Dawn Bonfield MBE CEng FIMMM FICE HonFIStructE FWES HonDEng is Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at King’s College London working with young people on addressing the Sustainable Development Goals as entrepreneurs. She has been Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering at Aston University since 2017, and also delivers Professional Engineering skills to the Postgraduate Engineering Apprentices and MSc students at Aston.
She is the Founder & Director of Towards Vision, a not-for-profit which works towards a vision of diversity and inclusion in engineering. She is Past President and former Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), and founder of the social enterprise ‘Magnificent Women’ which celebrates the history of women in engineering. Dawn is a UK representative of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and Deputy Chair of the Women in Engineering Committee, leading work there on the application of engineering and technology to address gender inequality globally. She was the founder of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) which takes place on 23 June annually.
A materials engineer by profession Dawn has worked in the atomic energy, automotive and aerospace industries. Dawn received an MBE in 2016 for ‘Services to the promotion of diversity in engineering’, and in 2019 she was named as number 2 in the Inclusive Boards Financial Times Top 100 Women in Engineering List, and in 2021 was in the Forbes / Academic Influence Top 35 Global Influential Women in Engineering List.