WiDS Ambassadors have planned an event in their area that coincides with the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference. They are in their regions, supporting women in your area who are currently in the field, and inspiring other women to become data scientists. Here are just a few of the WiDS Ambassadors around the world.
Ghadeer Abushaban, WiDS Gaza
Ghadeer is an Entrepreneur and a startup owner, she has started BrailleBoard with a team of 3 other females. BrailleBoard is an Android keyboard for the blinds and visually impaired people which allows them to type on their smartphones using Braille language. Ghadeer has a bachelor degree in Software Development and she has worked as Teaching Assistant in the Islamic University of Gaza. She is a TechWomen Emerging Leader and Fellow for the year of 2016, she is an ambassador with ArabWIC (Arab Women in Computing) as the Chapter's Vice President. In additional to that, she is organizer at "Google Developers Group(GDG) Gaza" and ambassador at World Summit Youth Award, Ghadeer also works as a Software Developer at Exa Company.
Dr. Nabil Adam, WiDS Rutgers
Dr. Adam is serving as the Vice Chancellor for Research & Collaborations at Rutgers University-Newark. He is a Distinguished Professor of Computers and Information Systems at Rutgers University; the Founding Director of the Rutgers of the Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications; and the Founding Director of the Rutgers CIMIC Research Center. Dr. Adam has also co-authored/co-edited ten books and over 200 publications covering topics such as information management, information security and privacy, data mining, Web services, workflow, and modeling & simulation.
Catalina Arango, WiDS Miami
Catalina is the co-founder and CEO of Exteractions, a data management consulting company focused on data strategy and analytics. She has worked in several high growth technology startups in Operations and Analytics and has done research in the area of social media data mining. Catalina is a graduate of The Wharton Business school with a BS in Operations and Information Management — Business Analytics.
Carme Artigas, WiDS Madrid
Carme Artigas is founder & CEO at Synergic Partners, a strategic and technological consulting firm specialized in Big Data & Data Science. She is a member of the Innovation Board of CEOE Spain and member of the Industry Affiliates Program at Data Science Institute (Columbia University). Carme is Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master in Business Administration by URL Barcelona. Also, she has an Executive Degree in Venture Capital at the Haas School of Berkeley University in California. Full profile.
Dario Buono, WiDS Luxembourg
Dario Buono is the Team Leader of Methodology for Official Statistics @EU_Eurostat the Statistical Office of the European Union. He holds a Ph.D in Econometrics from the University of Naples Federico II. Since 2000 he is training national statisticians in Time Series & Econometrics. He is currently developoing the Data Analytics capabilities in the European Commission.
Interested in new methods for new data and looking for new ways to extract information from images and sounds. View LinkedIn profile.
Dr. Nancy Cantor, WiDS Rutgers
Nancy Cantor is Chancellor of Rutgers University - Newark. Previously, she was Chancellor and President of Syracuse University; Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, where she was closely involved in the defense of affirmative action in 2003 Supreme Court cases Grutter and Gratz. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the National Academy of Medicine, board member of the American Institutes for Research and New York academy of Sciences... Continue to full profile.
Dr. Heidi Dahl, WiDS Oslo
Dr. Heidi E. I. Dahl is a Research Scientist at the Geometry Group of the Department of Mathematics and Cybernetics at SINTEF Digital in Oslo, Norway. She was recently elected Vice Chair of the SIAM activity group on Geometric Design. She was also SINTEF's Principal Investigator in the FP7 project VELaSSCo (Visualization For Extremely Large-Scale Scientific Computing, 2013-2016), using LR B-spline approximation of volumetric data from Finite and Discrete Element Methods to create compact models well suited for interactive interrogation and visualization.
Maria Daltayanni, WiDS SF @ USF
Dr. Maria Daltayanni received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from University of California Santa Cruz, and her B.Sc. degree from University of Athens, Greece. Her research interests include reputation and recommender systems in two-sided marketplaces such as Online Labor Marketplaces (OLMs), advertising and social games. She is also interested in systems and infrastructure for predictive analytics on big data. Her research results are published in Data Mining and Database venues and her work has been deployed in real-world production systems. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in data mining, database systems, machine learning and programming.
Giulia De Masi, WiDS United Arab Emirates
Giulia De Masi has extensive experience in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and mathematical-computational modeling. She holds a PhD in Physics in the field of complex networks to analyze relationships in complex connected systems, from the Internet to economic/social systems. Giulia is currently an adjunct faculty member at American University in Dubai, and will speak there at a Women in Data Science event, in partnership with Arab WiC, on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Dr. Michelle Dunn, WiDS Washington, D.C.
