COVID Unsung Heroes interview with D&I award winner Tolu Oke


In this recorded interview, winner of the COVID Unsung Hero D&I Award, Tolu Oke, Amazon Web Services, discusses her award-winning work with Ricky Martin and Geogia Walden, Hyper Recruitment Solutions, who supported this award.

Tolu Oke stood out to the entire judging panel for a number of key reasons.

Perhaps the headline reason was that her work had a global impact on the progression of D&I in the business. Tolu helped establish a global reach of 1,450 ambassadors delivering and progressing D&I across 28 countries – her passion for D&I is clear.

To quote one of the references submitted with her application: “Tolu truly brought a fresh wind, an awesome drive, a wealth of experience, and a positive, supportive yet competent quality to the program that I have seldom witnessed anywhere else”.

This insightful interview hopes to inspire women and girls of all ages to pursue a career in STEM, as well as people working in STEM organisations that want to support and inspire future generations.

Thank you to our interviewers Ricky Martin and Georgia Walden who were also judges in attendance at the COVID Unsung Heroes Awards ceremony at Windsor Castle in February 2022.

Ricky Martin – Founder of Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS), is a biochemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has spent the past 15 years supporting careers in the life sciences and set up Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) a decade ago alongside Lord Alan Sugar, after a successful investment process on BBC1’s The Apprentice. Ricky is a passionate ambassador for supporting D&I in life-science appointments.

Georgia Walden – Team Leader, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS), is the team leader of the Biologics recruitment team at the company. Georgia has been recognised for her recruitment acumen through internal and external awards. She was awarded the Permanent Consultant and Recruiter of the Year at the Institute of Recruitment Professional awards in 2019. She is proud to say the over 60% of the scientists and leaders she has supported have been woman.