In the rapidly evolving technology landscape, diversity and inclusion are more crucial than ever. Srijay Ghosh, the founding member and chief revenue officer at Temus, a digital transformation services firm headquartered in Singapore, brings a wealth of experience and insights to the table.  Srijay oversees the execution of Temus’ vision-to-value proposition and is responsible for all revenue-related and client-engagement segments of the organization, ecosystem outreach and mergers & acquisition (M&A). With a background in engineering and a stint in Silicon Valley, Ghosh’s journey has been shaped by a deep understanding of how technology intersects with human behaviour.

In this conversation with Collective for Equality, Srijay shared his perspective on diversity, inclusion, and transparency in the tech sector. By prioritizing fairness, inclusivity, and accountability, we can create a more equitable and thriving ecosystem where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Srijay’s vision for the future of tech is not just about advancing technology but also about empowering individuals and driving positive societal change.

Srijay’s diverse experiences have all been in a self-pursuit to drive societal impact through his various roles. He is passionate to shape Temus as a living lab where everyone is empowered to drive societal change with tech towards serving their purpose and where the talent of tomorrow is nurtured.

Vision for Inclusive Technology

Srijay’s vision for Temus revolves around a consulting-led approach to drive transformative projects. He highlighted the importance of having the human element while harnessing the power of technology. “I strongly believe that keeping the human in the loop, as you think about technology, is extremely important for the technology to create the impact that it was set out to do,” says Srijay. His commitment to inclusivity extends beyond mere rhetoric; it’s ingrained in the very fabric of Temus’ operations.

When asked about the gender gap in the tech sector and the hurdles faced by women in securing funding, Srijay advocates for a collective approach. “It’s not about one company and what one company does to solve a problem. It’s really the ecosystem, the industry working together to solve this problem,” he asserts. He identifies fairness and inclusivity as key pillars in addressing gender equality and emphasized the importance of transparency and equal opportunities for all, through workplace policies and organizational culture.

Highlighting the potential of technology to enable equality, Srijay cites examples of transparent information systems driving fairness and gender parity within organizations. He also underscores the need for inclusivity in organizational values and decision-making processes, emphasizing that it starts from the top.

Promoting Transparency and Accountability

Srijay shared that an organisation that promotes  transparency and accountability builds trust with employees and external stakeholders. Having a whistleblower policy is not just a reporting channel but ensuring that all voices are heard without fear. “One policy that I pay very close attention to in some of the companies that I’ve seen is a whistleblower policy,” Srijay remarks. He underscores the importance of trust and respect within organizational frameworks, emphasizing the need for employees to feel empowered to speak up without fear of retribution. He believes that a strong whistleblower policy fosters a culture of transparency and accountability, essential for organizational integrity.

The Role of Men as Allies

As a male leader, Srijay acknowledges the pivotal role men play in promoting gender parity in the workplace. He stresses the importance of a mindset shift, framing gender equality as a human issue rather than a women’s issue. By understanding the challenges that women face and providing the right support to them, men can become effective allies. He believes that creating a culture of inclusivity and respect starts with small everyday actions and decisions.

Srijay shares insights into initiatives like Temus’ Step IT Up program, designed to empower women by providing them with opportunities for professional training and development to secure a career in the tech industry. He highlights success stories of women who have transitioned from non-technical roles to becoming skilled technology developers and digital analysts through this program. He believes that creating environments where individuals feel valued and empowered is crucial for fostering diversity and driving innovation.