Mrs. Glennys Vora Kaltapau, a proud native of Ambae Island, has carved a remarkable path in the world of technology.

At 49 years old, married to a man from Pango Village on Efate, and a mother of one, her journey is one of dedication and passion.

Starting as a system administrator for the Finance Department in 2006, Mrs. Kaltapau spent six years developing her skills before being recruited by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) in 2014.

Since then, she has served as the System Administrator Manager, leading a team of five, including three women and two men.

In her role, Mrs. Kaltapau and her team oversee the data centre for all government departments in the country, ensuring smooth operations and security of critical systems.

Her journey to this leadership position began with a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Engineering and Electronics from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia in 1996.

Despite coming from a family of nurses, Mrs. Kaltapau told the Vanuatu Daily Post that she discovered her passion for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) during her Year 13 at Matevulu College in Santo, where computers were begin to introduce to students.

While the Information Technology (IT) community in Vanuatu is predominantly male, Mrs. Kaltapau emphasise that the IT community in the country is very supportive.

However, she acknowledges the challenges of the job, including its demanding nature and the need to always be ready to attend to solve unforeseen issues.

Yet, it’s the ever-changing landscape of technology that keeps Mrs. Kaltapau motivated. “Although I graduated a long time ago, there is always something new to learn each day,” she says.

Encouraging other females in the ICT sector, Mrs. Kaltapau urges them to step out of their comfort zones, believing that they could inspire the next generation of women in tech.

“Maybe it is time for us to come out as we might never know, we could be an inspiration to a young lady out there who wants to pursue a career in IT,” she says.