Sharala Axryd

Sharala Axryd


Founder and CEO of The Center of Applied Data Science

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With a passion for data science and over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications field under her belt, Sharala Axryd is leading the datadriven business transformation and driving the benchmark for data science education in the ASEAN region. A thought leader in the data science space, she is a highly-sought-after speaker for conferences with topics ranging from analytics to women in STEM.

Award-winner of the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia, SEBA 2018 Woman Technopreneur of the Year and among the Digerati 50 by Digital News Asia (DNA), she is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), ASEAN’s first and only one-stop platform and center of excellence for Data Science. She was part of the team that brought in The Data Incubator (an American-based data science center) to Malaysia, launched ASEAN’s first data science accelerator program in 2016 and spearheaded an initiative with the Harvard Business School in Boston to support Malaysia’s national agenda to be the hub for Big Data Analytics (BDA).

Prior to CADS, she worked with diverse clients to deliver hands-on training through several workshops and training on GPRS Performance Analysis and Optimisation. As the Founder and Managing Director of ULearn, Sharala and her team were successful with the Hands On Technology Training (HOTT), eventually evolving to be the first in the industry to develop an Automated Competency Gap Analysis (UrSkillsReporter).no Control in Agricultural Automation, IFAC (International Federation for Automatic Control).

Speaking Engagement

Data Science Conference 2017 – Why is it important to be a data scientist

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference KL 2018 – Keynote: Empowered Women Empower Women

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference KL 2018 – Keynote: Empowered Women Empower Women

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific program 2018 – Japan

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific program 2018 – Japan

EY World Entrepreneur of the Year – Monaco

EY World Entrepreneur of the Year – Monaco