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Are you interested in what’s hot in the world of technology? Do you think IT is a business lead by just men? Don’t be delusional! this is the twenty-first century! Therefore, the AFT Women in Tech Gala brings you the opportunity to listen to the most influential female leaders in the Belgian technology. The world has to break down gender barriers these days in order to build a future workforce. Are you curious how our six technology stars have managed to do so? Get your dresses and suits out because this is a night you wouldn’t want to miss!
Ann Caluwaerts graduated her master in Electronic Engineering at the KUL in 1990. She currently is Chief Corporate Affairs at Telenet, member of the Executive team, responsible for the Wholesale Business Unit as well as leading the Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications teams. She is also a board member of IMEC and regularly speaks at business conferences and academic organizations.
Caroline Veys was raised in San Francisco, California, where both her parents worked in the Tech start-up world. She started studying psychology and chemistry with aspirations of becoming a psychiatrist but ended up falling in love with the data analysis and modelling she did for psychology research. She started to work for two years in a data analytics and database management consulting firm and ended up managing the digital transformation in Gas of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. She then decided to get her MBA at INSEAD and subsequently joined McKinsey as Digital Associate last year.
Our Belgian speaker Erika studies bio-engineering at the KU Leuven. She finished her master thesis: “monitoring COPD patients using measurements of personal air quality and sleep” in 2017. After that, she has been working for one year at IMEC/KU Leuven conducting research in stress interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Women represent a large, untapped resource of technology talent in the world, with women comprising only about 28% of workers in the computer science, engineering and physics fields in some of the world’s emerging economies, and many companies reporting difficulty in finding skilled people for technology jobs. The technology sector is still dominated by men and girls still don’t often choose STEM studies and careers. Aurelia believes that as companies and role models, they play a huge role in driving positive change and in encouraging girls into STEM. As a mother of a boy (11) and a girl (6), Ms. Takacs personally believes that there are different ways to tackle this and make the sector more appealing. We all can make a difference, she believes.
Ellen started working in a starting, young software company a few years ago. This was quite a ‘jump’ for her back then. She says working in a moving sector which is not used to be moved is a very amusing thing to do. The most important factor according to her is to motivate and keep her team focused on a daily basis. Ellen will explain her story in the technological industry and the challenges she faces every day.
Nadya will point out when is the right time to make the right decisions on un-linearity of career and life steps. Furthermore, she will be talking about whether you can change yourself as a person in terms of competitiveness, self-motivation, and/or external influences. Another important factor Nadya will be talking about in her speech is what advantages women in the technological sector have that they do not take advantage of. The final question Ms. Guzovina will clear out is whether or not you can do it all: work, study, and deliver a baby to the world.
Neide Simoes, originating from Portugal, graduated in 2013 from biomedical engineering. In 2014 she started at the R&D Department of the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR-Coimbra), with a specialisation in 3D- stereoscopic imaging. At the moment she is doing research in modelling eating disorders from the stress system perspective, for IMEC/KU Leuven.