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With an illustrious career spanning three decades thus far, Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood started her career as an analyst programmer with a local bank after having graduated with a double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She subsequently worked her way up to become General Manager of Hewlett Packard Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation. She then took on the dual-role of General Manager of Dell Malaysia and Regional Corporate Director.

Dato’ Yasmin moved on to become Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director in 2006 and became known for her “Malaysianising Microsoft” mantra and in aligning the strengths of what was then the world’s most powerful software company with Malaysia’s national and development agenda.

In September 2014, she accepted the national calling of becoming CEO of MDEC; to make a difference and to utilise her expertise and experience for the betterment of the nation. MDEC, a government agency as well as an investment promotion agency (IPA) spearheads the Digital Malaysia agenda. Digital Malaysia is a national initiative that drives IT investments into the country, builds local tech champions into global icons, catalyses digital innovation ecosystems and promotes digital inclusivity amongst the rakyat.

Today, she also serves as a board member of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), MyWin Academy. In addition, as an active advocate of women empowerment in the workplace, Dato’ Yasmin is a mentor for the Lean-in Career Programme, an initiative that empowers, enables and educates women to accelerate their professional careers. She is also a Founding Patron of Gorgeous Geeks, an NGO advocating Women Empowerment with ICT.

Dato’ Yasmin was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and CEO @ Faculty Programme Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).