Dell EMC brings ‘Women in Technology’ diversity Initiative to the UAE

Talks and panel discussions bring together regional women achievers in STEM

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Dell EMC brings ‘Women in Technology’ diversity Initiative to the UAE The Women in Technology session brought together women from within Dell EMC and beyond.
By  Manda Banda Published  October 10, 2018

Tech giant Dell EMC, recently hosted the first Middle East edition of its "Women in Technology" initiative, which is part of Dell Technologies Forum and featured accomplished women in technology-related careers in the UAE as speakers and panellists.

Globally, the technology industry typically falls behind others when it comes to inclusivity and diversity, resulting in a sparse talent pool of female IT professionals, and the number of female chief information officer (CIOs) at just around 16%. In the UAE, the statistics show a more positive trend, as women account for 56% of all graduates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) streams, and 35% of all Internet entrepreneurs, according to HR consultancy BWP.

The Women in Technology session brought together women from within Dell EMC and beyond to present on topics including milestones, challenges, and other realities faced by women in technology workplaces.

Manal Ansari, vice president, ArabWIC (Arab Women In Computing), and Innovation Manager, Emirates National Bank, and Dr. Hoda Khzaimi, director - Security Centre, NY University Abu Dhabi, and president of Emirates Digital Association For Women, were the keynote speakers.

The session included a panel discussion with women in technology leadership roles, including Abeer El Rawy, IT data centre manager, DEWA, Nisreen Salem, big data architect and programme manager, RTA, Jennifer Lynn, freelance cybersecurity consultant, and Patricia Florissi, vice president, Global CTO for Sales and Distinguished Engineer, Dell EMC. The session was moderated by Haidi Nossair, marketing director - META region, Dell EMC.

Nossair said: "Companies with diverse management are more likely to develop new and innovative products. This creates the need for a holistic approach to increase the interest of girls and women in STEM. At Dell Technologies, diversity and inclusion is a business imperative and is supported by multiple initiatives.  Bringing WIT to Dell Technologies Forum is a great opportunity to give women the platform to speak about unique challenges and opportunities to accelerate the representation of women not only in IT but in leadership roles as well and what are the responsibilities of men and women combined to make it real."

Florissi said: "We know that a diverse workforce supported by an inclusive culture delivers business and social value that is just as important to Dell's market leadership as our technology strategy and execution. At Dell, we engage in cultivating diversity and inclusion through three pillars: Culture, community, and commitment. A diverse and inclusive environment ensures that Dell is a place where people want to work, team members feel that they belong, and our values reflect those of our customers. As a global company, we have the power to impact multiple industries and every geography that we serve."


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