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From CEO to Microsoft Regional Director: My journey as a woman in tech from Algeria | THR1123

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I, I'M CEO AND FOUNDER OF MTY INTELLIGENT SOFTWARE, AN ALJE JE I ALGERI AN STARTUP AND I'M TALKING ABOUT ANY JOURNEY AS GOING FRO M A STARTUP WITH NATURAL PROCESSING AI TO A MICROSOFT REG IONAL DIR ECTOR

SORRY — SO MTY INTELLIGENT SOFTWARE IS THE FIRST WOMAN LED STARTUP THAT SPECIALIZES IN DATA ANALYTICS AND MACHINE TRANSLATION WE HAD A L OT OF CHALLENGES TO BUILD THI S STARTUP, BUT THIS WAS NOT — IT WAS WORTH IT, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT LED ME TO THIS STAGE, AND BEING THE FIRST MUSLIM ALGERA N, AFRICAN WOMAN TO A DIRECTOR SO I WAS A COMPUTE SCIENCE MAIMINGER MAJOR AND AFTER THAT I WAS IT IN MANY DO MAINS I W AS ASSISTANT MANAGER AND THEN I WORKED AT IT APPLICATION DEVELOPER AND THEN MOVED TO THE UNITED NATIONS AS AN IT MANAGER AND THEN IN ANOTHER COMPANY AS IT MANAGER IN A PUBLIC COMPANY

AFTER 10 YEARS, OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE OR PROFESSIONAL LIFE I DECIDED TO PER SUE A MASTER IN COMPUTATIONA AL LINGUSTIC, THE FIELD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAT IS DEDICATED TO LANGUAGE PROCESSING WHI CH IS ONE OF THE MOST — OR HAR DEST FIELDS OF AI BECAUSE IT TRIES TO SIMULATE A VERY HARD KIND OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE, WHICH IS THE LANGUAGE AFT ER GRA DGRADUATI NG FROM THE THE THE INSTITUTE OF TRANSLATION AT THA T TIME I WAS THE ONL Y ALGERIAEN GRADUATIN G IN THAT FIELD SO THAT LED ME TO THIS PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM ORGANIZED BY THE U S DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT EMPOWERS WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND INCLUDING ALGER IA AND THIS PROGRAM WAS REALLY A TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE, BEC AUSE TECHWOMEN PROGRAM, NOT ONLY SUPPORTED ME AS A WOMAN IN TECHNOLOGY, BUT IT INTRODUCED ME TO GIANTS OF TECHNOLOGY, LIKE ADOBE WHERE I DID MY INTERNSHIP AND MICROSOFT SO DURING THE PROGRAM WE'RE MEN TORED BY EXPERTS AN D I SPENT MY INTERNSHIP IN ADOBE THE FIRST AFRICAN AND ARAB WOMAN IN THE COMPANY WORKING ON THE MAC HINE TRA NSLATIO N FIELD

SO BACK TO AALGERIA , I FOUNDED THE MACHINE TRANSLATION ASSOCIATION , WHICH IS AN ASSOCIAT ION WHICH IS AN ASSOCIATION TH AT ENC OURAGES ALGERIAN RESEARCH ES TO BE INVOLVED IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSES ESPECIALLY AFTER THAT IN 2014 I FOUNDED THE MTY INTELLIGENT SOFTWARE AN ALGERIA STARTUP THAT SPECIALIZES IN AI AND DATA ANALYTICS AND PROVIDES SERVICES IN CON TENT LOCALIZATION I'M THE FOUNDER OF THE MTY BUT HY IATT IS COFOUNDER OF THE COMPANY

BEING A TECHWOMAN ALLOWED ME TO ACCESS A NETW ORK OF EXPERTS AND I TOOK BEN EFIT OF THESE EXPERTS VIA HAVING RESOURCES, TECHNICAL RESOURCES, ADVICES AND ETCETERA AND THIS GAVE ME A HUGE NOTABILITY IN ALGERIA SO IN 2015 I WAS HONOURED BY THE JA GENTLEM — IN ALGERIA THE SE WERE WOMEN HONORED IN 2015

AFTER THAT IN 20 16 I WAS SELECTED BY THE AFRICAN UNION, THE AFRICAN UNION, YES , AS ALGER IA DELEGATE FOR THE CONFERENCE IN TOKYO FOR AFRICA SELECTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF WOMEN EXPERTS AND THIS WAS A VERY AMAZING EXPERIENCE BEC AUSE AFRICAN WOMAN ARE REALLY UNREPRESENTED IN THE FIELD OF TECHNOLOGY AND I'M PROUD TODAY AS A AFRICAN WOMAN TO SPEAK IN THE NAME ON BEHALF OF MANY AFRICAN WOMAN THAT ARE NOT ON THE MAP AND I HOPE THAT NEXT YEAR, THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE WOMAN, AFRICAN WOMAN, AND ARA B AND MUSLIM WOMAN IN TECHNOLOGY

