Top 10: Women in Data Centres in APAC

We consider some of the leading women working across the data centre industry in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to improve global connectivity

The APAC region continues to expand, with global businesses looking to further grow their data centre services in the region in line with demand for new technologies.

In fact, a recent report by MordorIntelligence predicts that the APAC data centre market will expand to 23.2 thousand megawatts (MW) by 2029. This is a CAGR of 10.21% in computing capacity. Likewise, half of existing engineering staff will retire by 2025, despite the number of staff needed to run the world's data centres predicted to grow from around two million to nearly 2.3 million by 2025.

With this in mind, it is more important than ever to ensure that the workforce is resilient and future-proof. This will come with hiring more diverse and capable top-level talent. 

Data Centre Magazine reveals its leading women working in the data centre sector across APAC in 2024.

10. Donna Lorenzen, Regional Chair at Infrastructure Masons

Donna Lorenzen has a successful track record in engineering, governance, operational management, training and digital infrastructure technology. She has led design and engineering functions across the APAC region and works to drive design and engineering excellence for data centre solutions.

Donna Lorenzen is the APAC Regional Chair and Global Board Member of iM Women, the company’s resource group that aims to increase diversity and the number of women pursuing careers in infrastructure. Her role is to also increase the career advancement of women in the data centre industry. 

9. Amandine Wang, CEO at FLOW Digital Infrastructure 

Amandine Wang was appointed CEO of FLOW Digital Infrastructure in 2022 to focus on driving company growth and the delivery of its mission to enable digital economies across APAC. With more than 20 years of experience across digital infrastructure and real estate private equity spaces, she has been well-positioned to lead in data centre development. 

Prior to FLOW, Amandine led APAC acquisitions and investments at Digital Realty for nearly ten years. She has also held senior roles across major international institutions, with her career placing her in Paris, London and Singapore.

8. Laura Coad, Chief Data Centre Officer at AirTrunk

Laura Coad holds a strong commercial background across property management across APAC and EMEA. Having recently been promoted to Chief Data Centre Officer in February 2024, her goal will be to continue the operational management of AirTrunk’s hyperscale data centre platform, which spans six data centres, five markets and four countries.

Prior to AirTrunk, Laura worked with Digital Realty for two years as Regional Manager of Portfolio Operations.

7. Lauren Ryder, CEO at Leading Edge

Lauren is a global thought leader in business transformation, specialising at the intersection of human potential and technological innovation. She is the Founder and CEO of Leading Edge Global, where she and her team work to achieve enterprise growth through digital transformation programmes.

With more than 20 years of change management experience, Lauren’s work at Leading Edge Data Centres in Australia has seen her deliver exceptional customer and employee experience for the company’s new regional data centres. Prior to this role, Lauren has worked for leading organisations such as Macquarie Group and MLC Limited.

6. Celine Goh, Project Manager - Delivery at STACK Infrastructure (APAC)

Celine Goh has worked as a Project Manager for STACK Infrastructure since 2022 and is based in Singapore. She works to ensure that the organisation is able to provide first-class digital infrastructure to scale up the world’s most innovative companies.

Prior to STACK, Celine worked with AlfaTech and was instrumental in a project with Facebook, working on their Singapore data centre services as a project engineer. She holds a steadfast commitment to excellent customer service.

5. Shalini Lagrutta, CEO at DXN Limited

Shalini Lagrutta has had a successful track record of working across the telecoms and data centre industry. With more than 20 years of experience, she holds a track record of successful sales for start-ups and established companies alike. She was appointed CEO of DXN at the start of 2022.

Prior to DXN, Shalini worked in telecommunications roles at companies such as Fujitsu in Japan, the UK and Malaysia. She also worked with Huawei in their early overseas expansion years, leading successful growth across the APAC region.

4. Yunxi Li, Head of SEA Government Affairs at GDS Holdings Ltd. logo

Yunxi is Head of SEA Government Affairs at GDS Holdings, a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centres in the People’s Republic of China. She is heavily focused on upscaling the digital economy via data centre infrastructure.

Committed to pioneering data centre excellence, Yunxi is playing a vital role in the company’s digital transformation across the APAC region. Recently, the company partnered with the Indonesia Investment Authority (INA) with the shared goal of revolutionising the data centre landscape in Indonesia.

3. Geetika Saxena, Technical Services Implementation Specialist at NTT Global Data Centers

Geetika Saxena has more than 10 years of experience working in network and security and now transfers this knowledge to the data centre sector. She joined NTT Global Data Centers in 2022 and is focused on delivering the company’s strategies in India. 

Prior to joining NTT, Geetika worked with prominent IT security company Zscaler, Tata Consultancy Services and as an Associate Network Engineer for Wipro Infotech. She is also Cisco-certified and well-versed in technologies such as wireless and VPN internet.

2. Anila Jiang, Chief Information Officer at Digital Realty

With more than 10 years of experience providing strategic leadership and management of IT operations, Anila Jiang has worked to bring the latest innovations and technology solutions to businesses and governments alike. 

Anila has worked at Digital Realty for more than seven years, working to develop and implement a comprehensive IT strategy for the organisation to ensure operational efficiency.

Her work at Digital Realty also sees her automating and streamlining IT processes to meet specific business needs, in addition to implementing software and security solutions to protect data assets, promote business continuity and reduce costs. She has also worked as CIO at Iron Mountain Singapore.

1. Yee May Leong, Managing Director at Equinix Singapore

Yee May Leong is responsible for leading Equinix’s business strategy in Singapore. Having joined the company in 2019, she focuses on facilitating digital transformation of businesses to support the government’s plan to establish Singapore as the digital hub in Asia, by helping global companies execute their digital strategies.

Yee May has led her team to expand Platform Equinix in Singapore and drive an improved sustainability strategy. As a diversity, inclusion and belonging ally and a global executive sponsor of WeAreEquinix, she supports equality and underrepresented groups within the company and the local community.

An industry veteran, Yee May has more than 35 years of experience across big technology organisations in Singapore. She has worked with the likes of IBM, Lotus, F5 Networks and Orange Business Services.

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