I grew up in the smaller towns of Southern India, like most Indian middle-class families in the late 1980s. My father, who was away for work for months, was the only income earner in the household, and my mother, a Malaysian-born, managed all our upbringing during the era of India’s economic liberalisation.
Fast-forward to the mid-2000s: our hard work paid off and I graduated from one of the top three engineering colleges in the silicon valley of India, Bangalore. I then managed to secure my first job at a renowned Indian IT service company, very typical for graduates during those times.
In 2008 I moved to my home country Malaysia. I didn’t realise I was in the midst of a boom in data jobs. After working for a decade, I found my dream job at Roche, where I currently lead a regional data services team and am also a community leader for the Global Infrastructure and Services department, which is responsible for transformative platforms like automation, collaboration and advanced analytics that serve APAC countries like Japan and China. Truly a golden opportunity when considering the unique markets we serve. It makes my job super exciting as we get to solve challenging problems in the region and get to interact with diverse people with varied backgrounds and perspectives.