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The “Tech Gap”: Race, Income Equality, and the Digital Divide

October 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

When the pandemic struck, millions of people across the United States and in Germany were forced to work from home and attend school remotely. While for many, this was an easy transition; others were left without access to high-speed internet and computers or tablets. The digital divide broke down along economic and racial lines – showing that structural racism runs deeper than many previously thought.

Join us on Monday, October 12, at 11 am ET for a conversation with two experts on how the digital divide results from racial and income inequality.

Janina Kugel is a former Siemens AG senior executive who has extensive experience in the fields of human resources and diversity.
Apjit Walia is Managing Director and the Global Head of Technology Investment Strategy at Deutsche Bank. He recently published a report on race and the digital divide.

Janina Kugel is a Non-Executive Board Member, Senior Advisor, and Speaker. Prior to this, she was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG with global responsibility for Human Resources, including the areas of Diversity, Learning and Education, Social Innovation, and Environmental Protection, Health Management and Safety (EHS).

Janina started her career as a management consultant at Accenture. During this period, she worked for international companies throughout Europe and the United States, mainly focusing on process reengineering, restructuring and organizational design.

After moving into industrial organizations, she held several management and leadership positions at Siemens in the areas of Business Strategy and Human Resources. At Osram Lighting Janina served as Chief Human Resources Officer, where she had global responsibility for Human Resources, Executive Development and Diversity.

Janina is a non-executive board member of Konecranes Oyj, Finland and the German Pension Benefit Guaranty Association. She is an active supporter of various national and international diversity initiatives. She is also a member of the international Advisory Board of Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany and IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. She is serving as board member of several government initiatives such as the Innovation Council (Federal Ministry of Digitization) and the “Council of future of work” (Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs).

Janina holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Verona, Italy.

Apjit Walia is a Global Technology and Macro Investor. He is currently the Managing Director & Global Head of Technology Investment Strategy at Deutsche Bank.

Apjit spent a decade as a Senior Portfolio Manager running Technology focused Macro funds at some of the world’s largest hedge funds including Caxton Associates and Moore Capital with Capital Allocation in excess of $1 Billion. Prior to being a hedge fund manager, he was the Managing Director and Lead Technology analyst at RBC Capital where he was ranked Number 1 globally in each year of coverage and cited as the bank’s most impactful analyst on Wall Street.

Apjit has won several awards including the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street”. He has been widely featured in print and visual media including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and cited as “Walia is the Ax on Intel’, “Apjit Walia is usually the first to call the Semiconductor and Tech cycle’, “Apjit is uncanny with his calls on Tech”, “Walia connects Tech to the Economy better than anyone on Wall Street”. Apjit grew up in three continents and is fluent in four languages.

He majored in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of London with focus on Aircraft Propulsion. Apjit is Vice-chairman of the Mehar Trust that focuses on girl empowerment in rural parts of the world.


October 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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