Washington, DC is one of the most diverse places in the United States for women in technology and minorities in STEM. In order to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion spotlight unique stories of young leaders from a diverse background in the field of technology, the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is pleased to organize a panel discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in Technology.
This event is a part of MALA’s Muslims in Tech series which brings leading experts from different backgrounds discussing their problem-solving strategies, their work environments, their teams, and the different ways they are using technology to impact change. Panelists will share details about their work-life, what it takes to become successful in the rapidly changing field of technology, the importance of diversity and inclusion in their field and any other questions attendees may have.
Lual Mayen, CEO of Junub Game
Mayen is a ‘South Sudanese game developer and founder of Junub Games, a gaming company dedicated to creating games that bring social change in the community. Forced to flee his country, Lual taught himself how to use a computer in a refugee camp and later developed his first peacebuilding video game. Lual is a visiting scholar at American University Game Lab, has received Facebook Gaming’s “Global Gaming Citizen” award, and is a Forbes 30 under 30 scholar.’
Kerinne Browne, Senior Cybersecurity Program Manager at Microsoft
Kerinne Browne joined WIT in 2018 and served as both a Protégé and a Mentor in WIT’s Mentor-Protégé program. She currently works at Microsoft as a Senior Cybersecurity Program Manager in Cloud and Artificial Intelligence. Her team currently focuses on cloud-based security solutions and building security products to secure customer workloads. She has over 10 years of experience in Information Technology and has held numerous roles throughout her career such as field engineer, account manager and sales engineer. Having served in these roles, she has a solid understating of enterprise architecture, account management, business strategy and security. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Technical Management. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Information Technology, specializing in Information Assurance and enjoys contributing her insights to the security industry. Browne is also on the Board of Directors of Women in Technology.
Diversity & Inclusion in Tech is made possible in partnership with Junub Games, Social Tables | Cvent.
The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is a 501(c)3 civic and community organization committed to promoting individual freedom and diversity, and to celebrating Muslim American heritage. MALA is dedicated to leadership through integrity, and as such provides a platform for people to share their individual stories and to speak for themselves. MALA nurtures emerging community leaders and unites Americans of all backgrounds to advance constructive solutions to extremism and human rights abuses. MALA is open to choice.
Junub Games, developed by Lual Mayen, a young refugee from South Sudan, is a video game studio focusing on making video games that bring about positive change and bridging global communities. Junub Games presents Salaam a high-tension runner game that puts the player in the shoes of a refugee forced to flee a war-torn region coming on Instant game summer 2020!
Social Tables| Cvent : Cvent acquired Social Tables in 2018. Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with more than 4,300 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event management and marketing, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the planning process to maximize the impact of events. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage millions of meetings and events.