Expert Biography

Elena Sinel is a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur on a mission to inspire young people across the world into Artificial Intelligence for Impact.

She launched Teens in AI at the UN AI For Good Global Summit with the mission to create pipelines for underrepresented talent, thereby improving diversity and inclusion in Artificial Intelligence.

It offers young people aged 12-18 early exposure to AI for social good through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops in AI/ML, human-centred design and ethics, hackathons, accelerators, company tours and networking opportunities. The vision is for AI to be developed by a diverse group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity’s benefit.

Since 2018, Teens in AI partnered with Microsoft to scale Girls in AI across 150 countries.

Winner - Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award, Mobile World Congress 2020 (Glomo Awards)
Winner - Diversity Award, Mobile World Congress 2020 (Glomo Awards)

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Having spent 10 years travelling, volunteering and working in some of the most deprived and corrupt places in the world: Uzbekistan, where she grew up, the Balkans, Ethiopia and Bangladesh, Elena has seen the power of entrepreneurship when fused with education and technology.

On her return to the UK, a single mother of two Elena was shocked at the state of secondary school education across the UK with its “factory” style learning model and was inspired to launch a pioneering educational social impact enterprise, Teens In AI and Acorn Aspirations, providing young people across the globe with opportunities to interact with leading experts in artificial intelligence, virtual, augmented and mixed realities, entrepreneurs, designers and marketers to create solutions that solve real life-world problems.

‘One’s dearest possession is life. It is given to us but once, and we must live it so as to feel no torturing regrets for wasted years, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past; so live that, dying one might say: all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world…’

Nikolai Ostrovsky, author of ‘How The Steel Was Tempered’ has shaped the entrepreneur Elena has become today, in business and in life.

To Elena, this cause is very simple: make a difference in people’s lives.

Acorn Aspirations has big plans and a global vision to connect millions of young people from across the world to opportunities that will accelerate their potential and inspire a generation of diverse technology innovators, change-makers, and compassionate, social impact leaders!

Recent achievements:

Finalist of MassChallenge 2016
Finalist Women In IT 2018 Awards
101 Female Founders of Tech 2017, BusinessCloud
Winner of CogX 2017 Awards in Using AI for Social Good Projects
NatWest WISE 100 2018
100 Women in AI Ethics
Finalist Digital Impact Awards 2019
Member of Education Task Force at All Parliamentary Group in Artificial Intelligence
Top 12 Edtech Startups - Finalist at GESA Awards 2019
50 Computer Weekly most influential women in UK technology 2019
CERPrize Winner 2019
Reimagine Education Finalist 2019
Winner - Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award, Mobile World Summit 2020
Winner - Diversity Award, Mobile World Summit 2020
50 Computer Weekly most influential women in UK Technology 2020

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  • Founder & CEO, Teens in AI
  • AI, youth, education, international development
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