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DDI Joins Diversity in Digital Leadership Initiative

The Data Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative has joined forces with The Scottish Government, ScotlandIS, the Scottish Digital Academy and key companies from across Scotland’s tech ecosystem, to become the latest Partner of the “Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation” initiative.

Launched in January 2021, the initiative been designed to create a sustainable community of empowered and empowering female digital leaders, in a bid to tackle the long-standing gender gap in the technology sector. Over 60 emerging female digital leaders from across the public sector, industry and third sector completed its intensive leadership programs last year and the DDI’s support comes just ahead of next week’s launch of its latest cohort, running between March and June.

All places on the programme are free of charge to participants, who are selected from a national open application process by a panel of experts including the CEO of ScotlandIS, Karen Meechan, The Scottish Government’s Head of Digital Transformation, Joy Bramfitt-Wanless, and Roz Britton, Talent Attraction & Capability Lead for the Digital Profession at The Scottish Government, alongside representatives from the programme’s Partners.

The DDI initiative, hosted within The University of Edinburgh, is a cluster of innovation hubs focused on developing connections between industry and academia that work towards realising the transformative potential of data innovation for society.

Commenting on why the DDI Initiative had chosen to support the initiative, its Executive Director, Jarmo Eskelinen said, “The Data-Driven Innovation initiative is setting up a regional innovation network, based on doing data right. That means addressing issues of equality, inclusivity and diversity. The under-representation of women in tech roles is a major problem and we want to play our part in encouraging and supporting more women into data–related careers across all sectors.  Our DDI Skills Gateway is developing innovative ways to engage more girls and women in developing data literacy and our ambitions align closely with those of the Empowering Women in Tech programme, which we are delighted to be supporting.”

For more detail on the “Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation” initiative, please visit

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