Opening remarks

Anett Numa
Digital Transformation Adviser @e-Estonia Briefing Centre Expert in #eGovernance #DigitalSociety #Cybersecurity, Estonia

Having lived and studied in different countries, Anett has learned to appreciate living in a digital society. Anett believes that all processes and structures of public services should be accessible and simple for every single citizen. Based on her academic background in political science, Anett focuses on enhancing good cooperation between the public and private sector to create a comprehensive and supportive environment. Her goal as a Digital Transformation Adviser at the e-Estonia Briefing Centre is to explain the Estonian digitalisation experience and thus inspire leaders and decision-makers alike to create a better tomorrow.

Věra Jourová
Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Czech Republic

Czech politician and lawyer. From 2014 to 2019, she was European Commissioner for Justice,
Consumer Protection and Gender Equality at the Juncker European Commission. Since December 2019, she has been Vice-President of the Ursula von der Leyen Commission. Her new portfolio is the respect for European values ​​and transparency. In the spring of 2019, Time magazine ranked her among the 100 most influential people in the world. The reason was her participation in the laws creation that determine the rules of the protection of people’s personal data on the Internet.

Ruth Lennon
Chair of the ACM-W Europe & Director of Craobh Technology Consulting, Ireland

Ruth Lennon is the director of Craobh Technology Consulting providing personalised solutions to industry problems. Ruth has 20 years of experience as a lecturer in the Department of Computing in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. Ruth research interests focus on enterprise scale systems with particular focus on DevOps and Cloud technologies. She has been a member of many technical panels and committees including NSAI/TC 2/SC 11 on cloud and distributed systems, NSAI/TC 2/SC 2 on Software Engineering and ISO/IEC JTC 1/AG 3 “Open Source Software”. Ruth is a member of the working group that developed the Award Winning IEEE 2675 DevOps standard. Ruth’s goal in DevOps is to ensure that security and performance are seen as core to development projects just as it is in configuration projects. Ruth has worked on security projects in the area of applying DevOps to support Data Science. In addition, Ruth is a member of the ACM, ACM-W, IEEE, IEEE-WIE and the IEEE Computer Society. Ruth is the Chair of the ACM-W Europe.

Keynote Speakers

Danica Kragic
Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology

Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Founding member of Young Academy of Sweden. She holds a Honorary Doctorate from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. She chaired IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Computer and Robot Vision and served as an IEEE RAS AdCom member. Her research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. In 2012, she received an ERC Starting Grant and in 2019 Distinguished Professor Grant from the Swedish research Council and ERC Advanced Grant. Her research is supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, EU and Swedish Research Council.

Kia Höök
professor in Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (SGSHI)

Kristina Höök is a professor in Interaction Design at the Royal Institute of Technology and also works part-time at RISE. Höök has published numerous journal papers, books and book chapters, and conference papers in highly renowned venues. A frequent keynote speaker, she is known for her work on social navigation, seamfulness, mobile services, affective interaction and lately, designing for bodily engagement in interaction through soma design. Her competence lies mainly in interaction design and user studies helping to form design. She has obtained numerous national and international grants, awards, and fellowships including the Cor Baayen Fellowship by ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), the INGVAR award, she is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and elected ACM SIGCHI Academy. Höök is a horseback rider, mother, grandmother, and feminist.

Margaret-Anne Storey
Professor of Computer Science, University of Victoria
Research Chair in Human and Social Aspects of Software Engineering

Margaret-Anne Storey is a Professor of Computer Science and a Canada Research Chair in Human and Social Aspects of Software Engineering. She seeks to understand how software tools, communication media, data visualizations, and social theories can be leveraged to improve how software engineers and knowledge workers create, explore, understand, analyze and share complex information and knowledge. She cares deeply about improving and diversity and inclusion in software engineering research and industry and is thrilled to attend WomENcourage 2021.

Jaya Baloo
Chief Information Security Officer, Avast  

Ms. Baloo has been working in the field of information security, with a focus on secure network architecture, for over 20 years and sits on the advisory boards of the NL’s National Cyber Security Centre, PQCrypto and Flagship Strategic. She serves on the audit committee of TIIN capital, a cybersecurity fund, and is also a member of the IT Committee of Sociale Verzekeringsbank. Ms. Baloo is currently a member of EU Quantum having been a member of the EU High Level Steering Committee for the FET Quantum Flagship from 2016–2017. Ms. Baloo is a faculty member of the Singularity 2017, where she regularly lectures.

Panel-Discussion Speakers

Justine Sass
Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, UNESCO  


Justine Sass is currently the Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Over the past 25 years, she has championed gender equality, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and the right to education and health at UNESCO and with other international organizations, NGOs and government agencies in Asia, Sub-Saharan and North Africa and Eastern Europe. Justine is currently co-chairing the UNESCO Global Education Coalition’s Gender Flagship, which is aiming to address the gender dimensions of COVID-19 school closures including through efforts to close the gender digital divide.

