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International Women’s Day Event – ‘Choose to Challenge’, Monday 8th March 2020

08 Mar - 09 Mar 21

On 8 March we shall celebrate International Women’s Day by telling stories. Three stories to be precise from three women. Anne-Marie Imafidon, Davina Durgana and Helena Webb are all leaders in their respective fields; but they also have personal stories to share, to inform and to inspire.

We know many people are very ‘online busy’ so the event will take place either side of lunch. There will be a Q&A session after the keynote. We really hope you can make it. Please note that this event is for students and staff at the University of Oxford only.

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The Speakers and their stories:

Dr Helena Webb is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Computer Science at Oxford.
She is an interdisciplinary researcher and specialises in work that explores the impacts that
technologies have on our lives and has worked on projects relating to harmful content on
social media, algorithm bias, and responsible robotics. She will talk about her passion for
embedding ethics and responsibility into processes of learning and research in order to foster
technological innovation for the social good.

Dr Davina P. Durgana is an award-winning international human rights statistician and has
been measuring modern slavery risk and prevalence since 2007 and now manages one of the
largest quantitative research programs on modern slavery in the world with an all-female
research team. In a talk entitled ‘Tackling Contentious Environments: Female Leadership in
Global Modern Slavery Measurement she will also share her candid experiences as a female
scientist and leader

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is a presenter and co-founder of the award-winning social
enterprise, Stemettes. She was voted the most influential woman in tech in the UK in 2020 by
Computer Weekly and was among The Financial Times’s top 10 BAME leaders in tech. Anne-
Marie was also the recipient of the prestigious Barclays UK ‘Woman of the Year’ award in
2018. She is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College.


1100-1105 Welcome Professor Renaud Lambiotte, Mathematical Institute
1105-1120 Opening remarks Professor Christl Donnelly, Department of Statistics
1125-1155 Presentation 1 Dr Helena Webb, Department of Computer Science
1200-1230 Presentation 2 Dr Davina Durgana
1230-1315 Break for lunch period
1315-1415 Introduction of keynote
Professor Gesine Reinert
  Keynote and Q&A Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE with Q&A facilitated by
Professor Gesine Reinert