'Envisioning a Joint Human-Machine Future' - Speaker Q&A with Angela Maragopoulou

October 15, 2019 | Celen Ebru Paytoncular

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Angela is a technologist, a lean-Agile awarded leader, and a big scaler. As CIO B2B/Senior Vice President of Business Solutions at Deutsche Telekom AG, she will be holding a session on 'Agility, Servant Leadership and the Power of Women in Future IT' at European Women in Tech this November!

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a physicist with expertise in AI, a Telecommunications Engineer and an MBA. I have lead large teams, primarily in the Technology and IT sector but also in Business Sales and Strategy since 2004. I am driven by the love of technology and envisioning a joint human-machine future. I am a servant leader, agile leader at heart and have enjoyed the technological evolution in the last 20 years.

How did you get into your career at Deutsche Telekom AG?

I have been drawn to Deutsche Telekom by its numerous successes, the leadership within the European space and our common vision of transforming the Telco environment and Europe itself. DT is the perfect platform for me as I strive for making a big difference and bringing large results. So, the stars aligned 😊


Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do?

I would not have realized that technology is what I want to do, if it was not for my father’s support. Despite me being a traditional girl – so to say – I am very academic in all school topics, with excellent language skills (I speak 5 languages), and he recognized and supported my love of physics and technology at an early age.

Firstly, he was able to see beyond the bias in Athens, Greece in the late 80s. Secondly, he wholeheartedly supported this 'unconventional' direction for girls: at age 14 I had my own PC and I was doing an Informatics courses. Then, he supported me as a young physicist and engineer and expected me to go into this type of career. 


What excites you most about working in the tech industry?

The prospect of changing people’s lives so dramatically. I really believe in the good in science and technology.


Why have you decided to get involved with European Women in Technology?

Because I want to share my experience in growing myself and other women and in helping women overcome the difficulties built around us.

I will be speaking about the Death of Command and Control and why Agility is (also) a woman attribute.


Do you notice a lack of women in technology? If so, why do you think this is the case?

There is a significant lack! Throughout my career, I was always the only woman in the building if not in the room, in several European countries. The problem starts early. The prevalent overarching male culture in most cases drives the women who came in, out later. I myself am very tired of the male percentages and the male culture, especially when it becomes too alpha. And when we turn alpha ourselves, we are not seen through the same lens. But I refuse to give up.


To learn more about Angela and her session at this year's European Women in Tech conference, click here.

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