From slum to Harvard: How one Microsoft director came up and sees digital revolution in Asia

Aug 9, 2017   |   Vanessa Ho

Growing up in a Philippine slum, Astrid Tuminez owned a single pair of socks she washed once a week and patched her worn shoes with lollipop wrappers to ward against the rain. Her life changed when Catholic nuns invited her to attend their school.

Tuminez later went to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is now Microsoft’s regional director for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs for Southeast Asia.

In Microsoft’s latest Asia Vision Series, Tuminez shares her personal history and views on how Asia’s digital revolution can solve inequities.

“We need policies to ensure that technology helps solve real problems, and that its benefits are spread more evenly across all levels of society,” she says.

Check out the video and go to Microsoft Asia News Center to learn more.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff