ABOUT US

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Anika Puri - Founder 

MozAIrt was founded with the goal of inspiring girls and other underrepresented minorities in field of computer science especially Artificial Intelligence, through humanistic and hands-on applications. Her understanding of AI was taken to a new level when she was selected to attend Stanford AI Lab's Summer Program. After spending the summer immersed in AI and its many incredible applications, she founded MozAIrt to provide the same sense of community and inspiration to young women and underrepresented minorities across the country. She resides in New York with her family, and if she’s not working on MozAIrt, you can find her making harp arrangements of Let It Go or baking chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

Board of Directors

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Leeza Singh

Founder & CEO of SureStart 

Director of AI Research at Affectiva

Founder & CEO of The Renaissance Group 

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Maryam Farooq

Christine Bitetti

Technology Instruction Coordinator at Yonkers Public Library

Founder/Director of NYAI

(New York Articial Inteligence)

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Taniya Mishra

INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADORS

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Emily is passionate about technologies and innovations. She dreams to be an astronaut and exploring other planets and even galaxies. She hopes to master a number of fundamental skills & knowledge, e.g. astronautic system, programming, Biologist, and Artificial Intelligence. She loves softball and has played baseball and softball for over 5 years. She is the main pitcher in her team and enjoys training. Her team won the Champion of U12 Softball Game in the 12th Beijing Sports Convention. She also likes reading, especially fiction novels e.g. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson in her spare time. Besides, she enjoys piano, singing and Chinese national dancing. In Grade 5, she received the Golden Medal with her dancing team among all the municipal primary schools of Beijing.

Emily - Beijing, China

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Mia Chen is a high school student with a passion for both AI and art. After attending the Stanford AI4all program in the summer of 2020, she became fascinated with AI and its applications. Mia also loves music, with 10 years of piano and 9 years of violin experience and has traveled to New York and Colorado to participate in music competitions. Mia is a member of her high school FRC Robotics team, participating mostly in the hardware and fabrication aspects of robotics. In the future, Mia hopes for a career in aerospace engineering, computer science, or Artificial Intelligence. While not engaging in STEM activities, she enjoys playing Water Polo, reading fantasy novels, and cooking or baking.

Mia Chen - San Diego, California

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Taniya Mishra

Dr. Taniya Mishra is the founder and CEO of SureStart. She has been an AI scientist for over 10 years, with many peer-reviewed articles, 48 awarded patents, and featured press articles in MIT Technology Review, NBC Learn and The Atlantic.  

 

Taniya is deeply passionate about increasing AI workforce diversity through opportunity equity. This passion led her to create Affectiva’s very popular EMPath AI training program while serving as Affectiva’s Director of AI Research. Now through SureStart, Taniya’s goal is to make this same type of program available to other innovative AI companies who prioritize DEI, so that together they can raise up a new generation of diverse young tech talent.

 
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Maryam Farooq

Maryam Farooq currently serves as the executive director for NYAI (New York Artificial Intelligence). She founded the group in May 2017, and has been running AI events since January 2016. 

Maryam has served as the New York Managing Director and the Global Director of Client Experience (Business Development) for Machine Colony (now defunct), an company that worked with governments and large enterprises to help them adopt AI at scale. Prior to Machine Colony, Maryam worked for a several tech start-ups focusing on business development, product consulting, account management, or special projects.

Maryam is passionate about supporting charitable organizations with a focus on education, and currently volunteers as the Development and Marketing Strategist for the Foundation of Education in Honduras. She has been a figure skating instructor for Figure Skating in Harlem, as well as a tutor for KIPP NYC. Maryam graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2011 with a B.A. in Economics. 

 

She is an animal lover, a native New Yorker, and is deeply interested in understanding emerging technologies for social good, permaculture & sustainability design, traveling, and finding new ways to foster connections with fellow humans.

 
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Leeza Singh

Leeza Singh is the Founder and CEO of The Renaissance Group. An accomplished business maverick with over two decades of experience in business operations, information technology, sales, data and project management for Fortune 500 companies, Leeza has comprehensive analytical expertise in both the consumer goods and financial industries. 

While working beside C-Suite executives, Leeza discovered her talents, gifts and desire to be of service to others and in 2012, she formed The Renaissance Group. With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, she chose to embrace her natural ability for entrepreneurship. Her practical knowledge of technology, including database management, technical writing, software development, knowledge management, change management, and business analysis positioned her to deliver and execute. Additionally, Leeza’s ability to identify productivity and performance gaps and also provide solution driven feedback, elevated her offering to include strategic planning. 

 
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Christine Bitetti

Christine Bitetti is the technology instruction coordinator for Tech Central at the Yonkers public library, the largest and the oldest public library (founded in 1883)  in Westchester County, New York. Christine is a passionate advocate of tech programs for children in the community. Through her leadership, she supports numerous technical education efforts and works in partnership with the Yonkers school district to develop programs that can help fill any gaps in technical education and engage the students especially among minority and underprivileged children. Her mentorship has been instrumental in giving girls in the community an opportunity to take leadership roles and help educate other girls in gaining exposure to the latest in technology trends and computer science.