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Ayumi is a social entrepreneur committed to driving positive, sustainable change through technology. She is the Founder and CEO of Women in Tech®, a global movement, with over 250 volunteers, 200.000 members in 6 continents, and on a mission to empower 5 million women and girls in STEM by 2030. Ayumi is a member of the Forbes Busines Council and she sits in the Supervisory board of Autofill, a deep tech meets hard tech company revolutionizing object inspections with an initial focus on the automotive and rail industries.
Ayumi lives in France with her partner and four children but grew up in South-Africa under Apartheid with her Brazilian and Japanese parents. Her upbringing shaped her beliefs around equality, and cultivated her drive to break those gender, race, and professional norms that are rooted in oppressive and discriminatory stereotypes.
Ayumi knows firsthand the power of code. In 2008, she was struggling to achieve a healthy life balance, so she quit her high-powered job and taught herself how to code with CD-Roms. Her new digital skills reshaped both her personal and professional life. She created her first company, and in 2018 founded Women in Tech®.
As an international expert in women empowerment and a champion of equality, she regularly takes to the stage at global, industry-leading events, including PauseFest (Melbourne), Women in Business Expo (London), TEDx Ist (Lisbon), Skolkovo Conference (Moscow), UFM Business Forum (Barcelona), and MITT Summit (UAE).
Founder and CEO Women in Tech®, Founder and CEO Social Brain, Forbes Business Council
Director, Gender & Economic Inclusion, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development