Lynda Hardman
Director of Amsterdam Data Science, Professor CWI, Netherlands  


Prof. Lynda Hardman is Manager Research & Strategy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI,, the Dutch national research centre for Mathematics and Computer Science. She is full professor, part-time, of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University. Her research interests are in how visualisations can be used to improve the way domain experts interpret and interact with (linked) data. Prof. Hardman is the director of Amsterdam Data Science (, a partner organization whose mission is to strengthen the Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region. She is the European director of LIAMA (, a research collaboration since 1997 between INRIA (France), CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

She was the president of Informatics Europe 2016-2017. During her time as board member, she founded, together with Cristina Pereira, the IE working group Women in Informatics Research and Education around 2012 and chaired it until 2016. She was named ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2014 and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Lydia Logan
Global Vice President of Education, IBM  


Lydia Logan is the Vice President for Education and Workforce Development, CSR. She serves as the global lead for IBM’s education and workforce development initiatives. She is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and end-to-end execution of IBM’s global education and workforce development initiatives which include P-TECH, IBM SkillsBuild and STEM for Girls. Her portfolio also includes the development of new and innovative education initiatives and strategic global partnerships with IBM’s clients, non-profit organizations, governments, and content and curriculum developers. She is an education expert with over 25 years of experience in education, non-profit organization management, policy, and philanthropy.

Amina Crooks
AI Institute Director, Deloitte, Australia


Amina is passionate about how AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology has the potential to transform our lives in positive ways.

In her new role as Director of the AI Institute, Strategic Growth Offering at Deloitte, Amina aims to be a catalyst in accelerating the infusion of AI into Australian organisations.

Amina began her data and analytics career in 1995 as a healthcare researcher and has remained in roles that identify wicked problems to solve using data ever since. Amina has a PhD from the University of Toronto in Canada and spent several years as a Scientist at the University of Sydney in applied epidemiological and biostatistical techniques to study population-based issues in health. Amina is passionate about the dissemination and application of knowledge. She has been an author of peer-reviewed scientific publications, a University lecturer, supervisor of graduate students, scientific committee member, and a keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

Amina joined Deloitte after three years leading Data and Analytics initiatives in Digital Transformation and Supply Chain in Telstra’s Consumer and Small Business Unit, which built new IT capabilities for faster and more efficient, cloud-based end-to-end customer insights for business decision-making.

Applying her strong creative and energetic spirit, Amina is successful at building partnerships and inspiring teams to lead change from vision to execution. Things that most excite her the most include problem-solving for opportunities that move the dial forward, drawing diverse people together for a shared purpose and helping people learn and grow.

Anja Volk
Associate Professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands


Anja Volk, Associate Professor in Interaction technology (Utrecht University), has a dual background in mathematics and musicology which she applies to cross-disciplinary approaches to music. She has an international reputation in the areas of music information retrieval (MIR), computational musicology, and mathematical music theory. Her work has helped bridge the gap between scientific and humanistic approaches while working in interdisciplinary research teams in Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. In 2011, she started her own research group at Utrecht University at the intersection of MIR, musicology and cognition. Her research aims at enhancing our understanding of music as a fundamental human trait while applying these insights for developing music technologies that offer new ways of interacting with music. Anja has co-founded several international initiatives, most notably the International Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (SMCM), the flagship journal of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR), and the Women in MIR (WIMIR) mentoring program, which organizes yearly mentoring rounds with participants from academia and industry, in order to foster greater diversity in MIR. Anja’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was recognized with the Westerdijk Award in 2018 from Utrecht University. She is also committed to connecting different research communities and providing interdisciplinary education for the next generation through the organization of international workshops, such as the Lorentz Center in Leiden workshops on music similarity (2015), computational ethnomusicology (2017) and music, computing, and health (2019).

Robert Campbell
Director, Head of Barclays’ Prague Technology Centre


Rob Campbell is the head of Barclays’ Prague Technology Centre, where 1,100 technologists build critical systems for its top ranked Investment Bank. He has more than 15 years of experience in multiple technology roles at start-ups, tech companies, and large multinationals. He was born in the United States, is a lifelong programmer, and acquired his Computer Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating in 2006 he moved to the Czech Republic where he worked at an internal incubator called Monster Labs.

Daria Hvizdalova
Head of Solutions at JHV-ENGINEERING, Partner & Co-founder at Mainware


Daria leads JHV Solutions, providing the industry with insights on how to automate manufacturing processes faster, cheaper and more effectively. She also takes of R&D investment and strategy with the focus on spin-offs and joint ventures in the innovative technological fields; among those is Mainware, which combines AR and AI to enable the new level of maintenance management across the sectors. Daria is a TEDx speaker, a young mother and a Forbes columnist on the topic of data-driven parenting.

