Damineh Akhavan


Damineh holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Physics as well as an MBA in International Business from the University of Victoria. She is a Senior Aerospace Engineer at Viking Air Ltd. and a Founder and CEO of Global Women in STEM Inc. promoting equality for women and underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on the global stage through education, advocacy, and action.  

Damineh is passionate about the advancement of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and involvement of children and youth in STEM subjects. She has been an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion for women in STEM, and a champion for women in Engineering for the past 17 years, a passion that has grown over the years especially after becoming a mother.

Damineh became involved with ICL by taking the Building Skills for Change workshop in April 2021. As the Co-Chair of the ICL Alumni Association, she is excited about bringing the ICL community together to create strong connections and build lasting change.

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