Closing the digital gender gap is crucial if we are really serious about “connecting the next billion,” or as some prefer to say, “connecting everyone.” A key point that Girls in ICT Day underscores is that the challenge of connecting everyone is not primarily a matter of overcoming the physical barriers to reaching people in inaccessible places. It’s at least as much about surmounting cultural barriers and skewed financial priorities that make it difficult for women to access the digital world even where its benefits are already available.
How can we finally move out of silos and better prioritize the needs of the customer at the center of our business? If you ask me, I’d say we need to reboot, start from the very beginning and become as agile as a startup by inviting instant innovation into our universe.
The CTO’s job has changed significantly over the years. Today, I need to be much closer to our customers, innovate with industry-leading high quality services and deliver much greater returns to investors.