Dr. Dunn is a Senior Advisor for Data Science Training, Diversity & Outreach at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, Dr. Dunn’s responsibilities focus on education, training, and workforce development in data science, as it is applied to the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. Having a diverse and sustainable workforce is a primary objective of the office.
Dr. Sinziana Eckner, WiDS NYC Meetup
Sinziana is a data scientist for Chase Digital Intelligence. Previously, she worked as a quantitative modeler in risk management under JPMorgan Chase's Consumer and Community Bank. Sinziana holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. An advocate for women in technology, Sinziana is the lead organizer of NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science. WiMLDS helps grow the community for women working in technology in the NYC area by hosting talks, networking events, learning workshops and hack-a-thons.
Dr. Noora Fetais, WiDS Qatar
Dr. Noora Fetais is the Director of KINDI Center for Computing Research. She holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Sussex –UK in 2013 and MSc with a distinction degree in Object-Oriented Software Technology from the University of Brighton-UK in 2005. She is one of the first batch of Qatar Leadership Center (Current and Future Leaders Programme 2011-2013) members, and is currently holding various positions including: Vice Chair of IEEE-Qatar Section, ambassador of Women in Data Science (WiDS) at Stanford University, and others. She was the Chairman of the Fifth Cycle of Faculty Senate at the University of Qatar in 2016.
Rachel Joy Florentino, WiDS Paris
Rachel is a data scientist for GE Digital. She previously worked as a Senior Software Engineer before deciding to pursue her Masters degree on Applied Data Science and Big Data in Data ScienceTech Institute in Paris. She won the Fujitsu Linked Open Data 2016 competition for the Internet of Things category while doing her internship with SystemX, one of eight French institutes for technological research. Her interests include Machine Learning, Data Visualisation, and Internet of Things.
Dr. Anna C. Gilbert, WiDS Ann Arbor
Dr. Gilbert is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan where she teaches courses in Applied Functional Analysis, Randomized Algorithms, and Numerical Linear Algebra. Anna's research interests include analysis, probability, discrete mathematics, and algorithms, with a particular interest in randomized algorithms with applications to harmonic analysis, signal and image processing, and massive datasets. Full profile.
Soumya Guptha, WiDS Santa Clara
Soumya is a Marketing Manager in Software and Services Group at Intel, responsible for strategic planning and marketing of system technologies and tools. She has held positions in numerous groups at Intel over the past 15 years, and has earned an M.S. in Computer Science from the Portland State University. Soumya is one of the founding members of the Women in Big Data, she is passionate in helping women grow in their careers, and believes Big Data analytics is the “next big thing,” with huge potential and an ocean of opportunities.
Davida Johnson, WiDS Los Angeles @ UCLA
Davida Johnson currently oversees community programs within UCLA that focus on promoting digital citizenship across the campus, which is having (1) the knowledge and skills to use IT to do the best possible research, scholarship, teaching, learning, service, and administration and (2) the understanding that each has not only individual but also institutional responsibilities for the management, protection, and or availability of digital information. Full profile.
Fida Kanaan, WiDS Beirut
Fida is the Director of Executive Education at the American University of Beirut. In this capacity, she leads key initiatives in support of women in leadership positions including the Citi Foundation Women Entrepreneurship Program and the Lebanese League for Women in Business Growth Readiness Program. Full profile
Dr. Jessica Kohlschmidt, WiDS Columbus
Dr. Kohlschmidt is a biostatistician at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a researcher in and teacher of statistics. After graduate school, Dr. Kohlschmidt spent two and a half years teaching statistics to college students at OSU and six and a half as a statistician for an acute myeloid leukemia research group. Currently, she works with clinical and survival data to assess if groups can be identified by gene mutations and expressions that respond better or worse to current treatments for leukemia. We have an ever expanding set of data from which to draw information and big data analytic methods are increasingly important. Her dissertation research was in survey research and missing data methods. Dr. Kohlschmidt received her Ph.D. in Statistics from The Ohio State University.
Enas Abu Laban Masri, WiDS Ramallah
Enas serves as the ICT Advisor at the Office of the Quartet in Jerusalem since February 2014, and has over 15 years of experience in the field. Enas previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Palestinian Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology. She also worked for a range of Palestinian and international institutions, including Chemonics, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and Adam Smith International.
