Daria Poloneeva – Women Deliver

Daria Poloneeva

  • Age: 27
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Our time is coming, and it is we who decide and choose in which world we will live and grow, in which world our children will be grown. If we want our generations to have equal access to facilities, we should act now. Our future is our responsibility.

- Daria Poloneeva


Daria Poloneeva was born in Russia and currently lives in Saudi Arabia. She is working toward a PhD in Chemical Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Daria is an organizer of the International Natural Sciences Tournament and MRS KAUST Chapter board member.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

I believe it is wrong that in the 21st century we still have a gap between women and men in various aspects of our life: salary, education, and access to facilities. I believe it is wrong that we still have gender prejudices, which affects both women and men.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I am proud of giving a series of talks about women's engagement in STEM in a school where I was studying all my youth. It was especially important because the majority of the school is language courses, while it has a lack of science classes. Thus, I was challenging gender stereotypes about women in science and motivating girls not to be afraid to choose STEM majors.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

Traveling, photography, badminton, and hiking.

Languages Spoken:

  • Russian (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Intermediate)

Speaks On:

  • women in STEM
  • gender prejudice in parenting

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • DAAD Leonhard Euler Fellowship
  • Sustainable Development by Stepik

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