Huawei to train women in Middle East and North Africa on future technologists


Huawei, a telecom solutions provider, is one of 24
technology companies with Silicon Valley locations participating in TechWomen.


The program involves 37 women from Middle East and North
Africa (MENA) countries being paired with mentors from leading companies with
locations in the Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco area.


The mentees are working with their mentors on technical
projects at their host Silicon Valley companies during June, followed by
presentations at the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC during the week
of July 4th.


As part of the program, selected mentors will travel to
the Middle East and North Africa region later in 2011 to conduct workshops for
women in the technology sector and young girls who have expressed an interest
in pursuing a tech-based career.


Four members of the Huawei R&D facility in Santa Clara, California are mentors, including: Athsani,
senior manager, Business Development & Planning, Kyna Sah, director,
Strategic Partnerships, Linda Schnieder, distinguished engineer and Jun Wei,
principle researcher. Also working on TechWomen is Huawei’s Katy Dickinson
(director, Operations) who is the program’s Mentoring Process Architect.


In addition to
supporting three mentees, Huawei hosted a workshop on 17 June 2011 called
Developing Women Entrepreneurs.” Huawei’s support of TechWomen follows its sponsorship of the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Awards
Banquet in May 2011 in Santa Clara as part of an ongoing program supporting
women in technology.


As a leading supplier of communications technology to
the developing world, and a key supplier of mobile networks in the MENA region,
we see initiatives such as TechWomen as being instrumental in providing
training to the region’s future technologists,” said John Roese, senior vice
president and general manager of Huawei North America R&D.


We support programs that build on technical innovation
and Silicon Valley thinking, so that the mentees return home with an ability to
support local innovation using the latest technologies,” Roese added.


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