Moore Aoki will join a powerhouse Advisory Council, encompassing the technology business expertise of former Microsoft COO, Rick Belluzzo; former Audi CEO, Harm de Vries, co-founder and managing partner from a leading science and research focused venture capital fund, Innovation Industries – all of whom are also investors in the company – and Joachim Fleury, global head of telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) at Clifford Chance.
The announcement comes after the deep tech company secured €2.6 million in pre-series A funding in September.
AutoFill, a deep tech company – with UK expansion plans and revolutionising inspection workflow processes for the automotive and rail industries, has strengthened its Advisory Council with the addition of Ayumi Moore Aoki.
A seasoned social entrepreneur committed to driving positive, sustainable change through technology, Moore Aoki is the founder and CEO of the Global NGO Women in Tech – a leading global organisation whose mission is to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in STEM fields. She is also co-founder of HER Digital Academy, a social impact school that teaches women and girls the skills and confidence needed to achieve a rewarding, prosperous career in tech.
A regular speaker at global, industry-leading events, Moore Aoki has featured at Pause Fest (Melbourne), Women in Business & Tech Expo (London), TEDx Ist (Lisbon), Skolkovo Conference (Moscow), MEW Manama Entrepreneurship Week (Bahrain), HackingRio (Brazil), MITT Summit (UAE) and UFM Business Forum (Barcelona).
She will be responsible for supporting AutoFill in enabling and attracting women with STEM backgrounds to join the company, as well as providing consultation on AutoFill’s general brand positioning.
Speaking on the appointment, AutoFill CEO and co-founder, Gideon Richheimer, said: “Ayumi is an international expert in female empowerment and a champion of equality. She has pioneered a movement which reaches thousands of women worldwide through different programs focusing on education, entrepreneurship, science, innovation, and social inclusion. She will be integral to ensuring that AutoFill meets its goal of ensuring equal representation and equitable opportunities within our workforce.”
AutoFill, which launched in 2019, has created a multi-sensor solution that identifies object anomalies and delivers evidence-based, objective analysis. This increases the accuracy of quality standards within the automotive and rail industries and removes the need for human involvement, consequently reducing the risk of error.
The company has received a major vote of confidence in its solution, after securing backing from Innovation Industries, a venture capital firm which is renowned for only backing the most promising deep tech start-ups and scale-ups. The investment will be used to advance
AutoFill’s technical solution, strengthen its current operational deployments at partner sites, and grow its engineering team.
Speaking of her appointment, Moore Aoki said: “Technology is, without a doubt, the future of work. But women remain underrepresented in this area and risk being left behind. To strengthen the industry and economy, we must create opportunities for women with STEM backgrounds to shine – as well as ensuring more women are involved in decision-making and innovation processes at board level. As a company sitting right at the forefront of innovation, AutoFill is perfectly placed to meet this challenge, and I am delighted to join them on this journey.”
Richheimer added: “Our Advisory Council is a union of best-in-class technology minds, each of whom bring their own unique insight to the table. Ayumi’s powerful technology expertise and deep understanding of gender equality, combined with the unparalleled experience of Bram, Rick, Harm and Joachim, will be instrumental in ensuring that AutoFill continues to advance as an organisation, both internally and externally.”