Our Team

Mahsa McCauley (Mohaghegh)
Founder/Director, She# Lecturer, AUT
Hi, and welcome! I’m Mahsa, the founder and director of She#. I’ve been in the field of computer science and engineering for almost 15 years, and I currently lecture at AUT in the Information Technology and Software Engineering department. I finished my PhD here in New Zealand in 2013 at Massey University, in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing. I hope She# can bring about the much-needed change to the gender split in tech, and believe that working together is the way to do this.
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Ruth James
Happiness Engineer, Xero
Ruth (@RuthJamesNZ) fell into the NZ tech industry by complete fluke when she arrives in the country ten years ago! Her first job was as a receptionist for a tech company (Fronde), since then she’s worked for a number of New Zealand technology companies and is currently works at Xero as their Tech Outreach and Engage Coordinator. In the last five years she has become increasingly active in encouraging the next generation of Kiwi’s into the tech sector. She has thrown herself at every opportunity going where she can help enable, inspire and encourage school and university students to pursue a career in tech.
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Archana Patel
Senior Mulesoft Developer, Genesis Energy
Software Developer. Female. Curious about all things tech. Amateur Instagrammer. Awkward at small-talk.
Abby Shen
Software Engineer and Intern at EROAD
Software Engineer and Product Owner. Passionate about great product experiences for both users and developers, and the integration of technology into everyday life. Always encouraging the trying of new things and pursuing interests in all areas of technology. Stereotypes are just another challenge - conquer it. After all, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Sam Penfold
Information Security Analyst, Orion Health
I've been working on the security team at Orion Health for the last few years. It was there that I was lucky enough to meet Ruth James, a fellow She# committee 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 valuable. Any spare time I get is spent out playing Ultimate Frisbee, it's a great workout!
Ankita Jani
Test Analyst, Payment Express
By profession I am test analyst and which makes me curious to break the things! Passionate cook, spiritual practitioner. She# is all about encouraging and bridging the gender gap in the STEMs. Together we can do it!
Emily Melhuish
Intern Engineer, FlexWare
I'm an Electrical Engineering student by day and a software developer by night. You can usually find me watching the latest SpaceX launch, drooling over the Tesla Model S, buried under books in the library or on the soccer field. I have a huge passion for all things tech and want to inspire other women to consider a career in STEM.
Amrit Kaur
Mechatronic Engineering Student, AUT

Founder and President of AUT STEM Women, Microsoft Student Partner, OMGTech Ranger. Passionate painter.

Morsal Sorush
Full-time Computer and Information Science student. Part-time Requirement Analyst at Webwiz. In the past worked as web developer at Cubix. In present develops websites as hobby. Passionate on helping people to get education. In past was involved in delivering tailored teaching actives to pupils as a bilingual tutor. Sensitive to coffee but worked as Barista. Good at making birthday cakes if she says so herself.
I have a conjoint degree of BCom/BSc with majors in Computer Science, Information Systems and Accounting. Now I’m currently working at Spark New Zealand as a E2E Journey Specialist focusing on improving customer experience across products and IT tools used by Spark customers and employees. I have worked on many automation projects to enhance the sales and marketing initiatives on CRM platforms. I’m also currently pursuing a Master of Commerce specialising in Information Systems. Throughout university I have been part of initiatives that support Women in STEM and have been continuously contributing within the community to encourage more women to taken STEM subjects in high school and university.