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Interview with Jillian Kowalchuk
Who are you and what do you do?I am Canadian by birth and also the Founder and CEO of Safe & the City – A London-based technology company that uses GPS, crowdsourced information and police risk data to reduce victims of opportunistic crimes and sexual harassment that can make people feel unsafe. I have always been deeply passionate about advocating for people’s health, well-being and global equality. I started my undergraduate studies in psychology and sociology, and then went on to pursue an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, one of the world’s most renowned institutions. My focus was to use both my degrees, world travel and my own personal experiences to advance universal access to health, freedom and justice. Following my study years, I worked as a global public consultant at various private and public organisations, as well as a researcher at UCL London. My career then progressed to Tech, quite by accident, with the development of a personal safety app, Safe & the City which was officially launched on 8th March 2018. This app is free to download on Android and iOS, and uses a highly predictive algorithm to alert users in advance before approaching intersections which pose a risk. By combining officially reported and unreported crimes, Safe & the City will complement the police intelligence picture, provide information to support urban infrastructure and help users to make informed decisions to avoid becoming victims of opportunistic crimes or sexual harassment. There is also the added assurance that if need be they can quickly reach help to 999 emergency services.
“The more you give, the more you will receive. “ Jillian Kowalchuk