Claudia Harris

Chief Executive Officer


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Speaker Bio

Claudia Harris is the CEO of Makers, the UK’s leading alternative tech training company. She has previously worked as a partner at McKinsey & Company and the founding CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company. She worked in Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit and on the board of the 30% Club. She is passionate about helping people find work that they love and making tech more inclusive and applies that passion in her role at Makers. Makers transforms lives and organisations in two ways.

For 10 years Makers has helped those from non-tech backgrounds career switch into tech – or become ‘Makers’. It was Europe’s first coding bootcamp and is today the largest provider of Software Engineering and DevOps apprenticeships. Now Makers is working to help non-tech professionals transform into ‘Centaurs’ – a person who seamlessly blends human and artificial intelligence to deliver better outcomes, faster. Claudia lives in Highbury with her husband and two small children.

Fun Fact: Caused some confusion when her car was searched by armed police (standard practice!) at Windsor Castle on the way to collect her OBE and she was found breast-feeding a 3 month old surrounded by nappies and toys.

Speaker Sessions


IQ Is dead. Long Live LQ: Is The Ability To Learn The Most Important Type Of Intelligence?

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • AI/ML
  • Career Development
  • Claudia Harris

    Chief Executive Officer


The only kind of intelligence anyone is talking about these days is AI. But perhaps our real focus should be LQ – learning quotient – the most important form of human intelligence in this new era.

At Makers we know you can teach people tech – but that the thing that really transforms people’s lives is being good at learning. And we know that LQ can be taught. In this talk we discuss why LQ is more important than ever in the AI era – and how to build it.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why LQ matters now more than any other form of intelligence
    How to build it
  • The critical role of emotional wellbeing and resilience in enabling LQ

This session is for...anyone thinking about how to build the skills and capabilities needed to thrive in the exponential age. 

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