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Local Engagement Coordinators

Local Engagement Coordinators (LECs) are alumni of U.S. Department of State programs (i.e. TechWomen, Fulbright, IVLP, YALI, and more) that are excited to make a difference for girls in their country and support the next generation of global STEM leaders.

LECs assist U.S. Embassies with program outreach in their country during the recruitment period; assist families as they prepare their child for travel; translate pre-departure information as needed; mentor TechGirls through the follow-on project phase; and so much more!

If you're interested in learning more about the Local Engagement Coordinators, click their names below to read their bios!

South & Central Asia

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Aigerim Kagarmanova is a FLEX program alumna 2009. She holds a masters degree in Eurasian studies from Nazarbayev University. In 2020, Aigerim and Lazzat Irgalieva created a project for teenage girls called “Brave Girls”supported by AEIF grant. Aigerim is interested in youth and women leadership, regularly participates in events and projects dedicated to these topics as speaker and mentor.


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Jyldyz Kuvatova is serving as the Local Engagement Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan. Jyldyz is the 2006 Muskie Program alumna. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism – Columbia with a master’s degree in strategic communication. She teaches at American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan and is passionate about women’s empowerment and political participation. Her track record includes leading the UN Women country program, the EU-funded investigative journalism project, and strategic communications management of UNDP country office. Jyldyz has been serving as a board member of a number of national NGOs, including Kloop Media Foundation, “Sezim” Crisis Center for Women, Development Policy Institute, and Food Security and Nutrition. She believes in education as a single most important factor in making the world a happy place for all.


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Mahum is a technical consultant with three years of experience in ETL operations and service delivery. She holds a BE in Software Engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. She studied at Florida Gulf Coast University as a Global UGRAD Exchange scholar. She is a recipient of the Young Emerging Leader Award by the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, and Google Women Techmakers Scholarship by Google. She volunteers for civic innovation and STEM outreach initiatives.


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Anzurat Kasimova graduated as Software Engineer from Technological University of Tajikistan. She is more than 15 years in IT field. She works in different roles - Data Base Manager, System Administrator, Lecturer at University, Consultant on developing an architecture of web systems. Currently she is an Instructor on Cybersecurity in SPCE UCA (School of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Central Asia) , Project Manager and Instructor in Public Organization Center ICT which educate people and raise awareness in the field of information and communication technologies through educational and consulting activities and Regional representative for USANT (U.S. Alumni Network in Tajikistan) which created to build a sustainable, alumni-driven network for exchange program participants across Tajikistan to share ideas and collaborate on programs impactful for their communities. Anzurat is passionate about engaging more girls to STEM, and runs Technovation Girls global contest as Regional Ambassador in Tajikistan. She believes that with constantly support girls and women could be successful in IT sphere. She enjoy spending time with family on nature.


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Dilnora Azimova is a development and communications professional with a background in engaging audiences on local issues of importance, enabling people at risk to make informed decisions, and achieving project goals. With over 15 years in both public and private sectors, Dilnora has experience in program management, risk communication, team building as well as publicity and outreach. Dilnora has managed projects implemented by Uzbekistan-based representatives offices of DAI Global LLC., the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and German International Cooperation (GIZ). Her portfolio of projects includes topics on computer and legal literacy, gender, disability, conflict prevention and resolution, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and rights, and empowerment of young adults, women, and vulnerable populations. With a background in journalism, Dilnora has published news articles for U.S. and Uzbekistan newspapers. Dilnora also has teaching experience at Uzbekistan State World Languages University’s International Journalism Department and Journalism and Mass Communications University of Uzbekistan. Dilnora holds a B.A. in mass communication from the University of Maine obtained in 2000 and an M.A. in healthand risk communication from Michigan State University received in 2020. Dilnora is a recipient of the Uzbekistan Presidential Scholarship and an alumna of several USG-funded fellowship programs.


Middle East & North Africa

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Fares Bouloudani is a visionary Algerian leader, CSO Trainer, Youth Mentor. He is a social activist with over twelve (12) years’ experience in Civic Engagement, Leadership development, Sustainable Development, Youth Empowerment and Peacemaking, with active participations in numerous international programs in 10 countries. Currently, he works a Process Engineer in SONATRACH. He worked as a Grants Officer for 18 months with the American NGO "World Learning" in Algeria. He mentored 25 mentees in AYLP 2017 in Reno, NEVADA – USA, and trained 20 alumni as part of "Sharik AYLP 2020". In addition, Fares is the Founder of a youth-led organization “SYD” in Skikda province; the Sustainable Youth Development association, which activates in Sustainable Development and Youth Empowerment. He served as a President for three (03) years from 2018 to 2020. He is engaged as a Secretary General for the next three years (2021-2023). All in all, Fares has collaborated with national and international NGOs to empower thousands of young Algerians and he is committed to continue driving educational development programs based on foreign assistance in order to develop the youth leadership potential as well as their engagement in SDGs advocacy in order to become proactive global citizens.


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Sustainable Development and Women Empowerment enthusiast. M.Sc. in Sustainable Development, The American University in Cairo. B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University. Works as Environmental Engineer specialized in Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies, Renewable Energy, Water- Energy- Food -Nexus, Circular Economy, Green House Gases Reporting and Green industries. Volunteers as Environmental Campaigner for Kids and Youth, Empowering Girls and Women in STEM.


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Safa Al Ashqar is the General Manager of Phoenix Space - U.K. Phoenix Space is a STEM Education enterprise for space sciences. She is also a TechWomen fellow and a Harvard Graduate School of Education MEPLI fellow. Safa had played the role of Regional Manager for Level Up Village in Middle East and North Africa. The enterprise based in New York teaches STEM via global collaboration. She had even lived in Japan and was involved in education there. The diversity Safa has experienced makes her passionate about STEM education in the context of cultural exchange.


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Nisreen Deeb is a computer scientist and a Social Entrepreneur working as an executive director of the Lebanese League for Women in Business, an organization that empowers women to take the lead and succeed, and co-founder of many initiatives to empower the youth and the women in STEM. She holds 12+ years of experience in the IT industry through analyzing and implementing systems to automate their businesses, especially when managing the systems in the ITdepartment of the second largest container carrier and cruise company in the world: MSCLebanon. Consistently seeking new challenges, she is an IT consultant for many companies and organizations to help them follow the recent technologies and apply it in their businesses. Nisreen is involved in encouraging young women to appreciate STEM globally through the power of technology, and aspires to global reach through the power of technology; in 2013, she was noted as one of the top 5 TechWomen emerging leaders in Lebanon and spent five weeks in Silicon Valley. The TechWomen's experience allowed her to win the U.S. Department of State’s funding for her project, centered around programming education for 4th grade students. The opportunity that Nisreen had in Silicon Valley encouraged her to come back to her nation and provide an environment for Lebanese students and women to achieve their full potential, and hence Co-Founding Girls Got IT initiative that is about teaching STEM skills to young girls from all areas in Lebanon by engaging the startup companies and the Ecosystem, Founding the Arab Women in Computing Lebanon Chapter, an active member in the LLWB STEM Committee, recently Co-Founding USALTECH (a community for TechWomen and TechGirls inLebanon), in addition to organizing many hackathons and events in Lebanon. She is known as a public speaker for women in IT and STEM from Lebanon through many events: Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Women in STEM in Dubai,TechGirls launching event in Washington DC, in addition to universities Tech Events in Lebanon, and being a judge in Hult Prize competition in many universities in Lebanon.


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Dr. Imane El Ouizgani, from Morocco, is a Professor of Human Resource Management and an expert & researcher in the fields of gender and youth and women’s economic inclusion through employment and entrepreneurship. She's worked with national and international organizations in various projects related to employment and youth & women employability, and has a thorough knowledge of the actors and structures related to this subject matter. As part of her professional fellowship with the US Embassy, Dr. El Ouizgani launched Rawabet Foundation For Development and Research, an NGO and a website ( dedicated to youth empowerment and raising awareness on national and international opportunities.


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Nadiah Sabaneh plays a key role in realizing Tech-led economic development; with a solid education and technical background along with diverse leadership experiences, occupying high-level positions at well-respected organizations, Sabaneh excels at building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems, cultivating innovation, managing change, developing businesses, and organizing national events and initiatives. Throughout her 14-year career, she held a variety of key positions at organizations in diverse sectors – from nonprofits like Relief International to academic institutions like Birzeit University, and governmental bodies like the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence – honing her Tech, Innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem management skills, in addition to her passion about Economic Development via women empowerment mainstreaming. Nadiah’s keen management skills, thirst for constant learning and networking, and ability to offer creative solutions around issues she is most passionate about have also been commended in her role at Rawabi, managing its Tech Hub, into which she has channeled this proven energy and expertise. Sabaneh holds a M.Sc. in Wireless Communication Engineering, and is currently doing her Kellogg’s EMBA. She is passionate about women enabling and empowerment mainstreaming in STEAM as she is an alumna of Techwomen Program, and currently is starting a One-Stop-Shop for women entrepreneurs in MENA.

Palestinian Territories

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Faten is a certified professional mentor from the United States Mentoring Standard, and Founder and President of the Tunisian educative association First Skills Club, which aims to motivate kids to speak and communicate in English via new technologies and give them another vision for the tools they use on a daily basis. She is a principal computer science teacher and innovation trainer in the pioneer preparatory school of her region Sfax. Faten is an alumna of Techwomen in 2015, after which she got a lot of energy to continue working on her dream to “Change the generation to change the world.She is also the change generation Emerging leader from the USIP in 2016. ” She is currently working with kids between ages 8 and 18 to motivate them and engage them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to solve community problems. She represents the Technovation Regional ambassador in Sfax, and is working hard to inspire more and more girls to coding including robotics, mobile app development, and electronics. She is the Autodesk Ambassador in Tunisia, introducing kids to the world of 3D design and printing. Faten has been an official trainer of the Tunisian national team of Robotics since 2017 and a regional project manager in VEX Robotics. Faten received her Masters in Information Systems and New technologies to research ways to provide the future generation with useful skills. She was the Techwomen 2020 Peer Advisor and elected in the TUNISIAN AMERICAN ALUMNI NETWORK as a public relations officer in 2021. She got the Outstanding mentor award 2021 in the olympic games of robotics for coaching the Tunisian team and winning the first place in the First Global Challenge.


Europe & Eurasia

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I finished my master's studies in 2014 in Informatic Engineering. Since then I have always worked in STEAM fields as a programmer. For three years now I work as a software engineer at Lufthansa Industry Solutions in Tirana, Albania. For 6 years together with my twin sister, we have been mentoring young Albanian girls as part of the Technovation challenge taking place at American Corner Tirana. In 2019 the Albanian team D3c0ders won the first prize in the Technovation challenge. The team was mentored by us from January to April. I also have mentored the Afghan children welcomed by our country since the war started. We have been teaching them how to code the micro-bits. They are part of the Together for Inclusion program supported by the US Embassy Tirana and have been highlighted as the best program by the DOS.


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Panayiota Polykarpou holds a degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of Cyprus. In 2019, after her graduation, she was nominated as one of the European Leaders representing Cyprus to the United States as the recipient of the S.U.S.I Program Scholarship that focused on Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Her interests focus on gender and equality, diversity and inclusion, and in 2020 she co-founded the first digital awareness campaign for gender equality in Cyprus called “Thkio Logia” and furthermore co-authored the book “A book about equality – A few words for a big change”. One year after the launch of the campaign, she co-founded the Be an Ally Foundation, a newly established foundation that aims to promote and encourage the mobilization of the civil society through awareness. Panayiota has acted as a mentor for students and young girls at Junior Achievement Cyprus and STEMi Africa. Panayiota is currently a Research Fellow/Gender Expert at the Cyprus University of Technology she firmly believes in the empowerment of young girls and in December 2021 she launched a new initiative in Cyprus called “Girls in STEAM Academy” which aims to inspire the next generation of women leaders in STEAM fields.


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I am the co-founder of Women On Top, a non-profit organisation in Greece for the professional development of women and for gender equality in the public sphere. Within just 8 years, Women on Top has managed to become the most experienced organization in Greece regarding women’s professional empowerment and, in 2020, it became the first non profit organization participating in the National Council for Gender Equality, while also taking part in key policy consultations with major stakeholders from state institutions and industry leaders. With a small team of just 3 people, WoT has managed to build and sustain a team of 450 volunteer mentors who completed 830 mentorship programs. It has provided training and learning opportunities to more than 1,200 women, to advance their skills and build confidence to pursue professional opportunities. It has also established strong and lasting relationships with more than 45 organizations, institutions, associations and companies and it remains rooted and relevant through ongoing research and development. I am also a published author, a translator, a book club enthusiast and the facilitator of impactful workshops on professional development, gender issues and social change. I previously studied French Literature in Athens, Greece, and Media Studies in London, and have worked for 10+ years as a women’s magazine and online editor. I am the recipient of the Social Impact UK Alumni Award and an IVLP Female Entrepreneurship alumna and I have published eight books for the empowerment of girls, women and teens. I live in Athens with my husband and two daughters.


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Mjellma Vula works as Program Coordinator at American Councils for International Education Kosova where she manages various international education programs. She is graduated with a bachelor's in International Relations from Eskisehir Osmangazi University in Turkey. Prior to joining American Councils, she was President and Co-founder of the Diplomacy and Model United Nations Club, which aims to engage students and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of current world issues through simulations and debate. She is a hiking enthusiast, enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures. Mjellma is very excited to have the opportunity to mentor and share her network with the first TechGirls cohort from Kosovo.


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I am a coordinator of American Corner Podgorica, Montenegro, joined in January 2009. I graduated from Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro and received my master’s degree in international relations. Working at the AmericanCorner opened the opportunities to attend international trainings and conferences where I gained knowledge and expand skills in the area of library management, American education, program management and development, media literacy as well as technology and social media. The most favorite aspect of my job is working with youth, creating learning opportunities for them, helping them identify their goals, strengths and needs, develop their talents and skillsand seeing the impact and change programs have on the community. I was part of many STEM programs, aimed to introduce new tech gadgets, resources and present STEM to students as important, teachable and fun.Ialways search for new inspiration and new collaborators for programs to benefit the community.


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I am Dr. Sergün Kaya, the Local Engagement Coordinator of Turkey. I'm happy to be a part of this project and meet you all.I got my PhD degree from Department of Education, I am also Science/Biology teacher. So I wish to gain great experiences and make valuable contributions to the project.


Sub-Saharan Africa

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2020 winner of the global competition on quality education organized by ONE YOUNG WORLD and Deloitte, Arielle Kitio Tsamo received the Margaret Prize for African Digital Woman in 2019. The same year, the Cameroonian government presented him with the National Award of Excellence for Youth which rewards the best young technology entrepreneur. In 2016, the State Department of the United States awarded her the TechWomen Award. Listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Ranking, the Former Ambassador of the Next Einstein Forum in Cameroon has to her credit: already nearly 29 000 children supported and trained in creativity, technological innovation, coding, robotics, artificial intelligence, and the use of ICT for lifelong learning. primary. The educational tools developed by his organization (like abccode) have been certified by the Union Africa in its Handbook Education 2018 and by UNESCO in ICT. Since 2020, she coordinates the CONNECT MY SCHOOL initiative of UNICEF Cameroon. She is the initiator of Techwomen Factory, a professional training program for women in key areas including data science, web / mobile application development, digital art accompanied by a common core (financial education, entrepreneurship, soft skills).


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Helen Mburu, a Techwomen fellow2018,is the founder of My Energy Solutions; an organisationin the business ofproviding renewable energy solutions and consultancy services to rural and peri-urban households, children’s homes and schools. Ms Mburuholds an MBA in Global Business Sustainability from the Catholic University of Milan. She is also atrainer of Empowered Entrepreneurship; a curriculum that incorporates cognitive behavioural psychology into entrepreneurial trainings for lasting change.Helen is passionate about empowering the next generation of upcoming leaders and is looking forward to learning, growing and laughing with the amazing Techgirl cohort.


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Carolyn Seaman is a tech evangelist and the founder of Girls Voices Initiative, a non-profit that educates and empowers girls and women to identify their voices and use it to advocate for their rights and uses technology and digital media to amplify their voices to wide audiences, particularly policy makers and other key stakeholders. Her non-profit provides digital literacy and empowerment skills to girls and women and facilitates their creation of technology applications and resources to strengthen their advocacy and advance their interests in society. Carolyn is a TechWomen Fellow, Women Leader of the World Fellow, a World Pulse Ambassador and an Advanced Digital Changemaker innovating creative programmes that empower girls and women in Nigeria. She is a firm believer of the quote that, ‘Girls are truly a force for change on the planet’ and she believes that ‘technology and digital media help the voices of girls and women reach multitudes for change, when their strength to shout is frail’.


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Oluremi is the CEO of Hydren Energy, a designer and provider of safe and durable solar solutions and mobile solar generators for small businesses and homeowners in Nigeria. She is also the founder of Inspired for STEM (iSTEM), a program designed to train young girls in Hands-on STEM activities, which is aimed at raising innovators and leaders in STEM. Oluremi’s personal mission statement is to inspire and empower others, by building young people to become confident, hardworking, and audacious to pursue their dreams. Oluremi holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University. Oluremi is a Tony Elumelu Foundation fellow, a TechWomen Fellow, a Vital Voices Grow Fellow, alum of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and a Certified Solar PV Installation and Minigrid Systems trainer by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) . Oluremi is passionate about grooming people and encouraging girls to take up careers in STEM and has been actively involved in training young people from Primary to University level. She is committed to promoting STEM through her iSTEM workshops which she takes to secondary and tertiary institutions throughout Nigeria.


Jennifer Batamuliza's portrait
Jennifer Batamuliza is the Head of Software Engineering Department and IT lecturer in the Information Technology Faculty at Adventist university of Central Africa (AUCA). She is also a teaching assistant at the African Center of Excellence Data Science at the University of Rwanda, where she teaches a machine learning and computational statistics course, and the principles of data science and big data analytics at the Masters level. She is the Vice President of the Rwandan Association for Women in Science and Engineering (RAWISE), and the founder & CEO RWA TECH HUB – a social enterprise that mentors and trains highschool girls in technology. She is a PhD candidate Data science-Data Mining (IT). Graduated with a Master’s degree in Engineering in ComputerScience and Technology from the University Of Electronics Science and Technology of China(UESTC) and also has aBachelor’sdegree in Computer Engineering from University ofRwanda-College of Science and Technology former KIST. She is a researcher and she has published many papers related to Technology in highly ranked journals such as IEEETransactions on services computing and Information Security Journal: A global Perspective and she is a reviewerforIEEE Transactions on Services computing.She attended the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) program as 2019 MandelaWashington Fellow and did Leadership in Public Management at Arizona State University(ASU) in Arizona State, United States of America. Jennifer won the Science Leadership award for promoting girls and women in Technology. The Award was awarded to her on International Day for Women and girls inScience.


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Refilwe is a social entrepreneur, Part – time lecture , an advocate of girl’s education in STEM education. She is a qualified Helicopter Pilot, fixed-wing Pilot, Drone Pilot, and Flight Instructor. Refilwe is passionate about youth development in Africa, particularly the empowerment of girls. She is the founder of Girls fly programme Africa (GFPA. Refilwe is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, council member of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) outreach team, and a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship (AEMSF) for flight training. Her work through the foundation has led to Refilwe being recognized by BBC as one of the innovators in Africa , CNN Africa as one of the changemakers in Africa. Refilwe is also a Techwomen fellow , Obama Africa leader fellow , and a Bill and Melinda gates foundation goalkeeper, She is passionate about education having obtained a BSc (Biochemistry and Microbiology) at UCT; a postgraduate qualification in Business Administration, UCT Business Schools; and an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of business science. She will be pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental studies. She currently serves on a few organizations as a board member both locally and internationally.

South Africa

Western Hemisphere

Romina Lorente's portrait
I am an English teacher, with a postgraduate degree in Educational Management. As I have experience in project management, since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been working at the Ministry of Health in several projects and as a cousel for the Chief of Staff. Today, I am the Assistant Manager of Planning of the Ministry, and I live in Buenos Aires city. I participate actively in the Embassy's events, as I am an Alumni of the Youth Ambassadors Program. I have also participared in other exchange programs as for example the British Council's Language Assistant program in UK.


Laura Giacomini's portrait
Laura Giacomini is a graduate teacher from “IES en Lenguas Vivas ‘Juán Ramón Fernández’”. She was a Language and Literature Teaching Assistant at her alma mater and a Fulbright FLTA. She has been teaching English since 2005 in a variety of contexts. She is experienced in the primary, secondary and college levels. She is currently teaching English in private institutions and facilitating workshops for teachers in Argentina and in the US. She has been giving presentations since 2014 at local and international educational conferences. She has had her work published by the TESOL International Association, TESOL Connections and the English Teaching Forum – A Quarterly Journal for English Teachers by the United States Department of State. She completed the "Best Practices of Online English Language Teaching" certification with TESOL International Association in the spring 2020 semester. In addition, in the fall 2020-2021 semester, Laura successfully participated in the TESOL Certificate: Developing an Online Teaching Program, sponsored by the United States Embassy in Argentina. As U.S. Embassy Alumni, she is a frequent collaborator in different programs. She has also become a Google Certified Educator Level 1, Edpuzzle Coach, Seesaw Pioneer and Nearpod Certified Educator.


Allison Silva's portrait
Systems Engineer and Specialist in Information and Communication Technologies (TICs). CEO and Co-founder of Eressea Solutions, a company specialized in design and developing web and business solutions for companies. With a lot of experience in software deployment, creating business solutions and mentoring tech startups. I am also the Executive Director of Emprender Futuro Foundation, through Bolivia Emprende we provide business tools to build successful companies and tech startups through education, innovation, soft skills, technological skills and promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. I have created "The 360 Women and Tech" Program, the main objective is to teach technological skills and encourage girls to get interested in STEM and into the tech industry. As a social entrepreneur, I am an Ashoka Fellow, I am part of this Global Network of Social Entrepreneurs, and member of several international networks of entrepreneurs and change makers. I work hard on making a huge social and economic impact, I strongly believe that we must be the change we seek in the world.


Shirley Schneider's portrait
12 years of project management experience, leading cross-teams projects for LATAM and US, working five years in a US tech company, BPI green belt certified. Founder and Director of Instituto Joule (, a NGO that empowers Youth toward impactful careers with mentorships. Ambassador of the program Girls Voice´s of Greatergood Charities. 2018 Fellow of the Young Leader Initiative (Program of the US Department of state). Board member of 1+Code, a programming startup which empowers unrepresented young people through technology.


Daniela Ramires Viales's portrait
When I was young I was always passionate about science, so I studied in a scientific school in Costa Rica. This course gave me the opportunity to do my university studies in chemical engineering. At the moment, I work in the last branch of the science school in a rural area. My passion in recent years has been to motivate and mentor girls in STEM competitions at a national level. Additionally, I teach chemistry, physics, and their laboratories. In these science disciplines, I am in charge of preparing our students for the national science olympiads. I am proud to say that after a lot of hard work, we have been able to get the youth of our small area passionate about science and this year has been reflected

Costa Rica

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Cardona is an educator of 30 years, and the founder and principal of Sunshine School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She holds a Bachelors in Education from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, and is a Fulbright Scholar MEd. in Education from the University of Florida. Sheis the co-founder of Amigas STEAM HN, the founder/creator of Spart STEAM in a Box, the Director of Educational Serices “Museo Chiminike” in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and a 2021 cohort member of the “Inter-American Collaboratory on The Teaching Profession” portion of the “Organization of American States”.


