Durdana Achakzai

Photo of Durdana Achakzai - one of Hft's Trustees
Tell us a bit about your background

I’m a senior digital executive with over 15 years of senior leadership experience in global business and technology focused roles, including Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Telenor, and Global Head of Digital Portfolio and Programme Director for Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC. I’m an adviser to early stage startups and I make frequent speaker appearances at global conferences as a thought leader on digital transformation. I’m passionate about the potential of technology in solving real world problems and in getting us closer to a more equal world. I hold an MBA from Harvard Business School where I was a Fulbright Scholar.

What made you decide to become a Trustee for Hft?

I am excited by the potential of technology in solving real world problems. When Hft reached out to me and I spoke with Baroness Jolly, Robert and the management team, I was impressed by their calibre and dedication. It further sparked my interest in how my expertise in technology could help bring further efficiencies to the services that Hft provides to people with learning disabilities.