Past Webinar

Female talent at the forefront of data analytics in Academia and Business

Date and Time

Wed, Jan 11, 2023


Empowering women and reaching gender equality is a challenging undertaking. There are multiple issues to be addressed:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Gender-based violence (GBV)

While people of all genders may experience GBV, it disproportionately impacts women. GBV is a public health crisis of pandemic proportions, affecting 1 in 3 women worldwide. Still, recent data and research show that very few GBV survivors seek the help they need.

In this webinar, Sigrún Stella Þorvaldsdóttir, a Data Acquisition Operations Specialist at SIX Financial Information, will interview her sister, Dr. Karen Birna Þorvaldsdóttir, who recently became the first person to earn a PhD from the University of Akureyri (UNAK) in Iceland.

During her doctoral studies, Karen and her colleagues in the MiStory (Multicultural Study of Trauma Recovery) research group developed the first trauma-specific and survivor-centered help-seeking barriers instrument. This work required gathering multiple sources of data by interviewing and surveying women GBV survivors. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods were used to analyze the data.


Dr. Karen Birna Þorvaldsdóttir
Board Member, Bjarmahlíð – a center for survivors of violence
Sigrún Stella Þorvaldsdóttir
Specialist Data Acquisition Operations, SIX
Beate van Loo-Born (Moderator)
COO, ClimateArc, and a member of the EDM Council Women Data Professionals Leadership Team