2015/02/15

Europe’s most inspiring female tech leaders named

Europe’s most inspiring female tech leaders named

Europe’s most inspiring female tech leaders named
Europe’s most inspiring female tech leaders named
Inspiring Fifty, a pan-European programme to identify the continents leading women in the technology sector, has identified 50 individuals who best showcase qualities as influencers, leaders and role models.
Amongst those making the grade from the UK are Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn, Unruly co-founder Sarah Wood and co-founder of Mr President and SheSays Laura Jordan Bambach. Picked out by a panel of judges including investors and representatives of tech firms such as Amazon they were deemed to embody the best-of –the-best.
Product of a year-long hunt the project saw professionals, journalists and social media followers invited to nominate women they felt to be the most inspirational.
Inspiring Fifty co-founder Janneke Niessen said:  “Many women in tech seeking female role models currently look towards the most visible, the headline-makers, like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer. However, as amazing as those women are, we felt there was a need to showcase the many accomplished, and all-too-often overlooked women in technology closer to home.”

Inspiring Fifty (Listed alphabetically)
Sophie Vandebroek, CTO, Xerox and Xerox Innovation Group, Belgium
Camilla Ley Valentin, CCO and Co-Founder, Queue-it, Denmark
Linda Liukas, Author & Co-Founder of Railsgirls, Finland
Amélie Faure, President, Augure, France
Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA, France
Catherine Barba, Founder, Catherine Barba Group, France
Céline Lazorthes, CEO and Founder, Leetchi, France
Geraldine Le Meur, Co-Founder, LeWeb, France
Jennifer Schenker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Informilo, France
Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder and Managing Director, W4, Women’s WorldWideWeb, France
Lara Rouyres, Founder and CEO, Selectionnist, France
Stephanie Hospital, Advisor, Board Member and Founder of One Ragtime, France
Claudia Helming, Founder & CEO, DaWanda, Germany
Colette Ballou, Founder & CEO, Ballou PR, Germany
Kerstin Günther, SVP Technology Europe, Deutsche Telekom Group, Germany
Stephanie (Steffi) Czerny, Managing Director, DLD Media, Germany
Stephanie Kaiser, Head of Studio, Wooga, Germany
Verena Delius, Co-Founder & CEO, Fox & Sheep, Germany
Elaine Coughlan, Co-Founder and General Partner, Atlantic Bridge Capital, Ireland
Louise O’Sullivan, Founder & CEO, ANAM Technologies Ltd., Ireland
Barbara Labate, Co-Founder, Risparmio Super (Super Saver), Italy
Paola Bonomo, Angel Investor and Independent Board Director, Italy
Corinne Goddign-Vigreux, Co-founder and Managing Director, TomTom NV, Netherlands
Marina Tognetti, CEO and Founder, Myngle, Netherlands
Neelie Kroes, Dutch politician & Former VP European Commission, Netherlands
Anita Krohn Traasett, CEO, Innovasjon Norge (Innovation Norway), Norway
Kristin Skogen Lund, Director General, NHO, Norway
Ola Sitarska, Co-Founder, Issue Stand and Makerland, Poland
Maelle Gavet, CEO, Ozon Holdings, Russia
Ana Maiques, CEO & Co-Founder, Neuroelectrics, Spain
Stina Ehrensvärd, Co-Founder & CEO, Yubico, Sweden
Gabriele Zedlmayer, Vice President & Chief Progress Officer, HP Worldwide, Switzerland
Demet Mutlu, Founder & CEO, Trendyol, Turkey
Alice Bentinck, Co-Founder, Entrepreneur First; Code First: Girls, UK
Avid Larizadeh, General Partner, Google Ventures; UK Lead, Hour of Code, UK
Belinda Parmar, Founder, Little Miss Geek; CEO, Lady Geek, UK
Joanna Shields, Investor and Digital Advisor to UK Prime Minister, UK
Judith Clegg, Founder and CEO, Takeout Consulting and The Glasshouse, UK
Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO, Mumsnet and Gransnet, UK
Karen Hanton, Investor and Former Founder of Top Table, UK
Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Decoded, UK
Laura Jordan Bambach, Creative Partner & Co-founder, Mr President and SheSays, UK
Martha Lane Fox, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur; Co-Founded Lastminute.com, UK
Nancy Cruickshank, Founder, MyShowcase.com, UK
Natalie Massenet, Founder, Net-a-Porter, UK
Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice-President EMEA, Facebook, UK
Sarah Wood, Co-Founder, Unruly, UK
Sherry Coutu, Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director, Investor and Advisor, UK
Dr Sue Black, Founder & CEO, Savvify; Mentor, Google Campus for Mums, UK
Wendy Tan White, Co-founder and CEO, Moonfruit, UK