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UKTN Podcast: Defining AI for good and overcoming tech superpower roadblocks – Stemettes CEO Anne-Marie Imafidon

UKTN Podcast Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO of Stemettes

In the latest episode of the UKTN Podcast, Stemettes CEO Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon discusses the power of role models for women in tech, how AI for good isn’t aligned with a focus on boosting productivity, and why arguing about ‘wokeism’ is a roadblock to being a science and tech superpower.

Imafidon is a British-Nigerian social entrepreneur and computer scientist. She founded Stemettes, a social enterprise promoting women in STEM, in 2013. Imafidon launched the Stemettes after becoming aware of the lack of diversity in degrees like science and maths. The University of Oxford alumna says that while there has been progress in improving diversity in tech, there are still deep-rooted issues.

“The issue isn’t the girl,” Imafidon says. “The issue is the story that we tell of technology. It’s the names that we have, it’s the faces that they get to see looking back at them from textbooks.”

Elsewhere on the UKTN Podcast, the Stemettes founder recalls the backlash she received as a Black woman appearing on Countdown, and why more work is needed on skills to hit the government’s tech superpower goals.

Imafidon has previously served as a trustee for the Future of Work and held a board role for the government’s Department for Digital up until 2022. She was awarded an MBE for services to young women and the STEM sector in 2017.

Listen to the full episode here, along with all previous episodes of the UKTN Podcast.

This season of the UKTN Podcast is sponsored by HSBC Innovation Banking, which offers flexible banking solutions for startups, scaleups, growth businesses, investors and those working towards IPO.

Throughout the series, the UKTN Podcast will be speaking to some of the key movers and shakers from UK tech. We’ll learn growth strategies from both seasoned and up-and-coming founders, hear market sentiments from investors, and question policymakers on the decisions shaping technology businesses across the country.

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