Manuela Locarno Ajayi

Senior Vice President of Product Engineering


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Speaker Bio

Find the cutting edge, and you’ll find Manuela Locarno Ajayi. With extensive experience at companies like Microsoft and Amazon, she’s now sharing and passing her knowledge on to TomTom’ers as Senior Vice President of Product Engineering and an Extended Management Board Member. As the leader of 1,000 people across TomTom’s core product engineering teams, she continues to deliver high-quality technology solutions, helping TomTom’s customers as they use TomTom Orbis, the smartest, most useful map on the planet.

Fun Fact: Growing up in the north of Italy, Manuela dreamed of becoming a professional dancer, dedicating countless hours to practicing ballet, modern and jazz dance. She was close to fulfilling that dream. And then, in a twist of fate, she was drawn into software engineering, taking Manuela down a different path that led her to the important position she’s in today.

Speaker Sessions


Multiplication – Sharing your Knowledge to Empower Others

30 mins
  • Track - SkillShift
  • Leadership
  • Skills
  • Software Development
  • Manuela Locarno Ajayi

    Senior Vice President of Product Engineering


We all possess skills that make us vital to the way a team and company operates. What can often go unrecognised is how these skills give us a unique power – the ability to help our colleagues develop new skills, and receive their knowledge to help us grow in return.

Software engineering essentially is about cooperation and collaboration. Empowering each other can make the work we do even easier and more seamless, opening the door for quicker and more efficient innovation.

During this talk, Manuela Locarno Ajayi will take us through her experience with leadership. How she took her expertise to drive the development of her fellow engineers and vice versa.  Join us at EWIT24 and discover how you can be a leader in your own line of work.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Focusing on what you can control
  • Giving yourself permission to lead
  • Learning by coaching others

This session is for you if… You’re an engineer with the ambition to not only pick up new skills, but help others grow, becoming a leader in your area of expertise for your team and beyond.

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