This year we are delighted to present you a very diverse set of topics from many inspiring women from Academia, Industry and NGO sectors.

belma ibrahimović

Belma Ibrahimović is a Senior Data Scientist at Atlantbh. During her four years of experience in this position, she has had the opportunity to work on different types of projects and problems, and to implement and witness the implementation of SOTA solutions in various IT applications.

In her work and research, she is mostly focused on Natural Language Processing and the intersection of this field with Deep Learning and Neuroscience.

She completed her master's degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Sarajevo, Department of Automation and Electronics, where she worked for five years as an assistant-external associate.

prof. dr Melika Husić-Mehmedović

Melika Husić-Mehmedović is a Professor at the Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo. She completed her postgraduate MBA (Master of Business Administration) at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, and defended her doctoral thesis on "Lifestyle and Luxury Consumption" at the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo in 2009.

Dr. Husic-Mehmedovic has been involved in a numerous marketing research in the B&H market. She has served as the Head of Marketing Department at the Independent News Agency ONASA Sarajevo, and as the Head of Public Relations Department at the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo, and Vice-Dean for Teaching and Scientific Research at the Faculty of Economics. Currently, she is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Sarajevo.

prof. dr Lejla Banjanović-Mehmedović

Lejla Banjanović-Mehmedović graduated in 1989 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. Since 1989 she has worked at Energoinvest-Kibernetika, Sarajevo as a software engineer for the automation of industrial systems. Since 1995, she has been employed at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Tuzla, where she still works as an associate professor in the field of Automation and Robotics.

Prof. dr. Banjanovic-Mehmedovic is a recipient of a DAAD research grant, where she spent one year at the Fraunhofer IPA Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, researching complex industrial robotic assembly. She received her master's degree in 1999 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, 2006, in the field of localization of mobile robots.

Her scientific work is in the field of industrial intelligent systems, intelligent transport systems, industrial and mobile robotics, embedded and cyber-physical systems. She is a participant and leader of 20 national and international projects. She is the author of one book, several book chapters and 50 articles at conferences and magazines. She is a co-editor and co-author of 2 books, which will be published in the USA and a reviewer in several scientific journals.

hvale vale

hvale vale is an activist, feminist, traveler, queer person, blogger and writer. In 1994, she took a trip to Rijeka, Croatia, where she worked with local women's organizations on projects for the care of displaced persons (refugees). This experience was a turning point to stay in the Western Balkans. Her passions including politics, active resistance and the Internet have led her to build knowledge and acquire practices in the fields of Advocacy, Gender equality, Information and Communications Technology and Research. As an active user and advocate for FLOSS and CC, she has initiated the Southeast Europe Digital Stories for Transformation (DST) program; contributed to the development, localization and implementation of citizen training in media and ICT, advocacy journalism and online security.

She is currently serving a pro-bono term as president on the executive board of One World Platform. In 2015, she participated in the creation of Feminist Internet Principles (FPI). Since 2017, she leads EROTICS, Sexuality and the Internet at Association for Progressive Communication.

adaleta Gicić

Adaleta Gicić is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. For over 15 years, she has been working on projects in the fields of information systems, software engineering, data mining, business intelligence and data science. Since 2008, she has been an employee of Info Studio d.o.o. and is currently in the position of Head of the Banking and Microcredit Sector. She has years of experience in implementing core modules, BI, Data Warehouse and Machine Learning solutions for international and local banks such as Sparkasse, Volksbank, Unicredit, BBI, PBS, ASA as well as for various micro-credit organizations. Her PhD thesis is related to risk management in banks using data science solutions and has resulted with one publication in journal "Expert Systems" titled as “Credit Scoring for a Microcredit Data Set Using the Synthetic Minority oversampling technique and ensemble classifiers”. Among other awards, she took first place in B&H in Physics in Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Atomic and Nuclear Physics Optics and participated in the International Physics Olympiad in Canada after winning 1st place in B&H.

Naida agić

Naida Agić has a bachelor in Mathematics and Software Engineering, and she has a strong affinity for mathematics. She is practicing Data Science for two years now. Her primary focus are NLP (Natural Language Processing) problems.

She works at Cyber Security Firm NLBH - NeuraLegion where she does research and implements artificial intelligence solutions and oversees the data collection and processing process.

There is a great interest in artificial intelligence recently, both in the world and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and her goal is to share the knowledge and experience in this field.

prof. dr dušanka bošković

Dušanka Bošković is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering University of Sarajevo where she received her BEng, a MSc and a PhD degree. Before joining the University she was working on software development for embedded systems for Energoinvest-Institute for computer and information systems IRIS. Her research field, and courses she is teaching, are human computer interaction and biomedical systems engineering. In both fields, she is teaching visualization techniques and importance of effective communication of results.

In addition to her academic work she was engaged in business projects, the most recent designing the CEFTA Trade Statistics Web Portal with objective of enhancement of the transparency of trade and investment trends amongst CEFTA Parties by increasing accessibility of data.

belma muftić

Belma Muftić is currently working at Mistral as a Data Scientist, which came to be due to her interests in machine learning. In between finishing Gigi's School of Coding and her current position, she worked for IQ Wireless GmbH, where she was part of the team for developing an AI for smoke detection in forests.

She graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo, having spent one semester in Dublin on an exchange, where she initially started getting interested in data science. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's degree in Data Science at International Burch University.

lejla kasum

Lejla Kasum recently graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo in the field of Software Engineering. She has been passionate about computing, especially about collecting and analyzing data, since elementary school.

In the past ten years, Lejla dedicated her time to organizing and participating in activities held by non-governmental organizations, and one of her last engagements was being a project activity coordinator on a project whose goal was collecting and presenting data on higher education institutions in BiH, in the organization of US Embassy Youth Council in BiH.

Currently she is working as a software engineer intern, and she is at master studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Lejla is a positive person who wants to use her soft and professional skills to make the world a better place to live.