STEM Professional of the week



Maite Mandakovic      
IBM




Recognized among her peers as a leader who drives results and exhibits a great mix of product and technical understanding, Maite Mandakovic’s contributions to the field of cloud computing at IBM have been instrumental to the corporation’s current and future success.

Born in Spain to Peruvian parents, Maite’s multicultural life experiences and personal values contributed to her steady rise in the field of technology. She began her career over a decade and a half ago, as a Project Manager and Consultant with Tourism & Technology, Inc., where she implemented a web-based destination management system throughout Latin America. In 2000, she was hired by IBM, where she continues to be active in various program management assignments. During her tenure, Maite was brought in as a Program Leader for IBM’s Workloads on SmartCloud Infrastructure, tasked to build a team that would help transform IBM’s workloads into the cloud. Using IBM's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) technology to power their applications, she led the team that helped the corporation’s worldwide organizations embark on cloud transformation. Her team was instrumental in helping IBM’s business line launch new offerings in multiple industries across the world and in record time.

In 2014, Maite took on a new role as Executive Program Manager of Softlayer Delivery and Operations Integration Division. Maite is thrilled to have an active role in the revolutionary transformation that is taking place through cloud computing. Currently, she helps integrate Softlayer’s Operations and Delivery into the corporation with the highest level of integration quality.

Maite is an active member of IBM’s Hispanic Constituency activities, such as La Red for Women, La Red Familiar MBA - of which she is a founding leader- and Hispanic Diversity Champions. In 2011 she was selected as a member of the first team of IBM Smarter Cities Challenge in Latin America. Her team provided recommendations for the City of Guadalajara to be able to offer efficient services to their businesses and citizens. Maite’s recommendations centered on the development of an integrated IT platform and e-government system utilizing cloud technologies. Maite actively mentors members of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s and the Hispanic Information Technology Council, where she was recognized as one of the top 50 Hispanic Rising Stars in 2008 and 2009.

A member of the Society of Women Engineers, Maite currently resides in South Carolina with her husband Janko, and four children. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with an e-business emphasis with honors from Florida International University (FIU). She also has her Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from the same institution.



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