22 Lessons From Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Innovation for International Women’s Day 2021

Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership featured the stories of 22 amazing women leaders from all over the globe for International Women's Day 2021.

For International Women’s Day, the Gender STI project launched #WomenInLeadership, a campaign to celebrate women leaders in science, technology and innovation (STI). Our partners nominated a variety of women leaders who were making a difference in their communities and fields, from professors and researchers to business executives and political leaders. On the big day, we ... Read more

Rachel Chikwamba: "The Sky Is the Limit, and Gender Has Nothing to Do With Your Possibilities"

Rachel Chikwamba, CSIR Group Executive, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Rachel Chikwamba was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. She is the Group Executive: Chemicals, Agriculture, Food and Health at CSIR. In this role, she leads the implementation of the CSIR’s research, development and ... Read more

May D. Wang: "I Overcame Challenges by Being Nice, Assertive and Working Twice as Hard"

May D. Wang, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

May D. Wang was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by Inmark Europa in Spain. She is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and director of the Biomedical Big Data Initiative. Wang is also a GCC Scholar, Kavli Fellow, FAIMBE, FIAMBE, ... Read more

Rocío Ortiz López: "Women Should Follow Their Instincts and Be Persistent and Passionate"

Rocío Ortiz López, a professor at Tec de Monterrey, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Rocío Ortiz López was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. She is professor at Tec de Monterrey and leader of a cancer research group. Ortiz specialized in molecular biology of disease and genomic medicine but slowly made her way into ... Read more

Aleksandra Krstikj: "Every Woman Leader Today Is an Icebreaker"

Aleksandra Krstikj, research professor at Tec de Monterrey, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Aleksandra Krstikj was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. She is a full-time research professor at Tec de Monterrey's School of Architecture, Art, and Design. Her research focuses on problems related to urban conservation of historic centers and sustainable land ... Read more

Liedi Bernucci: "Innovation Is for Creative, Free and Intelligent People, Regardless of Gender"

Liedi Bernucci, dean of the Polytechnic School at the Universidade de São Paulo, is a nominee for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership campaign.

Liedi Bernucci was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. She is the Dean of the Polytechnic School of the Universidade de São Paulo (POLI/USP) and a Full Professor for Infrastructure and Transportation Engineering. Additionally, Bernucci is also Head ... Read more

Salma Jalife: "It's Very Important for Women and Girls Not to Abandon Their Dreams"

Salma Jalife, CEO of Centro México Digital, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Salma Jalife was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. She is the CEO and founder of Centro México Digital (CMD). Previously, Jalife was the Subsecretary of Communications in the Department of Communications and Transport of the Mexican government. In addition, ... Read more

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: "Don’t Be Diffident or Feel Daunted or Inferior. You Can Rise Above"

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson of Biocon, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by the Euro India Research Centre (EIRC) in India. Mazumdar Shaw is the Executive Chairperson of Biocon, India’s largest biopharmaceutical company. She is a first-generation entrepreneur and global business leader with over four decades of experience ... Read more

Patricia Ellen: "Girls Can Be Leaders in Anything They Want to Be"

Patricia Ellen, Secretary for Economic Development, Science and Technology for the State of São Paulo, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Patricia Ellen was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. She is the Secretary of Economic Development, Science and Technology for the State of São Paulo. Ellen was president of Optum in Brazil, a health technology company of United ... Read more

Neeloffer Mookherjee: "As a Leader, Promote the Voices of Women Who Feel They Don’t Belong"

Neeloffer Mookherjee, a professor at the University of Manitoba, is one of Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership nominees.

Neeloffer Mookherjee was nominated for Gender STI's #WomenInLeadership Campaign, which celebrates women leaders in science, technology and innovation, by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health. She is a Professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada. Mookherjee leads an internationally recognized research program on chronic inflammatory diseases, with focus ... Read more