Tara Mustapha

Entrepreneur of Excellence Award: Sponsor - Kantar

Entrepreneur of Excellence Award: Sponsor - Kantar

Nominee Profile

Location: London
Tara Mustapha (she/her) is an award-winning, seasoned game designer and producer who has shipped over 10 titles in 15+ years. She has worked with Backbone Entertainment, Microsoft, EA and Glow Up Games on titles such as the Skate series, Monster Lab and HBO's Insecure: The Come Up game.

Tara founded Code Coven in 2018, with the aim of making careers in the games industry achievable and nurturing for marginalized communities. She's passionate about amplifying underrepresented voices, and through her educational work seeks to give them the building blocks to make their magic happen. She and Code Coven have recently been recognized for their work by The Game Awards: Future Class, Women in Games Global Awards and MCV/Develop Awards. Tara goes above and beyond to champion marginalized developers and provide support for those looking to enter the games industry.

Notable achievements:
• BAFTA Juror & Member
• Mentor at University of Arts London
• Hall of Fame (Women in Games Global Awards, 2021)
• Career Mentor of the Year (MCV Women in Games Awards, 2020)
• Future Class (The Game Awards, 2020)
• Gender Diversity Initiative (Women in Games Global Awards, 2020)
• Won The Wing Pitch Perfect Competition with Glow Up Games

Notable Talks:
• Powerful Lessons for New Companies (PG Connects Digital, 2021)
• Playing Is Perceiving: How Games Shape (and Reflect) Your Worldview (GDC, 2021)
• Designing with intention – how to take the initial steps towards parity at all levels in your studio (devcom, 2021)
• In Conversation with Tara Mustapha & Lauren Kaye (Women in Games Global Conference, 2020)
• Growing pains – Moving from a handful of entrepreneurs to a company (PG Connects London, 2019)

Notable Articles:
• How Code Coven aims to Elevate marginalised developers (GamesIndustry.biz, 2020)
• Code Coven's Tara Mustapha on how to get the most from your designers (Pocketgamer, 2020)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taram/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaraZM