Isabelle Ringnes ~ Norway
Isabelle’s strongest passion is technology. Her love for technology is rooted in its vast opportunities and unique ability to empower each and every connected human being to make a positive difference in the world.
Working as a young woman in a male dominated field has driven her to become actively engaged in attracting more women to the industry. Isabelle has co-founded and built TENK, the Technology Network for Women, (www.tenk-norge.com) on a mission to encourage women all of all ages to become passionate about technology. She is a distinct voice and public speaker at various conferences advocating the importance of women in technology, including holding a keynote speech at the official opening of Oslo Innovation Week in 2015.
Last year she helped co-found the Norwegian equivalent of Girls Who Code (Jenter Koder) in Norway on a long-term mission to encourage young girls to become interested in technology.
Isabelle is also an activist for gender equality and female leadership. In 2015 she co-founded the Scandinavian division of Young Men 4 Gender Equality in co-operation with four other people. In fall of 2015 they launched a national campaign addressing the issue of subtle gender inequality and gender stereotypes inspired by the UN Women #heforshe campaign.
Isabelle is known for her curiosity, ambition to never stop learning and outspoken advocacy for female leadership.
This spring, Isabelle won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Singularity University located at NASA Research Center in Silicon Valley. This summer she will be spending ten weeks at SU exploring how to leverage exponential technologies on a quest to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges and positively impact one billion people.