Our Team

Mahsa McCauley (Mohaghegh)

Founder and Director, She#
Senior Lecturer, AUT

Hello and welcome! I’m Mahsa, founder and director of She#. I have been in the field of Computer Science and Engineering for almost 15 years, currently lecturing at AUT in the Information Technology and Software Engineering Department. I finished my PhD here in New Zealand in 2013 at Massey University, in Artificial and Natural Language Processing. I founded She# in the hope to bring about the much-needed change in the gender split in tech. I believe that we must work together to solve this!

Archana Patel

Ambassador, SHe#
Mulesoft Developer, BNZ

Hello, I’m Archana, a software developer and part of the She# team! I am curious about all things tech. I also like to call myself an amateur instagrammer! Although I’ll admit being awkward at small talk, being with She# has helped me come out of my shell and become passionate about empowering women in STEM. It is definitely something that needs changing! 

Sam Penfold

Ambassador, She#
Information Security Analyst, Orion Health

I have been on the Security Team at Orion Health for the last few years. It was there that I was lucky enough to meet a fellow She# member. After getting involved in code club, I was invited to join She# as the only male ambassador. Gender inequality is a problem everyone should be trying to solve, so I believe male representation is equally valuable. Any spare time I get is spent playing Ultimate Frisbee, it’s a great workout! 

Abby Shen

Ambassador, She#
Software engineer and intern at eroad

I am a Software Engineer and Product Owner, I am passionate about great product experiences for both users and developers and the integration of technology into everyday life. I always encourage trying new things and pursuing interests in all areas of technology. I think stereotypes are just another challenge, we all need to work together and conquer it! After all, life begins at the end of your comfort zone! 

Shruti Sherekar

Ambassador, She#
Business Analyst and student, stanford

I have a conjoint degree in BCom/BSc, majoring in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Accounting. I have mainly worked in the High Tech/Telco industries as a Business Analyst, focusing on improving customer experience across products and IT tools. I have worked on many automation projects to enhance the sales and marketing initiatives on CRM platforms. I have been selected to take part in the Stanford University 2019 Summer Programme, working on an entrepreneurial project towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout university, and whilst working in industry, I have been part of initiatives that support women in STEM and have continuously encouraged more women to take STEM.

Amrit Kaur

Ambassador, She#
Mechatronics engineering student, Aut

In 2018 I was one of the Finalists for New Zealand’s Emerging Leaders in Engineering. I am passionate about asking the “what-if” questions to test what can be achieved. I have used my Bachelors of Engineering in Mechatronics and Creative Entrepreneurship to build chatbot for MYOB, contribute to project testing Alexa with members of the Blind Foundation, created a machine learning application for Deloitte, and am set to join them as a 2020 Graduate. Through mentoring and involvements in clubs, I have found a passion for inspiring and encouraging other women in STEM and providing opportunities to develop their skills! 

Yun Jae Lee

Ambassador, She#
Research Advisor (Industry & MBIE), aut

I am an ambassador and a trust board member at She#. I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, and creating more opportunities for under-represented communities. I am currently working at AUT, where I met Mahsa and discovered that She# shares those values, so I joined the team. Previously I’ve enjoyed various roles in the Research and Development industry. I’ve always been interested in STEM, especially in applying technology for a better world. I also enjoy mentoring entrepreneurial university students in STEM. I like trying out new things, so in my free time, you will find me trying out new activities and adventuring to travel destinations.

Michael McCauley

Ambassador, She#
Director - mmc Ltd., & delivery manager, ministry of Education, new zealand

I am a Civil Engineer and PRINCE2® registered practitioner. I am also a technology enthusiast. Currently, I am the director of McCauley Management Consultants Ltd. and contract to the Ministry of Education’s Capital Works group, managing delivery of major school infrastructure projects in the greater Auckland region. I have been with She# since its inception, mainly photographing our events. I am passionate about diversity and equality in the workplace, and have seen first-hand the increased efficiency, productivity, and success that having diverse teams brings about! 

Zainab Manasawala

Ambassador, She#
product development engineer, Fisher & paykel healthcare

A Mechanical Engineering Graduate from AUT with a diverse upbringing in over 6 countries, including the USA, New Zealand, and Singapore, and a Graduate Product Development Engineer at Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, I was inspired by my own journey as one of the only females in my mechanical engineering class. Through empowering and encouraging women in STEM, hosting and leading workshops, and reaching out to industry, I aspire to see change in the representation of minorities in STEM. I strongly believe that diversity and inclusion should not have to be a “goal”, it should already be incorporated in every facet of life. 

Ankita Jani

Ambassador, She#
Intermediate manual qa tester, clearmatch

By profession, I am a QA Test Analyst, which feeds into my curiosity to break things! I am also a passionate cook and a spiritual practitioner. For me, She# is all about encouraging and bridging the gender gap in all fields of under-representation, especially, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Of course, this is not to be achieved alone. We must employ all our forces to band together to make a change! Together we can do it! And that is what She# is all about – providing a platform for people to come together to make a difference! 

Sreenidhi Roshinkumar

Ambassador, She#
Graduate Hydraulic engineer, Mesh Consulting

I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from the Auckland University of Technology. I have been passionate about encouraging more girls and women to take up careers in the STEM fields throughout my university and have been part of student lead AUT STEM Womens Club. My ideals co-relate with She# which believes that balanced gender statistics are our priority and that providing learning opportunities about upcoming industry technologies and practices.