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 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.
Find out how to become a WiDS Ambassador for our March 5, 2018 conference.
Find out how to become a WiDS Ambassador for our March 5, 2018 conference.
Opetunde Adep0ju, WiDS Lagos
Opetunde Adepoju is a passionate EdTech social entrepreneur and an online instructor at HiClass, a mobile platform that allows students from rural areas who cannot afford formal education to get access to quality, free education.Her passion and advocacy work has been rewarded by the former president Barack Obama Initiative; and the Young African Leaders Initiative, for which she is presently a fellow. Opetunde is a data scientist and an Artificial Intelligence enthusiast, and she is currently organizing the first edition of Django Girls in Ghana.
Ruth Temiloluwa Afape, WiDS Lagos
Ruth Afape is a technology enthusiast and evangelist who is starting her career in Machine Learning & Arificial Intelligence. She is currently running a start-up (Rubies Tech) to help young people learn how to code. Ruth is also organizing events for girls in different parts of Nigeria to learn how to develop websites.
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.
Claire Birnie, WiDS Leeds
Claire is a final year PhD student researching in the field of computational geophysics at the University of Leeds. Driven by an interest in statistics and machine learning, Claire was awarded a 2017 Codess scholarship to undertake the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science which has served to further ignite her passion for data science.
Aurelia Bobea, WiDS Netherlands
Aurelia is an Executive Data Scientist consultant in the Netherlands. She has a broad professional and academic background, in Business and Economics in addition to Data and Information Management. Aurelia wants to let other women know about the extraordinary potential of data science in daily life, both inside and outside of work. She believes that the pursuit of an educated decision enabled by the content and quality of data and information at hand is a key success factor in one’s life, helping you to become your own best advocate in a multitude of domains.
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...
Dr. Mario Chong, WiDS Lima
Mario is Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Business Engineering at Universidad del Pacífico. He holds a PhD in Business Management from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos; two Master’s from Universidad de Lima, in Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering; and a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Lima. Mario has experience developing research projects related to the field of business such as business strategy, supply chain, operations, global business, agribusiness, and rural associativity.
Jóhanna Vigdís Guðmundsdóttir, WiDS Reykjavik
Johanna the Executive Director at Reykjavik University, and is responsible for the areas of business development, industry relations, international relations, marketing and communications, events and continuous professional education. Johanna works with and mentors members of Systers, a student organization for women pursuing technology degrees at the university.
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.
Jesse Gyau, WiDS Kumasi
Jesse is an Educational Technologist, teacher and a Social Entrepreneur who helps and guides people to integrate technology in their learning systems to achieve a sustainable impact. He is passionate about Teacher Development and Computer Science Education, and is a certified innovator and a mentor at Google Innovators Academy. He volunteers as the Director of CS Education, Outreach and Innovations at Learn Again Foundation, a startup he founded in 2014. As an advanced Professional Development trainer, he has led over 20 workshops for over 300 teachers in Ghana and other countries. His startup has 5000 active student membership.
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
Katarina Kolich, WiDS New Zealand
Katarina is passionate about technology and data, and has over 15 years experience in Enterprise Architecture, data and information management roles. As the Head of Enterprise Data and Information Services as Bank of New Zealand, Katarina and her team are responsible for the banks data platforms. As a member of the NZTechnology Association NZTech Women High Impact Team Katarina is actively involved promoting women in STEM within the wider technology community in New Zealand. Katarina is a TOGAF certified Architect and has a Masters degree in Information Management from Victoria University Wellington.
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.
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. 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
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Rodriguez, WiDS Lima
Michelle is Professor of Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering at Universidad del Pacífico. She holds a Master’s in Management majoring in Information Technology from Universidad ESAN, as well as a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Lima. Michelle’s research expertise focuses on the adoption of information technologies in emerging markets and on the innovation of business models with information technologies.
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.
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.
Alicia Tsai, WiDS Taipei
Alicia is currently a research assistant in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Taiwan University. Prior to working closely with faculty members in the field of machine learning, she was an associate at a venture capital firm. As a member in PyLadies, she hosts tutorials and empowers others who also share a passion for data science. Alicia holds a Bachelor from National Taiwan University and is pursuing her Master in Analytics from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
Dr. Ming Wang, WiDS Los Angeles @CSULA
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.