Elena Sinel

Founder & CEO, Teens in AI (Global)


Find a problem, solve a problem.

What do you do?

I power young people aged 12-18 to change the world through AI and Data Science and over 50% are women and BAME.

Why did you choose this field?

I realised one day that the education system was outdated and my then 11-year old daughter would benefit from learning differently...in a more purposeful way. This is when I decided to run my first hackathon for teens, then launched Teens in AI at the UN and the rest is history. We now have over 5000 young teens across the world learning about AI and our partnership with Microsoft will have girls in 150 countries learn about AI and Data Science through Girls in AI hackathons :)

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish the younger me knew how to ask for help, when help was needed. I may not have fallen into an abusive relationship and had the strength to say no and the confidence to reach out for help.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I wake up knowing that every email I write and meeting I have will get me closer to my life mission: to change the world for the better

Best advice for next generation?

Find a problem, solve a problem.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

‘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’

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