Gemma Galdon Clavell, director of Eticas R&C, nominated for EU women innovators prize

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The European Commission is running the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The prize aims to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs and to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. The shortlist contains nine outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market.

Gemma Galdon Clavell, director of Eticas Research & Consulting, is one of the nominees. Gemma’s company works on the ethics of cutting-edge technologies and policies and helps their clients to make design and policy decisions that take human rights and values into account. Eticas R&C developed a “Data Impact Assessment Framework” that methodologically assesses the societal impact of data-intensive technology. This approach is unique because it results in technical specifications to engineer values like privacy in technological design or policy. The company, founded in 2012, is growing and will open two new offices in Amsterdam and Belgrade this year.

In an interview with the organisers of the prize Galdon Clavell explains that she faces prejudice being a woman every day: “both my gender and my age mean that I have to fight for recognition and justify myself every single day. I feel equal to anyone else, but I realise how I am not seen as equal by many. I have struggled to create a mixed working environment where women working with me don’t have to face this to the same degree.”

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The Eticas R&C director is very grateful that she is one of the nominees for this high-profile prize. Her advice for women who are taking the step of setting up their own business? “Protect yourself, dare to be the best and choose cooperation over competition every day.”

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Award ceremony where the three winners will be announced, will take place on 8 March 2017 at 18.30 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event will also be live streamed in English on the European Union’s website.

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