The Top South Asian Women in Technology for 2022

Mar/27/2023 / by Melanie Fourie
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The Top 100 Women in Technology, as chosen by Technology Magazine, have been made public. This is another example of the industry’s ongoing effort to promote diversity by recognizing and honouring the achievements of women in leadership roles in a field that has traditionally been dominated by males.

Overall female presence in the workforce at big global technology companies is expected to rise to about 33% by 2022, according to a forecast by Deloitte Global. This is an increase of marginally more than 2 percent from 2019. The Top 100 is a list of the most powerful and influential women in technology, chosen by the readers of Technology Magazine and produced by the staff of the magazine. Without further ado, let us present the five most accomplished South Asian women currently working in IT, according to Business Chief Asia! 

Shivani Saini :Global Digital & Tech Head, Business Units for GSK Consumer Healthcare

Shivani Saini is the global head of digital and tech for GSK Consumer Healthcare, having worked her way up from the position of chief information officer (CIO) for the company in the Asia Pacific region.

With six years at GSK and nineteen at Procter & Gamble, Shivani has amassed a total of 24 years of expertise in IT for consumer goods and healthcare companies. She spent nine years in Japan as the head of IT for digital marketing, seven years in Belgium as the head of IT for supply chain systems service and delivery, and three years in Singapore as the Japan CIO for P&G. Shivani’s driving motivation is giving companies a technological edge. She attended the University of Delhi and earned a degree in business.

The Incredible Roshni Nadar Malhotra – Chair of HCL Technologies

Since 2020, Roshni Nadar Malhotra has served as the chairman of HCL Technologies, one of the world’s biggest technology corporations, making her the first woman to hold such a position at a major IT business listed in India. HCL Corporation, a holding corporation, also reports to her as CEO. Roshni Nadar, the daughter of HCL’s founder Shiv Nadar, is also a seasoned executive who has held several positions of responsibility over her 12-year tenure with the business, including vice chairperson for the last two years.

She has been recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes for three years running and as the Indian Business Leader of the Year 2019 by Horasis. She is a charitable leader and motivational speaker. Roshni sits on the Kellogg School of Management’s Asia Executive Board and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Engineering in the United States. Her Kellogg Business School MBA is a valuable asset.

Simmi Dhamija: Chief Transformation Officer for Tech Mahindra

For the past two years, Simmi Dhamija has served as Chief Transformation Officer at Tech Mahindra, an Indian multinational Information Technology  services and consulting firm, where she has overseen a comprehensive transformation of the company, including but not limited to increased profitability, improved future skilling, and increased digitalization and automation. Using cutting-edge tools like analytics, RPA, AI, and the cloud, she has conceived and launched a number of digital transformation initiatives.

She has been with Tech Mahindra for 16 years and has worked her way up through the ranks, holding positions such as head of strategic initiatives and global head of strategy and transformation. Simmi is a prominent speaker and thought leader, and she just won the organization’s 2018 Woman Leader of the Year Award.

Vidya Rao: CIO at Genpact

Vidya Rao, a technology executive located in Bengaluru, has been CIO at Genpact for over three years, during which time she has overseen IT and digital and been tasked with creating and directing a globally renowned technology company.

After more than 16 years at Accenture in various roles, most recently as the leader of technology delivery for some of the tech consulting firm’s very large global multinational clients in consumer goods and pharma, Vidya recently joined Genpact as a senior executive. She has more than 25 years of experience in the technology consulting industry. Beginning her career in the information technology sector in 1993, Vidya has held positions with Infosys, Wipro, and Cambridge Technology Partners. Statistics is her field of study and she has a degree in it.

President of AirAsia Digital –  Aireen Omar

Aireen Omar, President of AirAsia Digital and Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Super App, is instrumental in developing and establishing the online and fintech firms such as BigLife and BigPay, and in converting into more than simply an aviation portal. Aireen has previously served as the Executive Director and CEO of AirAsia Malaysia. She has been with AirAsia since 2006, when she was hired as Director of Corporate Finance, and she has played a crucial role in the company’s meteoric rise to become one of the world’s most successful airlines. She graduated with a degree in economics from London School of Economics and earned a master’s degree in the same field from New York University before beginning her work as an associate there. Among the many honours she has received are “APAC CEO of the Year 2017” (Aviation 100 Awards) and “Top 15 Senior Technology Executives in ASEAN 2019.” (CIO).


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