Are women beginning to rule the regional IT space?
At a recent meeting of the Asian Oceania Computer Industry Organization (ASOCIO), I noticed something very significant which should possibly start to make men in the region a wee bit nervous.
Four of the regional IT associations were represented at the ASOCIO Plenary meeting by women (left to right in the above picture are Ms. Ho See Mun, Executive Director of the Singapore IT Federation (SiTF); Ms. Sangeeta Gupta, Vice President of the National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM), Ms. Nguyen Giang, Director of VINASSA, the Vietnam Software & Services Association and of course moi representing P@SHA 😉 . I also met a lady who heads the Philippine Software Association at the WITSA meeting. Interesting don’t you think? Each of these women, whom I have come to know well, is capable, confident and absolutely professional.
Note that this is just the tip of the iceberg. In Pakistan alone we all know Samina Rizwan who heads Oracle for the region and Shahida Saleem who is the Chairperson of the IT Committee at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and let us not forget Rabia Garib of NetXpress Online and Bits & Bytes – a television show that many in the IT industry follow with rapt attention, and of course Reba Shahid, the Editor of Spider Magazine, our leading trade journal. A trend do you think?
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