As part of EU AI week, join us in a discussion with policymakers, business leaders, the European AI research community, and the start-up ecosystem to address the gap between policies and practice and discuss joint action to build an AI ecosystem that is as diverse and inclusive as the societies we aspire to create!

Women are 13 times less likely to file for a technology patent than men. The OECD estimates that just 7% of ICT patents in G20 countries are obtained by women, and only 10% of technology start-up companies seeking venture capital are funded by women.  

 What can we learn from women role models in the AI start-up space about creating a more gender-inclusive tech sector – both through their development of technology that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and through their promotion of a more gender-inclusive tech sector?

This event will consist of a high-level opening and two roundtables followed by a networking reception. 

This event is organised in partnership with:   


High-Level Opening Segment 

Petra Desutter,Deputy Prime Minister, Belgian Federal Government  

Nicole Foster, Director AWS Global AI/ML and Canada Public Policy, Amazon Web Services 

Eva Kaili,Vice President, European Parliament  

Renaud Vedel, Prefect Coordinator of the National AI strategy of France 


Roundtable 1: Gender Equality in the AI Ecosystem – Where Are We and Where do We Want To Go? 

Nathanaël Ackerman, Managing Director AI4Belgium Coalition an Digital Mind for Belgium 

Luis Aranda, Policy Analyst Artificial Intelligence OECD 

Bart Becks, Chairman E-Health Valley, Chairman EURACTIV Media Network and European Innovation Council Board Member 

Lucy Berger, EU Delegation to the UN 

Emilie Daversin, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder VO2 Group Investor, Leia Capital 

Mieke De Ketelaere, Adjunct Professor of Artificial Intelligence Vlerick Business School 

Dr. Alzbeta Krausova, moderator Legal Scholar 

Alessandra Sala, Global President Women in AI 

Nathalie Smuha, Researcher KU Leuven Faculty of Law 

Cheryl Miller Van Dijck,Director Digital Leadership Institute, Head of EU Delegation to the G20 Women20 

Severine Waterbley Interlude, Chairwoman of the FPS Economy Management Committee 


 Roundtable 2: Women Leaders in the Start Up AI ecosystem 

Oliviana Bailey, Head of Brand & Community EscherCloud 

Mathilde Bras, Expert on Responsible Digital Policies, Member of the Hugging Face Policy Community 

Kat Borlongan, Chief Impact Officer Contentsquare European Innovation Council, Board Member 

Dr. Coralie Ebert,CTO and Co-Founder MeNow! 

Stéphan-Éloïse Gras, Executive Director Digital Africa 

Laurence Jacobs, Business Relationship Officer Agoria 

Caroline Lair,Founder The Good AI 

Ségolène Martin, CEO Kantify Women In AI 

Nagia Orduna, Moderator, Manager Solutions Architecture Amazon Web Services 


Closing Remarks 

Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality 

Wim De Waele, Execution Chairman The Beacon 

Julie Foulon, CEO Girleek 


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