Elena is an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Teens In AI and Acorn Aspirations, motivated to make a difference in the world by empowering young people to solve real problems through using artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technology.
Teens In AI was spurred by Elena’s passion for AI and its ability to create a positive and lasting impact on the world and officially launched at the ITU’s AI For Good Global Summit. Teens in AI aims to create pipelines for underrepresented talent through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops, hackathons, accelerators, company tours and networking opportunities that give young people aged 12-18 early exposure to AI for social good. The vision is for Teens in AI to be developed by a diverse group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity’s benefit.
Elena is an experienced keynote speaker who frequently speaks about the future of work and AI, education, innovation, how to engage GenZ and make them fit for the 21-century skills, and make STEM careers attractive for girls and more. She spoke at the London Stock Exchange, Wayra and Telefonica Open Futures events, to name a few. Latest Awards: 10 Digital Ladies awards 2018, Finalist and Women In IT 2018 Awards, Finalist.
Prior to this, she worked as international specialist consultant with nine years of experience in poverty reduction strategies, rural livelihood development and poverty alleviation with a specific focus on creation of small and medium enterprise development, product design, marketing and fundraising in Central Asia, the Balkans, Ethiopia and Bangladesh where she worked in international organisations, including ACTED, British Council, UNDP, and World Bank.
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