Name: Emily Achieng
Residence: Basel, Switzerland
Field of Work: DevOps/Cloud Engineering
Emily Achieng is a highly skilled DevOps/Cloud Engineer based in Basel, Switzerland. With a passion for technology and a strong drive to excel, Emily plays a pivotal role in designing and implementing continuous integration and continuous delivery and deployment (CI/CD) pipelines, configuring infrastructure, and managing applications on cloud and container orchestrator platforms among other responsibilities.
From an early age, Emily knew that she wanted to pursue a career in technology. To expand her knowledge and skills in scripting and configuration management, she actively acquired skills on Linux for example, which allowed her to advance her expertise in the field. Throughout her journey, Emily found inspiration in the achievements and expertise of her role model, Kelsey Hightower (an American software engineer, developer, advocate, and speaker known for his work with Kubernetes, open-source software, and cloud computing. Source: Wikipedia).
In addition to her professional contributions, Emily is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world of technology. She actively mentors a CodeHive student each year at Akirachix, a Nonprofit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Through this initiative, Emily helps young female minds explore the vast opportunities available in the tech industry, empowering them to become future leaders.
‘you belong in tech’
Emily has faced challenges along her path, particularly battling impostor syndrome and overcoming self-doubt. However, through perseverance and determination, she has silenced her inner critic and convinced herself that she belongs in the tech world. Recognizing the value of mentorship, Emily advises young women in STEM to seek out mentors who can accelerate their learning journey and boost their confidence levels.
Emily actively follows Women in Technology Switzerland on LinkedIn, keeping informed of the latest industry trends and staying connected with like-minded professionals.
With her unwavering dedication to her field and her commitment to empowering women in technology, Emily Achieng is a true inspiration for aspiring professionals and an exemplary role model for the next generation.
Her personal experiences have shaped her belief that everyone belongs in the tech field. Emily’s final words to aspiring women in tech are a resounding affirmation: ‘You belong in tech!’.
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