Anar Simpson

Global Ambassador, Technovation and Deputy , UN High Level Panel, Women's Economic Empowerment

Anar Simpson's Story

Anar is a key influencer for Women, Girls and Technology. She led this initiative at Mozilla and was appointed as a Deputy to the UN High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. She is the Global Ambassador for Technovation - which is building a pipeline of young girls to enter STEM careers in over 100 countries. Anar works with governments, international agencies and technology companies on the digital inclusion of women. In addition she has been instrumental in the growth, outreach and experience of the US State Department’s TechWomen initiative which empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East with their counterparts in Silicon Valley.

She has been an invited speaker at IEEE Women in Engineering - International Leadership Conference, the AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Conference, the Womens Forum Global summit, Mobile World Congress - Africa, UNESCO - Mobile Learning, WiSTEM, the White House Summit on the United State of Women etc.

Anar has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Communications, University of Calgary and a graduate of Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Anar has been recognized for her leadership and outstanding contribution to closing the industry gender gap by the University of Calgary as a Distinguished Alumni, UN Women and ITU GEM-Tech Award, GSMA Global Mobile Leadership Award for her leadership and outstanding contribution to closing the industry gender gap. In 2017 Anar was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.