Tanja Lichtensteiger

Director of Product Engineering


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Speaker Bio

Tanja serves as the Director of Product Engineering at the BBC, where she leads Software Engineering and Architecture for a diverse range of BBC Digital Products. This includes high-profile offerings like BBC News, Sport, iPlayer, Sounds, and Children apps, available on web, mobile and TV platforms, enriching the daily experiences of millions worldwide.

Tanja is a seasoned technology and people leader with over 24 years of software engineering experience across international IT sectors. Her expertise spans diverse industries, from broadcast and gaming to retail and education, covering start-ups to blue-chip companies. She collaborates closely with businesses to craft and implement strategies that drive meaningful change and sustainable growth through technology, delivering tangible results.

Tanja believes in Tech’s positive impact on people’s lives and our futures. She is a frequent public speaker and supports events, which encourage and motivate youth, women and minorities to get involved in technology. For her it is also about making an impact on Engineering Culture and helping people become better technologists and human beings.

Speaker Sessions

Panel Discussion

Panel: Engineering Journeys – From Engineer To Tech Director

60 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Career Development
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Tanja Lichtensteiger

    Director of Product Engineering


  • Danielle Troy

    Test Manager


  • Becky Travis

    Software Engineering Team Lead


  • Tanu Sahnan

    Software Engineering Manager


This candid conversation is aimed to kindle inspiration and empower you, offering guidance for navigating your own path to technology leadership. 

Join us for enlightening fireside chats with engineering leaders from the BBC, as they share their career trajectories and gain valuable insight from their experience and learnings. Discover the pivotal moments that shaped them and their careers. This candid conversation is aimed to kindle inspiration and empower you, offering guidance for navigating your own path to technology leadership. 

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Diverse Career Pathways: You will discover that there is no one-size-fits-all journey in technology leadership. The panellists’ diverse career paths will highlight that success in technology leadership can be achieved through a variety of routes, showcasing the importance of adaptability and perseverance.
  • Overcoming Challenges: Learning how some have overcome challenges and barriers in a traditionally male-dominated field. From navigating imposter syndrome to managing conflict, you will gain insights into strategies and how to build resilience, when pursuing leadership roles in technology.
  • Preparing for Opportunity: Through continuous learning, building strong networks and relationships and seeking out mentors, learn how to ready yourself to make the most of opportunities that come your way.

This session is for you if…you aspire to thrive in engineering leadership and want to learn from experiences of successful women leaders who are forging their path to the top.


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