Richard Ng

Tech, education, startups, D&I

A world of abundant opportunity for everyone?

I like challenging the status quo, making things happen and empowering others - mostly at the intersections of tech, education, startups and D&I.

My whole career, I've been ignoring some advice I was given: "Don't reinvent the wheel."

Here's the problem: there is no functioning wheel.

Society is systemically failing to address unequal opportunity and technological upheaval.

That's why I try to challenge the status quo, make things happen and empower others.

I work at the intersections of tech, education, startups and D&I (diversity and inclusion).

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Academy: Programme Lead

What they do

Academy is making a high-impact career in technology more accessible than ever before, unleashing the potential of those who deserve to go further, faster.

We're building a new graduate scheme that combines world class technology and leadership training with a career fast-track inside leading tech companies.

.Our cohorts are ≥ 50% female and ≥ 50% BAME - we're on a mission to raise the bar on what leadership in tech looks like.

Lead investors

LocalGlobe and Emerge Education

What I do

I'm currently building the core technology (software engineering) pillar of our graduate scheme: learner experience, curriculum design and instructional design.

eWorker: Advisory Board member

What they do

eWorker is solving the problem of hiring tech talent for a new world of remote work and employee diversity pressures.

We’ve built an evidence-based, matching and hiring platform for companies to access the top 1% of remote software engineering talent from Africa.

Code Your Future: teacher trainer

What they do

CodeYourFuture is a non-profit organisation that trains refugees and other disadvantaged people to become web developers and helps them to find work in the tech industry.

CYF graduates work in companies like FT, BBC, STV, Ticketmaster and startups like Adzuna, Sensible Object, tlr and WeGotPop.

What I do

I build and deliver 'teacher training' to the CYF volunteer teachers and teacher assistants, to equip them to support the CYF beneficiaries.

Coding Black Females: full-stack software engineering instructor

What they do

Coding Black Females is a nonprofit organisation, with the primary aim of providing opportunities for Black female developers to develop themselves, meet familiar faces, network, receive support and build relationships through having regular meetups.

What I do

I deliver training, bootcamp and workshops to CBF beneficiaries: Node.js and Express, introduction to SQL and databases, NoSQL databases and MongoDB.

Black Valley: mentor

What they do

Black Valley is a global community dedicated to increasing equity in tech; by fostering an environment where black talents from a black ethnic background can thrive.

Coders of Colour: JavaScript instructor

What they do

Coders of Colour is an organisation aimed at "Empowering and enabling young underrepresented people of colour to pursue a career in tech by providing them with a safe space for them to learn, explore and grow". We do this primarily by running free coding workshops for young people.



Included VC: fellow

What they do

The Included VC mission is to change the face of the VC industry, dramatically increasing diversity and maximising fund success by transforming networks, staff, dealflow and investments.

The Included VC Fellowship is a fully-funded programme of executive coaching, investment committee simulations and industry masterclasses.

VC partners

Notion Capital, Creandum, Seedcamp, M12, Mouro Capital, Enern, Daphni, K Fund, Mangrove Capital Partners

What I did

I was selected from >2000 applicants for the inaugural cohort of 30.

Having completed the Fellowship, I'm now supporting as an alumni by building a mobile-first learning pathway.

WhiteHat: software engineering coach

What they do

WhiteHat's mission is to accelerate the careers of a diverse group of future leaders. We do that by offering apprenticeships that genuinely rival the learning experience at elite universities. Clients like Google, BP and Mastercard come to us to help them with closing digital skills gaps and improving diversity.

Lead investors

Index Ventures

What I did

As a software engineering coach, I worked with apprentice software engineers and engineering managers at companies like Starling Bank, Improbable and Publics Sapient.

OneMaths: COO (people, product, partnerships)

What they do

OneMaths was building a virtual intelligent mathematics tutor to bring the benefits of high-quality private tuition to a wider audience.

What I did

I built and led the company hiring processes, product design sprints and school partnerships (whilst remaining hands-on as a software engineer).

Teach First: teacher of mathematics and citizenship

What they do

Teach First is a charity that develops and supports teachers and leaders who are determined to make a difference where it's needed the most.

What I did

I was a participant on the Teach First programme, teaching maths and citizenship in a non-selective secondary school serving a community of socioeconomic disadvantage.


But I know that these problems aren't solved by isolated individuals.

We need to work together to find solutions that work for everyone.

If you're challenging the status quo, making things happen and empowering others - I'd love to hear from you!

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