11 October 2022

Curious about what it takes to really follow your passion in a STEM field? UNDP and UNICEF’s STEM4ALL platform hosted an inspiring discussion about what it takes to break into – and excel in – the world of STEM. In a celebration of the International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2022, role models across the region from Ukraine, Moldova, Kosovo1, and Albania to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, shared their stories and tips.   

The event was moderated by İlayda Eskitaşcioğlu a human rights lawyer and a Ph.D. student researching international human rights law at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Esteemed Mentor-speakers:

Dana Baitukayeva, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Law, Faculty of International Relations (International Space Law), Kazakh National University

Tetiana Fishchuk, Head of Communications of Projector Creative & Tech Institute, CEO of Projector Foundation

Nita Katona, Mentor and trainer of UNICEF Techstitution programme in Kosovo

Mihaela Iurascu, Co-founder and President of TEKEDU based in Moldovoa

Makhliyokhon Muksinova, Deputy Director of IT Bilim Markazi LLC & Project Manager of IT Park LLC under the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications based in Uzbekistan

Nora Rakhimova, UniSat mentor from Tech4Impact in Uzbekistan

Jamolova RukhshonaGrant Specialist at the Technology Park of TSULBP in Tajikistan

Madina Samakbaeva, Mentor of UNICEF Girls in Science project in Kyrgzystan

Esmeralda Shala, Executive Director of ICTSLab based in Albania

You can review the recordings here:


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