Finalists 2023

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.

Laura Addison
AWS re/Start lead – UK&I and Nordics
| Finland

Marianne Andersen
CEO CoInsights APS, Founder High5Girls
| Denmark

Margaux Ledieu
Senior Data Scientist | Norway

Helena Sveinborg Jonsdottir
| Iceland

Gertrude Westrin
Developer Advocate at Qlik | 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.

Claudia Antwi-Adjei Hedegaard
Strategic Advisor at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) | Norway

Olesja Hännikäinen
Innovation and Experience Designer at Accenture’s Metaverse Continuum Business group
| Finland

Safa Jemai
CEO, Founder Víkonnekt
| Iceland
Barbara Isaksen 
Senior AI Solution Manager at KPMG NewTech
| Denmark
Wilma Emanuelsson
CEO and Founder of iTrack Reading
| 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.

Þorbjörg Sæmundsdóttir
Director of Finance at CCP
| Iceland

Ragnhild Aaraas Hånde
Senior Software Developer at Forte Digital | Norway

Dorthe Marie Kristiansen
Marketing and Communication Director at Signicat | Denmark

Binette Seck
Democratizing Tech & Co-Founder ChangersTech | Sweden

Outi Sivonen
CHRO at Solita | Finland

Investor of the Year

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

Camilla Andersson  | Norway

Investor - Unconventional Ventures DK

Unconventional Ventures | Denmark

Hrönn Greipsdóttir
CEO Nýsköpunarsjóður atvinnulífsins | Iceland

Joo Sundström
CEO and Founder, Vera Invest
| Sweden

Janiina Kauppinen
Vender Capital | Finland

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.

Farah Shiraz
Chief Scientific Officer at
| Denmark

Joice Ozaki
Senior Product Manager at Controlant
| Iceland

Stephanie Mazzotta
Innovation Lead at Wallenius Wilhelmsen | Sweden

Maia Sognefest
Product Manager at DNB Bank ASA | Norway

Tove Mylläri
Team Lead Experiments & Collaborations at Finnish Broadcasting Company – Yle | 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.

ReDI School for Digital Integration Aarhus | Denmark

/sys/tur Nemendafélag | Iceland

Lalla Coulibaly
Founder and CEO of Daba | Norway

DAYA Ventures | Sweden

Laura McGrath
Co-Founder and CEO of Lola&Lykke
| 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.

Jette Larsen 
CEO and Founder Minplan
| Denmark

Annu Nieminen
Founder and CEO of The Upright Project | Finland

Sandra Wirström
Co-founder & CPO LEIA Health AB | Sweden

Gabriella Bossman
Co-Founder Sustie
| Norway

Margrét Anna Einarsdóttir
Founder & CEO Justikal | 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 and CEO Diversify | Norway

Ellen Ýr Aðalsteinsdóttir
CHRO Reykjavik Energy Group | Iceland

Despina Stamkou 
SmartCoding Sweden AB | Sweden

Develop Diverse | Denmark

Iida Loukkaanhuhta
CEO at Junction | Finland

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.

Ilona Ylinampa
Deputy Managing Director of Fujitsu Finland & Estonia
| Finland

Karola Xenia Kassai
CEO KassaiLaw | Sweden

Jennifer Montague
Vice President of Growth at Onomondo | Denmark

Adeline Tracz
Digital transformation leader at Landspitali University Hospital | Iceland

Julia Paulsen
Director of eCommerce Nordics at Elkjøp Nordic AS | 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.

Anjana Sinha
Sr.Developer in Accenture Song Finland
| Finland

Sara Bergman
Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft | Norway

Nanna Bach Munkholm
Founder & CTO Roccai | Denmark

Jonah Andersson
Developer, Cloud & DevOps Engineer Lead, Senior Azure Consultant | Sweden

Violette Riviere

Lead Mobile Developer at

Sidekick Health | Iceland

Liva Echwald Awards

Is awarded to honor and keep alive the legacy of our beloved Liva Echwald, who left us too early.
A nominee in this category are, just like Liva, a mentor, a role model and relentless Diversity and Inclusion advocate, coaching young founders and showing women that nothing is impossible.

Kamilla Sultanova | Finland

Wenche Frederiksen | Norway

Jenifer Clausell | Denmark

Lauri Robbins Ericson | Sweden

Achola Otieno | Iceland