Managing Partner, Indexya

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STEM skills fit perfectly for girls as being analytically minded doesn’t exclude being creative too.

Francesca Boccia

What do you do?

I’m leading a private research project focused on GAN (Generative Adversarial Networks) algorithms by Indexya, an innovative female startup, collaborating with Salerno University from 2019.

Why did you choose this field?

I started my career in the finance industry (investment banking, M&A and securitization), then I moved to the data provider sector playing different executive roles and working among several countries and regions (South West Asia, France, UK, Hong Kong, Turkey, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and of course Italy).

I’m an executive national committee member in Federmanager (the Italian federation that associates more than 180k managers in the industry sector) supporting the female executives in their career paths.

I’m also member of the 100WF association (Italy chapter), supporting women working in the finance sector.

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

I wish younger me understood that running a career didn’t mean renounce to have a private life.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love numbers and I’m passionate for prime numbers. As a data literacy expert I’m able to understand any type of company, find hidden problems and fix it. It’s like a daily (and exciting) treasure hunt.

Best advice for next generation?

STEM skills fit perfectly for girls as being analytic minded doesn’t exclude being creative too. You can play any game by using words but you definitely rule any game by using numbers!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.” Seneca

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