Women in Tech : Inspiration, no fairytales.

Grazia Vittadini

When you work in aeronautics, the sky is not the limit. As a young girl kicking footballs and skidding across muddy fields with her friends, Grazia Vittadini had no idea she would one day be a leading figure at a company that grosses 67 billion euros annually and dominates the aerospace industry.

Japleen Pasricha

In a country where rape and discrimination against women are daily evils, activist Japleen Pasricha has made it her mission to ensure women’s voices are heard. She employs digital tools like her Feminism in India online magazine and online campaigns, and raises awareness of cyber harassment.

Joana Varon

United women in a man’s world: Joana’s indignation about gender imbalances in technology inspired her to found Coding Rights, an international woman-led network for human rights in the digital sphere. She believes technology development has to be feminist, non-discriminatory, and globally fair.

Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo

Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo is a compulsive serial entrepreneur. Bubbling with new ideas and the enthusiasm to match, she has created at least ten tech companies – including one of Indonesia’s first, Bubu.com – and mentored several others over the span of 20 years.

Regina Mbodj Brown

Regina has high hopes of tech start-ups and their ability to drive the economy, improve health care, and combat poverty. For years she worked as a programmer all over Africa, and today heads the CTIC IT incubator and accelerator in Senegal.

Regina Honu

Regina Honu is determined that women and girls will not be left behind by the digital revolution. The software developer and social entrepreneur founded the Soronko Academy, one of the first coding schools for children and young adults in West Africa. To date, her Tech Needs Girls mentorship programme has trained over 4,500 girls to code.

Zahra Shah

Zahra Shah is passionate about helping tech sectors in countries affected by conflict to grow. This passion first took her to Gaza, and now to Iraq, a challenging place to develop an infrastructure for tech entrepreneurship.

Amel Saidane

One of engineer Amel Saidane’s first clients once asked her, “Why do you bother to sell CRM licenses; why don’t you just sell makeup?” The tech entrepreneur and co-founder of TunisiaStartups knows the challenges women face in the start-up world – and is advocating for change.

Aya Jaff

Aya wanted to understand how technology worked and develop her own apps instead of just using them, so she taught herself to code in grammar school. Today the 22-year-old is one of Germany’s most famous programmers and manages her own consulting firm.

Asma Ennaifer

“I would like to thank everyone who threw banana skins under my feet, for it made me stronger,” Asma Ennaifer says. Called “The Orange Lady” by admirers and opponents alike, she’s one of the spearheads driving Tunisia’s digital transformation forward.

Mmaki Jantjies

If South African students use VR glasses to learn about chemistry in future, then Mmaki Jantjies’ latest project has been a success. The computer science lecturer studies and develops tools to provide children from rural areas with a better education.

Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Digital philosopher Lorena Jaume-Palasí analyses the relationship between humans and technology. She was appointed to the Council of the Wise on Artificial Intelligence and Data Policy by the Spanish government and was a member of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. Yet she still has to battle for control of the microphone.

Ivy Barley

Programmer and social entrepreneur Ivy Barley had long dreamt of a sisterhood of amazing women in tech. Now she is making her dream come true with Developers in Vogue, a community of female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionise Africa.

Joana Breidenbach

Cultural anthropologist Joana Breidenbach is passionate about globalisation and international understanding. Once just an internet user, she has become one of the best known social entrepreneurs of Germany’s digital sphere today. She sees this as a logical progression rather than a leap.

Faith Keza

After working for tech giants like Oracle and Google in Silicon Valley, Faith Keza returned to her home country to head Irembo, a local technology company that is revolutionising government service delivery in Rwanda. Their IremboGov online portal offers over 80 government services from birth certificates to health insurance.

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