Women in STEM conference kicks off in Dubai

Event to attract over 300 women from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

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Women in STEM conference kicks off in Dubai Kaul: "Women can never win if they are just a statistic."
By  Helen Gaskell Published  January 15, 2015

The Women in STEM 2015 Conference and Awards ceremony launched today at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai.

Organised by The Meera Kaul Foundation, the second annual conference and awards welcomes over 300 women from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from North America, Europe, China, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

Meera Kaul, Chairperson of The Meera Kaul Foundation believes that "Women can never win if they are just a statistic. With this event we aim to inspire women to compete on the basis of their talent and competitiveness rather than just statistics in the diversity chain. We would like women in the Middle East and across the globe to come and join us."

President of the Society of Women Engineers, Silicon Valley, Claudia Galvan, today spoke about Gender Roles with a focus on the challenges faced on being a woman engineering. Talking about the event Claudia said, "We are at a tipping point for women in STEM, let's spread like a wildfire"

Another keynote speaker at the conference and Co- Founder of WAKE, Trish Tierney believes that, "The power of women, combined with the power of technology, creates an incredibly strong force that will create dramatic change. We not only need more women in STEM, we need them to be linked together for greater impact. I'm thrilled to participate in the Women in STEM Awards next week and to join this global movement."

Other speakers and panelists at the event included: Sirine Fadoul, manager at Dubai Silicon Oasis; Dareen Alhiyari, software engineer at Dubizzle.com; and CEO of www.mapmygenome.in.

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