Women in IT Awards Ireland shortlist revealed

The Ireland edition of this year’s Women in IT Awards will be presented in an online ceremony on the 7th December, in the aim to recognise advocates, role models and allies that are looking to break down barriers for women in the tech industry.

The ceremony will be the fourth and final awards presentation in the series for 2021, following the UK and US editions, which commenced in June, and earlier this September respectively, with the Asia event happening in October.

According to a report by The World Bank, women make up less than 40% of the total global workforce, and despite diverse organisations being found to perform better, hire better talent and have more engaged employees, women remain widely underrepresented in IT roles.

These figures demonstrate the need for continued recognition of women in tech and their successes, which the Women in IT Summit and Awards Series has looked to facilitate since 2015.

The shortlist for this year’s Women in IT Awards Ireland is as follows:

Advocate of the Year

Julieanne Fleming, Deloitte Ireland
Nicaise Ishimwe, Amazon
Ezgi Orhan, Microsoft
Sapphire Duffy, Women Who Code / Kainos
Jennifer Cox, Tenable
Caroline O’Driscoll, Deloitte / iWish
Lorna McAdoo, Version 1
Arushi Doshi, Deloitte Ireland LLP
Nabanita Roy, SACI Worldwide

CIO of the Year

Lorraine McNerney, Ordnance Survey Ireland
Breda Corrigan, Mannings Construction Group
Lavinia Morris, KBC Bank Ireland

CTO of the Year

Dhanya Jayachandra, Unitek
Anne Quirke, Beaumont Hospital
Barbara McCarthy, Ding

Data Leader of the Year

Lorraine McNerney, Ordnance Survey Ireland
Meghana Rathi, IBM
Emily Kane, Ding
Maria Dolores Perez Garcia-Estan, Abtran
Sidra Bashir, Eagle Alpha
Shruti Bansal, BT Sourced
Caroline Goulding, TikTok
Dearbhaile Flinn, Deloitte
Patricia Rojas, ACI Worldwide
Sana Khan, National Broadband Ireland

DEI & Education Initiative of the Year

Diver(Se)curity Project, Cyber Women Ireland
Women on Wallsat DCU, Accenture
StartsWithAName, Version 1
Embrace Ireland, Cognizant
HR, Cognizant
The Positive Ability Network
Pathways, Version 1
Deloitte Ireland LLP

Digital Transformation Leader of the Year (sponsored by Google Cloud)

Anne Quirke, Beaumont Hospital
Neha Arora, Citi Group
Amy Pugh, Deloitte
Sarah Finn, Red Hat
Claire Acton, Deloitte
Lorraine Smyth, HSE
Emily Kane, Ding
Melanie Kiernan, Airbnb
Lavinia Morris, KBC Bank Ireland
Olivia Leonard, Mastercard

Employer of the Year (over 250 employees)

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LM Ericsson Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year

Elena Montes, Kill the Loop
Andrea Manning, CyberPie
Derya Sousa, Kianda Technologies

Innovator of the Year

Swati Sehgal, Red Hat
Lorraine Smyth, HSE
Gillian McMahon, Deloitte
Sandra Sousa de Almeida, ACI Worldwide

IT Team of the Year (led by a woman)

Suzanne McGee, Sage
Jacinta Linehan, Origin Enterprises plc
Niamh Corby, Office of the Revenue Commissioners
Charlotte Mulvey & Jing Ye, Revenue Commissioners ICTL
Joanne Cronin, Deloitte Ireland LLP
Noreen Curtin, HSE
Heather Campbell, Kainos

Male Ally of the Year

Jamie Rickard, Deloitte
Paul Kinsella, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Joe Gaffey, Ericsson

Next Generation Leader of the Year

Julieanne Fleming, Deloitte Ireland
Iretioluwa Akerele, University College Cork
Tara Reilly, Deloitte
Angelica Cullinan, KPMG
Kmla Sharma, HubSpot
Sidra Bashir, Eagle Alpha
Aoife Moloney, Red Hat
Cliodhna Connolly, Deloitte Ireland LLP
Niamh O’Brien, Fivetran
Carleen Hughes, Kainos

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Ezgi Orhan, Microsoft Ireland
Jennifer Cox, Tenable
Anju Joseph, ACI Worldwide

Security Leader of the Year

Andrea Manning, CyberPie
Elaine McConnell, Great West Life Europe
Abha Duggal, Lidl Ireland
Nicola Flannery, Deloitte Ireland LLP
Martina Costelloe, SMBC Aviation Capital

Tech For Good Award of the Year

Kalyani Pawar, Citi
Sidra Bashir, Eagle Alpha
Saylists, Accenture Interactive
Nandhini Haridas, John Sisk & Son
Jacinta Linehan, Origin Enterprises plc
Claire Sinnott & Daisy Grehan, Deloitte Ireland LLP
Pat O’Connor, VRAI
IAG Team, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Woman of the Year

Jeevantika Lingalwar, Microsoft
Sheetal Dash, Citibank U.K.
Joanne Buckley, Cognizant
Jennifer Cox, Tenable
Fidelma McGuirk, Payslip
Caroline O’Driscoll, Deloitte / iWish
Sidra Bashir, Eagle Alpha

To watch the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 7th December, register for a free place here.

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