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A career in technology at the UN - a discussion with three UN women

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 -
9:00am to 10:00am

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is critical to the core work of the United Nations, not only in enabling more efficient work on a daily basis, but also to our ability to achieve our global agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals. As a result, opportunities to work in ICT are expanding at the UN, but these roles are often not considered by women exploring UN careers. Diversity in ICT is a challenge across the technology industry, but there may be nowhere that needs women in technology more than the United Nations, where diverse, global perspectives are both important and highly valued.

This discussion will feature the perspectives of three UN women who have built successful careers in ICT. Representing different roles and career levels, they will share their experiences of working in various technology roles and what led them to choose a career ICT.

This session is intended to create a dialogue that will inspire women to choose a UN ICT career. Panellists will answer questions from participants who may be interested in starting a career in ICT or moving into an ICT role.

The event is open to UN staff in Conference 7 and will be Webcast allowing staff in any duty station to participate. Register online and submit questions and feedback to unite@un.org or online.


  • Ms. Atefeh Riazi, Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer, Office of Information and Communications Technology
  • Ms. Suzanne Shanahan, Acting Deputy Director, Information & Communications Technology Division, Department of Field Support
  • Ms. Avishan Bodjnoud, Information Management Officer, Peacekeeping Information Management Unit, Department of Peacekeeping Operations & Field Support
  • Moderator: Ms. Liliana Uruburo, Communications & Outreach Unit, Office of Information and Communications Technology

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