Roma Agrawal MBE

Roma Agrawal MBE

Roma Agrawal is a diversity campaigner, author and award-winning structural engineer best known for working on the foundations and spire of The Shard in London, one of the tallest buildings in Western Europe. Roma attributes her enthusiasm for engineering to her love of making, and breaking, things with Lego as a child.

She was once described by The Telegraph as “the new voice of women talking about science and engineering and making it cool.” She has won international awards for her technical prowess including the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s Rooke Award, and an MBE in 2018.

Her first book Built (2018) won her an AAAS Science Book Award and has been translated into nine languages. This was then adapted in 2021 into How Was That Built, a more child-friendly version. Her latest book, Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions that Changed the World (in a Big Way) was released in March 2023.

Roma is also a very popular and much sought-after speaker, and has given thousands of talks to organisations, universities and schools around the world, as well as appearing on numerous TV and radio shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery. She is passionate about promoting technical careers to young people, especially those from minoritized groups.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book structural engineer and diversity, & STEM campaigner Roma Agrawal for your next event.

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Just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of the whole team for your amazing work last Thursday! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you! You’re an incredible presenter and interviewer, and you coaxed the very best out of all the contributors.

Royal Society

Inspirational talk from Roma which has motivated me to continue my career and climb the ladder to success. 

I absolutely loved today, the keynote speaker Roma gave an inspiring speech which started the day fantastically and made us all motivated and enthusiastic for engineering!

Thank you for delivering a wonderful lecture to our postgraduate students on the Shard. They really enjoyed it and were inspired by seeing a woman having such a successful career in the building industry.

GBS Client

Wow, thank you Roma, that was a fabulous talk. Poignant and funny, powerful and moving. Thank you, it really was a highlight of the day for me and lots of the audience.

You are always welcome back

GBS Client


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