Lum Seow Khun
Director of Sales and Transformation, IBM Singapore
Lum Seow Khun
I took the job out of necessity, but I grew to enjoy it when I saw how technology could improve so many areas of our lives.
When Lum Seow Khun graduated from university in the aftermath of Singapore’s first post-independence recession in the 1980s, she took up her first job in the IT industry.;
While it wasn’t a conscious decision to join the ranks of women in technology at that time, she soon fell in love with the job at a Singapore-based government-linked company. “I took the job out of necessity, but I grew to enjoy it when I saw how technology could improve so many areas of our lives,” she said.
Having a woman mentor helped too.
“My first manager was a lady who gave me a lot of support and guided me throughout my career. At the same time, she was fair and didn’t side with either women or men in the company,” she said.
Like many of her peers across the world, Lum – who is IBM Singapore’s director of sales and transformation, as well as council member of Singapore Computer Society (SCS) and co-chair of its student chapter – is part of a growing number of women who have made their mark in a male-dominated field.
In Singapore, female representation in the IT sector has been hovering around the 30% mark since 2000, even as more have climbed the ranks and taken on senior leadership positions in the industry.