Growing up in a small town in rural India, I never dared to imagine the possibility of ‘Me’ that exists today.

Its often people that come from the smallest of places that have the biggest of dreams. I have always loved Technology. As a young girl, Internet was magic to me and I wanted to be the magician.

My decade long career in Networking and Infrastructure spans across three continents and countries- India, US and the UK. Along with acquiring a Master’s degree in Networked Systems from University of California, Irvine, I have worked for multiple organizations of varying sizes and shapes to deliver the best Infrastructure for their IT services. Organically I ventured into Cloud infrastructure. I have designed and built the IT Infrastructure for many services and applications ranging from a million-hits-per-second websites at Microsoft to Pharma and Drug Industry applications to Logistics Warehouse Management Solutions. Seeing the big picture and architecting the right solution for a customer has been my focus. I am passionate about the Cloud because of how it has made technology accessible to every part of the world and quite literally changed the way we live.

A career in Technology changed my life in ways I never imagined. It afforded me the financial independence and Global agility that enabled me to live my best life. I want more women to be able to say that. This is what motivates me to be a voice for Women in Tech. Besides being a very vocal advocate for women in tech, I am a STEM Ambassador, a member of DigiGirlz and I am seeking a role on the board for Women @ Microsoft Platform, all of which aim to inspire young girls to get into STEM fields. UK is predicted to have 3 million jobs by 2025 in STEM and this is a wonderful opportunity for young women to turn this statistic in their favour. I was a mentor to a group of young undergrad students from BAME backgrounds at Microsoft to give them an insight into a career here and also to encourage the interest in Technology. I have given talks at schools in the UK, US and India to young children to inspire them to be a part of this field. I am actively participating in the initiatives of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM led by MP Chi Onwurah. I am also a member of Scientists for Labour. It is important to address the problem of gender diversity at grassroots which is why I reached out to the MPs so we can all be a part of the solution.