Irina’s company provides software development for mobile applications as well as human resource systems – one of the largest Cambodia.
Irina’s story begins in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, where she studied IT at a technical university. Despite her high marks, IT was not her first career choice. She wanted to study psychological therapy and help people with deep rooted problems.
This was influenced by personal experiences as a number of friends had come to her for help with their emotional difficulties, some quite serious. Her mother, however, a strong and practical woman, steered Irina in a different direction – towards IT which was just taking off in Kazakhstan. “She is such a strong and stubborn woman that it was just easier to listen to her,” Irina says.
Her mother was acting from knowledge, having been employed by the German embassy in Almaty, with exposure beyond the borders of Kazakhstan. She noticed through her work that Germany in the late 1990s was outsourcing much of its electronic work to India, and that gave her ideas for her daughter’s future.
Irina did not waste any time, enrolling in IT courses and working for one of the first internet providers in the country while studying.
When that company failed, she began working nights at a call center that served Kazakhstan only, where she experienced and learned mobile technology from the ground up that was to serve her well in her future endeavors.
Her employers recognized Irina’s natural intelligence and found more challenging positions for her within their business concern, and so began a rotation of work roles, most of them lasting a few months.
The real breakthrough came when the business purchased a billing solution from Israel. It was Irina’s first taste of what lay outside in the wide world, and at the age of 22 she wanted to be part of it. When Amdocs, the Israeli company, offered her a working position in Bangladesh she jumped at the opportunity.