TM R&D CEO in Fireside Chat Session with YB Teo Nie Ching

Our CEO, Dr. Sharlene Thiagarajah was invited as a guest speaker for the Fireside Chat Session with YB Teo Nie Ching, Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital to discuss the topic of Women Impact in Tech: Trend or Demand.

Joined by other leaders namely Jun Maria Tan Abdullah, Senior Director of Human Capital, PayNet; Izzana Salleh, Co-Founder & Global President of Project Girls 4 Girls and Ivy Kwan, Vice President & Key Account Manager of Ericsson, the Fireside Chat Session was uniquely held while on a journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim via a KTMB chartered train.

Dr. Sharlene shared her invaluable insights and conveyed that yes, women’s impact in tech is significant and a growing demand in the industry but diversity and inclusiveness are also important. Having a balanced gender representation in the tech industry not only promotes equality but also enhances decision-making, fuels innovation, and improves problem-solving.

In TM R&D, 50% of the workforce are women, who also make up some of the key engineers and data scientists.

Organised by the Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD) in collaboration with MDEC, this session was held as part of the Digital Ninja #GirlsInTech 2023 two-day program in conjunction with the International Girls in ICT (GICT) which was launched today by YB Teo, involving 116 students from 49 schools all over Malaysia.

Thank you #MDEC for the invitation and giving us the opportunity to contribute to this incredibly critical issue of what it takes to advance gender equality and empower women leaders in tech.


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