Reggie Leonard, WiDS Charlottesville
As the Assistant Director for the Data Science Institute at University of Virginia, Reggie is responsible for providing specialized career support to the M.S. in Data Science students through the Data Science Institute. He is especially interested in the intersection of technology and education, and enjoys employing creative and cutting-edge resources in his work with students and colleagues.
Rachel Levy, WiDS Claremont
Dr. Rachel Levy is Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Harvey Mudd College. She serves as the Vice President for Education for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and as the chair of the Business, Industry and Government (BIG) Math Network. Her focus on broadening experiences communicating applied mathematics spans Kindergarten through Graduate School from mathematical modeling to industrial internships and job training. She also presents press communication workshops for faculty with science writer Flora Lichtman.
Maria Malczyn, WiDS Cape Fear
Maria Malczyn works as an Implementation Consultant for nCino, responsible for configuring and deploying their bank operating software to a variety of banking clients. As a volunteer, Maria serves as a member of the Events Committee for the Cape Fear Women in Tech, a professional development group focused around the mission to advance women in technology in the Cape Fear, NC by creating a community that serves as a conduit for knowledge. Past events include speakers, panels, networking events, hackathons, personal branding workshops, and the content curated only keeps growing!
Deborah Mesquita, WiDS Recife
Deborah Mesquita is currently completing her undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil). Her curiosity about the world and her interest in finding the right problem to solve was what got her into Data Science. This year she started to dive deep into Machine Learning and won the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Machine Learning Award. She wants to continue her studies in Interactive Machine Learning and “design learning systems that let humans do things they care about”.
Dr. Kathleen McKeown, WiDS NYC
Dr. McKeown is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She served as Department Chair (1998-2003) and as Vice Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Science for two years. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and has been at Columbia since then. Her research interests include text summarization, natural language generation, multi-media explanation, question-answering and multi-lingual applications.
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, WiDS Research Triangle
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is the Senior Manager of the Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison Group in SAS R&D, where her team serves as a bridge between R&D and external customers and internal SAS divisions. Previously she was Director of the SAS Global Academic Program and began her career at SAS after working in the nonprofit sector in philanthropy and social services. She is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), including serving as immediate past Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and immediate past Secretary of the Analytics Society. She has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her BA in political science as a Morehead Scholar.
Dr. Lama Moussawi-Haidar, WiDS Beirut
Dr. Moussawi-Haidar is an Associate Professor in Operations Management in the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. She teaches courses in Decision Modeling, Supply Chain Management, Business Statistics, and Operations Management. Her research focuses on applications of Operations Research and Management Science in the areas of revenue management, inventory management, and supply chain management. Full profile
Fabiane Nardon, WiDS Sao Paulo
Fabiane Bizinella Nardon is a computer scientist who is passionate about creating software that will positively change the world we live in. Currently she works as Chief Data Scientist at Tail, where she is helping to shape new disruptive data science-based services. Previously Nardon was chief architect of the São Paulo Healthcare Information System, considered the largest Java EE application in the world, and winner of a 2005 Duke's Choice Award. She leads several communities, including the JavaTools Community at java.net, where more than 800 open-source projects were born.
Manjusha Nair, WiDS Bangalore
Manjusha Nair heads the Localization Product Management for India across SAP Solutions portfolio for SAP’s 2000+ global customer base, Manjusha heads D&I for SAP across entities in India and is a member of NASSCOM’s D&I Council. She has been with SAP for 15 years and prior to that she has worked with a leading management consulting firm. Manjusha, is a MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management of Research and is a Computer Engineering graduate from Mumbai University.
Dr. Laura Noren, WiDS NYC-Hudson Yards
Dr. Noren is a Post Doctoral Associate at New York University's Center for Data Science and an adjunct professor at the Stern School of Business and the Media, Culture and Communication Department. Her interests include collaboration among creative workers, knowledge workers, and, separately, within blogging enclaves.
Bo Peng, WiDS Chicago
Bo Peng is a partner and a data scientist at Datascope, a leading data science consultancy in Chicago. Through Datascope's partnership with Kaplan, she helped launch and teach their 12-week Data Science Bootcamp, an immersive program to help people transition into data science. Bo has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Statistics, both from The University of Chicago.
