Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy is the Director of the Hartree Centre, based at the UK’s Science and Facilities Council’s National Laboratory at Daresbury.  The Hartree Centre is funded by the UK government with a remit to improve the global competitiveness of UK industry by facilitating the adoption of High Performance Computing, High Performance Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing techniques by companies of all sizes. Prior to joining the Hartree Centre, she was the Executive Director of EPCC, the national HPC centre based at the University of Edinburgh and has recently completed a term of office as the Managing Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). She began her working life as a real time systems programmer in industry and has now worked in HPC for more almost 25years, managing large collaborative projects in HPC and Data.


Panel: How HPC can Change the World

Chair: Toni Collis

Toni Collis, Co-Founder of Women in HPC & Applications Consultant in HPC Research & Industry, EPCC, University of Edinburgh.

*Toni Collis is an Applications Consultant in HPC Research and Industry, providing consultancy and project management on a range of academic and commercial projects at EPCC, the University of Edinburgh Supercomputing Centre.

Toni has a wide-ranging interest in the use of HPC to improve the productivity of scientific research, in particular developing new HPC tools, improving the scalability of software and introducing new programming models to existing software. Toni is also a consultant for the Software Sustainability Institute and a member of the ARCHER team, providing ARCHER users with support and resources for using the UK national supercomputing service as effectively as possible. In 2013 Toni co-founded Women in HPC (WHPC) as part of her work with ARCHER. WHPC has now become an internationally recognized initiative, addressing the under-representation of women working in high performance computing.

Toni is Inclusivity Chair and a member of the Executive committee for the SC17 conference. Toni is also a member of the XSEDE Advisory Board and has contributed to the organization and program of a number of conferences and workshops over the last five years.


Rosa M. Badia

Rosa M. Badia holds a PhD on Computer Science (1994) from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). She is the manager of the Workflows and Distributed Computing research group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). She is also a Scientific Researcher from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC).

She was involved in teaching and research activities at the UPC from 1989 to 2008, where she was an Associated Professor since year 1997. From 1999 to 2005 she was involved in research and development activities at the European Center of Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA). Her current research interest are programming models for complex platforms (from multicore, GPUs to Grid/Cloud).  The group lead by Dr. Badia has been developing StarSs programming model for more than 10 years, with a high success in adoption by application developers. Currently the group focuses its efforts in PyCOMPSs/COMPSs, an instance of the programming model for distributed computing including Cloud, and its application to parallelize Big Data and Analytics.

Dr Badia has published near 200 papers in  international conferences and journals in the topics of her research. She has been very active in projects funded by the European Commission and in contracts with industry (IBM and Intel).

She is currently participating in the following European funded projects: Euroserver, The Human Brain Project, the BioExcel CoE, NEXTGenIO, MUG, EUBra BIGSEA, TANGO, mf2C, the EXPERTISE ITN and it is a member of HiPEAC2 NoE.

Lorena Alonso

Lorena Alonso is a 30 year old research engineer from the Life Sciences department at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. She has studied Mathematics and specialised in bioinformatics and biostatistics in order to try to apply all her knowledge to help to treat human diseases.


Jazmín Aguado-Sierra

Jazmín Aguado-Sierra obtained her Biomedical Engineering degree with Academic Excellence Award at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico in 2000.

She was then granted a scholarship from CONACYT to obtain her PhD degree at Imperial College London, UK, at the Bioengineering Department under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Kim H. Parker. During her PhD she developed one-dimensional models of blood flow in coronary and arterial circulation.  In 2008 she obtained a PostDoctoral position at the Cardiac Mechanics Research group of the University of California San Diego, under supervision of Prof. Andrew McCulloch, where she worked on electro-mechanic models of the heart until 2011.  She worked for 4 months as a PostDoctoral Fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Sheffield focusing on electro-mechanic models of the heart, after which, she was offered a position at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain in 2012.  She is currently a Senior PostDoc part of the Biomechanics group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, where she develops multi-scale, multi-physics, high performance models of the cardiovascular system.


Panel: Women in the Workplace : Opportunities and Challenges

Jane Richardson, Senior Director , Oracle Academy, EMEA


  • Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
    • Senior Director, Oracle Academy, with the responsibility of the management and development of the Oracle Academy Academic Program for Europe Middle East and Africa.  Determine market engagement strategies and processes globally and drive EMEA adoption accordingly. 
    • Focus on the development of public / private partnerships in education with MoE’s and NGO’s and programs to develop teacher and faculty training / CPD and encouraging the take up of computer science skills supporting projects for  Girls into IT and STEM.
  • Board Member of the Edinburgh College Trust
  • Executive member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Member of the Institute of Directors ,  UK


  • Chief Executive of Electronics Scotland – Set up the Trade Association and developed public / private sector partnerships for the economic development of the sector across all tiers of the supply chain. Local and National Government policy lobbying for the sector, including EU policy.  Developed education and training projects to support the Electronics manufacturing sector in Scotland.
  • Head of Inward Investment at English Partnerships, the UK Government‘s regeneration agency, responsible for all Foreign Direct Investments across England particularly in the electronics sector.  Jane was formerly a member of the UK Government’s Invest in Britain Bureau – Committee for Overseas Promotion.

