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Thu, 25 Apr


University of Sankt Gallen (Room 09-114)

Leveraging Computer Science for Career Success

From Education to Practice

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Leveraging Computer Science for Career Success
Leveraging Computer Science for Career Success

Time and location

25 Apr 2024, 18:15 – 20:30

University of Sankt Gallen (Room 09-114), Dufourstrasse 50, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland


About the event

Women in Digital Switzerland and the School of Computer Science, University of Sankt Gallen are joining forces for an inspiring evening that bridges the gap between computer science education and its real-world application.  

We will discuss the transformative journey from academic learning to impactful careers in technology through the experiences of four pioneering women who will share with us a range of topics from the intricacies of digital teamwork and the strategic integration of finance with technology in corporate environments, to the cutting-edge realms of ethical hacking and cybersecurity.

Beyond the insightful presentations, the session features an interactive Q&A, offering attendees an opportunity to engage with speakers and explore topics in depth. The evening concludes with an apéro, courtesy of the University, providing a relaxed atmosphere for networking. This gathering is not just about sharing knowledge but also about fostering a supportive community for Women in Digital Switzerland, encouraging innovation, collaboration, and growth in the tech industry.

Meet our speakers: 

Prof. Dr. Anna-Lena Horlemann is Associate Professor for Foundations of Computation at the School of Computer Science at the University of St.Gallen, where she works on coding theory and cryptography, particularly in the era of quantum computers. She earned her Diploma in mathematics at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany) and a PhD in mathematics at the University of Zurich. Before joining the University of St.Gallen, Anna-Lena worked as a researcher and lecturer in Melbourne (Australia) and at the EPFL. She will share with us the mission and vision of the School of Computer Science in Sankt Gallen, and discuss its relevance in a technology-driven world.

Alessandra Tursi, is a passionate innovator who earned her MBA from Santa Clara University and a Post Doctorate in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, in California (USA). With extensive expertise in Innovation Management, Alessandra currently serves as the Head of Technology SFS Group. Additionally, she leads the Innovation Laboratory for the construction division, with a focus on digital solutions, allowing her to merge her experience in technology, digitalization, and innovation. Alessandra will share her experiences with digital teams, particularly – changing from silos to members of teams. She will also bring insights into the challenges and opportunities IT professionals face to become part of the corporate innovation strategy and foster cultural change.

Christina Kistler is Co-CEO and Partner at GObugfree, a Swiss crowd-sourced vulnerability management platform. In her role, she focuses on enabling SMEs to improve their cybersecurity by leveraging the skills and collective intelligence of GObugfree's global community of ethical hackers and security experts. With 20 years of experience in renowned companies across various industries, Christina is a passionate entrepreneur with an international track record. Having earned her MBA from the University of St. Gallen and a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Digital Leadership from the HWZ Zurich University of Applied Sciences, she brings her expertise to companies to prepare them for the latest digital threats and navigate the evolving landscape with confidence.  Christina will address two exciting topics - ethical hacking and crowd-sourced cybersecurity. She will provide insights on building a Swiss startup with a global community of ethical hackers and provide SMEs with insights on how to protect themselves against cyberattacks.

Melania Maior leads SAP , Head of Treasury Advisory EMEA at SAP. With a strong focus on innovation, the role evolves around the treasurer's ability to expand their capabilities for managing financial risk, efficiencies, and strategic partnerships.  Based in Zurich, Melania is responsible for the expansion and development of SAP treasury innovations. Previously, she was in the SAP consulting division for Treasury and Risk Management planning and successfully executing special projects. As a true enthusiast and expert in treasury, Melania started her journey studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Banks and Capital Markets and then followed up with a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering. Melania will share her insights on how finance and computer science join hands in large corporations. 

WDS events are open to all. We strive to foster inclusive spaces for individuals of all genders and backgrounds who want to join our community, support our mission, and share a passion for digital innovation. 


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