Dorota Iskra, Senior Director, AI | Poland
Currently resides in The Netherlands
What do you do? I’m part of the DataForce sales team where my task is to bring in new clients and expand on the existing client relationships. I talk to clients about new potential projects, put together proposals, and, once the contracts are signed, I hand them over to our delivery teams—although I’m the one who stays responsible for the client relationship.
How did you get into the AI field? When I was still at school, I was always into languages, but also into math. When I went to University, I had to choose between the two and decided to choose languages. Some time into my degree I discovered speech technology, which was a perfect combination of the two. I haven’t left the area since and have been doing research and working for companies in various roles. Speech technology has since become a very important part of artificial intelligence, and has been developing at an incredible pace. When I started, I struggled to explain what I did. These days, I can just mention Siri, Alexa, and Google and everybody knows what I’m talking about.
Any advice for women entering the field? It’s a fascinating area to be part of. Although it sounds very specialist and unapproachable, there are so many different aspects to it that it has a need for people with different skills and backgrounds. And like with many other fields, the bigger the diversity of the people working on it, the better the results! So don’t get scared and join the club!