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Team

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Janneke Niessen

Creator

Janneke is a serial technology entrepreneur, angel investor, speaker, (advisory) board member (UNICEF, FutureNL, CODAM), mentor for start-ups and co-initiator of Inspiring Fifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. Her goal with the new girl code is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke has won several awards for her work, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year. She also writes a column about technology for a the most popular women’s magazine in the Netherlands: LINDA.

Niki Smit

Author

Niki Smit is the author and illustrator of the wildly popular 100% series. Girls are massively crazy about the creator of the 100% books. She won the Hotze de Roos prize for her debut book 100% Nina. Almost al of her books were nominated for the Dutch Childrens’ Jury Prize, she got the award for her books 100% Coco and 100% Coco Paris. 100% Coco is sold to Germany (Ravensburger). 100% Coco is made into a very successful movie by Dutch Filmworks and Nickelodeon and played at de cinemas summer 2017. Niki loves drawing, fashion and Paris.

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Josselin Bijl

Illustrations

Josselin is a frequently asked name for several offline and online magazines as beauty-editor, designer, coordinator and illustrator. Her illustrations are drawn with pen and marker and completed with ecoline and published in magazines, online platforms and books. Josselin studied design and styling at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute where she developed her love for online media and technology. Josselin’s style is refined, feminine and catchy.

Andrea Stanley

Editor U.S.

Andrea Stanley has worked in publishing in New York City for going on a decade. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping, among various other titles. Before moving to Cosmopolitan she worked as a senior editor at Seventeen magazine where she has become fluent in emoji and has reported on stories that directly impact teens’ lives, including mental health, dating and relationships, career, and college. As part of her mission to get more teen girls interested in STEM, her work has included joining forces with Google to offer a coding camp for girls, as well as Dell to send a girl using tech to change the world to their annual Entrepreneurs Women’s Summit.

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Buhle Ngaba

Editor South Africa

Buhle Ngaba is an actress and writer. She studied Acting and Contemporary performance at Rhodes University and also studied Processes of Performance at the University of Leeds (UK). She was a member several local and international productions and won many awards and recognitions such as Best Supporting Actress for both the Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Theatre Awards, the prestigious Brett Goldin Bursary (2016), number 1 in The Superbalist Top 100 List (2016), the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans (2016), Gauteng Youth Premiers award for excellence, Kanna Theatre Award. As the founder of KaMatla NPO and author of The Girl Without A Sound, Buhle seeks to promote diversity in children’s literature and aid the development of the arts in underprivileged communities and to develop the legacy of storytelling amongst the youth. Through her writing, acting, and inspiring work at KaMatla NPO, Buhle empowers black youth, and especially black young women, to find their own voices in a world where they are often disempowered and dismissed.