With an illustrious career spanning three decades thus far, Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood is one of the premier names in the Malaysia IT industry, who is known for her outstanding leadership qualities and vision.
She started her career as an analyst programmer with a local bank after graduating with a double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She subsequently worked her way up to become General Manager of Hewlett Packard Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation. She then took on the dual-role of General Manager and Regional Corporate Director of Dell Malaysia.
Yasmin moved on to become Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director in 2006 and became known for her “Malaysianising Microsoft” mantra and for aligning the strengths of what was then the world’s most powerful software company with Malaysia’s national and development agenda.
In September 2014, she took on the much-coveted post of CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd; to make a difference and to utilise her expertise and experience for the betterment of the nation.
MDEC, an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, has been entrusted to develop, coordinate, and promote the nation’s digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and to spearhead Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 under the “Digital Malaysia” national agenda
As an active advocate of women empowerment in the workplace, Yasmin is a Founding Patron of Gorgeous Geeks, an NGO advocating Women Empowerment with ICT. Yasmin was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and CEO @ Faculty Programme Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Yasmin was a key participant and speaker at the World Economic Forum held in June 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was also a panellist at the Forbes “Finding the Next Billion” session held in Silicon Valley, United States in 2015.