People and processesDoniya Soni, Principal Policy Officer, Digital and STEM Skills, Greater London Authority

Doniya Soni, Principal Policy Officer, Digital and STEM Skills, Greater London Authority

Doniya Soni, Principal Policy Officer, Digital and STEM Skills, Greater London Authority

Doniya joined the Greater London Authority in February 2018 as the policy lead on digital and STEM skills. Prior to this, she was the digital skills and diversity lead at techUK, the trade association representing the UK tech sector. During her time at techUK, Doniya created the “Returners Hub”, a one-stop shop for women looking to return to the tech sector after a career break, penned the “Skills and Jobs for the Future” chapter in techUK’s 2017 manifesto, and championed diversity in the industry at events all across the UK.

In her time at the GLA, Doniya has worked on a number of key strategies and programmes to fulfil the Mayor’s ambition to establish a tech talent pipeline in London. She is responsible for establishing and leading the development of London’s basic digital skills entitlement for the devolved adult education budget, providing strategic input to the Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme, and leading the development of digital skills policy as part of the Mayor’s wider plans to create a better connected, data-driven city.

Working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education, Doniya has helped create the Essential Digital Skills Framework and has been a key contributor to the Digital Skills Partnership, putting forward London’s views to central Government during a key period of devolution.

She has also drafted the “digital skills and capability” strand of the Smart London Roadmap, which has a focus on digitally upskilling the public-sector workforce so they may make best use of digital transformation tools.

Finally, Doniya will be leading on the development of London’s first ever Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub. The Hub will be an online platform, which will gather, publish and present relevant data at regional and sub-regional level. The Hub will present employer occupational demand data (current and future), along with wider labour market information and data on skills and employment provision in London.

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