Why do the tech and science industries remain a boys’ club after so many years? How are inroads finally being made? And who are the success stories bucking the trend? Join three inspiring speakers in conversation with Deb Verhoeven as they celebrate the incredible women of tech and science. Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia; Angela Saini is a BBC science journalist and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong; and Professor Elanor Huntington is the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.
Supported by the City of Sydney.
Angela Saini supported by the British Council.
Aminatou Sow (International)
Aminatou Sow is founder of Tech LadyMafia, a group that increases opportunities for women in Tech and the co-host of Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast that tackles the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics every single week. A digital strategist and writer, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech. She is also a member of the Sundance Institute Director's Advisory Group and previously led Social Impact Marketing at Google. She lives in Brooklyn.
Angela Saini (International)
Angela Saini is a British writer and science journalist, who presents science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2013 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. Her second book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, takes readers on a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, she finds that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Observer, The Times, Prospect, New Scientist, Wallpaper, Vogue, Marie Claire, Science, and the Economist, among others. She has won a number of national and international journalism awards. Her first book, Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World, was published in 2011 and became a bestseller in India.
Elanor Huntington (Australian)
Professor Elanor Huntington is the Dean at ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. She was appointed to that position in 2014, and is the first female Dean of Engineering at the Australian National University. Professor Huntington is committed to growing the profile of science and technology in the community and is passionate about attracting more young women to take up careers in STEM related fields.
Deb Verhoeven (Australian)
Deb Verhoeven is Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). An agitator, commentator and critic, Verhoeven is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters as well as a book on Jane Campion published by Routledge in 2009.