Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD, Director, Portia Ltd, UK

Elizabeth Pollitzer, Gender Summit 5 Africa Regional Committee MemberElizabeth Pollitzer PhD is co-founder and Director of Portia, an organization devoted to improving gender equality in STEM and promoting the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM. She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Departments of Computing and Management at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to her work as director of Portia. Elizabeth has over 15 years experience in the gender and STEM field, she is also an expert adviser on gender issues to the European Commission.Portia established in the Gender Summits in 2011 as part of the genSET project, under the leadership of its "Science Leaders Panel", many of whom still contribute their expertise to the evolution and ongoing success of the Gender Summits in their roles as speakers and Committee members.