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Women in AI APAC Interview Series episode 11 – Dr Muneera Bano



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Eliiza is teaming up with Jewelrock and Women in AI APAC to run a limited interview series in support of the Women in AI Awards 2023. The series will showcase conversations with a number of thought leaders and subject matter experts across industry and academia in Australia and New Zealand on topics like career, the future of AI technologies and the responsible application of AI.

Our esteemed guests are all representing sponsors of the Women in AI Awards, which will be held on 16th June in Sydney for the APAC region.

Our next guest is Dr Muneera Bano, from CSIRO’s Data61 within Diversity and Inclusion in AI.


A passionate advocate for women in STEM, Muneera was announced as the ‘Most Influential Asian-Australian Under 40’ in 2019. A ‘Superstar of STEM 2019’ and member of the ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’ committee of Science and Technology Australia, in 2021, Muneera was recognized by the Government of Pakistan Foreign Minister’s Honour List as under-40 Pakistani-Australian leader in ‘Science and Innovation’ for her leadership and advocacy in diversity and inclusion in STEM in Australia.

Muneera graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Software Engineering. She specializes in socio-technical domains of software engineering focusing on human-centered technologies. She was the recipient of Schlumberger’s ‘Faculty For The Future Award’ for Women in STEM (2014 and 2015). Muneera was named as a finalist for ‘Google Australia’s Anita Borg Award for Women in Computer Science’, Asia-Pacific 2015, and won the ‘Distinguished Research Paper Award’ at International Requirements Engineering Conference 2018. Muneera was offered Fellowship for ‘Cultural Diversity and Leadership’ at Sydney University’s Business School in November 2019. She was selected for ‘Pathways to Politics’ by Melbourne University’s School of Government to complete the leadership program in 2021.


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