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Using their skills in AI, or artificial intelligence and machine learning, these Indian women are top tech entrepreneurs today!
Women in technology are a powerful combination for making the world a better place. Using their skills to develop artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, these amazing Indian women in AI are thriving as tech entrepreneurs today.
From disrupting trends to coming up with innovative solutions to age-old problems, these women have done it all. Breaking the glass ceiling in the world of technology, these Indian women in AI or artificial intelligence are an inspiration to a new generation of young Indian girls in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Today we celebrate 9 such amazing women, changing the landscape of Artificial intelligence and machine learning in India and the world.
Dr. Geetha Manjunath is a pathbreaker in the health industry. She has changed the way breast cancer screening is done in India.
Dr Manjunath has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science and has over 25 years of research experience in IT research. She is the founder and CEO of Niramai Health Analytix, an artificial intelligence-based health tech business in Bangalore that developed a solution for detecting early-stage breast cancer in a privacy-aware manner.
The technology developed by Niramai is called ‘Thermalytix’ which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect early-stage breast cancer in a non-contact, non-invasive way and is affordable, radiation-free and accessible to women of all age groups.
Her vision and determination for better healthcare for women by providing early breast cancer detection make her our superhero!
Barkha Sharma is the founder and chief mentor of Bash.ai, a New Delhi-based startup that is one of India’s leading artificial intelligence-powered human resources automation products. She is also the chief human resource officer of Wobot Intelligence, which powers CCTV cameras with AI video intelligence.
Bash. a.i was created by Sharma to increase workplace productivity by automating routine tasks related to HR processes and in turn, improve the employee experience.
Barkha is a graduate of IIM Trichy and has a graduate degree in Computers Application and a master’s degree in Business Administration and has been part of the human resources domain for more than eleven years.
Her fearless entrepreneurial spirit and passion for building human capital, technology and artificial intelligence pushed her to create Bash.ai. Barkha believes that human capital has huge potential if tapped humanely and aims to improve employee experiences at the workplace for the same.
For Barkha, a happy employee is a productive employee!
This sprightly NIT Allahabad graduate was the co-founder of Morph.ai, a cloud-based customer relations automation solution. With the help of her innovation, businesses could have more productive conversations with their customers, solve complex problems and deliver a personalised customer experience through AI-enabled chatbots.
Niyati is now the director of product and strategy at Gupshup, a conversational messaging platform for businesses that helps businesses make better chatbots.
When Niyati is not busy deep in the world of AI and developing amazing human-like chatbots, she loves embarking upon new adventures and is an avid reader and a hobbyist writer in her free time.
Ashwini Asokan is the founder and chief executive officer of Mad Street Den, a California-based AI company, that provides intelligent automation and operations in the field of retail, education, healthcare, media, finance etc.
Ashwini along with her team built one of the world’s first retail-based AI platforms called vue.ai. Through its services, her company aims to make people all over the world, “A. I natives.”
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Ashwini has a master’s degree in interaction design where she was able to fully apply her wonderful analytical mind and go on to create Mad Street Den.
Through her amazing work, Ashwini has managed to amalgamate all her interests that including people, technological systems and computers. Known for her visionary ideas and collaborative spirit, Ashwini is passionate about bringing about gender parity in the workplace.
Gazal S. Kalra is the co-founder of Rivigo Services Pvt Ltd, a Gurgaon-based logistics company. Gazal is an IIT-Delhi alumnus and holds an MBA degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Gazal loves building purposeful, innovative and scalable businesses and founded Rivigo in 2014. The company aims to transform the logistics sector with reliable accurate delivery times to its clients.
The service model developed by Gazal and her team made sure that every truck driver and pilot got enough time to spend with family. And that they can live a life of dignity and respect.
Other than being an amazing humanistic entrepreneur that transformed the way trucks ply across India, Gazal is also a doting mom to a lovely daughter, a yoga enthusiast and an avid traveller.
Pooja Rao is the head of research and development and the co-founder of Qure.ai, a company that uses AI to make healthcare easily accessible and more affordable. Qure.ai aims to enable faster diagnosis and speedy treatments by providing an automated interpretation of X-rays, CTSs and ultrasounds.
Pooja led the conception and implementation of developing these AI imaging software products of her company that are now being used in over 40 countries.
Before Qure.ai, Pooja worked in data science and has deep technical expertise in the application of machine learning methods to various kinds of medical data including medical imaging, genomics etc.
Pooja is also a trained physician and earned her PhD in Neuroscience at the Max Planck Research School, in Gottingen, Germany.
A serial entrepreneur, Pooja Goel has built several companies leading teams across the globe. She is now the co-founder and head of operations, marketing and sales at Avishkaar, a platform for young innovators to learn technology skills like robotics, artificial intelligence, IoT, electronics, app development and coding.
A graduate of IIT Delhi, Pooja also holds an MBA from INSEAD, France. Her drive for changing education systems led her to co-found Avishkaar.
Pooja has won many awards in her field including the ’Women Transforming India 2021′ by the Govt of India and the UN.
Pooja is also a voracious reader and an avid traveller who has a love for music and is learning to play the piano.
Manisha Raisinghani has a Masters’s in Management Information Systems and Services from Carnegie Mellon University and is the co-founder and chief technology officer of LogiNext Solutions, a technology and automation company catering to logistics and workforce optimization.
Under Manisha’s leadership, the company has conquered many global markets with superior goods based on self-learning algorithms.
Her technically adept and strategically inquisitive approach has earned her many honours, plaudits, and many admirers. Manisha is known for her complete attention to detail, technical acumen and a great passion for hard work.
She won the Outstanding Alumni Award from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 for her great accomplishment in her professional field.
Megha Gambhir is an IT professional turned entrepreneur and innovator. She has over 15 years of experience in technology consulting and business leadership.
She is the co-founder and CE of Stupa Sports Analytics, a company that uses data analytics to examine and review an athlete’s technical performance. Pooja is passionate about providing the best sports technology that can offer an athlete to optimise their performance.
Before Stupa, Megha worked with clients such as the World Bank, and the United Nations where she worked as an advisory consultant, PepsiCo India, American Express and as a Project & Account manager in organisations like Ernst & Young, Cognizant technologies and HCL technologies.
Outside of business and work, Megha enjoys travelling, yoga, dance, and meditation.
According to a report by the World Economic Forum assessing global gender gaps in AI, India ranks second in the world to have a concentrated AI talent pool. However, the gender gap in AI in India is at a dismal 72%
Globally, only 22% of AI professionals are female compared to their male counterparts who dominate the domain at 78% This makes the global gender gap in AI close to 72%
Share of professionals with AI skills, by gender and geography
Source: World Economic Forum
Over the last decade, India has seen an increase in the number of startups, the majority of which have been created by men. These nine amazing women teach us that girls can achieve anything when given the proper education, the right social support and funding for their dreams.
One finds that while Indian women do have high entrepreneurial ambitions, many have their wings clipped due to lack of funds, lack of education, and weak social support. Gender roles and lack of funds are still holding our women back.
In such a scenario, these nine amazing Indian women in AI are a source of inspiration for us all. They inspire young girls to march forward fearlessly towards their dreams!
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