Dr Ashmita Randhawa

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Dr Ashmita Randhawa is a biomedical engineer turned social scientist. Having worked in corporate R&D for Procter & Gamble for over 6 years formulating consumer goods products, she pivoted career and discipline to focus on understanding the impact of policymaking on the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills, completing her PhD at University of Oxford; here she focused on understanding how education and policy systems can have an impact on educational innovation.

She is currently the Director of R&D at Sunderland Software City and leads the work for the Digital Catapult in the North East & Tees Valley, supporting businesses on their digital transformation journeys. She also co-leads the work of the Hartree Centre ¦ NE Hub with Barry Hodgson at the National Innovation Centre for Data.  She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the SKOPE Research Centre, University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the National Innovation Centre for Data, Newcastle University .