like Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Yesterday TV, and Channel 5. Her presenting skills have also been sought after by other commercial clients, including ITN and Trimble.

Ayo actively contributes to the STEM field, producing engaging content for corporate clients and creating the Wednesday Wisdoms Series/Podcast and Everyday Science Series and  Esoteric Stories for Modern Lives.  Notably, Ayo is a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Reading, where she founded Plastic Free Caversham, earning single plastic-free accreditation for the area in 2022.

As an Executive Coach, Ayo works with successful professionals navigating crossroads in their careers, helping them align with their values and leverage their unique strengths and interests. She brings her empathetic approach and inspirational insights to her keynote speeches on neurodiversity and mental health, drawing from her own diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome.

Ayo is also an accomplished author, with her book ‘Othered: How to Thrive & Disrupt in Spaces Not Created for You’. The rights to this are handled by the BKS Agency. Her entrepreneurial spirit shines through as the Founder and CEO of a tech startup poised to revolutionise the coaching space. Ayo is also featured in Dr Shini Somara’s Book ‘Engineers Making a Difference: Inventors, Technicians, Scientists and Tech Entrepreneurs Changing the World, and How You Can Join Them’ and in Daniel Tammet’s book ‘9 minds’ .

Beyond her professional achievements, Ayo is a non-linear thinker with diverse interests and a track record of success, from pageantry where she held titles such as Miss Plymouth, Miss Sussex, and Miss East Sussex, to her advocacy and active work for social enterprises and charity. She is also an animated superhero named Eco Angel, reflecting her dedication to flood risk management and community protection. Ayo is a Trustee for the Autistic Girl Network Charity.

Recognised as one of the Top 50 women in engineering in 2017 and the ICE President’s future Leader in 2018, Ayo Sokale is a true force of positive change and innovation across a range of sectors.


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

“Ayo was a brilliant addition to our International Women’s Day celebrations, bringing infectious  energy, positivity and great insight. We’d recommend her to anyone looking for a warm, energetic and uplifting speaker for their event!’

The Marketing Store

“Ayo did an incredible job this morning (even in the face of Zoom sound difficulties) and we’ve all left the call with her positive energy ready to #choosetochallenge!”

Catalent & the City Women Network

“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

“What a wonderful evening you gave us! Who would have thought that sewers could be so 🤔  interesting!”

“Brilliant talk. Ayo was so enthusiastic.”

“What a wonderful speaker!  Very dynamic, informative and entertaining.”

National Trust

“Thank you so much, Ayo and organisers! I feel so inspired now”

“Thank you, Ayo!- a very interesting and thought-provoking presentation”

“Thank you so much, leaving the session feeling so inspired”

Earth Day event attendees, Axon

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.


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! Ayo’s presentation was definitely another success. Our audience totally loved her. Very inspiring and memorable.

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

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, so thank you for giving up your precious time to be a part of this exciting inaugural event.


Sarah Mukherjee MBE, IEMA
The session earlier today with Ayo was simply amazing I have never come across such an inspirational speaker
The Environment Agency

Ayo’s BHM session was full of energy and we had lots of interactions from the 40+ audience who were in the online session. The discussions were focused on career progression, especially for People of Colour. The feedback has been really positive and all of us on the call were truly inspired by Ayo.

Jing Jin, Head of Transformation Office, Wates.
Just a short note to pass on our thanks to Ayo for coming to our event last night, giving a great keynote and answering all the questions. It was great that she stayed for the panel session too and I know lots of people were thrilled to be able to meet her and chat with her afterwards.
Vital Energy
Ayo offered a HUGE injection of energy into our Empower Women in Business programme. She was insightful, inspiring, relatable and left everyone feeling energised and motivated! Thank you so much Ayo! We will definitely be back for more”
Hayley Grainger, Raise the Bar

The feedback has been so positive, and the session has already helped so many of our employees. Please thank Ayo for her time and her ENERGY!!

Colette Balado, Vectura

It was such a pleasure to host Ayo Sokale at our Slack Virtual Speakers Event bringing together our Abilities, Womens, and Earthtones communities during July’s Disability Pride Month.  She provided some insightful thoughts on her own career journey and personal journey as a person living with autism which all our team very much appreciated.  We’re so grateful for the experiences and learnings she shared with us given our inclusive audience which she was very much able to relate with.  Thank you Ayo, all the best for your bright future ahead!

Alain Quino, Slack

Ayo was brilliant. People found her engaging and energetic. I found her approach – and how interested she was – so helpful; rather than her just having a topic to talk about and talking at us, she was dynamic and bounced from what she knows and feels to how it’s contextualised for us, drawing on things she’d heard already and being considerate of who she is speaking to

Megan Dixon, Savills
Ayo was phenomenal. We’ve had really good feedback from people who were in the audience, in-person and online.
AWE Aldermaston

Ayo delivered an incredible and thought-provoking keynote speech and led the discussion wonderfully. She has an impressive background which was truly inspiring and she was the perfect keynote speaker and host for our event.

Building Design Partnership
Thank you so much, Ayo, for being part of this special event celebrating engineers who make a difference. You are truly inspiring and an amazing advocate for the industry.
Deovonne Ferreira, EEMUA
“I hope to share the recording with my daughter – Ayo’s journey was so inspiring”. “Session was really inspirational and covered more topics than I expected.”
Audience feedback, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

On behalf of GSK, we wanted to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for your incredible contribution as a speaker at our International Women’s Day event 2024. Everyone at GSK really enjoyed the session. Your personal anecdotes not only captivated the audience but also served as powerful examples of the importance of fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and respected. The dialogue has been an inspiring one and has added immense value to the occasion, making it an enriching experience for all attendees. Thank you once again for sharing your time, expertise and passion with us. Your contribution has made a difference and we are incredibly grateful for your support.

Urvashi Bhatnagar, GSK
‘We loved our session with Ayo. She was very inspiring, and we particularly liked how action-oriented the talk was. She was very engaging, and many colleagues commented that they felt empowered to go away and think about the exercises she shared during the presentation.

“A huge thank you for helping to arrange Ayo Sokale as our guest speaker.  Ayo was brilliant!  We had such a great session, she was so engaging and fun and the trainees really liked her.  Her messages were really powerful and it all made for a great learning event.’’


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Ayo Sokale, presenter and keynote speaker

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