In an effort to motivate other women to explore opportunities in Artificial Intelligence (AI), INDIAai has launched a report titled ‘21 Women in ’21’ that highlights the achievements of these women leaders who have steered growth in their business using the power of AI.
Research reveals that less than 30 percent women work in the AI industry particularly because of their low participation in the STEM disciplines. The glaring gender bias “is evident from its end-product and solutions,” according to the report.
The report includes the likes of Anna Roy, Senior Adviser, NITI Aayog; Dr Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India; Dr Gargi Dasgupta, Director, IBM Research India & CTO, IBM India and South Asia; Aditi Garg, IAS - CEO - Zila Panchayat, Budhanpur (MP)/Former CEO, Indore Smart City Development Ltd and Dr Geetha Manjunath, CEO & CTO, Niramai; among others.
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Roy, also called the AI Woman of India by NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh and several others, has been instrumental in framing India’s AI policy. She has also played a pivotal role in other important initiatives pertaining to AI.
Dr Srivathsa, who is the National Technology Officer at Microsoft India, says, “When it comes to AI, Microsoft believes in three pillars - meaningful innovation, empowerment of people, and responsibility.”
Women participation should increase in STEM, and this is not just about inclusion alone, feels Dr Dasgupta. “We need to think of diversity in data too. Else, five years from now, we’re going to be reading studies that say AI has a definite gender bias,” she writes in the INDIAai report.
Garg, who took on the role of CEO of Indore Smart City Development Ltd (SCDL) last year, has been involved in the retrofitting and redevelopment of Indore. She believes “the ever-growing reliance on technology will broaden the scope of urban redevelopment and allow for better integration with governments and technology solution providers.”
Niramai CEO Dr Manjunath has made cancer detection accessible and affordable. She says, “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every 12 women has the risk of a breast abnormality. Early diagnosis is very critical to decrease mortality rates.”
The other names in the list include Charu Noheria (Co-founder & COO, Practically), Redickaa Subrammanian (Co-founder & CEO, Resulticks), Tapati Bandhopadhyay, (CEO, AISWITCH), Daisy Chittilapilly (MD - Digital Transformation, CISCO India & SAARC), Geetha Adinarayan (Chief Architect - AI Applications, IBM), Geeta Gurnani (Country Head, Modern Work, Microsoft), Geetha Mahadeviah, (Department Lead – Healthcare Solutions, Philips Innovation Campus, India), Shaily Goel (Principal Program Manager, Microsoft AI Cognitive services), Kiranmayi Lakshmi Satya Gandham (Project Manager and Solution Architect, Infosys), Neeti Mehta Shukla (Co-founder & SVP - Brand & Culture, Automation Anywhere), Parul Pandey (Data Evangelist at H2O AI), Ranjani Mani (Sr Manager, Business analytics & Data Sciences, VMware India), Neha M (Product Engineer, Data Science, AskSid.ai), Nritya Ganesh (Program Director, Edison[X], GE Healthcare), Cindy Mathews (Data Science Consultant, The Math Company), and Swati Jain (VP of Analytics, EXL).
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)