Success for me involves mitigating real world harm for the safety of others. It’s leaving no stones unturned in doing my part in keeping our communities safe. This means hard work. However, when harm is mitigated, it’s all worth it.
Having done research on online radicalisation for over 11 years before joining tech, it is the knowledge of the presence of dangers stemming from the quandary that was impetus for me to embark on my tech journey.
My biggest hurdle would have to be imposter syndrome. When I first joined tech about 3 years ago after being in the research industry for over 11 years where I was leading in my field, I felt small. The steep learning curves raced in one after another. Overcoming this with a sense of openness and acceptance of a vibrant support system in tech turned out to be most rewarding experience, both professionally and personally for me.
It really boils down to myself and my own voices whispering that my different ways may cause inconvenience to others, and that others might not understand the social norms and values I stand strongly for. In most settings, working groups, meetings and project groups, I’d usually be the only Malay Muslim based in APAC in the room having my own unique way of articulation, of expression, of ways around meeting timings and all those nitty gritty matters. Transcending this noise is openness in myself that would accept the openness in others to understand and accept my authentic self and that is where the solution lies.
Move fast but always make and take the time to slow down. Listen not just to others but to yourself, not just for the sake of responding but rather, to understand and empathise. You’ll find your intention there and that is ultimately what matters most.
I see myself as a strong, confident yet rooted leading specialist in the area of trust and safety, rocking work-family balance like a pro without guilt. I want to lead projects that merge subject matter expertise with data analytics not just to tackle real world imminent short term challenges but to curb and prevent long term issues emanating from them.