Aliya Jabbar is our Senior Manager of Professional Services. She is based in our London office and has been with us for seven years. For International Women’s Day, we asked Aliya a few questions about her experiences as a woman in tech.
What does innovation mean to you, and how do you exhibit it in your daily life?
Innovation means the curiosity to do things differently and be better each day. It means discarding phrases like “It’s always been done this way” from our lexicon, and adopting an ethos of “What can we do better?” In my daily life, I try to spend some time every day to “educate myself”. That can be as simple as keeping myself abreast of current issues, continuing to chip away at learning Spanish, or working towards learning new skills (I am currently Level 3 certificate in Wine & Spirit – and yes, the practice is far more interesting than the theory) and always thinking of what’s next!
How do you leverage your perspective as a woman in the tech industry?
I let my work speak for itself and combat any prejudices faced by being confident in my delivery, and “showing-off” when I do a good job. Every time I’ve faced discrimination, I’ve tried to enjoy the challenge and deliver work above & beyond what is expected. Building a good network and using all available resources and seeking advice from your mentors helps go a long way in dealing with any such issues, as frustrating as they can be. On an interesting point, in my years at Trintech, only one small (3-person team) has been an all-male team; most of the projects I’ve worked on are female-dominated, and I always try to call this out when in workshops & training with customers. IT may be a male-dominated world, but the dual skill of IT & Finance surely does not seem to be.
How have generations of women in your family before you impacted the work you do in your job and/or your community?
My mother is a well-established entrepreneur, entering the very male-centric business of luxury exports in India – being one of the only women in the industry in India back in the 90s. Two years ago, she launched a restaurant in India – entering a very competitive business and her first venture into the B2C market. It’s inspiring to see her navigate through different areas and succeed in them; it’s inculcated a spirit in me & my siblings that doesn’t see “barriers”, just opportunities.
Do you identify with any particular woman in history? Why?
Agatha Christie – she is fascinating and my role model! She was never formally educated and taught herself to read. She started to write detective novels when her sister had a bet with her saying she couldn’t, published her first book at 30, but books are outsold only by Shakespeare (and, of course, the Bible). Apart from these plaudits, she was a talented pianist and one of the first Europeans to learn to surf standing up.
Cheers, Aliya! We appreciate all the hard work and determination you’ve brought to our global team.