SO THE SAME YEAR OUR STARTUP WAS SELECTED AMONG THE 5 MOS T IMPORTANT STARTUP OF ALGERIA N START UP AND ONE A CONTEST CALLED VIATIC AND THIS CONTEST IS: SELECT THE BEST FOUNDERS OF STARTUP AND WE DO A KIND OF SCIENTIFIC AND BUSINESS TRIP IN THE STATES AND WE HAD THE CHANCE TO GO TO THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATI ON CENTRE, WHICH IS THE GEORGIA TECH

I LEARNED A LOT IN THIS CENTRE, AND THIS ALLOWED ME T O IMPROVE MY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDG E BASE AND TECHNICAL IN THE FIE LD OF ENTREPRENEU RSHIP AND I ALSO HAD THE CHANCE TO BE INVITED AS A SCIENTIST BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATIO N IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THIS TRIP AND I HAD THE CHANCE, BIG PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH THE PROGRAM MANAGER OF THE NATIONAL SCI ENCE FOUNDATION IN 2017, I WAS SELECTED BY THE US DEPARTMENT AMONG THE STA RTUPS, THAT HAD THE CHANCE TO ATTEND THE GLOBAL ENT REPRENEURSH IP SUMMIT HELD IN INDIA AND IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TRIPS IN MY LIFE BECAUSE, I ALL THE TIME WAS DREAMING TO VISIT INDIA, AND MEET THOSE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, AND REALLY, I WAS AMAZED BY THE CULTURE

IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE TECHWOMAN PROGRAM, I HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET THE REP RESENTATIVE OF THE FOUNDATION TH AT IS A FOUNDATION THA T EMPOWERS WOMEN IN BUSINESS I'M TRYING TO SHOW YOU A LOT OF PROGRAMS TO TEL L YOU WHAT LED ME TO THIS STAGE, IS THE FACT THAT I DIDN'T MISS ANY OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WHAT EVER I HAD, ANYTHING TO LEARN, I WANTED TO LEARN IT AND THIS IS MY ADVICE TO YOU DON'T MISS ANY OPPORTUNITY, EVERY DAY, EVEN EVERY SECOND

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER I HAD THE CHANCE IN THE FRA MEWORK OF THE — FOUNDATION TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNATIONA L GLOBAL PANEL FOR WOMAN ENTREPRE NEURS AND HAVE THE CHANCE IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PROGRAM TO MEET AMAZING WOMEN IN TECHNOLO GY SO THE POINT IS, THERE IS A LOT OF WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY AROUND THE WORLD BUT WE NEED THOSE KIND OF PROGRAMS TO MEET THEM AND ONE OF THE MOST IMP ORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS WAS MY PARTICIPATI ON LAST YEAR AS A SPEAKER IN MS IGNITE

AND IT WAS THANKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE THAT OFFERED ME THIS SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE COL LABORATION OF MICROSOFT AND THIS IS HOW I WAS DISCOVERE D BY MICROSOFT EXECUTIVES SO DURING MY SESSION, I SPOKE ABOUT MY ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIELD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AND ESPECIALLY NATURAL LAN GUAGE PROCESSING AND ONE OF THE EXECUTIVES OF MICROSOFT WAS ATTENDING MY SESSIONS SO THIS IS HOW I COULD GET — AND MY VOICE COULD GET TO THE RIGHT PERSON TO BE AFTER THAT ONE YEAR AFT ER SELECTED AS MICROSOFT'S REGIONAL DIRECTOR BEING AMONG THE BEST 160 IT IN THE WORLD, WHICH REALLY, IT'S THE BEST ACHIEVEMENT I HAVE DID ALL MY LIFE

SO I STA RTED BY THE ACHIEVEMENT S, BUT I WANT TO SAY BEFORE TO REACH THIS STAGE THERE WAS — I HAD A LOT OF CHALLENGES DURING MY STUDIES, OR DURING MY PRO FESSIONAL CAREER DURING MY STUDIES, AND ESPECIAL LY WHILE PRO PREPARING MY MASTERS IN TRANSLATION TECHNOLOGY, I WAS THE ONLY ALGERIA N THAT WORKS ON STATISTICA L MACHINE TRANSLATION WHICH WAS VERY, VERY HARD THERE WAS NOBODY TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO IN CASE I — YOU KNOW, THAT MOST OF YOU ARE PROGRAMMING AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

