Shafira
Firdausi
Nugroho

Corporate Strategy at Grab

“As a minority female in a managerial position, I felt I was constantly under a microscope especially when I am leading a team or important projects. I have to work doubly hard, just to prove myself. It is important to believe in yourself and face the scrutiny with grace, because eventually, your capability will speak for itself. In the past years, the landscape is gradually changing and I am hopeful that the tech industry is getting more open and supportive towards minority women.” 

Success to me means alignment between what you aspire to be and what you do, it’s waking up every morning and feeling energised because you are doing what you love and the work you do makes a positive impact on others.

Despite having a background in geology, my dad was a self-taught software engineer who developed a system for the Indonesian government to streamline the process for various permit applications.That inspired me, knowing that tech helps people at scale. That‘s how I started my journey in tech.

The biggest hurdle was getting in the tech industry itself. There weren’t many people I could look up to or get support from or get the information and equipment I needed. Especially coming from a non-engineering background, I wish I had someone I could look up to and have the necessary resources back then.

As a woman in tech, there are a lot of gaps and hurdles. The first issue is getting into tech. The next issue is climbing the ladder once you are in it. The number of women in senior leadership roles is inadequate.

As a minority female in a managerial position, I felt constantly under a microscope especially when I am leading a team or important projects. I have to work double as hard, just to prove myself. It is important to believe in yourself and face the scrutiny with grace because eventually, your capability will speak for itself. In the past years, the landscape is gradually changing and I am hopeful that the tech industry is getting more open and supportive towards minority women.
Speak up more and ask for what you want. You need to stand up for yourself.
I aspire to leverage technology to reduce inequality to my fellow Muslims by building a sharia fintech startup.