Efforts on to increase presence of women in ICT

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The U.S. Department of State together with the Institute of International Education (IIE), public sector, private sector, and civil society organizations are exploring ideas of how to increase the number of women in ICT professions and academia.

The State Department is leading a women’s tech delegation of ICT sector executives this week to New Delhi and Bangalore, meeting with leading companies, foundations, educational institutions, government ministries engaged in promoting women in ICT, and interacting with the media.

President Obama has emphasized that increasing women’s empowerment and the representation of women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math must be a global imperative in an increasingly interconnected global economy. Advancing women in ICT as well as in science, technology, and entrepreneurship is a foreign policy priority for the United States, which is actively engaged with countries around the world to achieve this goal.

Delegation to India:

  1. Alyssa Ayres, U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia
  2. Jacky Wright, Microsoft, Vice President, Strategic Enterprise Services
  3. Shawn Covell, Qualcomm, Vice President of Government Affairs
  4. Jane Chwick, Goldman Sachs, Managing Director IT
  5. Pearly Chen, HTC, Office of the Chairman
  6. Kumud Srinivasan, Intel India, President
  7. Julie Baher, Citrix, Senior Director
  8. Dana Contreras, Twitter, Senior Engineer
  9. Julia Lovin, Juniper Networks, Sr. Director Junos Engineering

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