Paulette Watson | Academy Achievers

Global Tech Disruptor + Digital Transformation Consultant

Paulette Watson is the Founder and MD at STEM Academy Achievers Ghana (SAAG) we work with children and young people who experience real trauma and come from undeserving communities in Ghana. We are currently leading on Science Technology Engineering Math activities.

We are currently leading the: #BeMe digital inclusion program - which aims to raise one million women and girls' aspirations in STEM |WEB3-related careers. We wanted to address the disparities around women in the tech space

#BeMe digital inclusion model

Focuses on: Supporting/Advising females in Tech |Web3 industry

It is goal orientated

Outcomes:

  • Access to meaningful employment/training/education
  • Social capital/Social networks
  • Job searching skills
  • Career readiness
  • Employability
  •  Confidence
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Wellbeing

Paulette is currently involved with the UN pulse on developing an ethical framework for Ghana, "Championing Ethics in AI Technology" helping shape policies to include #BeMe female socially.

  • She is looking at funding projects that include more women and helps them to understand the challenges they are facing on a day-to-day basis in Ghana
  • Collaborating with AI organizations and universities to develop proper training on data evaluation and spotting the potential for bias in data – so we can ensure that #BeMe women are socially included and their human rights protected.
  • Understanding the intersectional implications that AI has on criminal & racial justice, immigration, healthcare, gender equity, and current social movements. Giving the #BeMe females the opportunity to have a voice.
  • Enhancing Skills training – currently we are running an AI Robotic STEM Math session where our #BeMe women are training young people on AI – so we are starting with the young children to get more girls in this field before they start universities.

Digital inclusion goals to the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals: Education #4 Quality Education: Entrepreneurialism #8 Decent work and economic growth: Innovation #9Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Social Inclusio#10 Reduced Inequalities

Additional information

Awards: Most Skillful Shepreneur for the Ghana Ladies in Tech (GLiT) 2021, Wintrade Global Award Women in Engineering 2019; Computer Weekly, listed on the longlist: The 50 Most Influential women in the UK Technology 2021; Nominated as the most influential women in Technology in the UK; shortlisted for the Women in Tech Excellence 2021 and Finalist for the National Diversity Award; where I will be dedicating my win to #BeMe project for raising 1 million BME girls’ aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers

Paulette is also writing her book on black women and girls’ experiences in getting into the tech industry in the United Kingdom.

Paulette is featured as 100 global women and Ambassador for Mission impact in WEB3 and Metaverse. In addition, Paulette is also a G100 Engineering Global Advisor council member for Digital and technology & WEB3.

Website: www.paulettewatson.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulette-watson/


Neha Malhotra | JP Morgan Chase

Neha Malhotra is an accomplished cybersecurity professional based in Singapore, with over 16 years of work experience spanning across technology and cybersecurity.

She has worked with global financial and consulting firms and has driven large scale, complex security transformations, regulatory compliance, and has a proven track record of implementing numerous security solutions. She started her career as a software developer but found her calling in cybersecurity. She worked hard to attain international and coveted security certifications and with her passion, focus and dedication, she successfully transitioned into a successful cybersecurity career where she continues to work hard and set high goals for herself. She is a role model to many young professionals.

Neha serves on the executive boards of (ISC)² Singapore chapter, Singapore Computer society-Cybersecurity chapter and is the Chair with (ISC)² APAC Events committee. She is a recognized speaker, author, mentor and volunteers her time on an ongoing basis to contribute to the cybersecurity ecosystem and community. Neha has contributed to the AiSP (Association of Security Professionals) Singapore's Body of Knowledge by contributing in their Blockchain security book of knowledge, and has been a judge for their annual cybersecurity awards thrice. She drives initiatives like the (ISC)² Women in Security, is the Singapore chapter ambassador and volunteers as an active mentor with various organizations. Recipient of numerous accolades from her employers and community, including coveted awards like 2022 IFSEC Global Cybersecurity professional award, two (ISC)² Global Achievement awards in 2021, Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity in Singapore, she was also chosen in the revered 2021 Singapore 100 Women in Tech awardee list.

Neha holds CISSP, CCSP, CISM, PMP and blockchain security certifications & believes in being a life-long learner.


Amna Habiba | BloomED Foundation (formerly Global Creative Hub)

Amna Habiba is a 16-year-old Pakistani, founder of BloomED Foundation (formerly Global Creative Hub) where she designs safe innovation spaces for marginalized female adolescents, Finalist for Global Student Prize, 2022 Global Teen Leader, international speaker with more than 100K views, STEM enthusiast, and on a mission to change the narrative for girls.

Recipient of Voice of GenZ Award, Young Achiever Award & Young Voices Award, featured by UN & Malala Fund, spoken at World Bank, UNESCO, IFC, and more; she is passionate about using digital for social good and the UN SDGs.

Amna is currently actively working on the STEM Girl innovation, for which she is also a finalist for the HP Girls Save The World Prize. She has organized & led multiple large-scale events for audiences ranging from teacher educators, youth changemakers, to marginalized communities. she is currently the voluntary Director of Youth Innovation & Technology at Teach the Future where she is designing 'Future Leader Program' for young people globally.