Swarna Kumarswamy-Das – Role Model Campaign

Photographer: Gina Tamer Saad ©
Make-up artist: Olena Tvorcha


What would the world be like without the innovations of Marie Curie? Or without the advancements of Margaret Hamilton? TNO believes in the strength of women, and that everyone, however different, should have the same opportunities to take part and to grow. In society in general, and also as an employee and colleague. By combining our unique strengths we can successfully innovate and have an impact on society. We love the opportunity to showcase some of our talented TNO women by collaborating with Equals for this year’s International Women’s Day. By highlighting our women in tech and leadership, we hope to show girls and women that they are welcome in these roles. Let’s continue to inspire and innovate, and thereby create a place where diversity and inclusion are the most normal thing in the world.

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Swarna Kumarswamy-Das
Junior Scientist Innovator Cyber Security Technologies at TNO


“I work as a scientist in cyber security at TNO. Growing up in India, I have always wanted to work in Science and Technology. TNO is a perfect place to exercise your expertise in STEM while working towards a better tomorrow!”

Why do you think is important that Role Models need to be visible?”

“I think role models need to be visible because seeing someone who has achieved success and overcome challenges can be very inspiring and motivating. Visible role models can be a powerful force in encouraging and empowering individuals to purse their ambitions.”

Interview with TNO

We interviewed two company representatives of TNO: the largest independent research, development and consultancy organisation in the Netherlands, focusing on applied science. Their mission? “To connect people and knowledge to create innovations.” Helma van den Berg, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Frieda Agema, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, make it their job to improve diversity and inclusion within TNO, and are here to tell us everything about the company’s equality initiatives.

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