How is diversity linked to innovation?

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Season 1 Episode 5: How diversity can drive innovation and digitalisation w/ Nada Ahmed


The last 50 years have seen a dramatic shift in traditional family roles. As a result, women are in a stronger position than ever to lead, shape and transform the economic, social, and political landscape. Yet, despite these positive leadership changes, women are still being under-represented in the workplace. Just 12% of board seats are held by women globally, with a mere 4% leading the world’s top 500 businesses as CEOs.

Especially, in the tech sector, women are a rare find. They constitute only about one-quarter of the tech workforce which becomes even less in tech leadership roles. Creating an inclusive environment and developing talent pipelines are key to changing that.

In this episode, I have a conversation with Nada Ahmed, VP Transformation at Aker solutions | Board member | Top 50 Women in Tech 2020.

Nada talks about her journey and interest that lead to becoming a VP for Digital Transformation in the energy sector. Aker Solutions enables low-carbon oil and gas production and develops renewable solutions to meet future energy needs.

In the conversation, we focus on how digital transformation provides opportunities for inclusion and vice versa. We touch upon diversity and inclusion strategies that work to tackle the problem.

Nada shares some great insights and ends with personal recommendations that stem from challenges she had to overcome in her career journey.

Enjoy this episode!

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