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GENDER BIAS IN DATA
Thursday, February 27 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm$15.00
In this age of information, companies are dedicating considerable resources to gathering data, analysing patterns and gleaning insights that are meaningful for business. While there is a focus on the analysis of this raw data, there is a growing awareness of significant blind spots. The data collected so far is typically about men’s experiences, not women’s. From the design of seatbelts and airbags in cars to symptoms of health conditions to voice and facial recognition software.
Women are a powerful consumer base. They make up half the population, and are the main purchasers for most families. Yet, women are virtually absent throughout the process of building products and services. Consequently, the development of products based on current data analysis is generally geared towards the assumption that the end-user is a man. In short, the world is designed for men.
One significant consequences of gender bias in data is how its application in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can amplify negative biases. These highly utilized tools rely on algorithms that learn from the data being fed in. If the data fueling these useful tools are biased, then any decision-making based on that data is inherently biased. From an ethical, social, and business standpoint, data that accurately captures the population is crucial to a thriving society.
Join AmCham to learn about the drivers of gender bias in data, the techniques and tools that help address and correct these biases, and how companies can develop better awareness of the data gap.
About the Speakers
APAC Managing Director
Grace Kerrison is pymetrics’ VP & Managing Director for Asia Pacific. She is a seasoned business leader with 20 years experience working across Canada, Oceania and Asia. Prior to joining pymetrics, Grace held senior sales and marketing roles at Cisco, Microsoft and LinkedIn. Underpinned by cognitive and behavioural insights, pymetrics helps global and large enterprise adapt to the future of work by hiring, retaining and developing talent to roles where they can be productive and successful – in a fair and predictive manner. pymetrics’ vision is to enable a world of work where everyone can reach their full potential.
Jim Bullock has more than 15 years’ experience working with early stage technology companies and multinational corporations across North America and Asia Pacific. His background includes roles in industry, consulting, and non-profit, and he holds degrees in engineering and business. As an Impact Strategist with SparkBeyond, Jim helps clients identify and implement solutions that maximize the impact of their advanced analytics and AI programs.
Dr. Meri Rosich
Chief Data Officer/Vice President
Head of Data Science, Asia Pacific
Visa Consulting & Analytics
Dr. Meri Rosich is Chief Data Officer and Head of Data Science for Visa Consulting & Analytics based in Singapore. She leads a team of high-performing data scientists, analysts and statisticians, driving a data-driven approach to Visa’s client consulting engagements.
Prior to Visa, Meri was CIO, Business Intelligence & Digital Transformation at Oak Lawn Marketing, NTT Docomo in Tokyo, Japan.
Meri has worked with global teams based in New York, London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, leading multi-disciplinary projects for American Express, Samsung and Bertelsmann.
She is an Executive MBA Lecturer in ‘Leading Big Data Innovation Strategy’ for Globis University’s Graduate School of Management, and Adjunct Professor of ‘Global Management’ for Temple University Japan’s Executive MBA programme.
Meri’s research is centered around four key areas: Industry 4.0 and how the growth of cloud big data solutions fuels innovation and reinvents industries, using machine learning & artificial intelligence; disruptive innovation and how successful organizations and governments are transforming for the future; how Smart Cities are using machine learning to solve problems that matter; and how new tech leaders transform and drive companies through culture change, enabling diversity and creating the future of work.
Professor, entrepreneur, volunteer and contributor for publications including CIO Magazine and APAC CIO Outlook, Meri is a strategic advisor to CEOs, a board member and mentor of tech startups. With her entrepreneurial mindset, she is the co-founder of Quality Time Lab, an award-winning mobile publisher. Passionate about inclusive leadership, she is a board member of the United Nations Association, Ambassador for UN Women STEM program and co-founder of the Female Founders think-tank.
Meri holds an MA in Arts and a PhD in Technology Innovation (Summa Cum Laude) from Universitat de Barcelona, an MBA from London Business School, a Ph.D. in VR Tech with European Mention Award and a Certificate in Systems Dynamics from MIT Sloan School of Management.
About the Moderator
Proposition Drafting Solutions Head
Samantha has been with TR for a little over 5 years bringing with her 15 years of legal industry experience. Samantha is a qualified attorney and practised in Australia and in USA before moving with her family to Singapore in 2010.
Since joining TR, Samantha has been an active participant and committee member of Women@TR-Singapore and was assigned the chairperson role in late 2018. She continues to lead the Chapter locally and coordinates with colleagues on regional activities related to Diversity & Inclusion.
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