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Game Changing STEM Through Women Empowerment

Dialogue, Sharing Session

Game Changing STEM Through Women Empowerment

17 August 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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We are at the brink of the Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) which calls for an impetus of the Malaysian education system. IR 4.0 is powered by automation and artificial intelligence- change agents that will eventually make certain jobs and professions obsolete.

IR 4.0 calls for an education reform. It demands for a new system that places a heavy emphasis on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Malaysia in order to mould a forward-thinking generation of students, equipped to enter the workforce and possesses expertise relevant to future job markets.

With 2018 uniting women all around the world to champion women empowerment, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and The Embassy of the United States of America, Kuala Lumpur is organising a moderated sharing session on ‘Game Changing STEM through Women Empowerment’.

The session will be held on 17 August 2018, Friday from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at MaGIC, Cyberjaya and will feature a panel of esteemed female subject matter experts who will shed light on the kind of impact women can make to further propel STEM education in our nation.

Moderated by Dato’ Ruby Khong, Project Consultant at MaGIC, the panel will comprise of the following:

1)Rekha Pai Kamath, board member at Fast Forward

2)Erin Keeley, Technology Executive in the Silicon Valley

3)Anika Kamath, Award Recipient of the Bay Area “Aspirations in Computing” award from NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology)

4)Diana Macias, Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter

These ladies will be discussing their experiences with STEM, the types of roles women can play to be a driving force in STEM, how can STEM be the future of education and much more.


Time Activity
02.30pm Arrival of Participants and Registration
03.00pm Introduction by Emcee
03.05pm Opening Remarks by MaGIC
03.15pm Speech by The Embassy of the United States of America
03.25pm Speech by VIP
03.35pm Open Dialogue Session
04.30pm Hi-Tea Networking Session
05.00pm End of Programme


Dato’ Ruby Khong

Project Consultant at MaGIC

Dato’ Ruby Khong, was named Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy for her exemplary work in charity. She has also been featured in BBC News, including three documentaries produced by Malaysia national TV stations for tirelessly helping the underprivileged community.

Dato’ Ruby is also often invited to lend her expertise, and requested to speak on social work and philanthropy in many conferences around the world. She is now the Special Advisor to United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) and also the Consultant for Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), a GLC under Ministry of Finance of Malaysia. Dato’ Ruby also sits on the Advisory Board of Girls In Tech Malaysia and Sunway University’s Research Ethics Committee.

Panelist / Speakers

Anika Kamath

Award Recipient of Bay Arena “Aspirations in Computing” award from NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology)

Anika Kamath is a rising freshman at MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology ) intending to major in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. She is a National Merit
Scholar and was awarded the Bay Area “Aspirations in Computing” from NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology and was inducted to Cum Laude Honor Society for her Academic achievements.

As the Co-President of her High School’s robotics club, her team was part of the winning alliance at the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Regional Competitions. She presented the poster session of 229th meeting of AAS (American Astronomical Society) and was a semi-finalist in the Siemen’s 2016 Science competition. As an intern at Collaborative Haptics And Robotics in Medicine Laboratory at Stanford University, she designed and prototyped a wearable haptic device to improve human dexterity

She was also president for the Programming club as well as the Particle Physics club at her high school, and has been a volunteer math tutor for Healthy Cities, a non-profit that is focused on after-school help for economically disadvantaged students in the Silicon Valley. She loves robot-building and space exploration and aspires to be an engineer on the International Space Station.

Diana Macias

Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter

Diana Macias has over 15 years of experience in software development with a focus on User Experience and Mobile. She has worked in various environments ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter and is Co-chair of Twitter Alas, Twitter’s Latinx Business Resource Group. Prior to Twitter she was at Wells Fargo where she managed the Mobile and Front-end Development Teams in Wholesale Technology and the Mobile Design and Front-end development in the Digital Channels Group where she helped launch the Retail Mobile Banking Channel. Diana was named one of 2017’s 20 Most Influential Latinos in Tech by CNET en Español. Diana has a Bachelors of Science Degree from California State University East Bay in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Erin Keeley

Technology Executive in the Silicon Valley

Erin Keeley is an engineer, investor, mother and passionate advocate for STEM education and the economic empowerment of women. Erin has been a Technology Executive in the Silicon Valley for two decades, leading engineering and operation teams for IBM, Hitachi and Western Digital in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Erin has a BS in Cellular Biology and Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, a MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and a certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University. For the past five years, Erin has been a Techwomen Mentor and a Technovation Mentor & Judge.

Rekha Pai

Board Member at Fast Forward

Rekha Pai Kamath serves on the board of Fast Forward, an Accelerator for Tech Non-profits based in San Francisco, and is part of the leadership team at Stanford Angels and Entreprenuers. She has 15+ years in various product management, marketing, and product development positions at companies such as Juniper Networks, Symantec Corp, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, and Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco).

Rekha has been a professional mentor and Impact Advisor, as well as been on the selection committee for past five years for Techwomen (, a US Department of State Initiative that seeks to connect global women leaders in technology with those in Silicon Valley. She is an investor, mentor, and advisor to several start-
ups at Stanford Angels and Entreprenuers (SA&E) as well previously at StartX. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business