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Sharala Axryd
With great passion for data sciences and with more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications field under her belt, Sharala is currently involved in leading the transformation and driving the benchmark for data science education in the ASEAN region. Having been the only woman entrepreneur who founded ASEAN’s first and only comprehensive data science training institution, The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), Sharala aims to empower and mentor the next generation to be leaders and innovators in data science. In Sharala’s role as CEO of ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX), she is actively involved in delivering hands on training, having conducted several workshops and trainings on GPRS Performance Analysis and Optimisation in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. She was also part of the team that brought in The Data Incubator (an American based data science center) to Malaysia and launched ASEAN’s first data science accelerator program last year. Prior to her work at CADS and ADAX, She worked with a diverse set of local and international clients, including Actix, AIS Thailand, Connect Romania, Maxis Malaysia, Orange Switzerland, Proximus Belgium, Siwsscom Switzerland, Starhub Singapore, Telering Austria and Vodafone Group. As the founder of ULearn, Sharala and her team made great success on the Hands On Technology Training (HOTT) within the company, eventually evolving to be the first in the industry to develop an Automated Competency Gap Analysis (UrSkillsReporter). Sharala also spearheaded an initiative with the Harvard Business School in Boston to support Malaysia’s national agenda to be the hub for Big Data Analytics (BDA). The first program from this initiative was a tremendous success and included participation from leading CEOs from the industry, namely ASTRO, Celcom, Maxis, Petronas, and SAS Institute and many leading startups in Malaysia. Sharala currently doubles as the Group CEO of The Center of Applied Data Science, a Malaysian training entity.
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