Sonia Bashir Kabir is leaving Microsoft after serving the American multinational technology firm for five years as managing director for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos.
Sonia will not be joining any other multinational technology firm. Rather, she has decided to focus on her own companies and startups across South East Asia where she has invested as an angel investor, sources said.
There is speculation that she may be starting a new deep tech venture with international investor backing.
The industry veteran will be helping the company with the transition process during this period.
An icon, Sonia is a role model for women and youth in the country.
She is highly respected in the business community and has advisory board roles in many universities.
Besides her role at Microsoft, she is also the founder of Tech Hubs (empowering rural communities with technology) and vice chairman and governing council board member of the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries.
Sonia is also a board member of Unesco's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education & Peace, vice chairman and co-founder of Fintech start up D Money and health start-up Syntec.