Malgorzata Peszynska, WiDS Corvallis
Malgo Peszynska's research interests are in applied and computational modeling of real life phenomena. Originally trained in pure mathematics, she came to applied mathematics projects through her interest in parallel and high performance computing. Since her PhD she has worked on models of flow and transport using mathematical and numerical analysis as well as computer simulations to understand these phenomena better across various time and spatial scales. She is involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects with academic, national lab, and industry collaborators from hydrology, oceanography, statistics, environmental, petroleum, civil and coastal engineering, physics, and materials science.
Jonás Damián Pfefferman, WiDS Buenos Aires
Jonas is Co-founder and CEO of Certant, an IT consulting company specialized in Software Engineering and Information Security. He acts as a part time lecturer at the FIUBA (Faculty of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires) in the Machine Learning and Image Processing undergraduate courses and also in the Information Systems postgraduate course. He was formerly a full time lecturer and researcher in the field of Information Theory at FIUBA. Jonas graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993.
Monica Ribero, WiDS Bogota
Monica Ribero is a mathematician from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. She works at Quantil, a research center in applied mathematics, where she leads a team in developing an app for the city of Bogota aimed at improving police patrol placement throughout the city. She also serves as the director of Data Science at a publicity agency where they explore techniques to improve social networks texts’ processing as well as customers’ data for rapid insight gain.
Ann Rosenberg, WiDS Ambassador, multiple locations
Ann Rosenberg is the Global Vice President for SAP Next-Gen, which drives innovation with purpose via a network of academia, startups, industry and creatives worldwide. The network dynamically links the hubs of the Silicon Valleys of the world and match make startups to corporates, in developing premium and purposeful next generation solutions for the SAP ecosystem. Today’s SAP Next-Gen statistics include: 15+ SAP Next-Gen Labs, 3100+ Universities, 108 Countries, 1,600 Events/year, 150 SAP Next-Gen Consulting Projects. All SAP Next-Gen activities are linked to the 17 UN Global Goals, where Ann personally ambassadors #Goal9 – Innovation and Infrastructure.
Dr. Fadil Santosa, WiDS Minneapolis
Dr. Santosa is a Professor of Mathematics at University of Minnesota and Director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. He is passionate about bringing mathematical ideas to bear on real-world problems. Since coming to the University of Minnesota in 1995, he has been involved in industrial mathematics research and education, and outreach. Dr. Santosa also served as Director of the Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics where he oversaw the internship program for mathematics graduate students and developed collaborations between members of the department and scientists in companies.
Sejal Shah, WiDS San Diego
Sejal is a graduate student in Business Analytics at University of California San Diego. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a decision scientist at Mu Sigma where she led multiple analytics projects for Fortune 500 clients. As a WiDS ambassador, she believes in creating a strong community of women in data science to learn, engage and inspire. She is always on a lookout for an opportunity to explore data to better understand human behaviour.
Nadiya Shvai, WiDS Paris
Nadiya Shvai is a data scienstist in the Data Innovation Lab at AXA in Paris. She is also an Assistant Professor in National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy teaching courses on discrete mathematics, calculus and statistics. Nadiya holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She believes that Data Science can make the world a safer place and is willing to contribute to it.
Ifunanya Onwumere, WiDS Reading UK
Ifunanya is a Capital Projects Data Analyst at Independent Project Analysis (IPA) focusing on Oil and Gas Projects and Portfolio Assessments. She uses statistical regression models to predict project performances based on the large IPA Upstream project databases. Ifunanya holds a Petroleum Engineering degree and a masters in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Manchester, has worked on a number of petroleum reservoir engineering projects using computer-aided algorithms and is keen about the application of data analytics in the Oil and Gas industry.
Dr. Ana Ripoll, WiDS Barcelona
Ana is a Professor of Computer Architecture and Technology at the Universitat Auntònoma de Barcelona, where she is the first woman Rector, and President of Bioinformatics Barcelona Association (BIB). The BIB aims to stimulate and promote initiatives that respond to the bioinformatics needs in the health sciences and agrifood sectors. Ana holds a degree in physics from the Complutense Universidad de Madrid.
Dalia Shurrab, WiDS Gaza
Dalia used to be a teacher, trainer, educational researcher and manager. She is now one of the ambassadors of ArabWiC and Palestine Chapter president in Gaza. She was the Spoks Child of all the Palestinian Children in English when she was 12 years old. Dalia started her first connection with technology when she worked with some startups in Gaza as a social media intern, then she quickly fell in love with the spirit of entrepreneurism. She first joined GSG as a volunteer social media member. She graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza with a BS in Physics. She has also obtained an Education Diploma and a Media Diploma, and taken courses in Business Administration. She was chosen to represent Palestinian entrepreneurs at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. She founded couple of the initiatives to help and support Gazans to end poverty. Besides her passion in Astrophysics, she founded the first Amature Astronomers Club in Gaza.