About Oracle Academy

As Oracle’s flagship philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields, offering a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources. Supporting more than 3.5 million students annually in 120 countries, the program works with public and private partners to provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future. Through Oracle Academy, students receive hands-on experience with the latest technologies, helping to make them college and career ready in the era of big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and beyond.


  • About Oracle


Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.


Tatiana Mora

Senior Manager – Business Consulting for European Commission & International Organisations in everis

Tatiana is responsible for the business consulting unit working for the European Commission and the United Nations agencies. She has extensive experience working in international environments with multilateral organisations.

Her background as a development economist in international organisations (United Nations Development Programme –UNDP- and OXFAM) has equipped her with analytical skills and a firm understanding of the nature and scope of many working subjects. Her extensive international experience working within the private and public sector is enhanced by her passion for development and social issues.

As former UN staff and Director of Strategy at P.A.U. Education (boutique consultancy agency based in Barcelona) and within her post as Business Consulting Senior Manager for International Organisations at everis, she has developed and won funding proposals for a wide array of international projects. Most of these involved all 27 European States and African and Latin American countries.

As many professional women, she has been a multitask / multirole person throughout her career: executive, researcher, communicator, negotiator, evaluator, manager, strategist, salesperson, writer… She has consequently developed a special talent to handle multidisciplinary projects and solve complicated challenges and inter-cultural communication issues.

Very sensitive to “women at the workplace” issues, she is actively involved in everis’ actions to ensure better opportunities and gender equality in the company. She is also a proud mother of two children.

About everis

everis is an NTT DATA Company, dedicated to consulting and outsourcing in all sectors, with a turnover of 1.03 billion Euro in the 2016. A large family of 19,000 professionals across Europe, USA and Latin America.

In 2014 everis joined NTT DATA Group, the sixth-largest IT services company in the world with 100,000 professionals and with offices in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and North America.


Natasa Milic-Frayling

Dr. Natasa Milic-Frayling is Professor and Chair of Data Science at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. She has a long track record in computer science research and innovation in digital content management and analysis, online communication, and social interactions.

Prior to joining Nottingham in 2015, Natasa was a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research (MSR), Cambridge UK, leading the Integrated Systems inter-disciplinary research in information management and communication systems. She also served as Director of Research Partnership at MSR, working on innovation strategies and collaborative projects with leading industry partners.

Natasa is passionate about societal impact of digital technologies and promotes a dialogue between the ICT industry, consumers, and policy makers on strategic issues. Her current focus is on digital obsolescence and privacy respecting technology designs. Following her involvement in EU projects PLANETS and SCAPE, she is serving as a Chair of the Technology and Research Workgroup for UNESCO PERSIST that aims to sustain digital computation and ensure long term access to digital heritage. Natasa is also a Founder and CEO of Intact Digital Ltd that works with software vendors to secure access and use of software applications beyond their market life-time.

On these critical issues, Natasa collaborates with a number of academic organizations. She is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with MediaX at Stanford University and a member of the ACM Europe Council and the ACM Women Europe Executive Committee.


 Paula Riesgo /Sopra Steria

Digital Transformation Officer- DTO at Sopra Steria Spain since January 2017. Paula has a Business Degree from Oviedo University and an Industrial Organization Master from the Technical University of Madrid. Paula has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology and consultancy sectors, she worked in companies as Accenture and Indra. Today, she is the director on charge of the development the digital transformation offer of Sopra Steria in Spain, and she also manages the development of the innovation projects.


Tech Talk by HP

Susana Barrera

R&D Software Engineer at HP Inc

Susana joined the HP Large Format Printing division in 2013 through the Innotalent+25 program. She started her career focusing on the scanner asset and later moved to frontend development, where she is currently developing control panels and the printer embedded web server, using native and web technologies.

Susana holds a MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Valladolid and a Master on Project Management from University of Ramon Llull.

Naroa Gonzalez

Technical Lead – Senior R&D Software Engineer at HP Inc

Naroa has more than 12 years of experience within R&D design and development in software and firmware. She started early her career at Iberdrola and the University of the Basque Country, where she worked as an intern and researcher in the networking and security arena.  In 2007, she joined the HP Large Format Printing division in Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain, and since then has contributed in several development areas, such as, software applications, IO and networking and finally, the frontend development of printer control panels and the embedded web server, using native and web technologies. She currently is a senior R&D software engineer expert in embedded frontend development, where she leads the technology selection, architecture, design and implementation of the printer’s embedded web server.

Naroa holds a MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a Master on Information Technologies and Communications in Mobile Networks by the University of the Basque Country, Spain.


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