Education, especially STEM education, has been one of key focus areas of the G20 EMPOWER Alliance. India’s G20 EMPOWER Presidency remains committed to taking forward empowerment of women through a solid foundation in education. A focused effort to increase and sustain women representation in STEM is significant since it paves the way for gender equality and respect for women’s rights and provides them economic security.

This G20 EMPOWER Working Group on STEM delves on a five-pillar approach – which is integrative and holistic – to increase and sustain women representation in STEM. These five-pillar are as below:

  • 1 Expanding the Funnel at the Base of the Pyramid
  • 2 Fix the Leaky Pipeline in Professional Spaces
  • 3 Women-led Tech Entrepreneurship, New Work Models
  • 4 Social Mindset Changes
  • 5 Policy and Governance

The Working Group believes that there is a need for realigning the ecosystem – in terms of qualifying, hiring and retaining women. This can be done by building allies and bringing together stakeholders from all sections of the society. An attempt has been made to align the solutions to the identified five pillars.


Anandi Iyer

Director, Fraunhofer Office, India
Chairperson, FICCI Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE)

Pagliuca Mariella

Gender Equality Department, Italy

Manon van Beek

CEO, Tennet , The Netherlands

Gina Diez-Barroso

CEO, Diarq Holdings Founder, President, CENTRO University Founder, Dalia Empower, Mexico

Rochelle White

Assistant Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet , Office for Women

Carolina Castro

Board Member/Argentina's G20 Empower Representative

Lisa Harvey-Smith

Women in STEM Ambassador, Australia Professor of Practice, University of New South Wales

Tripti Gurha

Joint Secretary,MoWCD

S. Anantha Ramakrishna

Director, CSIR-CSIO

Raghunath Anant Mashelkar

Former Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (Science & Technology)

Ruby Pawankar

MD, Ph.D, FRCP, FAAAAI President, APAAACI, 2018-2023 Executive Director Dept. of Pediatrics Nippon Medical School

Dr. Anita Gupta

Scientist 'G', Adviser & Head Climate Change and Clean Energy Mission Innovation Department of Science and Technology (DST) Ministry of Science and Technology ,Govt. of India

Charumathy Srinivasan

VP Engineering, Microsoft