Dell EMC, as part of the Dell Technologies Forum in Dubai, has hosted the first Middle East edition of its ‘Women in Technology’ initiative, which 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 CIOs at just around 16%.
In the UAE, the statistics show a more positive trend, as women account for 56% of all graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) 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. Ms. Manal Ansari, Vice President, ArabWIC (Arab Women In Computing), and Innovation Manager, Emirates National Bank, and Dr Hoda Khzaimi, Director – Security Center, NY University Abu Dhabi, and President of Emirates Digital Association For Women, were the keynote speakers.
Haidi Nossair, Marketing Director – META region, Dell EMC, 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.”