Great British Bake Off winner announced for IoD Women's Leadership Conference

  • Former Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has been unveiled as a guest speaker at the IoD Women’s Leadership Conference 2021.

    The business organisation will host two virtual events, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, on Friday 5 and Friday 12 March to coincide with International Woman’s Day on March 8.

    Now in its 14th year, the conference’s speaker line-up will also include IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley and spacecraft operations engineer Nagin Cox, who is part of the team that operates NASA’s rovers.

    Nadiya won series six of The Great British Bake Off in 2015 and since has been honoured with an MBE for her services to broadcasting and to the culinary arts.

    A columnist for The Times Magazine and a children’s author, Nadiya has also signed contracts with the BBC for a range of cooking series as well as her own documentary. She has been included as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK and featured on BBC News' 100 Women list.

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    Hundreds of delegates are expected to join the virtual conference, which is open to women, men as well as IoD non-members.

    IoD NI Chairman Gordon Milligan, commented: “The event will be held virtually for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic but shall remain one of the most significant annual events on the business calendar.

    “For 2021, the event will take the theme of ‘Great Leaders Rise out of Adversity’ and that is exactly what our leaders will be showcasing.

    “We are eager to hear their stories of success and are sure the keynote and panel sessions will be thought-provoking, engaging and inspiring for us all.”

    The virtual conference will also include panel sessions across both dates from a range of speakers, and the 4k Pitch competition, which provides entrepreneurs with a chance to win funding for their start-up business, will also return.

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    For further details about the conference and to book, visit

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