WPL Technology and Digitalisation Forum at WebSummit

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Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) has hosted three sessions focused on ‘Women in STEM’ at and around the WebSummit in Lisbon, Portugal:

  • Wed 8 Nov at 11:00 — Roundtable ‘Ambiti@n – Women in STEM’ under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal.
  • Thu 9 Nov at 11:10 — ‘A seat at the tech table’ (Web Summit Forum)
  • Thu 9 Nov at 14:00 — Policy Pod ‘Women in STEM: from school to boardroom’ (Web Summit Forum)

About the Roundtable ‘Ambiti@n – Women in STEM’ please read more here.

The focus of the Forum panel ‘A seat at the tech table’ was also ‘Women in STEM’. 1.3 million people with technical skills will be required by 2020 and current graduate levels in STEM subjects are not sufficient to fill these vacancies. As a secondary problem, women are far under-represented in STEM. Female political leaders and other experts will exchange information on political decisions that successfully passed the initiative test: best practice examples (e.g. legislation, agenda setting, leadership) that advance society. The panel served to place girls and women in STEM high on the international agenda, with the aim of informing and empowering female Parliamentarians and institutional leaders to drive this topic in their respective countries and organisations.

Panelists were:
  • Manuela Ferro, VP of Operations Policy and Country Service, World Bank
  • Leisha Daly, Country Director Ireland, Janssen Pharmaceutical for J&J
  • Jessica Tan, MP from Singapore
  • Mattie Kahn, Elle (moderator)

The Policy Pod briefing was called ‘Women in STEM: from school to boardroom’ and happened with the participation of Jessica Tan, Member of Parliament for Singapore.

More about WebSummit here.

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