Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh, has been recognized by the United Nation for her role in women’s digital empowerment.
She is among the 10 SDG Pioneers, who will receive the recognition at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 to be held on 21 September, says a press release.
She will receive the recognition on September 21 in New York.
“Each of the 2017 SDG pioneers is exhibiting how companies and pioneering individuals can be a force for positive change in addressing the issues we all face today,” said UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director Lise Kingo.
“Ms Kabir has been impactful in advocating for women’s participation in the information technology workforce. She has been a pioneer in promoting women to embrace technology through digital literacy training.”
As her reaction to win the award, Sonia Kabir said, “I am deeply humbled and honoured to be recognized as an SDG Pioneer 2017 by the UN Global Compact team.”
“I am excited about inspiring and empowering women of my country with technology and can confidently claim that the opportunities present in Bangladesh to leverage technology to advance to a middle-income economy far outweighs those present in any other country,” she said.
Kabir is also involved in number of education and mentorship programs. She serves on boards of the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, the business and computer science schools of North South University and the business school of the Independent University Bangladesh.
The UN Global Compact is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.