Dr Mahsa McCauley is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Women in Tech at AUT’s School of Computer, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences. She is a well-recognised leader in AI and machine learning. She is also the founder of the charitable trust She Sharp, a women’s technology networking and learning group, where she works to encourage young New Zealand girls to consider what a career in technology offers. She founded She# hoping to bring about the much-needed change in the gender split in tech and believes that we must work together to solve this!

She was named the Emerging Leader category winner in the 2013 Westpac Women of Influence Awards and was one of ten finalists for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. In 2019 she was the Champion Award winner of the YWCA Equal Pay awards, and in 2020 presented the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award.”