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Top 50 Women in Technology

Katie Jacob Stanton Katie Jacob Stanton, head of international strategy at Twitter, is a native of Peekskill, New York. She currently resides in Los Altos, California and is married with three children. She holds a Master of Arts from Columbia University and a degree in political science from Rhodes College. Aged 42, she is ranked 56 on Forbes’s list of the World’s most powerful women and is one of the youngest, most influential women in the technology sector. Prior to joining Twitter, she was the White House’s first director of citizen participation. She worked for two years at the White house and the State Department, advising them on how to use technologies like twitter and developing an online presence that help citizens get more involved with White House activities. She was responsible for leading the State Department’s mobile donation campaign for Haiti, which raised 32 million dollars for victims of the catastrophic earthquake. In 2003, Stanton was the Product Manager of Google Finance. She launched Open Social, a tool dedicated to advancing the social web through community innovation and open source. She also led product development of Google Moderator, a tool for generating user-submitted questions for presentations, events, and debates. Prior to that, she was a producer for Yahoo Finance, which is now one of the most popular products in Yahoo!’s online portfolio. Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with over 500 million users around the globe. Since joining the company in 2010, she has dramatically increased the international presence of twitter, reporting that 70 per cent of tweets come from outside of the United States and over 60 per cent of users are using twitter on their smart phones. Many world leaders, celebrities and other key figures have also joined the service. She set up the first offices for Twitter in the United Kingdom, Japan and also Germany and is playing an instrumental role in assisting the company set up partnerships in Asia, Europe, as well as Latin America. According to Stanton, Twitter will continue to work hard at reaching every person on the planet, no matter their geographical location or language.

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Neelie Kroes, Digital Agenda, European Commission The vice-president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, who is responsible for the Digital Agenda, has set down ambitious Digital Agenda targets aimed at ensuring all EU citizens get superfast broadband by 2020. The purpose of the Digital Agenda is to harness the internet and other digital technologies to drive sustainable economic growth. Kroes wants to see €7bn earmarked for EU investments in broadband to help reach the Digital Agenda targets, which in turn is meant to draw in private funds of many times that amount. A key feature of her work is ensure that every citizen in Europe gains access to a fast broadband connection in support of the EU’s Digital Agenda. This aims to promote digital inclusiveness and enhance the economic competitiveness of the continent through increasing digital literacy. At a recent event as part of an eSkills initiative, Kroes said, “my dream is getting everyone in Europe digital. And by the way, it is not only a dream – it is a promise. It’s about digital inclusion in its widest sense – finding our young people jobs and helping future generations learn.”

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, is a native of Illinois. She holds a degree in Politics from the University of Illinois and she received her Doctorate from Yale Law School in 2002. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress. She was also named one of City Halls “40 under 40” for being an important member of New York City politics. Launched in 2012, Girls who Code is a non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. The mission of Girls Who Code is to equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in the computing sector.

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