Advancing Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship – opportunities for Victoria and Karnataka


Online Event


Asialink Business in partnership with Global Victoria and the Government of Karnataka, India is pleased to invite you to attend our online session: Advancing Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship – opportunities for Victoria and Karnataka.

Victoria and Karnataka are Australia and India’s leading technology states.

The Asialink Business report ‘Showcasing Women Innovation Leaders in Australia and Southeast Asia’ identified that unlocking the potential of women in innovation is key to realising the potential of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

In Australia, women’s representation in the technology sector is 28 per cent, compared to 45 per cent in the total professional workforce.[1] In India, women now comprise one-third of the IT workforce,[2] and the number of women in IT in India has increased markedly over the past 10 years.

While these are signs that women are increasingly occupying key roles in innovation in Australia and in India, more needs to happen.

Join influential women leaders from the technology and entrepreneurship space from Victoria and Karnataka. Our impressive panellists will discuss the impact they have made at local and global levels and the ways Victorian and Karnataka organisations and entrepreneurs can partner to realise the full potential of women in technology and entrepreneurship.

This event builds on the Government of Karnataka’s commitment to grow women’s entrepreneurship, and Global Victoria Women’s (GVW) initiatives to support women in international business.

Opening remarks: Michelle Wade, Commissioner – South Asia, State Government of Victoria, Australia and Sucharita Eashwar, Founder, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE)


Kym McCarthy, General Manager - Innovation and IoT, Telstra

Teresa Engelhard, Director, Wisetech Global. CEO and Founder, Stickytek

Farzana Haque, Global Head of Strategic Group Accounts, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Sumana Iyengar, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at Goavega Software

Moderated by: Catherine Mudford, Director, Capability Development, Asialink Business

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[1] Techs-woman-problem-more-than-just-a-supply-issue.pdf, IT Professionals Australia.

[2] The Times of India, March 10, 2021.