10 women leading the way in data science

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The data science industry is thriving and as AI and machine learning continue to evolve, so too will the role of the data scientist. While this may create new and exciting opportunities in tech, there is still a gender gap in this sector that needs to be addressed.

A report from Boston Consulting Group earlier this year suggested that only about 15pc to 22pc of all professionals in data science-related roles are women. With this in mind, we at Siliconrepublic.com wanted to highlight just some of the incredible women in the data science industry who are leading the way.

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Prof Maria Fasli

In 2016, Prof Maria Fasli became the first UNESCO chair in analytics and data science. Her key objective was to highlight the critical role that data plays in promoting equality, sustainable development and how it can enhance people’s lives.

Fasli is also the director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science at the University of Essex. Her research interests include AI techniques for analysing and modelling complex systems and structured and unstructured data in various domains.

Cathy O’Neil

Cathy O’Neil is a mathematician who has worked as a professor, hedge-fund analyst and data scientist. She is the founder of algorithmic auditing company ORCAA and is the author of Weapons of Math Destruction.

In which I try to explain how recommendation algorithms work and can be manipulated:https://t.co/mJXnI63adl

— Cathy O’Neil (@mathbabedotorg) September 21, 2020

She previously worked as Jawbone’s vice-president of data, where she built and led a team of data scientists and engineers. She was also one of the early members of LinkedIn’s data science team.

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