Meet the 5 Women Who are Shaking Up the World of Artificial Intelligence
By Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is redefining the way businesses are working across the world today. Right from process automation in the IT industry to the brains behind self-driving cars, AI is the technology that will drive the fourth industrial revolution forward. But do you know what’s really cool about the world of AI? It’s that women are the vital cog in driving the sector to move ahead. Yes, the world of AI is being driven by some truly brilliant women in an incredible way, and there are many women who are making their mark in this field.
The reasons behind this? Simply to put, women employees lead to diversity when it comes to thinking and bringing a new approach to the AI industry. They bring a fresh and innovative perspective to the table when it comes to evolving AI technologies, and therefore they are the key to its progress.
Are you too aspiring to build a career in Artificial Intelligence? Then we have just the right dose of inspiration for you! As we said before, there are some truly outstanding women in this field who are making their country proud in the sector, and their story will surely motivate you.
Let’s meet the five women shaking up the world of Artificial Intelligence.
Barkha Sharma, Founder and CEO at BASH.AI
If you have an entrepreneur mindset, new technologies work as your best aide. Barkha Sharma used AI to drive one of India’s first companies that used machine learning algorithms. AI was used to automate and optimize HR functions. With a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in business administration, she topped her entrepreneurship spirit with a grasp in technology.
She used her eight years of experience in the HR industry to come up with AI enabled chat bots helping HR functions move to the next level.
Sohini Mehta, Head - Global Delivery and Competency development for Data, Analytics and AI at Wipro Ltd.
An ace pianist with an analytical mind is the best description for Sohini Mehta. She has donned many hats from setting up digital marketing and campaign analytics for digital advertising agencies to helping tech firms streamlining their processes. Presently, she is the head of global delivery and competency development for AI, Data and Analytics.
She is an inspiration for women working in the AI industry. She is a motivation for those who want to make it to the top and hold senior positions in their working periphery. She began her journey in AI after completing her master’s degree in computers. She loves to play piano at concerts and holds a degree from Trinity College of London.
Shivani R Gupta, Head, Data Science and AI, Financial Services at Capgemini
Dr. Shivani is the torch bearer of innovation in AI. She’s heading the Data Science and AI competency for financial services at Capgemini.
She earned her Ph.D. from IIM Indore and Hiroshima University, Japan to begin her illustrious journey of almost 2 decades in the field of AI. Her expertise lies in cognitive computing, ML and automation. She has extensively worked in data in voice, text and visual areas and developed AI powered solutions in unstructured data.
Dr. Shivani’s career is highlighted with leading roles that she has played in international companies like HP, HSBC, Fiserv, Mphasis and Mindtree. She has also lead innovation centres in 3 countries to fuel advancement in the field of analytics.
K Suriya Prabha, Founder, YouCode Intelligent Solutions
Not every aspiring woman in AI aim for the top. Some of them are working at the grassroots level as well to help AI flourish in rural India too. K Suriya Prabha is a known figure in rural Tamil Nadu as she takes AI to the classrooms with a mission to bridge the knowledge gap. She says she got inspired by NITI Ayog’s AlforAll initiative. Prabha heads a start-up called YouCode intelligent solutions to train rural students in government schools in technical knowledge related to computers and coding. The start-up aims to employ innovative ways to teach village students about AI. They also have created interactive study material by using Google and Amazon AI Kits. A typical workshop by Prabha covers topics like robotics, coding and AI.
Damini Gupta, AVP - AI & Fintech at Mphasis NextLabs
Another doctorate in our list, Damini Gupta is the AVP, AI & Fintech at Mphasis NextLabs. Her contribution to AI innovation is unparalleled with Mphasis DeepInsights, an AI platform conceptualized and created by her. DeepInsights is a multiple award-winning application in the field of financial services. Dr. Damini has helped top global companies to incorporate AI in to their business models to optimize their growth.
She also contributes towards education and research by conducting training and playing the role of a member of Mphasis apex architecture decision making body.
Upskill to excel in AI
Women can take benefit from online courses offered in AI and Analytics to take their first step towards a career in AI. Some of the courses offered are free and train in the latest technologies and trends in the field of AI.