Kirthi Jayakumar

Kirthi Jayakumar | Saahas

Kirthi Jayakumar

Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, artist, entrepreneur and writer from Chennai, India.

She created Saahas, an app for survivors of gender-based violence. She founded and runs The Gender Security Project, one of the few WPS centres in the global south, which works at the cusp of gender, security, peace, and conflict through research, reportage, and documentation. She also formerly founded and ran the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. Kirthi is a Vital Voices Engage Fellow, and a former Vital Voices Lead Fellow. She is currently pursuing her second MA in Peace and Conflict Studies as a Commonwealth Scholarship Awardee, in a blended learning course at Coventry University, UK.

Jhanice Targa

Jhanice Targa | YourGuide Tutorials and Services

Jhanice Targa

Jhanice is the founder and CTO at a startup called YourGuide Tutorials & Services, one of the leading COVID-19 responders that provide educational tools and technology services based in the Philippines.

She envisions innovative solutions that allow people to connect and collaborate with each other and build sustainable, resilient, and inclusive economies. She's always been a technology enthusiast and an advocate for women in STEAM.

In 2016, she founded and became the president of the Youth Innovators Society, a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting youth's active participation and innovation and one of the community partners of Impact Hub Manila. After a year, she leads the Youth Readers Society that spearhead book drive with over 800 books donated to develop an integrated library management system that aids learners, professionals and educators in their educational endeavours. Through her works, she has garnered recognition of Leader, Service and Commitment Award from her municipality. Her advocacies led her to a National Multimedia Committee position at Youth Advocates for the Philippines, a well-known youth-led and non-profit organization with over thousands of youth advocates around the world. Recently, she has led the Narra Educ Movement spanning the mobilization of thousands of volunteers in addressing education accessibility and she leads the Youth Innovators Society hackathon team and has produced winners and finalists from Impact Hackathons.

She's also a young entrepreneur that have led digital projects. Her current project is WE Empower, also known as Women Entrepreneurs Empower, that aims to empower women in establishing their businesses and create a community of growing successful women entrepreneurs. The determination and enthusiasm she has for technology have already reached thousands of people - including students and teachers from universities; activists, advocates and professionals from the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth and non-profit organizations; entrepreneurs.

Amanda Obidike

Amanda Obidike | STEMi Makers Africa

Amanda Obidike

Amanda Obidike is the Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa.

In this role, she provides leadership, strategy management and oversees the design and implementation of sustainable Community projects and STEM Education across 17 Sub-Saharan countries by preparing the next generation of Africans with STEM lucrative skills for Africa's workforce.

Forbes Science marked her as the Nigerian changing the culture fabric for young girls to embrace STEM. In addition to STEM, Amanda addresses thematic topics on Social Innovation, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Youth Development and reform in Education Curriculum.

She serves as a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science, Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1million Women in Tech, Global thinkers for Women where she lends her voice, knowledge, and serves as a role model to girls in Africa.

She was given the Technology Rising Star Award by WOC; Michigan, Positive Impact Award of Athena40: The World Most Innovative Women, 2020; 100 Leading Ladies in Africa, and Role Model Finalist in Technology Playmakers Awards, for successfully championing diversity for the girl child.

Currently serves on the Leadership Board of the 500 Women Scientists, USA and writing a Research on "Digital Transformation for Development: e-learning, lifelong learning and Education Strategy", a Research presented to West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN).