Roma Agrawal

Structural Engineer, Author and Broadcaster

Roma Agrawal is an engineer, author and presenter who is best known for working on the design of The Shard, Western Europe's tallest tower. Her mission is to drive accessibility to underrepresented groups and encourage women to reach the heights of their fields.

"The voice of women talking about science and engineering and making it cool."

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  • Building the Shard
  • Science, Engineering and Sustainability
  • Five Moments That Defined Me
  • Working as a Marginalised Person
  • Making Our Workplaces More Inclusive
  • Why We Should All Break our Stuff


She presents in English.

How she presents

Roma's speeches on leadership and confidence, and the panel discussions she's chaired have inspired many to pursue their dreams.

Books & Media

  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures

In Detail

With a unique academic background, including a physics degree from Oxford University hanging on her wall, Roma experienced both obstacles and exciting opportunities from the outset as she embarked on her climb up the ranks of the industry. She has worked with some of the biggest names in architecture to bring bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures into being. her extensive career towers with prestigious industry awards-including The Diamond Award of Excellence (2014 Engineering Excellence Awards) and the Engineer of the Year award (2014 Women in Construction Awards), to name but a few. In 2017, she received the prestigious Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering from the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Roma delivers a unique message as a keynote and business speaker to engage people around the world while also sharing her personal stories of leadership and resilience. An inspiring speaker who shares stories about leadership in a male-dominated industry, and especially how they relate to her personal struggles.



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