DR. AYESHA KHANNA
Ayesha is Founder of 21C Girls, co-organiser of Empower. 21C Girls is a registered charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore. She is also Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.
Steve is Founding CEO of SGInnovate, co-organiser of Empower. SGInnovate helps entrepreneurs utilise science and technology R&D into commercial success by working with local and international partners. Its Deep Tech Nexus strategy represents SGInnovate's commitment to add tangible value to the Singapore deep tech startup ecosystem in two key areas - Human Capital and Investment Capital. Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore.
21C GIRLS is a registered charity that delivers free coding classes to girls in Singapore. Over the last 4 years, 21C Girls has spearheaded programs that have taught over 2000 children coding, and is currently engaged on a 3-year program to teach 3000 children in Singapore in collaboration with Google.
SGInnovate is one of the leading companies in Singapore which brings together great minds to discuss, share and inspire new ideas in deep tech. It helps ambitious and capable people to build 'technology-intensive' products borne out of science research.
NGEE ANN POLYTECHNIC
Ngee Ann Polytechnic is an institution of higher learning in Singapore with more than 14,800 full-time and 3,000 part-time students, more than 1,800 staff, and 148,000 alumni. The polytechnic offers 44 full-time diploma courses covering diverse interests from business, design and environment, media and the humanities to engineering, technology, health and life sciences.
Saturday Kids is a leading provider of tech education services for children and teens in Singapore. Since 2012, they have taught over 3,000 students how to learn through classes in programming, electronics, digital art and design thinking. Their mission is to use digital literacy classes to transform kids into self-motivated learners who are curious, inventive & resourceful.