Barbara Sichler
Head of Software Engineering, ŠKODA AUTO


Barbara is a passionate digital business leader with a proven track record across multiple digital domains including software, data analytics & AI, digital strategy, digital platform and mobile app development. She has more than 14 years of leadership experience in Automotive and a broad international background in China, Finland, Mexico and South Africa. Learn more about Barbara at

Tomáš Szaszi
Director, Strategy & Innovation, EMEA R&D at Honeywell


Tomas leads Innovation & Commercialization strategy for Honeywell’s biggest EMEA R&D center with ~ 1000 engineers and scientists in CEE region serving the needs of EMEA & Global customers. His mission is to create an open, intellectual, diverse, and working environment where distributed and applied innovation can flourish. Drive improvement of an organization’s ability to seed the Growth portfolio with transformational ideas. Manage the effectiveness of Portfolio Management to prioritize growth projects with speed, based on future customer and market demand, megatrends, and organizational agility. Establish partnership engagement models that promote collaboration with the external ecosystem (Customers, Suppliers, Universities, Startups, SME, Tech Enterprise Partners) to identified strong partners for core and non-core capabilities to develop, test, launch new disruptive offerings. Learn more about Tomas at

Tomáš Mikolov
Researcher at CIIRC, Prague


Tomas Mikolov is a researcher at CIIRC, Prague. Currently he leads a research team focusing on development of novel techniques within the area of complex systems, artificial life and evolution. Previously, he did work at Facebook AI and Google Brain, where he led development of popular machine learning tools such as word2vec and fastText. He obtained PhD at the Brno University of Technology in 2012 for his work on neural language models (the RNNLM project). His main research interest is to understand intelligence, and to create artificial intelligence that can help people to solve complex problems.

Sara Polak
AI Ambassador, Founder of Paioneers Lab Paralelni polis, Director, Founder of Anthropologica  


Sara is a popularisator of AI, an archaeologist/evolutionary anthropologist with 9 years of tech startup experience. She founded the Paioneers lab in Parallel Polis which is aimed at educating the public about AI and related disciplines and teaches the Elements of AI course across the Czech Republic with Czechitas and

Ask-me-Anything Speakers

Geraldine Fitzpatrick
Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and heads the Human Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien

Geraldine Fitzpatrick is Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and leads the Human Computer Interaction Group in the Informatics Faculty at TU Wien, where her research is focussed on socio-technical and people-centred perspectives of computing. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IFIP Fellow, and an IFIP TC-13 Pioneer Award recipient. She has a diverse background, with a PhD in CS&EE (Uni of Queensland), an MSc in Applied Positive/Coaching Psychology (UEL), and international experience in academia and industry in Austria, the UK and Australia. She also has a prior career as a nurse/midwife with leadership roles in hospital and private practice contexts. She is passionate about how we can craft better academic cultures and, towards this, hosts the Changing Academic Life podcast series and delivers academic career development and leadership development consultancy, training and coaching internationally.
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Kristel Kruustük
CEO and Founder of Testlio, Estonia

Kristel is the founder and Chief Testing Officer at Testlio. Testlio is a global network of software testers that test apps. When software must perform brilliantly, Testlio helps ensure world-class customer experiences. In any location. On any device. In any language. Testlio clients include CBS,, Microsoft, The NBA. Collectively, their clients power over 2 billion users. The company is 10k+ freelance software testers and 140+ amazing full-time people distributed across the world. Testlio has raised $8.5M in capital from investors like Altos Ventures and Vertex Ventures.

Hinda Haned

Hinda Haned is Senior Lead Data Analytics at Janssen Biologics (Leiden, The Netherlands), where she leads a team that supports and manages different data science projects for the manufacturing process improvement and optimization. In 2018, she was named professor by special appointment at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on developing solutions for best practices for safe and responsible data science. Hinda obtained her PhD in applied statistics from the university of Lyon (France) in 2010. Some of her most recent work revolves around explaining why a model makes errors in forecasting tasks and investigating whether explaining these errors increases user-trust.

Tereza Hyková

Tereza is a Software engineer at Google, dedicated to keeping both users’ data, and Google’s product ecosystem safe from abuse. Tereza completed her Masters’ degree in Computer graphics at the Czech technical university in Prague and moved to Munich to work as a full time software engineer at Google. After 6 years of working on projects such as Chrome server or the infrastructure behind the Google Account, she joined the Account Security team. Today, she leads parts of the compromise prevention systems, addressing some of the most common attack vectors seen today: password compromise and phishing. In addition, Tereza is part of the Privacy Advocates group that helps other product teams at Google to maintain high privacy standards in their products, and connect privacy and security related fields of engineering.