Technology is still very much a male-dominated industry, with a recent report by The Chartered Institute for IT revealing that just 17% of roles in IT are held by women in the UK. While men may dominate the industry, there’s still a large number of female technology leaders that are making a difference. Here are 10 female leaders in the technology industry that are helping to build a better world:
1) Chantelle Bell
Co-founder of Syrona Women, an award-winning female health business, Chantelle Bell is a true leader of the tech world. Her company has developed a ground-breaking range of at-home kits for women, including kits that can test for fertility and gynaecological cancer.
2) Sue Black
Sue Black is an advocate for women’s technology, helping to close the gap between men and women in the industry by creating opportunities for mums to get involved in technology. She has created classes for women who want to learn basic and advanced IT skills, and mentors’ women online as well as acting as an advisor on government digitalisation.
3) Jenny Griffiths
Jenny Griffiths is making waves in the tech industry as the CEO and founder of Snap Fashion, an innovative visual search engine that’s revolutionising the world of shopping online. In 2014, she was made the Creative Entrepreneur of the year, and has been awarded an MBE for her services to Digital Fashion.
4) Marita Cheng
Entrepreneur and advocate, Marita Cheng is a young, upcoming leader of the tech industry who has already caused a stir in robotics. As the CEO and founder of aubot, Marita has spearheaded the development of ‘Teleport’, an innovative telepresence robot that can be used in hospitals, offices, and schools to provide remote visual experiences.
5) Rana el Kaliouby
CEO and co-founder of Affectiva, Rana el Kaliouby is a leader in the development of emotion AI. In a bid to humanize technology, Rana invented the technology for emotion recognition, which is being used at Affectiva for a number of purposes, including Automotive AI.
6) Amy Jadesimi
As Amy Jadesimi demonstrates, there are female leaders cross a wide variety of specialities in the tech industry. A trained doctor and the CEO of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), Amy is responsible for running one of the biggest facilities for engineering and logistics in West Africa.
7) Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe is inspiring the female technology leaders of tomorrow as the fifth president of the Harvey Mudd College, and the first female president. During her presidency at the leading science, mathematics, and engineering college, there has already been a significant increase in female enrolment and female academics working at the college.
8) Patricia Scanlon
A true force behind the development of AI for children, Patricia Scanlon is the founder of Soapbox Labs, a company that’s making major process with speech recognition software that’s designed to work with a child’s voice.
9) Christine Spiten
As the co-founder of Blueye Robotics, Christine Spiten is one of the pioneers behind the development of underwater robotics. The innovative technology designed by the company is being used to revolutionise the way that people can explore the ocean.
10) Jasmine Anteunis
Jasmine Anteunis is an inspiration to women who want to get involved in the changing world of AI. She’s the founder of Recast.AI, which is platform that’s designed to make bot creation easier for developers.
From AI and robotics, to support and guidance for the next generation of female tech experts and entrepreneurs, today’s female technology leaders are shaping the world in some amazing ways.
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