6 Women Entrepreneurs Redefining the Tech Landscape in APAC

By: GWL Team | Saturday, 21 January 2023

There is no denying that men predominate in the technology sector. The percentage of women working in Silicon Valley is barely 11%, and it is considerably lower for women of colour. However, there are regions of the tech industry where women are flourishing, and the Asia Pacific is one of them.

The success of female tech entrepreneurs in APAC is influenced by a number of factors. Firstly, the educational systems in many of the countries in the region are robust and produce a steady stream of talented women engineers and computer scientists. Second, a lot of the se nations are going through a rapid economic expansion, which has led to a demand for cutting-edge tech solutions, which female entrepreneurs are well-positioned to supply. Last, but not least, a few of these nations have government policies that favour the growth of the tech sector and the involvement of women in it.

Here are some of APAC's most successful female IT entrepreneurs:

Sasikala Devi, LungXpert

Innovation is almost always a good thing. Sometimes it's about enhancing a product or service's user experience, and other times it's about saving lives. Dr. Sasikala Devi did what many clever innovators do: she saw a problem (a fairly significant one) and developed a solution when the Covid 19 pandemic hit in 2020.

Sasikala Devi is a researcher and professor at Tamil Nadu, India's SASTRA Deemed-to-be-University. India, like many other nations, was unprepared for the Covid 19 outbreak and had to import essential supplies, including diagnostic tool kits. Fortunately, Sasikala, a deep learning and AI expert, had a thought. She developed the first version of LungXpert, an affordable, 90% accurate AI-based prognostic tool that enables early identification of cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders, including the new coronavirus, after reviewing 500,000 X-ray pictures from Stanford University. Sasikala took rapid action and used her knowledge when it was most required, actually equipping medical experts with the means to save lives.

Dr. Catriona Wallace, Flamingo AI

In the realm of artificial intelligence (AI), Dr. Catriona Wallace has blazed a path not just in her native Australia but also internationally. Dr. Catriona Wallace is the second woman in the world to lead a publicly traded firm on the NASDAQ, Flamingo AI, a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration that uses artificial intelligence to transfer information across companies. She established the Ethical AI Advisory to provide recommendations and resources for developing and integrating ethical AI as well as to increase awareness of the full potential of AI.

Emi Takemura, FutureEDU Tokyo

The co-founder and representative director of FutureEDU Tokyo, a platform for parents, students, and educators striving to change the educational landscape in Japan and now a well-known platform throughout Asia, is Emi Takemura. Peatix, a global platform for event hosting and ticketing that is utilised at events all over the world, was co-founded by Emi as well. Following the Thoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, which led to an increase in social activities and people trying to connect to form communities, Emi co-founded Peatix. Peatix was created by Emi as an easy-to-use tool to foster social cohesion in Japan. Emi was able to deploy this site globally after experiencing quick success, and Peatix has since grown to rank among the most popular event and ticketing services available. Emi is a social entrepreneur who also speaks at TedX conferences and encourages young girls to pursue careers in STEAM fields.

Gina Heng, Miss Kaya

Singapore based Gina Heng is the creator of Miss Kaya, one of the few female-led fintech companies in the world. The company was founded to assist Asian women in managing and increasing their wealth so they may support the lifestyles they desire. In addition, Gina serves as CEO and a Co-Founder of Marvelstone Group, a venture capital business. In addition to empowering women in Singapore and around Asia, Gina's work as a women-focused FinTech entrepreneur has given other female entrepreneurs vital assistance and tools. Miss Kaya may be the FinTech option for women wishing to increase their wealth, providing full assistance, knowledge, consulting, and a growing community of women to share with and learn from.

Dr. Shahani Markus, Emojot

Dr. Shahani Markus is an IT entrepreneur with a background in government, academia, and the IT sector.

She is Emojot's founder, chairperson, and CEO. Emojis are used by Emojot to capture consumer perceptions, which enables organisations to better analyse and improve customer interactions in real-time.

It makes it possible to have dialogues with different customer segments in a variety of contexts, from news broadcasts to political campaigns to events and reality TV shows.

Shahani was Auxenta's first president and chief technology officer. Additionally, she oversaw engineering at Virtusa Sri Lanka. She oversaw the techniques for software development and software quality assurance at Virtusa and over 600 IT specialists.

Shahani was a pioneer and the architect of Sahana, the first open source disaster management system in the world, in the humanitarian field. Shahani has published more than 50 academic works.

Jayanti Mala Chapagain, Spiker Solutions

Chapagain began her career in the area as a web developer after being inspired by her love of technology. She finally founded her own IT company, Spiker Solutions, after spending a few years working as one in several IT organisations.

The Nepali Speech Synthesizer software, a project started by the Nepali Association of the Blind, is one of the largest projects she has worked on (NAB). She intends to give the community of visually impaired people access to news, textbooks, and Nepali content via the internet as the project's lead software engineer. Although she has finished the first stage of the project, Pokhara kids at different grade levels still need to participate in the pilot phase. Through the programme, she aims to assist in removing linguistic hurdles that have long prevented visually impaired people from utilising computers and other technology.

In addition, Chapagain has worked with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs' Association of Nepal (FWEAN), where she assisted in the revitalization of their e-commerce website for women business owners throughout Nepal.