One of the Tech Women Celebration 50 - women changing the ratio of the tech workforce
Shany Mizrahi Otero was born in Peru and has travelled throughout her life, living in Argentina, Peru, Spain and, for the past eight years, in the UK. Inspired by her upbringing in what she describes as the "beautiful but unjust" Peruvian Amazon, she set out to study law at King's College London followed by a master's degree in Environmental, Human Rights and International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since then, she has specialised in the intersection between technology, law, and sustainability.
Shany started her career at the French software company, Dassault Systemes (DS), as a Public Affairs & Sustainability Associate, building DS's relationship with Northern European governments and serving as their spokesperson for the sustainability impacts of 'digital twin' (3D modelling) technology.
In June 2022, Shany moved to Fujitsu, as a Senior Sustainability IT Consultant. Serving as the company's youngest Account Sustainability Director, she holds a leadership position on the Centrica Account Team and is Fujitsu's Sustainability Lead for the UK Manufacturing, Utilities and Services sector.
Shany says: "I have witnessed the incredible potential of disruptive technologies to change traditional business models, solve previously unidentified problems in ingenious ways, and move the world closer to a 'circular economy' status quo.
"In my current role, I aspire to be part of that sustainable transformation, in particular around the potential of technology (including Blockchain and AI) to bring transparency to supply chains and Scope 3 emissions reporting."
Shany spent time early in her career caring for her terminally ill father, and has been a strong advocate for carers ever since.
"Studies show that in the UK women are more than twice as likely to have been forced to quit their job after feeling overwhelmed by unpaid caring responsibilities. I was adamant that I would harness my incredibly challenging experience and convert it into a positive. I chose to become a Pillar Lead on DS's Diversity and Inclusion Board, through which I led on issues of age discrimination and spoke openly about the degree of support companies should provide to employees with caring responsibilities."