In the short time Riham Mansour has been at the Microsoft Research Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo, she has already demonstrated her talent as an applied researcher, mentor and role model for other women in technology.
Mansour joined the company 20 months ago, and has done important work analyzing social media data from last June’s demonstrations when millions of Egyptians protested to demand the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi. The demonstration website tracked what was happening in each Cairo neighborhood in real time – whether it was a police shooting, a call for doctors or a simple situation report.
“Our mission as scientists was to get the full, unbiased picture from the data in order to raise awareness and offer better guidelines for safety,” she tells writer Ann M. Morrison.
Mansour also gave a keynote speech at Cairo lab’s DigiGirlz day, part of a company-wide initiative to inspire high-school girls to consider careers in technology, and is considered a mentor by her female colleagues in the lab.
To read more about Mansour, head over to the Microsoft Europe site.
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