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Call for more T&T women to lead ICT sector

Published: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nuria Simo, chief information officer and general manager, Department of Information Technology of the Inter-American Bank (IDB), says the time is ripe to see more women holding leadership positions in T&T’s ICT sector .

She made this statement during her recent visit to AmCham T&T’s office on Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain.

Following Simo’s meeting with senior female ICT executives fron AmCham’s member companies, the business organisation and the IDB launched their Women in Leadership Mentorship Programme.

Addressing the group of leading women in the field of Information Technology, Simo led the discussion on the challenges she and many other women face when navigating the ladder of success.

“We need role models for girls and young women to see that it is possible to be successful in senior ICT positions,” she said.

The mentorship programme, which will be done in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, seeks to pair five mentees with senior regional professionals in the fields of science, information technology and economics.

The mentors were selected from the IDB’s vast network of professionals, an organisation which is known for its stance on gender parity in the workplace.

AmCham’s CEO Nirad Tewarie said: “This initiative is an extension of the theme of our recently concluded Women’s Leadership Seminar held in February, #Be Bold For Change.

“We are ensuring that we make a conscious effort to not only add to the discussion but to be part of the solution.

“We are fully committed to seeing this through along with our partner the IDB, and it is our hope that this pilot project can serve as a template that other business service organisations can adopt and that we can expand.”