Finalists 2022

Our local judges had the impossible job to select the 5 shortlisted  nominees to compete in each award category. This year we received over 400 nominations across all Nordic countries. 
Thank you to all who nominated their Role models and Thank you to the nominees – we celebrate you today, tomorrow and every day. NWiTA’s goal is to feature your work and achievements and inspire more women to follow career path in tech and more people to see the importance of Mentorship.

Women in Tech advocate of the year

Recognizing an inspirational organization or person for their accomplishments as leaders in business and visionaries of technology who have made a difference in their community and have gone out of their way to support the cause of attracting more women in the tech industry over the last 24 months.

Ursula Koski
Senior Solutions Architect / Glamazon Nordics Leader, AWS | Finland

Jeanette Carlsson
Founder & CEO, Tech Nordic Advocates | Denmark

Kevin Bellinger
Director of Product Management,
Microsoft Corporation | Norway

Paula Gould
Co-founder, WomenTechIceland | Iceland

Binette Seck
Tech Leader & Co-Founder,
ChangersTech, powered by Changers Hub | Sweden

Rising star of the year

Recognises an up-and-coming tech professional in the last five years that has demonstrated exceptional creativity or ability within the industry; who is recognised by others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry and presents significant evidence of a promising future.

Sara Hjelvik
Head of Quality Assurance and Cyber Security,
Forte Digital | Norway

Rita Kerola
Head Of Commercial @ Budbee | Finland

Guðrún Valdís Jónsdóttir
CISO and security consultant,
Syndis | Iceland
Cecilie Amalie Andersen
Head of Customer Insights & Analytics, Trackunit | Denmark
Aida Lutaj
Co-Founder & CEO, Legitify | Sweden

Mentor of the Year

Awarded to honor a person who has provided significant support and guidance by empowering a less experienced person to develop his/her skills in an IT or Technological field. As a result, the mentee/pupil has achieved vital knowledge growth and results in their field.

Thorey Vilhjalmsdottir Proppe
CEO @ EMPOWER | Iceland

Stefani Erika Papadaki
CSO, Varig | Norway

Louise Salih on yellow background

Louise Salih
UX Design Manager,
Workday | Denmark

Kinga Grenda
CTO and co-founder,
Adsorbi AB | Sweden

Hanna Vartia
Hanna Vartia
 | Finland

Investor of the Year

An individual or organisation who has invested in female-led tech startups.

Camilla Andersson
Owner/Investor @ Andersson Invest AS | Norway

Sara Rywe
Partner @ byFounders | Denmark

 Crowberry Capital | Iceland

Mari Luukkainen

Principal @ | Finland

Nora Bavey

General Partner @ Unconventional Ventures | Sweden

Innovator of the Year

This category focuses on an individual or technology company who has created or implemented exceptional innovation/inventions, client successes, and deployment in the last 24 months.

Palak Sehgal
CTO and Co-founder @ Nordetect ApS | Denmark

Ingunn Henriksen & Ardis Rut Einarsdottir
Co – founders and owners @ Lilja app | Iceland

Dr. Miden Melle Hannah
Multi4 AB | Sweden

Fátima Sani
CEO & Co-founder @ xlQ | Norway

Piia Kuosmanen
Co-founder & CEO,
Velbi | Finland

Initiative of the Year

Awarded to honor an individual or organisations that has raised the bar and serves as an example to the industry and has also demonstrated exceptional initiative to show that women are a significant part of a tech project’s success. This could involve education, training, and various other types of campaigns.


Vertonet – organization of women in information technology | Iceland

INNO-SCI | Norway

EMMSTech | Sweden

Women in Tech Finland | Finland

Entrepreneur of the year

Is awarded to an individual, who is an owner or main shareholder of a tech start-up with significant growth over the last 36 months and who is ready to demonstrate a successful commercial plan in achieving their goals.

Malene Madsen
Co-founder & CEO @ | Denmark

Sonja Ängeslevä
CEO & Co-Founder @ Phantom Gamelabs | Finland

Wilma Emanuelsson
CEO and Founder,
iTrack Reading | Sweden

Helle-Vibeke Schütte
Founder & CEO @ Fraxx Interactive AS | Norway

Thorbjorg Helga Vigfusdottir
Kara connect ehf.| Iceland

Diversity leader of the year

This category focuses on a specific diversity initiative or project that has been established by organization or individual to promote diversity in IT in a specific company or for the wider community. Judges will assess the impact of this project and how successful it has been based on its tangible results in closing the gender gap and promoting diversity in tech.

Chisom Udeze
Founder @ HerSpace, Mettle & Diversify| Norway

Alondra Silva Muñoz
Director of Marketing @ Kaptio | Iceland

Margareta Kowalska
Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer,
SmartCoding Sweden AB | Sweden

Liva Echwald
Intentional | Denmark

Sara Shafiee
Co-founder and CEO/ Assistant Professor,
DivERS/ Technical University of Denmark | Denmark

Digital leader of the year

A person in a digital position within Tech industry, who has demonstrated successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 24 months.

Kaisa Salakka
Director, Consumer Product @ Wolt | Finland

Azra Osmancevic
CEO and Co-founder at Justic , Head of Business Development at Viaplay,
Justic AB and Viaplay Group Sweden AB | Sweden

Charlotte Blou Sand
True Energy | Denmark

Anna Karlsdottir

Anna Karlsdottir
Controlant | Iceland

Mette Stavland
VP of Engineering,
Laerdal Medical | Norway

Developer of the year

Is awarded to an individual who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the technological area of software development and has achieved or was a part of outstanding projects, and who has developed creative solutions to problems that were solved with code.

Kalpita Hugar
Senior Test Automation Engineer @ Signant Health| Finland

Elise Johnsen
Senior Consultant,
Netcompany | Norway

Marilag Dimatulac
Co-Founder & CIO @ Dewise | Denmark

Alice Heiman
Young Scientist,
AI Sweden | Sweden

Violette Rivière
Violette Rivière
Mobile Software Engineer @ Sidekick Health | Iceland