IT expert Sheree boosts Sri Lanka’s reputation for high-flyers who hone the cutting edges of industry
Sri Lanka is rapidly gaining a reputation for high-flyers who are honing the cutting edges of IT, business innovation and the full spectrum of creative industries.
Latest in the spotlight is former model 26-year-old Sheree Atcheson, who was recently named one of 35 Most Influential Women in UK Technology by Computer Weekly.
The Sri Lanka Foundation in the US notes that “this highly respected list recognises those who have helped to increase the number of females working in the technology community across the UK”.
Sheree is also the founder of ‘I am Lanka’, a website that “highlights Sri Lanka’s local and global role models working to empower and inspire people. Its motto is ‘Be what you can see—because you are us and we are Lanka’”.
She is described as a ‘change maker’, ‘industry leader’ and one of the ‘most influential women in IT’ on a 2017 nominations list that featured over 160 women in the tech industry.
Says the SLF: “Adopted by a Belfast couple when she was an infant, Sheree returned to Sri Lanka to spend her honeymoon and felt a real connection to the country.”
A former part-time model, Sheree is also on a mission to get more women involved in the IT industry, and is seen as a flag bearer working tirelessly to eradicate gender bias within the industry.
Driven by her determination to succeed, Sheree is using her position in the IT industry to inspire others and set the benchmark for others to follow suit.
When asked what words of inspiration can she impart to those considering a career in the IT industry. She says: “Never let anyone tell you that you are not important or that you are lesser. You are a person, with defining thoughts.”
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