In celebration of the International Women’s Day, IDG is back with its series featuring women from around the local ecosystem. Tête-à-Tech with E-Elle’s; here in conversation with Managing Director Oxford University Press Pakistan – Ameena Saiyid.
Ameena Saiyid is the Managing Director at Oxford University Press Pakistan where her responsibilities include managing the operations of Oxford University Press throughout Pakistan and also has the additional responsibility of promoting the books published by OUP by Pakistan, India, China and Malaysia in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Central Asia.
“The irreversible trend today is that there are many more women in the workplace than some years ago. With the number of women growing, it follows statistically that more women will reach senior managerial and top positions. The proverbial glass ceiling and the invisible webs of dependence, control, and compliance are disintegrating fast.
Riding this great new power, women have to forge a new way. They have only to make sure that more women are educated, have the option to choose their own husbands or remain single, and the opportunity to work, and managerial doors will open of themselves.
So how do we make it happen? Not every lesson is found in a book or classroom. We have to forge a path to learning by carving it out ourselves through our own experience, by thinking differently, embracing other perspectives, and challenging the status quo.”
Saiyid talks about adopting the needs of the 21st century, the 5 Cs. This includes, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Compassion, and Critical thinking. She added,
“I have always tried to become an adaptable and versatile leader and to reinvent myself with the needs of the business as they evolve. I have tried to develop ideas and solutions that drive innovation and remain directly involved and personally invested with the business.”
Ameena Saiyid has been leading the Press for nearly three decades and is also spearheading the grand Literature Festivals in Karachi, Islamabad and London, which fall under the OUP umbrella.