Ex-Google Executive Tania Aidrus Quits Job to Lead Pakistan into the Digital Age


Tania Aidrus, the ex-Google Executive is back in Pakistan after 20 years. She quits the Google job to lead the country into the digital age. She shared her plan to lead the country’s digital transformation at the ‘Digital Pakistan’ inauguration yesterday in Islamabad.

She plans to lead a new Digital Pakistan project inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan to digitize government infrastructures in Pakistan. The aim of the project is to give a paperless and efficient environment including services for citizens and businesses for better delivery.

Ex-Google Executive Tania Aidrus Quits Job to Lead Pakistan into the Digital Age

In order to head the digitization campaign, Tania Aidrus has resigned from her previous position as Director, Product, Payments for Next Billion Users at Google. Under this project, all the Government department will correspond to each other through digital channels instead of papers.

During her speech at the inauguration of the ‘Digital Pakistan’ initiative, She said:

“A person I knew told the prime minister about me and he forwarded an email to his reform team to contact me, over the next course of months, I was in contact with Mr Jahangir Tareen and members of the federal cabinet. I even met the president before I met Prime Minister Imran and discussed the project.

She further added:

“I spent 20 years outside Pakistan, I went abroad with a very strong message about Pakistan. People say that I am politically connected to some people. That is not the case, I don’t have a relationship with anyone in the government. My objective is simple — I just want Pakistan to succeed. Just like you need the road infrastructure in a country, Pakistan needs a digital infrastructure. To advance in the tech world, we need to have a digital infrastructure in place.”

Tania Aidrus spent more than half her life abroad. She attended the best schools of the World for her education and worked at the forefront of the global tech industry. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BSc from Brandeis University.

 

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