Julie Sundar's portrait
My name is Julie Sundar and I am chairwoman of Codettes Foundation. I am an operational manager, curriculum developer and trainer. I am 26 years old, born on December 8 1994 in Georgetown Guyana but raised in Paramaribo Suriname. My passion has always been about women empowerment, because I came out of poverty and I have had first hand experience on how hard it was for women to have a fair chance in the ICT world. My motto has always been if I was able to do it so can you! I believe that the only way to have meaning in life is to give back and help others. Always be on the lookout for opportunities because if you are not constantly on the lookout you might miss the open doors. Codettes mission is to inspire, bring awareness to and educate women in innovation and ict. Codettes vision is striving to become the pivotal player in the regional Innovation Ecosystem specifically for building women’s skills towards innovation and tech entrepreneurship.


East Asia & The Pacific

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Sovan is serving as the Local Engagement Coordinator for Cambodia.


Anju's portrait
Anju is the Regional Head of Asia-Pacific - Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation. Anju was affiliated with the Pacific Community (SPC) as the Digital Transformation ECM Specialist and Business Analyst Adviser. Anju was awarded the Obama Foundation leadership fellowship and the U.S State of Department International Visitor’s Leadership Programme on Digital Economy and Cybersecurity. She is currently the Chair of the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum and an Advisory Member of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society. Anju was a tutor for DiploFoundation’s ICT Strategy Course and a research expert in Internet Governance. She was an Internet Society Ambassador, Commonwealth IGF fellow and APrIGF fellow. She was the first Pacific Islander to be elected as a Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) member of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. She has also worked for the the UN Internet Governance Forum-Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Anju is passionate about Women and ICT and Cybersafety for women, girls and persons with disabilities. She was a founding member of the Pacific Women and ICT. She continues to work with key stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region on various areas such as digital rights, digital inclusion, cybersecurity, privacy, security etc. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Governance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information systems and Geographical information systems and is certified in Internet Governance Capacity building programme, knowledge management and Business Analysis.


Zatalini's portrait
Hi! My name is Zahra and I will be serving as LEC in Indonesia. About 9 years ago i went to the USA for an exchange program and it has given me an extraordinary experience that impact my personal development. The opportunity that I had was given by the work of volunteers who willingly spent their time and energy to support students to study abroad. I would like to give back what I had by giving the opportunity to other students from Indonesia to have the same opportunity as I did.


Jargal's portrait
Jargal recently returned to Mongolia after graduating from Michigan Technological University (MTU) with a Master's degree in Computer Science. Jargal has also worked as a consultant in the information technology industry for multinational customers and corporations for the past five years. She has a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology under her belt. She gained an appreciation for international education as a result of her study, volunteer, and job experiences overseas. She wants to encourage more girls to pursue STEM careers, share her experiences with them, and inspire and assist young people. She likes nature, outdoor activities, and swimming in her spare time, and she is an alumni cheerleader at MTU.


Min-Chun's portrait
Min-Chun Hu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science and information engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In 2011, she received the Ph.D. degree in the Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. She was a postdoctoral research fellow of Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica, from 2011 to 2012. From 2012 to 2017, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, and she was promoted as an associate professor in 2018. She was awarded the Exploration Research Award from Pan Wen Yuan Foundation, the Outstanding Youth Award from the Computer Society of the Republic Of China (CSROC), and the Best Young Professional Member Award of IEEE Tainan Section in 2015, 2017, and 2018, respectively. Her research interests include digital signal processing, multimedia content analysis, machine learning, computer vision, computer graphics, virtual reality and augmented reality.


Thu's portrait
Thu Nguyen graduated from Foreign Trade University, major in International Business Management. She has several years of experience in Communications & Project Management for multinational companies (Everest Education, Abbott Laboratories, etc.). She has engaged with leadership development programs for Vietnamese youth and run many projects on STEM education such as Young Makers Challenge, Make Science Make Sense, DATAcracy Program. In 2017, Thu was selected to become YSEALI Academic Fellow at Arizona State University, where she spent time studying about Civic Engagement in the United States.


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