Empowering Women in STEM Webinar

Empowering Women in STEM

Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Time 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. GMT+8 

Platform: Virtual

Countries aspiring to become technology-driven and knowledge-based economies need a workforce with a sound foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, gender disparity in STEM fields persists, holding back economic progress. 

The 2023 global gender gap report from the World Economic Forum says women are consistently underrepresented in STEM jobs. They make up only 29.9% of all STEM workers, while they comprise almost half or 49.3% of the employees in non-STEM sectors. Women account for 29.4% of entry-level workers and fewer reach senior executive positions. Their share of high-level jobs falls to 17.8% for vice-president and 12.4% for C-suite levels. 

The Empowering Women in STEM webinar will examine the barriers to women’s increased participation in STEM and discuss solutions and the roles of government and business in ensuring equitable and inclusive STEM career pathways for women in Asia and the Pacific. The webinar is part of the Digital Policy Webinar Series organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Amazon Web Services, and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.


  • Samantha Hung, Director, Gender Equality Division, Climate Change and Social Development, ADB
  • Shveta Bhardwaj, Head, Sustainability Services, Asia–Pacific, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Sabrina Wang, Founder, People’s Inc. 360
  • Esra Özçömlekçi, Founder, Nutradient
  • Talitha Amalia, Director, Operations, Solve Education!
  • Nusheen Nalwala, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Asia–Pacific HR, Tata Consultancy Services


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