They wanted a better future for me and my younger siblings and - more importantly - the same right to education as boys.
Because they understood that education empowers people with the knowledge, skills and values they need to build a better world.
I am the first woman in my family to graduate university, earning a degree for which I was awarded a merit scholarship.
Nowadays I teach as a Lecturer at a university my favorite subject Data Analytics.
My family story inspired me throughout my whole life.
This is one of the reasons why I founded Inclusive Tech to challenge the status-quo in the tech industry.
After my secondary school graduation, I completed a volunteer year at a Renewable Energy lobby organization in Tanzania.
Afterwards, I studied Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin and realized quickly that statistics appealed to me more.
So I switched to Economics because I wanted to understand the world and ultimately change it.
This is why I represented Germany at the G8 & G20 Youth Summit in St. Petersburg and London.
As a Heinrich Boell Foundation scholarship holder, I completed stations at Deutsche Welle, Radio Bremen and taz.die tageszeitung.
I always wanted to understand phenomena and predict developments.
This is why I taught myself programming and specialized in Big Data Analytics.
Through a lot of discipline and passion, I successfully made a lateral entry into the tech industry.
I was able to work as a Data Analyst for leading media companies like DIE WELT and Funke Mediengruppe and well-known ecommerce companies like crealytics and idealo.
While this brought me recognition, I realized that as a woman and a Person of Color I am an exception in my industry - be it in the office, at meetups or conferences.
During a hard-hitting experience, I became aware of the problem of digital discrimination and data racism. Horrified by the societal impact of AI and Big Data, my interest in AI Ethics and Diversity in Tech was piqued.
I wanted to make my work more socially conscious, but there was no place to turn for my concerns.
Driven by the idea helping others, I founded Inclusive Tech, Europe’s first advocacy and consulting organization for Diversity in Tech.
I had the privilege of giving several expert interviews on these topics, including at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Forbes and Business Insider.
Currently I work as a Data Evangelist at idealo and advise the Executive Board of Axel Springer, Europe's leading media company, on Strategy, Innovation and Culture as a member of the Youth Council.
I was appointed as a Lecturer for Data Analytics at the Hamburg Media School and am a Spiegel Fellowship Mentor on AI Ethics.
My articles on Tech and Diversity have been published in Business Punk and t3n.
As a consultant and speaker, I work for clients such as Facebook, SAP, and many more.