Pakistani computer scientist Asma Zaheer was among the 1,000 Best of IBM (BOI) honorees announced at a ceremony in Indonesian province Bali earlier this month.
Asma has become the first Pakistani to be recognized by the leading technology company.
A press release issued by IBM stated that the honorees were selected based on their contribution for the company in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Cloud, Analytics and Cyber Security. “It was meant for those IBMers who further the success of the company, its clients and the world at large.”
The event to recognize the honorees took place from May 12-18 and was attended by IBM’s senior management. Virginia Marie “Ginni” Rometty, the IBM chairperson, president and chief executive officer presided over the event. Asma had received her undergraduate education in Computer Science from the University of the Punjab, and she completed her masters degree from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST) in Lahore. She has been working with IBM Pakistan since 2013 and is currently with the company’s Global Business Services and Client Innovation centers. Her core areas of interest are analytics, cloud computing, and cognitive computing systems.
IBM is a multinational information technology company with operations in over 170 countries around the world. Nicknamed Big Blue, IBM is one of 30 companies included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It produces and sells computer hardware, middleware and software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is also a major research organization, holding the record for most U.S. patents generated by a business for 26 consecutive years.