Every year, HTEC organizes a series of events in March to mark International Women’s Day. Our goal is to recognize female accomplishments, raise awareness about some of the challenges women face today, and empower them to disturb the status quo. To kick off this year’s series of events, we are organizing a panel discussion entitled Hack the Gender Gap: AI for All on March 15 at 4 PM (GMT+1 / CET).
The panel will turn the spotlight on AI: how does it impact our daily lives? What are the benefits and challenges it brings? We will put a special emphasis on the latter and thoroughly explore the issue of gender bias in AI. Where does it come from? Does it simply reflect real-life bias, or does it create and amplify it? And, most importantly, what can we do to restore balance?
The panel will feature accomplished female professionals that have made a strong impact in the tech landscape.
Dr. Gül Ege is the Senior Global Director for SAS IoT Research & Development (R&D), leading advanced analytical components innovation for SAS’ global customer and partner stakeholders. Dr. Ege leads a team of world-class scientists, helping SAS customers and stakeholders solve complex, real-world problems. Dr. Ege has held positions of incremental responsibility within SAS R&D for over 31 years. She received her Ph.D. from NC State University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of North Carolina.
Jenna Tuttle has been in the software industry more for 25 years working for multiple organizations, including several start-ups. Although her college degree is in Education, Jenna quickly realized this wasn’t the field for her and shifted to software starting as an Assistant and working her way into Product Management where she’s been for most of her career. She is currently the Head of Product for Nexus and has worked with Maestral for almost 4 years.
Majra Hodzic is the Chief Product Owner for Corporate Finance at SAP Intelligent Enterprise Solutions. She has an MBA from the University of Economics in Prague and experience in finance and tech. Product and People Management, Agile Leadership and ways of working, and Digital Transformation are the main areas of expertise. She’s passionate about finance automation, AI, blockchain, and the circular economy. Majra is also a strong advocate for female empowerment.
Neda Cvijetic is Senior Vice President – Head of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Driving (AD) at Stellantis. She leads global AI and AD software engineering in support of creating breakthrough capabilities for all Stellantis brands and accelerating the transformation of Stellantis into a leading tech mobility company. Prior to Stellantis, Neda held several engineering and product leadership roles in autonomous vehicles, AI, and computer vision at NVIDIA and was also the producer and host of DRIVE Labs. Prior to NVIDIA, Neda was a Staff Engineer on Autopilot and Infotainment systems at Tesla, served on the adjunct faculty of Columbia University, and held senior research positions at NEC Labs America. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, as well as over 20 granted U.S. patents and peer-reviewed conference and journal publications with more than 4,000 Google scholar citations.
Sanja Bogdanovic-Dinic is Engineering and Delivery Manager at HTEC Group. Sanja has been fascinated by the power of data and involved in the research process since college. And she has never stopped, as the excitement of the unknown has been the greatest driving force behind her impressive career path. A machine learning and data science enthusiast, Sanja established a Data Science team at HTEC. Her experience spans numerous industries and domains, including maritime, consulting, media, knowledge management, and SaaS.
Katarina Urosevic is the Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at HTEC Group. Besides ensuring the company’s smooth operations and driving post-merger integration activities, Katarina oversees the Communications office which supports internal and external communication, marketing operations and visual communications. She joined HTEC with 13 years of experience in science, technology and innovation policy and managing development projects within international organizations. While in the government, as the science advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Katarina worked on research sector reforms, developing research infrastructure, securing international financing and establishing the first financing instruments for innovative start-ups and business-academia collaboration.
The panel will be followed by HTEC Idea Marathon, a hackathon focused on female students interested in pursuing a career in tech and science, as well as management, finance and other domains relevant to the tech landscape. Together with their female HTEC mentors, students will conceptualize digital solutions to alleviate the problem of gender bias in AI. Hackathon registrations are open, too!
Let’s make a joint effort toward hacking the gender gap and creating a more equitable world!
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