Servcorp Middle East - Computer Weekly Middle East By Laudy Lahdo, General Manager Middle East

April 2017 | Servcorp

  1. How did you get into a company that heavily relies and focuses on tech?

I was fortunate to be headhunted by Servcorp when I was living in Australia and specifically due to my management experience.

Today, Servcorp is the leading provider of serviced offices and business package solutions in the Middle East – our information technology (IT) solutions allows companies of any size to operate in the region while benefiting from Servcorp’s global corporate presence in over 155 countries worldwide.

Services include fast internet (Ethernet of Wifi) access backed with a guaranteed uptime of 99.99%; the Servcorp VoIP telephony application built for the desktop, tablet and/or smartphone; and in-house IT consultants for critical and IT emergencies by dialling *1 from a Servcorp telephone.

  1. What kind of opportunities are there in Dubai and the wider ME for women to excel in technology?

The opportunities are vast – the UAE’s 2021 Vision to create an innovative, entrepreneurially spirited Smart City opens an array of doors for women to excel in the tech sector.

  1. Have you ever faced any challenges being a woman in the senior IT management arena?

The significant gender divide in the tech world has provided me with an advantage to succeed in this fast-paced, dynamic industry by helping me to stand out as a successful business woman.

  1. Have you got any tips for women who want to make it in the ME tech market?

A key tip would be to stay ahead of industry trends and adapt to change quickly - the evolution of technology has shown no signs of slowing down. It’s important for women to ‘get out there’ and learn from the industry whether through networking events or workshops – knowledge sharing is key.

  1. Could governments/companies do more to support women in the regional tech industry?

Although the Middle East is reported to have one of the lowest global participation rates of women in the workforce, the situation is beginning to improve as both governments and organizations acknowledge the importance of the advancement of gender equality in the workforce and in general. For example, a recent study by Mckinsey recently found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.