Lella Violet Halloum

Student - Technologist - Humanitarian

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 Z Champion in the programme's history 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, all 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 tech and wider society.

As an IBM Z Champion and Student Senator Lella is a frequent UN & 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 - No 4: Quality Education, No 5: Gender Equality, No 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth & No 10: 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.

TechForGood & Social Impact

At the start of the pandemic, Lella's GCSE exams were cancelled. She remained ardent to continue learning, at a real-time pace and created opportunities for her peers and herself to gain vocational qualifications, learn about STEM careers, and acknowledge the range of opportunities many of which would have not recognised without Lella’s support.