Lella Violet Halloum

award-winning young changemaker, technologist & public speaker

About Lella Violet

"I believe that no decision about my generation — the digital generation — should be made without us."

That's why Lella's passionate about ‘tech for good’ & closing the digital divide. In 2021, Lella was named the youngest EVER IBM zChampion for her efforts to demystify the tech industry by uniting thousands of young technologists globally to use technology as a catalyst to achieve social good, alongside her A-Level studies.


Through her work, Lella strives to diversify the industry by creating more opportunities for young people, particularly underserved & underrepresented communities and those with non-traditional academic backgrounds, highlighting the important role young people play in industry and wider society.


As an IBM zChampion and New Creator Lella is a frequent global United Nations & IBM speaker, thought leader, and advocate for young people, bringing her personal mission to life by engaging thousands of students globally through tech events and social media and, with IBM's support, in creating student-led webinars that are entirely for, with and by youth.


Her efforts towards achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work & Economic Growth & Reduced Inequalities have been recognised through receiving the 2021 Diana Award, as a finalist in the Women of the Future Young Star category & the Northern Power Women Awards 'One to Watch' category.

Awards & Accolades

Princess Diana Award Recipient - Lella has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for her social action and humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

Northern Power Women: One to Watch - The Northern Power Women Awards encapsulate remarkable, innovative, determined and talented young women in the UK who work tirelessly to create a fairer and more equal community.

Lella was shortlisted in the One to Watch category, having demonstrated significant talent and promise.

Women of the Future Awards 2021: Young StarAs a Young Star finalist, Lella has been acknowledged as a high achiever aged between 16-21 who shows exceptional promise within their industry, university or school. The network was founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006 to provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK.