Journeys: Meet our female leaders

Despite the challenges and against the odds these female leaders have risen to the top of their industries and never looked back. Here are their journeys.
orking late on a Friday in 2008, Wenche Agerup suddenly looked up and found herself alone in the office. Outside, the sun beat down on the sparkling glass and chrome of the Perth, Australia skyline. The office seemed extraordinarily hot and quiet. Read Wenche’s story
s a young university student, Berit Kristensen stopped by a job center in Norway, looking for employment. She didn’t really know what she wanted to do, so when an accounting position in a local plumbing company opened up, she thought, “Why not?” Read Berit’s story
aroline Htay walked through the airport in Yangon, Myanmar with money tucked into her shoes. It was 1999, and she was preparing to board an airplane for the first time in her life. Read Caroline’s story
erit Svendsen likes to end her days in the pool. She pushes off the wall and swims, arms and legs churning the cool water. Fifteen-hundred meters three times a week. The familiar motion of it soothes her. Stress and tension disappear in her wake. She has been swimming all her life. Read Berit’s story
uza Sabanovic’s father built bridges in Montenegro. He passed away while Ruza was just a small child, forever cementing her desire to become a construction engineer just like him. Telecommunications was the last place she’d ever expected to end up. Read Ruza’s story
eing a whizz-kid, Astrid knew that she wanted to pursue a career in maths. Heading up AI and Analytics in Telenor Research, she’s a strong advocate for attracting more girls to computer science. Read Astrids’s story
lready as a child, Muniza Siddiqui knew that she wanted to become an engineer. Hers is a story of challenging traditional mind-sets proving to others that woman can have a career in technology. Read Muniza’s story
urdana is a trailblazer who has carved out her own place in male-dominated industries. Here, she shares insights drawing from her three-continent-wide journey since starting her career more than a decade ago. Read Durdana’s story
he has no technical background. Nevertheless, she has the overall responsibility for the operation of Telenor Denmark’s entire network and IT systems and the 100 employees who ensure that everything works as advanced clockworks. Read Louise’s story