Cara Antoine, Capgemini’s newly appointed chief technology & innovation officer (CTIO) for Northern and Central Europe, brings three decades of corporate experience to her role. Notably, she is the first woman to hold the position of CTIO within the company. What are her goals for Capgemini, her personal mission and her ideas for empowering women in the tech industry?

‘I still remember the day I fell in love with technology and science. As a young girl, I was already captivated by stories of women like Grace Hopper, Jane Goodall and Amelia Earhart – pioneers in computer science, primatology and aviation, respectively. But it was a seemingly unfortunate incident involving my brother and a radio that really sparked my deep fascination with technology. We were playing a bit recklessly and the radio crashed to the ground, shattering to pieces. While my brother fretted over being punished for what had happened, I couldn’t help but marvel at the intricate circuitry inside. That moment ignited a curiosity in me that would shape my entire career.’

Meet Cara

Improving lives

‘At 14, I enrolled in an electrical engineering class, where I was taught how to creatively connect wires, secure them onto circuit boards, and bring the speakers to life. I was the only girl in the room, but my teacher told me, “I believe in you”. His empathy and empowerment hooked me on technology. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to become a role model myself and inspire others, especially women, to pursue careers in tech. This is in line with the personal mission statement I came up with twenty years ago and that has guided my path ever since: I am driven to transform and improve both people's lives and the planet.’ 

‘This is why leadership, to me, is not about personal glory; it’s about leaving a lasting legacy by positively transforming the environment for others and improving their lives. Every project or role I take on aligns with this conviction. At an international oil company, for instance, I improved people’s lives by leading the digitization of offshore assets, enhancing safety and reducing risks for workers in the hazardous oil and gas industry. And at an IT multinational, I contributed to the development of the ‘Seeing AI’ app, helping individuals with visual impairments to gain greater independence in their daily lives.’

Three goals

‘Six months ago, I joined Capgemini. I see my role here as the culmination of my journey so far. I work with very diverse clients across many industries, urging them to embrace a Society 5.0 mindset, keeping humans at the center of transformation. I help them transform themselves to fit this current era, which is characterized by the integration of digital technology into various aspects of society, and by the belief that this tech should serve the betterment of both humanity and the planet. My role, in short, is to steer individuals and organizations towards people-centric transformation, as well as the agility and resilience needed to thrive in today's world.’ 

‘This pathway to a profound and positive impact of technology, requires attention to the heart: I always try to connect with the people involved, earn their trust and empower them to drive change. This remains a fundamental part of my approach today. At Capgemini, I’ve set three goals for myself. First, to help make ‘my’ region the most innovative in the world. Second, to offer excellent integrated solutions by breaking down organizational silos and fostering collective innovation. And third, to improve diversity within our own organization, inviting individuals from diverse backgrounds to join our ranks.’

Inclusive and innovative

‘Improving diversity is a passion of mine; I actively support women and other underrepresented groups. Outside of Capgemini, and as a volunteer, I mentor individuals through programs like Hello Mentor, which helps students transition from university to their careers. Also, I serve as the Chairwoman of the Board at the Dutch branch of Women in Tech, and engage with this global movement as a visible role model and mentor. There are still way more men in tech and women frequently encounter prejudices – sometimes subtle biases, sometimes open discrimination. I’ve often been unjustifiably questioned, ignored and belittled myself. But I have also found much support and allyship, and I do think change is possible.’

‘Both women and men can bring about that change. For example, by lifting women up, ensuring they are heard, and amplifying their accomplishments. Men should act as allies, women should stop downplaying their own achievements, and both groups should diversify and mix their networks. You don't need to hold a top position in an organization to break down barriers and help others progress. In fact, everyone’s effort is essential to making the tech world as inclusive and innovative as possible. People drive change. So, let’s all strive to be role models!’

job alert

Discover our latest vacancies