Ayumi is a social entrepreneur committed to driving positive, sustainable change through technology. She is the Founder and CEO of the Global NGO Women in Tech®, Supervisory Board Member of Autofill Technologies, and a Forbes Business Council member.
Ayumi lives in France with her husband and four children but grew up in South-Africa under Apartheid with her Brazilian and Japanese parents. Her upbringing shaped her beliefs around equality, and cultivated her drive to break those gender, race, and professional norms that are rooted in oppressive and discriminatory stereotypes.
Ayumi knows first-hand the power of code. In 2008, she was struggling to achieve a healthy life balance, so she quit her high-powered job and taught herself how to code with CD-Roms. Her new digital skills reshaped both her personal and professional life. She created her first company, and in 2018 founded Women in Tech®. Today her non-profit organization is a global movement, with over 250 volunteers, 170,000 members in 6 continents, and on a mission to empower 5 million women and girls by 2030.
Ayumi regularly takes to the stage at global, industry-leading events, including PauseFest (Melbourne), Women in Business Expo (London), TEDx Ist (Lisbon), Skolkovo Conference (Moscow), UFM Business Forum (Barcelona), MEW Manama Entrepreneurship Week (Bahrain), HackingRio (Brazil), and MITT Summit (UAE).