Anar is the founder of Parallel Earth a social media start-up that brings a rich media presence to real-life events. Her career in technology took root in the Oil & Gas industry in Calgary, Canada after which she had several roles in academia with a technology focus until she moved to Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Organizing Committee of the C100; a member of the Advisory Committee for U.S. State Department TechWomen program and a member of the advisory board of Wired Differently, a citizen science initiative from MIT. Anar has a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters in Communications from the University of Calgary and recently completed the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
As the Global Ambassador for Technovation Challenge, Anar has raised awareness of the program and forged partnerships with aligned agencies and institutions worldwide. To date the partnerships have included: the Aga Khan Education Board Canada, U.S. State Department’s TechWomen initiative, member institutions of the UN Women program, Women in Technology Nigeria, with many more in the pipeline. Understanding the fit between technology literacy programs, high schools, and women’s organizations is key to bringing Technovation to every girl around the world.