TH AT YOU ARE ALONE ON THIS FIELD, AND YOU HAVE TO SOLVE EVERYTHING BY YOURSELF, I HAD TO LEARN, AND SPEND — IT HAPPENED TO ME TO SPEND 14 HOURS, JUST TRYING TO SOLVE A SIMPLE THING IT HAPPENS TO ME WHILE TRYING TO SOLVE SOMETHING TO FORMAT MY LAPTOP, BY MISTAKE BUT IT HAPPENED TO ME SO THOSE CHALLENGES — I NEVER, EVER, THO UGHT ABOUT THEM OF COURSE I HAD A VERY HARD MOMENT

BUT AFTER SOMETIME, I THINK ABOUT THO SE CHALLENGES AS MOTIVATORS SO I NEVER ACCEPTED TO BE DEFEATED BY A CHALLENGE AND THIS IS — MY ADVICE TO YOU SO I GOT MY MAS TERS WITH THE EXC ELLENT DISTINCTION AND I WAS PIONEERING MY FIELD AFTER VERY, VERY HAR D MOMENTS

AND THI S — THE SECOND CHALLENG E WAS DURING THE —ED THIRD CHALLENGE WAS WHI LE CREATING MY STARTUP IT WAS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT IN ALG ERIA TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT A LADY WILL BE LEADING A STARTUP, A TECHNOLOGY STARTUP THAT SPECIALIZES IN AI AND I HAD VERY HARD MOMENTS TO CONVINCE THEM IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THE FOUNDING AND IT HAPPENED TO ME TO HEAR THIS PROJECT IS NOT WORTH IT, IT'S NOT INTERESTING YOU ARE DREAMING

YOU ARE A BIG DREAMER BUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT THOSE — ALL THO SE TROUBLES, I THINK THAT IF I WAS NOT A BIG DREAMER, THAT'S TRUE I WAS ALL MY TIME A DREAMER BUT IF I DID N'T THINK ABOUT MY PROJECT, IT ALREADY STARTED BY A DREAM AND IF I WAS NOT A DREAMER

I WON'T BE ON THIS STAGE TODAY SO WHAT I WANTED TO SAY — SO THOSE ARE THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY JOURNEY THOSE ARE THE 3 KEY MOS T IMPORTANT KEYS FOR THE SUCCESS THE FIRST ONE IS THE PER SEVERAN CE AS YOU SEE, I CHOSE THE END

ANT IT'S A VERY WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF PERSEVERANCE, AND IN MY HARD MOMENT I GOT INSPIRED BIT BY THE ANT BECAUSE EVERYBODY THINKS IT'S WEAK BUT IT' S REALLY STRONG AND CARRY ON WITH IT'S PERSEVER ANCE

IT ALL THE TIME REACHES IT'S GOALS SO DURING MY JOURNEY, I NEVER MISSED AN OCCASION TO LEARN WHATEVER IS THE SKILL I NEVER MISA MISS AN OCCASION TO LEARN I THINK THAT LEARNING, EVEN IF YOU DON'T USE IT TODAY I'M SURE YOU WILL USE THIS TOOL OR THIS SKILL THE DAY AFTER

SO NEVER MISS ANY OCCASION TO LEA RN SO THE THIRD POI NT IS THE FAILURE I WANT TO SAY THAT — I WANT TO SAY, SOME WORDS THAT OPRA H W WIN FREA NDF R Y SAID THAT FAILURE ISN'T THE END OF THE ROAD JUST SAYING TURN AROUND IT'S NOT THE END

FAILURE MAY JUST TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE ON THE WRONG WAY OR THE WRONG PATH YOU WILL BE BETTER IN A DIFFERENT PATH AND IT HAPPENED TO ME MANY TIMES I FAILED IN MANY THINGS BUT THE MOS T IMPORTANT IS I KEPT FOCUSED ON MY GOALS I NEVER EVER LEFT MY GOALS

BUT MAYBE I HAD TO TAKE A LONGER WAY, OR LONGER PATH BEING A WOMAN IN TEC HNOLOGY WAS NOT AN EASY JOURNEY FOR ME BUT MY ADVICE TO YOU, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU KEEP TRYING, KEEP TRYING, AND KEEP TRYING, AND DON'T EVER, EVER CONSIDER THAT FAILURE IS THE END, BECAUSE IT REALLY COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF A WONDERFUL JOURNEY FOR YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH

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