“I was born in a decade when there was a general preconception that boys can do better in everything, especially business.”

Background

Born in 1964 in Iran, Maryam grew up in a country beset by revolution and war, by fear and hope. Despite the turbulence, Maryam managed to secure a degree in Russian from Tehran University. After university, by sheer determination and diligence, she harnessed her experience in the IT industry to establish her own business in 2003. She went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Business. Still the Managing Director at Adran, Maryam is also CEO of the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Iran; she is devoted to inspiring and enabling young women to be strong and successful in business, as she has been.

Interview

Q. How did you start carving our your own career path?

My BA major was in Russian, but I couldn’t find a job related to my degree in Iran. I started working, and by a method of trial and error, I found that I was interested in IT and in doing a Computing degree – this was how I chose my way.

Q. Could you give us some background regarding your career path previous to Adran Computer?

I began working when I was a Russian Language student at Tehran University. After a while, and thanks to my reliability and hardworking nature, I got several promotions and was offered to take shares in the establishment of a new company in the computer and IT industry. NedaPardaz Inc. was created in 1992 and I worked there as a founder, sales director and a member of the directors’ board. After 10 years of business experience, I was motivated to start my own production company in my country – the result was the establishment of my business, Adran Computer.

Q. What were the obstacles and challenges you faced when creating your own company Adran Computer?

When I set up Adran, I initially persevered with my share in NedaPardaz. But in 2006 due to economic issues, I had to sell that to invest in my own company. During these years I faced many challenges, such as the lack of any particular standard in this industry, the instability of the country’s general economy, little government support in production, and so on.

Q. How have you ensured the success of this business?

A. It depends on how you define success. In my opinion, success is not just about money. In other words, in my view it is about being satisfied with myself, my job, my co-workers. Iran was boycotted for many years and my company could overcome these limitations by producing different types of kiosk transactions.

Q. You have been Managing Director of Adran Computer for 12 years – in your opinion, what are the most important qualities in a successful Managing Director?

A. In my book, a manager should make the work atmosphere a friendly one by maintaining required discipline. They should also be empathetic, pragmatic, communicate well, know how to lead, and be well organised.

Maryam has been Managing Director of Adran since she founded it 12 years ago.

Maryam has been Managing Director of Adran since she founded it 12 years ago.

Q. Which achievements are you most proud of?

A. I was born in a decade when there was a general preconception that boys can do better in everything, especially business. I proved that gender is irrelevant to success. Moreover, I can say I took risks, while my partner is more prudent, so we reached a balance together.

At Adran, we are honoured to work for over 10 years across the country in ICT, with more than 1000 installations in several banks and 2000 installations in the Governmental offices such as the Ministry of Information and Technology, the Interior Ministry, the Energy Ministry, the Ministry of Road and Transportation, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Urban Development, the Education Ministry, the Ministry of Islamic Culture, Ministry of Industry and Mines, Agriculture, Justice, Universities, Fitness Clubs, Manufactories, Municipality, … .

Owning diversified models of indoor & outdoor kiosks (25 Models) and producing based on customers’ needs.

Q. You are CEO of the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Iran. What are your future ambitions, particularly with respect to the role of women in business in Iran?

A. My priority is transferring my experience to other women and girls; I want to see them become as successful as they really deserve. I want to see them in main positions in government.