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Kayisha Payne

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Kayisha Payne
🏡 ResidenceLondon
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma mater
  • Aston University
  • Imperial College London
💼 Occupation
Founding BBSTEM

Kayisha Payne is the founder of Black British Professionals In STEM (BBSTEM) and an associate scientist at Medimmune. [1] In 2018 she was recognized as one of the UK's top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in technology. [2]

Early life[edit]

Throughout secondary school Payne enjoyed Chemistry and Mathematics and, after conversations with career advisors, wanted to take up Chemical Engineering at university. [3]


Kayisha Payne started higher education at Aston University where she studied Chemical Engineering. [4] During Payne's bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering she took part in an industrial placement year, becoming a process engineer at COTY, a cosmetic manufacturing company. Additionally, Payne designed a manufacturing facility to produce a bio-pharmaceutical product. [3]

Payne continued her education at Imperial College London, completing a Masters in Advance Chemical Engineering: specializing in Biochemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Process Development. [4] During Payne's time at Imperial College, she completed a research project consisting of modelling the thermodynamic behaviour of Active Pharmaceutical ingredients and bio-pharmaceutical products.

Professional life[edit]

After university, Kayisha Payne became a project manager within the pharmaceutical and technology team at Mace. [3] Currently she is an Associate Scientist at Medimmune.

Black British Professionals in STEM[edit]

In January 2018 Payne founded the non-profit organization 'Black British Professionals in STEM' or BBSTEM. [2][5] The organization campaigns for the balance and representation of Black individuals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Eniola Fujamade and Paula Nkuli joined BBSTEM shortly after its founding.

In November 2018, the Financial Times listed Payne as one of the top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in the technology industry in the UK.[2]


  1. "Kayisha Payne Recognised as Top 100 BAME Leader in Tech". www.astrazeneca.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The UK's top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in technology". Financial Times. November 13, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019. This list highlights those making a positive change. Candidates were initially identified by Inclusive Boards, a recruitment agency that helps organisations to diversify. Researchers scanned the leadership of the top 500 tech companies by revenue and the top 50 fastest-growing tech companies in the UK and Europe. The criteria used for nominees included their holding a senior role, having a sphere of influence within their organisation — or across a community — and driving progress in the sector outside their professional roles.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Elf, Author IChemE Blog (2018-10-01). "GUEST BLOG: Celebrating the achievements of black chemical engineers for Black History Month". IChemE. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kayisha Payne – Inclusive Boards". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  5. "About Us". BBSTEM - Black British Professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. Retrieved 2019-01-25.

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