University of Nottingham Malaysia

UNM alumnus strikes big


Annaam Butt, (BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2013) a Scrum Master at Global Online Digital for Volvo Cars as well as a Consultant for CGI, has recently been nominated for multiple awards at: the Nordic Women in Tech Awards as well as Women in Tech Excellence Awards for her brilliant work in tech and non-profit engagements.

Inspired to go into STEM because of her love for mathematics and physics when she was growing up, Annaam honed her skills through various approaches to solve complex problems. This led her to pursue a BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and she furthered her studies with an MSc in International Project Management with a concentration in Industrial Engineering Management.

In 2021, Annaam was nominated for the Digital Leader of the Year, Woman of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Role Model of the Year and Team Leader of the Year at the Women in Tech Excellence Awards. She was also nominated for the Digital Leader of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, and Initiative of the Year at the Nordic Women in Tech Awards.

The Nordic Women in Tech Awards aims to give innovative and inspirational women in the technological field a voice and a platform to help them stand in an industry dominated by men. Similarly, the Women in Tech Excellence Awards is designed to help move the technology industry forward by recognising and prompting successful and innovative women in IT by sharing their stories and proving that the tech industry is not just for men.

Annaam was nominated for these awards because of her hard work in several non-profit projects as well as professional engagements that led to her being noticed. Fuelled by her passion for tech and a desire to give back to the community that nurtured her, Annaam became a Hackathon Project Leader at OpenHack, a non-profit organisation. She also became a Co-project Manager for Hack the Crisis in Sweden, held in April 2020, in which an online hackathon was organised to help develop and solve the challenges that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic. Annaam also served as a Board Member and Chief Events Officer for Women in Tech Gothenburg.

Annaam tells us her degree at UNM helped her get to where she is today as it was challenging and taught her to solve complex problems by providing her with the tools and the technical foundation she needed.

Her goal for the future is to make a positive difference in the world by becoming an inspirational leader and a strong voice in the STEM industry.

To those who are looking to work in STEM, especially young women, Annaam has this to say:

“My advice for young women pursuing tech is to look for what you love and work hard to pursue it. Do not let the glass ceiling hold you back. The tech world is incomplete without diverse perspectives and that’s where we will bridge the gap.”

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Posted on 19th August 2021

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