#STEMWOW WEEK 25

Meet Antsa Fanomezana Mandimbiarisoa, Senior Auditor at Ernst&Young

Antsa works as a Senior IT Auditor at one of the Big Four. She holds a Master in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics (MISA) from the University of Antananarivo. In 2014, she was a Developer eXperience Intern at Microsoft and with a team, she organized the “Hour Of Code 2014”, the “Hour Of Code 2015” and the “Smart Apps Challenge 2015” in Madagascar.

Antsa’s Bio

Antsa works as a Senior IT Auditor at one of the Big Four. She holds a Master in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics (MISA) from the University of Antananarivo. In 2014, she was a Developer eXperience Intern at Microsoft and with a team, she organized the “Hour Of Code 2014”, the “Hour Of Code 2015” and the “Smart Apps Challenge 2015” in Madagascar. After that, she continued her study. Her project for her Master’s degree was about building a web application for opinion mining on Twitter. In 2016, she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an IT auditor. Her job at PwC was about checking the IT general controls within the companies. After 2 years at PwC, she joined Ernst & Young as a senior IT auditor. Along with her career, she has worked on a lot of projects in the field of technology such as Software Development, Cybersecurity, Data Analysis, among others. In 2016, she was chosen as one of the winners of the Afrinic Fellowship to attend the 25th meeting of Afrinic in Mauritius. In that year, she was invited by an NGO in Madagascar to talk during a workshop about the career of a Computer Scientist and she sensitized some girls to choose the field of STEM at the University.

Why did you get into STEM?

When I was in secondary school, we had a subject called “Computer Science”. At that time, only a few people had computers at home but that was not my case as we couldn’t afford it. However, I was really interested in this subject and I was good at Mathematics too. One of my classmates was good at using a computer and he showed us how to use some software. At that time, he really impressed me so, I challenged myself that one day, I will be as good as him. When I was about to choose the branch that I will study at the University, some people told me that Mathematics and Computer Science are for men not for women. Thus, it challenged me more that I could do it. That’s why I got into STEM.

What do you consider your greatest achievements?

One of my greatest achievements is managing to do many things at the same time. In 2016, I worked for a big company, studied English, was a leader at the scout and also wrote my book in order to get my Master degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics (MISA). It was not easy for me because all those things are really important and I had to do my best in each of them. However, I have done my job, I have obtained my English Certificate, I have my Masters degree and I have done my role as a leader at the scout. Another of my greatest achievements is organizing the “Smart Apps Challenge 2015” with Microsoft, Orange, and HM Rawat because it was a big event and there were about 85 participants.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?

In my career, I have met people who haven’t been confident to give me some technical responsibilities because they think that I am not able to do them. Sometimes, I get sexist comments but I haven’t given up. To overcome that, I have proven to them that I can do all those things they thought I couldn’t.

What is your advice to budding women in STEM?

In everything you do, give the best of you. Don’t be afraid of showing your potential. Show people that women are as good as men in the field of STEM. However, bear in mind that it is not a competition between the two sexes; women and men are there to help each other. Each one has his/her potential and if we combine them, we’ll get a good result. My last advice is: “Don’t worry girls, you can do it”.

About Antsa

Antsa works as a Senior IT Auditor at one of the Big Four. She holds a Master in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics (MISA) from the University of Antananarivo. In 2014, she was a Developer eXperience Intern at Microsoft and with a team, she organized the “Hour Of Code 2014”, the “Hour Of Code 2015” and the “Smart Apps Challenge 2015” in Madagascar.

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