1st March 2012.Barcelona, Mobile World Congress 2012.
ANN MEI CHANG
Senior Advisor for Women and Technology
Secretary Office of Global Women's Issues
Ann Mei Chang is currently working in the State Department, as she has been assigned to the State Secretary’s Office on Global Women’s Issues, where she is the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology issues. Among other projects, Ms. Chang is looking at opportunities to leverage technology to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
To be able to work full time on women and technology issues, Ms. Chang has taken time off from her position in Google, where she is the Senior Engineering Director for Emerging Markets, leading a global team to bring relevant internet services to the half of the world's population which is not yet connected. Previously, she led engineering for the software company's mobile applications and services worldwide.
Ms. Chang has more than twenty years of engineering and leadership experience in diverse sectors of the software industry. Prior to Google, she was the VP of Engineering at There, a high-tech startup building an online virtual world. She has also held leadership roles at several other leading Silicon Valley companies, including Intuit, SGI and a few startups.
A member of the 2011 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, Ms. Chang is also a member of the GSMA Women Working Group, as well as a member of the International Steering Committee on the Mobile programme at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and of the Global Telecom Women's Network International Steering Committee. She holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.