Serena Signorelli, WiDS Bergamo
Serena Signorelli is a third year PhD student in Analytics for Economics and Business at the University of Bergamo. Her main research focus is the use of Big Data in Official Statistics. In particular, she developed two experimental applications: using mobile phone data to study mobility patterns, and using Wikipedia page views for tourism statistics. This last application has been developed during a six months traineeship at the Eurostat Task Force Big Data.
Yulia Tell, WiDS Santa Clara
Yulia is a Technical Marketing Engineer in Big Data Technologies team within Software and Services Group at Intel. She has worked in several groups at Intel over the past 10 years. Yulia has an MSc in Applied Information Science from Moscow Power Engineering Technical University, and a certificate for executive Market Driving Strategies course from London Business School. Yulia is a board member of Women @ Intel Network. She is a co-lead of the Women in Big Data training committee. Our aim is to inspire, connect, grow, and champion the success of women in big data and grow women representation in the Big Data field > 25% by 2020.
Chloe Tseng, WiDS San Francisco Meetup
Chloe Tseng is a Senior Data Analyst at Twitter, where she leads business intelligence and data science for the Trust and Safety team. She specializes in data visualization and pattern recognition, and builds models to detect abuse. Deeply passionate about limiting gender inequality, she is the co-founder of She Talks Data, a non-profit organization that creates an intimate environment to drive authentic dialogue and provides technical and leadership events to support women with skills needed for professional advancement. She loves visualizing data to increase awareness and understanding of important social causes, and founded Viz For Social Good, a platform to promote social good through data visualization.
Vaishali Vijay, WiDS Sydney
Vaishali Vijay is the Australia & New Zealand Women in Data Science ambassador for Stanford University. She is Director, Insights & Data, Australia and New Zealand at Capgemini and head of Visual Analytics & Data Visualization. Vaishali is an Electronics Engineer, holds a Master's degree in International Business from the University of Sydney and loves to inspire, mentor and empower students and women in technology. Full profile.
Wafa Waheeda, WiDS Qatar
Wafa Waheeda is a Research Assistant and Graduate student in Computing at Qatar University. She is a Researcher, Developer and a Tech Enthusiast with love for Data. Her areas of interest include Data Science, Social Computing, Data Analysis and Visualization. She is associated with Qatar Computing Research Institute and Almana Networks for internship and freelance work. She is an active member in IEEE, Women In Engineering and Arab Women in Computing. She works actively towards building a strong community of women in computer science and engineering in Qatar. And has organized events which ignite, involve and encourage women to computer science and technology with their participation. By being a WiDS Ambassador, she hopes to engage and inspire more women towards data science. View LinkedIn profile.
Dr. Ming Wang, WiDS Los Angeles
Dr. Ming Wang is a Professor of Information Systems teaching MSIS, CIS and MBA programs at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was awarded Outstanding Professor in 2015. She is SAP Faculty Coordinator at CSULA, SAP Certified Associate and ERPsim Certified instructor. She has published over 30 articles in refereed journals including e-Service Journal, Information Systems Management, and Journal of Information Systems Education. Her current research interests are in big data in memory, business intelligence, and data analytics in ERP.
Ruba Zaghmouri, WiDS Ramallah
Ruba serves as the Senior Economic Development Associate supporting the Office of the Quartet’s work in the ICT sector, since October 2015. Before that, Ruba worked at Wataniya Mobile Palestine; a member of the Qatari Ooredoo Telecom Group, serving as a Senior Specialist in Telecom Regulations Affairs. She also worked at DAI Palestine on Private Sector development project. Ruba holds a BA in Business Administration from Birzeit University and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Tanya Zyabkina, WiDS Columbus
Tanya Zyabkina is a Director of Marketing Analytics at Charter Communications in Columbus, OH. She has 15 years of experience in marketing analytics in telecommunication and retail industries, using large transactional datasets to determine effectiveness of marketing programs and provide recommendations for improvement. Her expertise is designing experiments that measure changes in consumer behavior and building customer knowledge base for better decision making. Tanya holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Novosibirsk State University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. Prior to Charter Communications/Time Warner Cable, Tanya’s engagements included AutoZone and Limited Brands.