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Ayo Sokale

Ayo Sokale is a BBC BiteSize Presenter, Civil Engineer and the Deputy Mayor of Reading. She possess a wealth of talents and can speak on a broad range of subjects ranging from Environment and Sustainability to Neurodiversity and her experiences about being on the Autism spectrum.

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About Ayo Sokale

Ayo Sokale possesses an array of expertise, placing her at the cutting edge of the evolving scientific, environmental and media landscape. A Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Manager for the Environment Agency in Eastern England, Ayo is a popular Keynote Speaker on the environment and sustainability. She was a Graduate Civil Engineer on the Environment Agency’s training scheme where she signed off her ICE training agreement in just 2.5 years and achieve CEng in 3 years!


Ayo Sokale was selected as one of Professor Lord Robert Mair’s Future Leaders for his year as President of the ICE. She is one of the ICE’s Water Superheroes aptly named Eco Warrior (previously Angel) and is an excellent Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Speaker, particularly when it comes to inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects. Ayo is a STEM ambassador and mentor, encouraging others to take up careers in Civil Engineering. She was also nominated for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 initiative run by The Telegraph in partnership with The Women’s Engineering Society and is a popular Diversity and Inclusion Speaker.

In recent years, Ayo has felt more able to talk about being on the autism spectrum. She has a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and is an empathetic and inspirational keynote speaker on neurodiversity, mental health challenges and how to overcome them.

Ayo loves the performing arts, fitness and is a presenter for BBC Reel. She has a passion for  supporting great causes and has raised funds for a number of charities, using her platform as a beauty queen and finalist for Miss Galaxy England, Miss Earth and Miss Great Britain.

Speech Topics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Flood and coastal Risk Management
  • The Environment
  • Environmental Injustice
  • Water
  • Project Management
  • BIM – Building Information Modelling
  • Digital Twins
  • Digital Transformation
  • Sustainability
  • UN’s 17 sustainable development goals
  • Construction Health and Safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Women in STEM
  • Women in Engineering
  • Technology
  • London’s Underground Sewers
  • Mental Health
  • Neurodiversity
  • Motivational speaking
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Ayo Sokale Videos


"Thank you so much for coming in to speak to my year group. I have had so much positive feedback from students and teachers alike. You are so inspiring and a fantastic role model."

Highdown School

"Thank you so much for coming to our certificate presentation evening. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your words to our departing students hit exactly the right note in terms of inspiration and motivation."

Langtree School

"“The most inspirational Civil Engineer I’ve met and I’m sure the pupils felt the same!”"

Piggott School

"“Brilliant talk. Ayo was so enthusiastic.” “What a wonderful speaker!  Very dynamic, informative and entertaining.”"

National Trust

"“Ayo did an incredible job this morning and we’ve all left the call with her positive energy ready to #choosetochallenge!”"

Catalent & the City Women Network

"“Thank you so much, Ayo and organisers! I feel so inspired now” “Thank you, Ayo!- a very interesting and thought-provoking presentation” “Thank you so much, leaving the session feeling so inspired”"

Earth Day event attendees at Axon

"The event was hugely successful and Ayo was truly inspirational! Could you please convey our thanks and appreciation to Ayo for a very engaging talk – feedback has been very positive."


"Very interesting - such a positive force of nature…People often say that change happens because people 'stand on the shoulders of giants'. Today, I think we've all just met a giant!"

NHS Network members

"Ayo was an excellent speaker for DVERSTY's Intentional Engineering series, we were humbled to have her. She represented her experiences as a Chartered Civil Engineer and Councillor  extremely well. Delivering her presentation so eloquently, Ayo gave our guests an insight into the DNA of Civil Engineering. We'd like to thank Ayo for encouraging everybody to use their 'voice' to challenge injustices seen in their environment."

Joanna Tomlin -Co-Founder & Development Director- DVERSTY

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your invaluable contribution to our very first virtual IEMA members’ conference for environment and sustainability professionals. We were all so deeply inspired and empowered by what you shared with us, particularly in the area of tackling the sustainability challenge as professionals and for your ongoing commitment to a more sustainable future. We have already received so much positive feedback from our members around how beneficial and motivational they found the day and how brilliant our speakers were. This event would not have been possible without you, so thank you for giving up your precious time to be a part of this exciting inaugural event."

Sarah Mukherjee MBE - IEMA

"Ayo, I just wanted to say thank you very much for the talk today.  Your energy and passion was incredible and you brought some very valuable insights and practical tips, for which we are very grateful. I truly don’t know where you find the time to do it all, but the talk and what you are achieving was a real inspiration both for me personally and I know for the 120+ people listening in."

Paul Cuff, Chief Executive Officer, XPS

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