Keynote speakers & panel discussion

Jaya Balloo
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.

Justine Saas
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.

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.

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.

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