Suw Charman-Anderson is the founder and CEO of FindingAda.com which inspires and supports women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Suw runs Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women in STEM, raising women’s profiles and creating new role models to encourage girls and women to study and pursue careers in STEM. Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October and features a ’STEM cabaret’ in London, UK, at which women from across STEM talk about their work or research in a relaxed, theatre-like setting. More recently, Ada Lovelace Day has been celebrated online with free webinars and a 50-hour extravaganza of blog and social media posts about women in STEM and the organisations that help them. Around the world, people organise their own Ada Lovelace Day events and since 2011 there have been over 870 events in 240 cities in 40 countries on 7 continents.
Previously, Charman-Anderson was a social technologist and, as one of the UK’s social media pioneers, worked with clients worldwide. A freelance journalist, she has written about social media, technology and publishing for The Guardian, CIO Magazine and Forbes.
In 2005, Suw co-founded the Open Rights Group, a digital rights campaigning group. As its first Executive Director, she prepared the organisation’s response to the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, and gave evidence on digital rights management to the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group.