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Speaker Biography

Dr Sophia Huyer

Dr Sophia Huyer is the founding Executive Director of WISAT. She has published and spoken widely on international gender, science and technology issues policy, including ICTs and social development. She is also Director of GenderInSITE - Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering, and Research Director of the Gender Advisory Board – UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (GAB-CSTD). She has worked with international agencies such as UN Women, UNDP, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Organization for American States, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UNESCO, and others.

She was a main contributor to the 2011 UNCTAD report Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology and Innovation as well as the 2007 UNESCO International Report on Science, Technology and Gender. She co-edited with Nancy Hafkin Cinderella or Cyberella? Empowering Women in the Knowledge Societypublished by Kumarian Press in 2006. She is currently leading the WISAT project on National Assessments in Gender and STI funded by the Elsevier Foundation and Sida, as well as GenderInSITE, a global collaborative initiative to promote gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering for development.

Other publications include "89.1 FM: The Place for Development. Power shifts and participatory spaces in ICTD", in Journal of Community Informatics with R. Sterling and J.K Bennett, "Information and communications technology and gender equality: new opportunities and challenges for public administration to implement the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals" prepared with Gloria Bonder and Nancy Hafkin for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and "Female Empowerment and Development in Latin America: Use versus Production of Information and Communications Technology”, in the MIT journal Information Technologies for International Development (ITID) – based on work with the Gender Advisory Board developing recommendations for the Summit of the Americas in 2004. She was lead author on "Women in the Information Society", in From the Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities: Measuring Infostates for Development published by Orbicom.

Sophia is a member of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) and representative for WISAT to the Advisory Council of the Allliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto.