6 Powerful Women in Technology
As the world progresses daily, the dynamics are changing, and we cannot overemphasize the power of technology in the world. As we celebrate International Women’s day, we celebrate the impact that women in technology over the years. A lot have worked as CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, etc. in some of the biggest tech companies existing today.
Some have created innovative, disruptive, and problem-solving technology or founded awesome companies today. Here are the most powerful Women in Technology in Nigeria, Africa, and the World.
Odunayo Eweniyi is currently the Co-Founder and Chief of Operations at PiggyVest. Graduating from the university with a first-class degree in Computer Engineering, she defied the normal process of getting a 9-5 Job and ventured into the start-up world.
Over the years, she has co-founded several companies, of which the most successful are PiggyVest (a fintech company) and PushCV.com (One of Africa’s most extensive database for Prescreened Job candidates).
In 2019, she was listed on Forbes “Africa 30 under 30 in Technology”, SME Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa by The Asian Banker’s Wealth and Society, and she is the youngest Nigerian on Forbes Africa list of 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa 2019. In honour of her work, she was named one of 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria 2019 by Leading Ladies Africa, one of 50 most visible women in Tech by Tech Cabal in 2019.
Odunayo is passionate about the inclusion of women in technology by working with hubs and female-focused networks, including For Creative Girls, GreenHouse Labs, She Leads Africa and many others. She likes twitter, and you could connect with her @oduneweniyi
Rebecca Enonchong is the Founder and CEO of AppsTech. She was born in Cameroon. However, moved to the US as a teenager, where she completed her education with a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Economics. After her training, she worked in places like the Oracle Corporation and the Inter-American Development bank.
In 1999, she started her company AppsTech whose goal was to provide enterprise application solutions. The company expanded to several countries in the world, including her native home Cameroon.
Rebecca has received several awards and broad recognition for her work in promoting technology in Africa. In 2002, she was named “a global leader of tomorrow.” In 2014, she was listed by Forbes as one the “10 female tech founders to watch in Africa”.
Presently, Enonchong sits on the board of several tech companies. Apart from being the founder or AppsTech, she is also the founder of I/O spaces, the chair of ActivSpaces and Afrilabs. She is a founding member of the African Business Angel Network. she is one of the most powerful women in technology in Africa.
If you are looking for somewhere to get the latest African Tech news on social media, you should check her account on twitter @africatechie.
Ursula Burns is one of the most influential women in technology in the world. Born in New York City, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and later a Master’s degree in the same course from Columbia University.
She started her career at Xerox as an intern In 1980. She then became a full-time employee, and as the years went by, she grew from Executive assistant to vice president of global manufacturing. Ursula became senior vice president of corporate strategic services and later president of business group operations.
In 2007 she became president of the company, and in 2009 she was named CEO. In 2009, she was appointed by President Obama to lead the White House National STEM program.
She served in that capacity from 2009 to 2016. Burns has sat and still sits on the board of Numerous companies like Diageo, Teneo and as of September 2017, she joined the board of directors at Uber
Presently, she is the Chairman and CEO of VEON, the world’s 11th largest telecom service provider by subscribers.
Jasmine Atenuis is the founder of an Artificially Intelligent chatbot company called Recast.AI. This French start-up develops natural language processing technology that allows the machine to understand humans. Jasmine Originally studied Art at the university.
Years later, she stumbled upon 42, a progressive programming school where she met her co-founders. The company was acquired by software giant SAP in 2018 after two years of existence and one round of seed funding.
Jasmine is 28 years old, and she lives in France. She believes Art and coding are similar, as both give you the medium to create something from scratch. In 2018, she was Forbes list of Europe’s Top 50 women in Tech and the world’s top 50 women in Tech.
Virginia ‘Ginni’ Rometty is a Tech veteran. Not just because she is the Chair, CEO, and president of IBM but because she is an experienced technologist and business executive. She earned a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1979.
She started her career at the General Motors Institute, working in applications and systems development. In 1981, she started working at IBM as a systems analyst and systems engineer. Over the year, she climbed within the ranks from a general manager to senior vice president of global business services. Later, she became senior vice president and group executive for sale, marketing, and strategy.
Ginni continued to grow in the company until she became the CEO and president in 2011. In January 2020, it was announced that she would be stepping down as CEO to be replaced by Arvind Krishna
In 2018, she was Forbes list of America’s Top 50 women in Tech and the Time’s magazine 6th most influential person in technology. In 2012, She was ranked by Bloomberg as one of the 50 most influential people in the world. She spearheaded IBM’s transition into a data company.
Anne-Marie Imafidon is what the world would classify as a genius. At age 11, she passed two A level examinations in mathematics and computer science. She received a scholarship to study mathematics at John Hopkins University and later obtained a master’s degree in the same course from the University of Oxford.
Imafidon worked briefly for Hewlett Packard, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs. She founded Stemettes in 2013, an organization aimed at championing women in STEM. She also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls. This has supported 115 young entrepreneurs to date.
Forbes recognized Anne-Marie as one of the world’s top 50 women in Tech. She was appointed Member of the order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honor for her services to women within STEM Careers.
As we celebrate the International Women’s Day #IWD, we encourage every girl, lady, or woman to challenge themselves to do great things. To break out of the status quo, imagine, create, innovate, and be relevant because women before have done it.
Statistics from ‘The Catalyst’ shows that there are more men in STEM-related careers than women, but that is gradually changing. At Digilaw, we have a gender ratio of 36:64 (Male: Female), which is not a norm in this field.
We achieved that gender ratio tilted in favour of women by intentionally encouraging women to apply. We found that when you encourage women to get involved, they will get involved. Some might argue that this isn’t balanced either, but we are working towards that too.
Imagine how powerful we would be if we harnessed the power of everyone to make the world better. An Equal world is an Enabled world.
As we celebrate women all over the world, we celebrate the Women of Digilaw, who have made great contributions to the team. Happy International Women’s Day! #IWD2020 #EachForEqual #WomenOfDigilaw
Also published on Medium.