Tanja Lichtensteiger

Business Systems Team Leader, Leeds Beckett University

Tanja Lichtensteiger – Biography

Originally from South East Asia, Tanja was programming before she was 10 and built her first Lego robots when she was 11. On moving to Switzerland, she secured an IT apprenticeship as one of just three women in a cohort of 120. As a mixed-race woman, Tanja has experienced both racism and sexism throughout her 16-year technical career, but she hasn’t let that stop her. She is passionate about addressing the lack of women applying for jobs in the sector, as well as encouraging ethnic minority candidates to work in tech and pursue leadership roles. She now leads the Business Systems Software Development team at Leeds Beckett University, helping her staff deliver IT projects using an Oracle, web and Microsoft tech stack.

Areas of expertise

  • Programming and the software development lifecycle
  • Data and business decision-making
  • Brexit as a European tech worker
  • Gender and ethnic diversity in tech jobs


  • Leeds

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