Sumaiya has more than a decade of experience in a wide range of leadership roles including Product Management and Growth, Digital Transformation and Talent Management. She has won many accolades throughout her career and has recently been selected as 40under40 by Business Elite.
Sumaiya has been in multiple Product Development, Product Management and Product Strategy roles throughout her career. Earlier she was VP of HR and Digital Transformation in the PropTech industry. She has also worked with Telenor and enabled them with their digital transformation. At IBM, she has been in 3 global roles and in her last role she led Technology M&A deals across 50+ countries in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Sumaiya is a graduate of IBM Leadership Development Program as well. She is also a Startup Advisor, Fulbright scholar with MS and MBA from Purdue University, INSEAD certified Digital Strategy consultant, Certified Product Manager and a Software Engineer with experience of managing cross-functional teams across 6 continents (being based in 4 continents) with Fortune100 multinationals and tech start-ups. She is also on the Advisory Council of Harvard Business Review (HBR), a member of World Economic Forum’s AI Council and is on Canadian Web3.0 Committee (with Canadian Blockchain Consortium).
She speaks frequently at multiple forums globally. Also spoken at US State Department with delegates from 47 countries including US Congress members.
Outside work, Sumaiya is a staunch supporter of women and human rights, education and health for underprivileged individuals and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She loves travelling, learning new things especially technology and history, meeting people from diverse backgrounds and experiencing new cultures. She is also a practicing Naturopath and a singer for more than a decade.
She brings 100% to everything she does. She is a subject matter expert and if Sumaiya provides guidance, you know it is trustworthy.
Sumaiya is highly skilled in Product Management - she has the unique combination of the technical and soft skills needed to make a strong product manager. She is systematic and has a "make things happen" attitude and mindset while being intuitive about customer needs. She is also an admirable leader who empowers women and minorities.