Palo Alto, Calif., Nov. 10, 2015: The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announces the addition of seven new members to its Board of Trustees. The new board members bring a variety of diverse perspectives to ABI’s mission, from technology icons to prestigious academic institutions.
The new board members are: Aditya Agarwal, Vijay Anand, Diana Bersohn, Ashley Conard, Dorothy Nicholls, Pankaj Patel and Kevin Scott.
“On behalf of the ABI Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome our new members,” said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. “The wide range of their backgrounds, skills and experiences is imperative to driving ABI’s core mission. I look forward to their participation and engagement.”
Aditya Agarwal is the Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox, where he oversees engineering teams including new product development, infrastructure, platform and technical operations. Aditya came to Dropbox via the acquisition of Cove, a company he co-founded that was focused on improving group collaboration and communication.
Vijay Anand is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit’s India Development Center (IDC) in Bangalore, India. Over the past seven years, Vijay has grown IDC into a premier technology center where more than 1,000 employees develop products including Quickbooks and TurboTax.
Diana Bersohn is a managing director at Accenture Strategy, and brings more than 20 years of experience as a consultant. She works with CIOs, primarily within the financial services industry, helping them to create and demonstrate the business value that technology can deliver to their enterprise.
Ashley Conard is ABI’s new student board member. She’s currently researching cancer genomics at Brown University as a first-year Ph.D. student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She is also the finance chair for the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council Symposium 2016, and co-founder and President of ISCB’s Regional Student Group North East.
Dorothy Nicholls is the Vice President of Amazon Web Services (AWS) User Experience at Amazon, where she partners across service groups to build AWS console management tools and applications. Prior to AWS, Dorothy held leadership positions in Kindle and Amazon Consumer organizations, where she led initiatives to launch Kindle apps, Kindle Fire tablets as well as the launch of Amazon Prime.
Pankaj Patel is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Cisco, where he is responsible for the development and execution of Cisco’s $38 billion product portfolio with an R&D spend of $5.8 billion. Pankaj oversees a team of more than 25,000 engineers who invent, innovate and change the way the world works, lives and plays. He sits on Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team defining Cisco’s strategy, investments and culture.
Kevin Scott is the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn and held senior leadership positions at AdMob and Google. Kevin is the recipient of a Google Founder’s Award, an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship and an ACM Recognition of Service award. He was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board and a member-at-large of the ACM Council.
About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 65 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit anitaborg.org.
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