Ukrainian entered TOP-100 most influential women in 2020
Anastasia Volkova entered the ranking of the TOP-100 inspiring and influential women in the world.
The BBC published the annual list.
Traditionally, it includes women who are the driving force of change and actively contribute to the development of society: actresses, musicians, politicians, scientists, activists, and others.
"An entrepreneur and innovator in agriculture who uses science and technology to solve food security issues. In 2016, she founded FluroSat, a company using drone and satellite data, algorithms, and other tools to help farmers optimize crop production," they explain Volkova's presence in the rating.
"Be the change you want to see in the world. I hope we all will be able to find our own ways to take advantage of this situation and achieve positive changes," Volkova said in a comment.
Who is Anastasia Volkova?
Anastasia first received a bachelor's degree from the National Aviation University (2012) and a master's degree from the Warsaw University of Technology (2014). Anastasia then moved to Australia, where she defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sydney (2018).
In 2016, Volkova founded the startup, Flurosat, which helps farmers optimize crop yield. The company analyzes satellite field images, drone photos, uses artificial intelligence technology, and, based on this information, advises what to do with the harvest.
In particular, Flurosat warns farmers about potential crop problems. For example, if plants lack nutrients or that the place is not favorable for sowing. Farmers are also advised on how to water the plants and whether to use fertilizers.
The company headquarters are in Sydney, with offices in Kyiv, San Francisco, and Curitiba, Brazil.
The BBC rating is not the only one that Volkova entered. In March 2020, the journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology included a Ukrainian woman in the list of "35 innovators under 35."
Who else is on the BBC list?
Belarusian oppositionist Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and British scientist Sarah Gilbert, who is working on an "Oxford" vaccine against COVID-19, are also in the rankings. In addition, the list includes "Unknown Heroines." This way, the publication wants to remember those women who sacrificed themselves to help others in 2020.
In this year's TOP-100, one empty space was left, which the authors assigned to all women around the world who dedicated themselves to helping other people this year.