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Rohini Srivathsa of Microsoft India

"I am a pretty bold person, and I do speak my mind. It is not just a gender thing," says Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer of Microsoft India.

Credit: Microsoft

Rohini Srivathsa was a sixth-grader when she saw a computer for the first time. "It was programmed using old-style punch cards," she recalls. "It was nothing like the PCs of today, but I was fascinated."

The massive machine had been installed at the Indian Army base where her father was an officer. He showed her how the computer ran a simulator that taught soldiers how to operate a tank.

"I climbed up into the driver's seat, and it felt like I was moving over real terrain. It was fantastic."

Srivathsa is National Technology Officer at Microsoft India. She is also a member of the Sensitive Uses Working Group of Microsoft's AETHER (AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research) Committee.

In an interview, she speaks about her influences, work, passions, and hopes.

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