Tech Talk Tuesdays - we speak to tech leaders from Pakistan and beyond to better understand how tech is impacting "non-techies" and the lives of parents and children in Pakistan.
This week we feature Saadia Khilji. Saadia is a data integration expert, an advocate for gender and minorities in tech, and as a parent is quite passionate about urging parents in countries like Pakistan to introduce their kids to coding as early as possible.
Saadia is a seasoned technology executive, proficient in building and leading large-scale high-performing teams to deliver innovative IT solutions. She has expertise in implementing technology solutions such as Machine Learning operationalization, Data integrations, robotics to name a few.
Currently, Saadia works as the Head of Data Integrations at MassMutual, a multi-billion financial services company based in Massachusetts, where her team owns delivery of enterprise-wide APIs and other data integration solutions. To benefit others, Saadia openly shares the challenges she has faced in her career, as a minority. She is passionate about coaching others on issues such as lack of sponsorship, how to deal with systematic/passive bullying in the workplace and breaking imposter syndrome. She is an advocate of enabling, particularly those underrepresented and giving them the confidence in their strengths. Hence, she has held leadership positions in multiple employee resource groups that support women's and other minorities' growth. She is also the lead for the New England Chapter of the Pakistani Women in Computing (PWiC).
Saadia received her bachelor's degree in Computer science from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. She moved to the United States for a master's degree in Information Systems and Technology from George Washington University.