With a passion for data science and over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications field, Sharala Axryd is leading the data-driven business transformation and driving benchmark for data science education in the ASEAN region.
A thought leader in the data science space, and highly-sought-after speaker for conferences with topics ranging from analytics to women in STEM.
Award-winner of EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia, SEBA 2018 Woman Technopreneur of the Year, and among the Digerati 50 by Digital News Asia (DNA), she is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), ASEAN’s first and only one-stop platform and center of excellence for Data Science. She was part of the team that brought The Data Incubator to Malaysia, launched ASEAN’s first data science accelerator program (2016), and spearheaded an initiative with Harvard Business School to support Malaysia’s national agenda to be the hub for Big Data Analytics (BDA). She’s also listed as one of the world’s most influential women in IT by StrongWomenInIT report Global Edition 2021.
Prior to CADS, she worked with diverse clients to deliver hands-on training through workshops and training on GPRS Performance Analysis and Optimisation. As the Founder and Managing Director of ULearn, Sharala and her team were successful with the Hands-On Technology Training (HOTT), eventually evolving to be the first in the industry to develop an Automated Competency Gap Analysis (UrSkillsReporter).