Nordic Women in Tech Awards Gala Ceremony
16:30 - 17:30 Doors open and Registration
17:30 - 17:40 Welcome by the hosts
Valenttina Griffin & Rasmus Bruun
Valenttina Griffin has more than 14 years of experience working with data in all its spectrum. She has led global teams on the matter and has experience both from the Food Processing and Financial Industries.
She is also the co-founder of WomenTechIceland which is an organization inspiring, supporting and empowering women to flourish in the technology sector.
Rasmus Bruun, a seasoned communications professional, excels in media relations, strategic communication, and public speaking. He's a natural self-starter, team builder, and motivator, known for his positive demeanor.
17:40 - 17:45 Plamena Cherneva, Co - founder of WonderCoders and Nordic Women in Tech Awards
Plamena Cherneva is an IT consultant, passionate entrepreneur and relentless Diversity and Inclusion advocate. She is a co - founder of NWiTA and WonderCoders, as well as a Board member of European Female Founder Network.
17:45 - 17:55 The First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid
Eliza Reid was born in 1976 in Ottawa and moved to Iceland in 2003. She is co- founder of the acclaimed Iceland Writers Retreat and a published author. Her first book, Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World, was published to critical acclaim in 2022. Eliza has degrees from the University of Toronto and Oxford University. In her capacity as First Lady of Iceland, she has been outspoken in promoting gender equality, tourism & sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation, and the country’s writers and rich literary heritage. Eliza works actively with Business Iceland on projects to promote Icelandic exports and the country as a destination.
17:55 - 18:00 Paula Gould, Co-founder of
WomenTechIceland and Founder of Float and Gather ehf.
Paula Gould is a go-to-market and growth strategy consultant, speaker and executive. She founded Float and gather ehf. in 2019 to create strategies for business growth, partnering with brilliant innovation companies internationally.
18:00 - 18:15 Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir
Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir was appointed Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation in Iceland in 2021. She was previously the Minister of Justice from 2019-2021. Born in 1990, Ms. Sigurbjörnsdóttir is the youngest female minister appointed in Iceland’s history and the youngest minister of Justice ever appointed in world history.
18:15 - 18:25 Hosts’ announcement
18:25 - 18:30Digital Leader of the year - Presented by Ellie King, Equal IT
18:30 - 18:35 Diversity Leader of the year - Presented by Natasja Bjørklund, Implement Consulting Group
18:35 - 18:40Developer of the year - Presented by Elsa Bjarnadóttir, PLAY airlines
18:40 - 18:45 Rising Star - Presented by Jarþrúður Ásmundsdóttir, Business Iceland
18:45 - 18:50Anne-Charlotte - Joubert, Board member of Women in Tech Gothenburg
EU funding leader connecting stakeholders to tackle societal challenges Anne-Charlotte Joubert is an expert in securing EU funding with over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary fields including research, innovation, environment, and energy. Her breadth of knowledge and expertise in European affairs positions her as a leader in the field.
18:50 - 19:00“Don't fill your cup first - do this instead”
Anna is a mindshifter helping entrepreneurs get out of firefighter mode and become the sustainable, proactive leaders they want to be.
19:00 - 20:15 Dinner
20:15 - 20:25Liva Eschwald Award - Presented by Plamena Cherneva
20:25 - 20:30Innovator of the year - Presented by Rita Hausken, CEO Shestainability
20:30 - 20:40Pooja Sousthanamath, SinIX group
Pooja is an engineer in the field of electromobility, contributing to the automotive industry's transition to sustainable transportation solutions. In addition, she co-founded and leads as the President of the board at the non-profit "Women in Tech - Gothenburg," championing the essential diversity of thought, perspective, and culture within the tech industry.
20:40 - 20:45Initiative of the year - Presented by Martin Gow, CEO SiNIX Group
20:45 - 20:50Women in Tech Advocate of the year - Presented by Ingibjörg Lilja Thórmundsdóttir, Helix Health/Origo and Board member, WomenTechIceland
20:50 - 21:00 Baddy Sonja Breidert, Co-founder 1xINTERNET
Baddý has been actively involved in the technology industry for the last decade. She is a co-founder of 1xINTERNET, an international digital software agency with headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
21:00 - 21:05Mentor of the year - Presented by Hadda Hreiðarsdóttir
21:05 - 21:10 Entrepreneur of the year -Presented by Esther Babasasa, Fletna
21:10 - 21:20 Mastery & Neurodiversity
Pernilla is a Malmö based teenage mom, horse lover and a Tech leader with 20+ years of international experience of working in the information security, it risk and risk management fields with a strong passion for creating a more gender equal, diverse and inclusive tech industry and a wider society. Most of her career she has been working as a consultant and have been heavily involved in driving the internal D&I agenda within her work space.