Empowering the Next Generation: Michelle Ikum's Journey in ICT

 With nearly two decades of experience as a communications engineer in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, Michelle Ikum stands as a shining example of perseverance and dedication. At the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), Michelle's role as a numbering engineer is pivotal in ensuring that Papua New Guinea's national numbering plan adheres to global standards and aligns with the nation's ICT policies and regulations.

Empowering the Next Generation: Michelle Ikum's Journey in ICT [Photo by Australian High Commission PNG]

Yet, Michelle's impact extends far beyond her professional duties. As a staunch advocate of NICTA's Girls in ICT initiative, she devotes her time to inspiring young girls to pursue their passions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Whenever given the opportunity, Michelle imparts words of encouragement, emphasizing that with determination and hard work, anyone can excel in these fields.

Reflecting on her own journey, Michelle humbly shares, "If I can do it, anyone can." Her message echoes a universal truth: barriers are meant to be overcome, and dreams are within reach for those willing to chase them.

Michelle's story is not one of solitary achievement but of collective support and investment. With Australia's ongoing technical support and commitment to upskilling professionals like herself, Michelle thrives in her role, equipped with the tools to make a tangible difference in her community.

Yet, Michelle's vision extends beyond her own success. She firmly believes that positive change begins at home and advocates for early support and encouragement for the younger generation. By nurturing their talents and providing them with opportunities to grow, Michelle envisions a future where every individual can contribute meaningfully to society.

In Michelle Ikum's journey, we find not only inspiration but a call to action. Through her advocacy, mentorship, and unwavering commitment, she paves the way for a new generation of leaders in ICT, ensuring that the torch of progress continues to burn bright.

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