Paula Alves, CEO of iBET, was interviewed on International Women’s Day for the national radio show “Holofote” (RTP / RDP International) about her career path on Biochemical Engineering and the importance of diversity and equality in Science.
Click here to listen the full interview (in Portuguese).
Selected interview highlights:
- Being an engineer is an attitude. Being an engineer is being someone who love problem solving.
- I have been privileged because I never felt discriminated in my professional life as a result of being a woman. At iBET and ITQB, for example, there are more women than men.
- During recruitment processes, excellence, competence and attitude are evaluated, not gender. Diverse environments, composed of both women and men, are much more productive, due to the different and complementary characteristics.
- As an international member of US National Academy of Engineering, one of my roles will be bridging the gap between academia and industry.
- For me, the most important thing is people. I want people to feel good, and fulfilled. And if, with this election for US NAE, I can stand as a role model, the election has already been worth it.