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Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women across the globe. At CIBO, we are proud to have many women leaders in science and technology. We have industry-leading soil and weather scientists, crop modelers, and agronomists along with top-notch data scientists, software engineers, and business professionals.

Diverse Leadership Team 

Executives leaders play a significant part in advancing gender equality. CIBO is proud to play our part in focusing on building a deep bench of female leaders who have built careers around science and technology. Half of CIBO’s leadership team comprises women focused on transforming agriculture.  

Meet the women who are part of our executive team.  

Deep Bench of Women Leaders 

According to UIS data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women. CIBO believes that more women need to pursue careers in science and technology. Find out why our employees find their scientific careers to be rewarding. 

What is your favorite thing about being a scientist? 

“I get to work with real-world problems. Our research helps in developing decision support tools for farmers. I work with very smart data scientists, statisticians, agricultural scientists and engineers. It gives us a platform to think together, work together and solve problems. The diversity in our background and specialization is my favorite part of working as a scientist.” 

Nilovna Chatterjee

Crop Modeling Scientist, Ph.D.

How can we encourage more women to pursue a career in science? 

“Having a network of good mentors is critical to pursuing a STEM career. For me, many people have been critical in shaping my career by being role models and by providing sound advice. Having the backing of someone who understands you is invaluable. My advice to those interested in a career in science is to follow the subject and projects that you enjoy most. That is how I ended up finding a career in engineering.” 

Amy Hawkins

Lead Software Engineer

What do you find the most rewarding about your work here? 

“I find it rewarding to have my work incorporated into the product, the application that is seen and used by other people. In academia, I worked on the impacts of global change, and especially climate change. That’s important work, but you don’t necessarily see the results. You can write a paper and send it out into the world but you don’t know who’s reading it and if it will impact policy. But here, I come up with an algorithm, write the code, and can see how it impacts the product.”

Margaret Kosmala

Data Scientist, Ph.D.