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Jannat Maqbool

Mum | AI | Smart Cities | Fintech | Digital Inclusion & Enablement

Love life, family & the beach! I want to see the world, & when it’s time to leave I hope when I look back I can say I made a positive impact.

| Machines doing what Machines do best - Humans doing what Humans do best |

During my time in the financial services industry I managed mid to large-scale technology adoption initiatives, including as part of a team that introduced the first online origination, credit risk assessment and pricing vehicle finance platform in NZ for MTF (www.mtf.co.nz), in 2005, in collaboration with FiNZsoft (www.finzsoft.com), a world leading FinTech solutions provider based in Auckland.

At Wintec I currently lead the development of Micro-credentials at in collaboration with industry.

Outside of Wintec I am an advocate for digital inclusion & facilitate the uptake of digital technologies & technology innovation including initiatives working to bridge the digital divide & leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit individuals, communities & organisations.

My current involvement with the technology & innovation ecosystem in NZ includes as Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council, Director - Development & Partnerships at the UoW AI Initiative, Director - NZ at Smart Cities Council ANZ, NZ - Lead at the Central for Data Leadership, & as Principal Advisor with Singapore based tech research firm Ecosystm

In 2017 I also launched Wintec’s IoT Waikato initiative, a regular event connecting the technology sector with tertiary, industry, business & the general public, including schools.

I also volunteer on the Exec Committee of the NZ IoT Alliance & NZ TechWomen, in working groups with AI Forum NZ & Fintech NZ, as an Ambassador for World Idea Day, & as Partnerships Manager for TEDxRuakura.

From May 2018 to March 2020 I collaboratively developed & coordinated the delivery of the Digital Waikato 2025 strategy as Operations Manager at CultivateIT, in collaboration with Te Waka & a Digital Stakeholder Group.

I also led the execution of Techweek in Waikato (www.techweek.co.nz) in 2018 & 2019, & developed an event programme for & launched TechFest as Waikato’s annual festival of technology & innovation.

In my roles my focus is on connecting, growing & providing a voice for the technology & innovation ecosystem to underpin economic development & community wellbeing.

March 8, 2021

International Women's Day 2022 | Katarina Hoskins, Jonathan Reiss, Felicia Rickards, Jannat Maqbool, Lorene Phillips, Pearline McIntosh, Karen Grace

There is an evolutionary purpose for women to dream it and do it. That is intergenerational wisdom transference. Making visible the presence of diverse intergenerational collaborations provides examples of hope that we can break the bias. This demonstrates how experience turns into knowledge that can be transferred down through the generations as gained wisdom. ● Breaking the Bias/hold one another high and normalize conversation. ● Something unexpected ● Tapestry of Grandmother Inventors …

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