Woman of the Year Award

Awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.


Felicia Meyerowitz Singh





Felicia Meyerowitz Singh, CEO, Akoni

On setting up her own finance business in India, Felicia identified a lack of resources available to SMEs and that banks didn't offer decent interest rates to small businesses. This inspired Akoni – a digital cash management tool, specifically for smaller businesses, investors and charities. Felicia is dedicated to gender diversity in finance and technology, which is why she founded a “Female Founder” group offering mentorship to young female entrepreneurs and dedicates her time to promoting gender equality. Her passion for helping small businesses thrive and succeed is what made her truly stand out to the judging panel.

Academic Award – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

Awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.

Apala Majumdar




Dr Apala Majumdar, Reader in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, OCIAM Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and member of Advanced Studies Centre, Keble College, from Bath, who was promoted to "Readership" in 2013 - a permanent position with research, teaching and leadership responsibilities. She specialises in Liquid Crystals and has published over 40 papers to date. Apala inspires female researchers globally through mentorship and female-empowerment events



Runners up

Dr Adelina Ilie, Reader in Nanoscience, University of Bath

Shakira Asghar, Head of Design and Technology, Ashlawn School

The One to Watch Award – sponsored by Computacenter

Awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.

Leslie Sarango Romero


Leslie Sarango Romero, Student, Harris Academy Bermondsey, from London, who created a virtual reality game called Eduscape that can be downloaded as an app, and helps teens develop their interest in mathematics

Runners up

Aoibheann Mangan, Student, Mt St Michael Secondary school

Laurelin Chase, Student, Clacton County High School

Avye Couloute, Student, Bishop Gilpin


The Apprentice Award

Awarded to a young woman apprentice who is a game-changer and is excelling in her early career.

Tiffany Cooksley


Tiffany Cooksley, Software Engineer, CGI, from Gloucester, who played a significant role in ensuring one of the highest client satisfaction scores of 9.8/10 at CGI and has been promoted three career grades in just four years.

Runners up

Emily Tomlinson, Trainee IS Security Coordinator, Northumbrian Water

Chloe O'Shea, Technology Consulting Brightstart, Deloitte


Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems

Awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

Mahek Vara



Mahek Vara, Founder and CEO of Code Camp, from Harrow, who founded the charity when she was just 16 years old and studying for A-Levels. Code Camp provides children from all walks of life with the opportunity to learn how to code. Now 18, she has already helped teach more than 70,000 children in India, alone, how to code

Runners up

Tasha Morrison, Solution Architect Graduate, Whitbread

Clare McKeever, Software Engineer, PwC



Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI

Awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.

Esther Kieft



Esther Kieft, Former Product Owner at Lloyds Banking Group, from London, who completed the graduate scheme as a top performer after having delivered impressive strategic digital initiatives. She is now responsible for designing the mobile and tablet banking experience for over 10 million mobile users.

Runners up

Monique Ho, Innovation Exchange Lead, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Melissa Dunn, Head of Digital Product Development, Sainsbury's Argos

Kar Lok Chan, Technical Architecture Manager, Accenture

Samantha Charles, Director, Float Digital

Rebecca Ellul, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Digital & Tech Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


Software Engineer Award – sponsored by NATWEST

Awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering and has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.

Pae Natwilai



Pae Natwilai, CEO and Founder of Trik, from London, who designed software to help engineers inspect large structures using drones, by turning photos into 3D models. Throughout her career, Pae has also become a vocal advocate for programmes that support women in tech.


Runners up

Hannah Bird, Senior Squad Manager (Platform Engineering), Lloyds Banking Group

Nelly Kiboi, Software Engineer, American Express

Nadine O'Hagan, Senior Software Engineer, PwC


Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express 

Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success and is leading a team of up to 100 employees.

Sally Bogg



Sally Bogg, Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett University, from Leeds, who left school at the age of 17, before returning to education as a mature student at the age of 25, with three young children. As the first of her family to attend university, she inspired her children and husband into further education. She now leads the university’s Unified Service Delivery Model, which delivers support services to 2,900 staff members and 28,000 students, as well as leading the Student Women in Leadership initiative.

Runners up

Edel Owen, CTO BUK Ventures, Barclays Bank

Janine Hughes-Griffiths, Director of Service, CGI

Ranjeet Ruprai, Technical Team Lead, Experian

Jasleen Budhiraja, Assistant Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Shilpa Shah, Director Technology Consulting, Women in Technology Lead, Deloitte MCS


Entrepreneur Award - sponsored by IBM iX

Awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology-related venture (over 24 months old)

Joanne Smith



Joanne Smith, CEO and Founder of Recordsure, from London, who left the comfort of an international corporate job and, despite having little technology expertise, founded Recordsure. The business now helps institutions collect and review the thousands of customer conversations that take place daily, to increase customer care and transparency.


Runners up

Colleen Wong, Founder, Techsixtyfour

Kim Nilsson, CEO, PIVIGO

Helen Mitchell, Co-Founder, Blukudu Ltd


Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti 

Awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.

Maureen Biney



Maureen Biney, Software Engineer at American Express, from Burgess Hill, who is inspiring the next generation of female developers. She supports coding clubs at schools, and the CODE GIRLS program in West Sussex. Maureen helped improve healthcare in Ghana by developing a system which stores life-saving patient information and is now implemented at four hospitals.

Runners up

McCall Dorr, Innovation Strategy Director, Experian

Megha Prakash, Co-Founder & CEO, Earthmiles (GMS Partners Ltd)


Leader Award - sponsored by BP 

Awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation, leading over 100 employees and making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.

Amy Chalfen



Amy Chalfen, Global Service & Delivery Director at Experian, from Penn. She leads a team that ensures successful software implementation for the world's largest financial institutions, insurance providers, and telecom companies. Since joining, Amy has helped the Decision Analytics sector of the business achieve 12% growth and $700million in global revenues.


Runners up

Angela Maragopoulou, Global Head of IOT / UCC Operations, Vodafone Group Services Limited

Deborah O'Neill, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Ana Perez, Senior Director, Consulting, Oracle

Marianne Breen-Hart, Program & Project Mgmt Associate Director, Accenture

Sharon Moore MBE, CTO for Government, IBM


Male Agent of Change Award - sponsored by VMware 

Awarded to a male agent of change for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

Jim Bichard



Jim Bichard, Partner, UK Insurance Leader at PwC UK, from London. He introduced key diversity initiatives to empower colleagues, including the “Back to Business” programme for returning mothers and the Women in Technology initiative. He also leads mentoring programmes aimed at helping high-potential female talent progress into senior roles

Runners up

Phillip Neal, Digital Workplace Director, BP

Jonathan Pritchard, Reader in Astrostatistics, Imperial College London

Phill Wallace, Managing Director, Oracle Business Group


International Inspiration Award

Awarded to an individual based outside of the UK, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

Mujde Esin



Mujde Esin, Founder and Director of KizCode - a Social Enterprise which empowers young women in underprivileged communities through education technology and coding workshops. Since the platform was established in 2016, it has taught coding and technical skills to over 5000 girls and young women.

Runners up

Adriana Bianca, Biofuels CIO and Ethics and Compliance Leader, BP

Jessie Haugh, Head of Research and Development, The Ablegamers Charity