It’s What You’ve Been Waiting For: The Official 2022 Shortlist For Women Leading Tech Is Here!

It’s What You’ve Been Waiting For: The Official 2022 Shortlist For Women Leading Tech Is Here!
B&T Magazine
Edited by B&T Magazine

It’s our favourite time of the year, the shortlist for the third ever Women Leading Tech awards is here!

At B&T, we’re thrilled to share our shortlist of incredible entrants leading the tech industry to a more diverse and inclusive future.

The event will be an absolute cracker and we’re incredibly excited to celebrate all of our amazing nominees.

Now if you don’t have a ticket yet (how dare you!), you can still get them here – this year’s awards are happening on the 28th of April at the Sydney Town Hall.

A huge congratulations to all the amazing finalists – and if you didn’t make it this year, now is the perfect time to get cracking for your 2023 application!

Alright, that’s enough waffling on, here is B&T’s official 2022 Women Leading Tech shortlist:




Orro Group

Slalom Australia Pty Ltd

Stone & Chalk




Aurelia Harjono, Sparro

Diana Sepluveda, IBM Australia Ltd

Dominique Eden, Seer

Dr Rahil Garnavi, IBM Australia Ltd

Harmeet Kaur Sokhi, Thoughtworks

Kathryn Collier, Eliiza

Melanie Wuong Sze Shien, Quantium

Pip Karoly, Seer

Rosyll Xavier, Linktree

Sandhya Iyer, Latitude Financial Services

Somya Malviya, GroupM

Zehra Rizvi, WhyHive



Amanda Oakenfull, IBM Australia Ltd

Carla Keay, Adobe

Demelza Green, Patient Zero

Divya Panwar, Telstra

Hayley Smith, Yahoo

Hoda Mirzaeipoueinak, Finder

Jade Watson, GroupM

Kristen Pak, Hype & Dexter

Laura Mulligan, humm group

Louise O’Donnell, ReachOut

Sally Creber, VMware

Saranyah Shanmugam, Slalom Australia Pty Ltd



Brigitte Barta, Icon Agency

Candice Ong, AKQA

Cassandra Cox, Art Processors

Deanna Grindrod, Switch

Helen Whitehead, IBM Australia Ltd

Kathy Veloso, IBM Australia Ltd

Kim Bartkowski, IBM Australia Ltd

Michelle Schuberg, Curiious

Nancy Lee, T-shirt Ventures

Sally Hughes, IBM Australia Ltd

Sandy Jenkins, Millipede

Yihan Lin, Thoughtworks



Faezeh Marzbanrad, Monash University

Hannah Beder, Creatable

Michelle Colgrave, Edith Cowan University



Alexis Tyler, CitrusAd

Amanda Spencer, VMware

Dulini Mendis, Seer

Effy Elden, Thoughtworks

Elena Zagari, Wipro

Evelyn Chu, Matrak

Jue (Grace) Xie, Monash University

Nidharshi (Nish) Warusavitharana, Brighte

Niloofar Aliakbarzadeh, Advanced Mobility Analytics Group Pty Ltd

Rachael Jayne, Art Processors

Valerie Sandford, ARQ Group

Vicki Romanovski, Telstra



Angela Harbinson, The Separation Guide

Bronwyn Le Grice, ANDHealth

Danielle Owen Whitford, Pioneera

Jess Wilson, Good Things Foundation Australia

Kim Teo, Mr Yum

Maud Lindley, Serendis Leadership

Rachel Gately, Trellis Data

Sam Ramlu, M Theory

Sarah Neill, Mys Tyler

Simone Barker, Zebrar

Siobhan Savage, Reejig

Taylah Allen, triSearch



Amie Scruton, Art Processors

Ange Ferguson, Thoughtworks

Carol Chris, GB Group PLC

Cath Whitaker, SelfWealth

Julie Canepa, Cisco

Kelly Weideman, Evolt

Laura Henshaw , Keep it Cleaner

Melissa Fahey, hipages Group

Sarah La Roche, TRAVLR

Shamane Tan, Sekuro

Siobhan Savage, Reejig

Tracey Plowman, Bamboo Pty Ltd



Adrien Jarvis, Sharesies

Ana Norte, VMware

Azadeh Williams, AZK Media

Georgia Swanson, ARQ Group

Georgie Obst, HESTA

Kat Warboys, HubSpot

Katy Harrison, TikTok

Rachael Townsley, Quantcast

Stephanie Brown, Intuit

Stephanie Gillies, Trustpilot

Sue Lau, CHEP Network

Vanessa Wolff, Australian Broadcasting Corporation



Davinia Simon, Stax

Helen Xenofontos, Adobe

Jane Beck, Slalom Australia Pty Ltd

Jyo Shukla, ActiveXchange

Kate Toon, Stay Tooned

Laura Mulligan, humm group

Lauren Hammacher, Quantium

Lisa Lie, Half Dome

Mahsa McCauley, She Sharp Charitable Trust and AUT

Mari Kauppinen, The Marketing Practice

Minsun Collier, MediaCom

Stephanie Famolaro, The Trade Desk



Aeirin Fabella, News Corp Australia

Ang Crilley, Telstra

Asha Potla, Soprano Design

Cathy Arnold, SEEK

Emily Chen, Iress

Jo-Ann Chung, WLTH

Kara Smyth, Nurch PTY LTD

Marianne Hawkins, Initiative

Dr. Mercedes Paulini, ReadyTech

Pauline Thomas, Macquarie Cloud Services

Ruby Kolesky, Joyous

Samantha Konieczka, Orro Group



Belinda Sheehan, IBM Australia Ltd

Jaqi Haworth, Orro Group

Kate MacAlpine, Domain

Nikki Kovacevic, Aussie Broadband

Pearl Myers, IBM Australia Ltd



Aimee Gossage, Quantcast

Batoul Peters, Twitch

Elisa Kelsall, TikTok Australia

Jessica Miles, Integral Ad Science

Kali Guillas, The Trade Desk

Lamia Lee, Lucid

Maddison McMahon, Quantcast

Michelle Gibson, VMware

Orsi Toth-Pal, Yahoo

Preeta Jadhav, VMware

Savannah Ross, Rakuten Advertising

Yasmin Sanders, Samba TV


And of course a massive thank you to our incredible judges:



Abigail Charlesworth, AKQA

Adele Bernard, Talkwalker  

Aldeida Aleti, Monash Uni  

Anais Read, Assisterhood 

Angela Goodsir , Thinkly  

Ani Moller, Myer

Ann Nicholson, Monash 

Anna O’dea, Agency Iceberg 

Anny Havercroft, TikTok

Ayaan Mohamud, Impact.Com 

Bernie Johnson, Adrenalin Media 

Brady Dennett, Woolworths At Work 

Brittany Kury, BPAY Group 

Charis Kumpula, AKQA

Christina Gerakiteys, Singularity Australia 

Clare Dlugosz, Mediacom 

Denise Mccormack, Hatched Media  

Elise Krucler, Cash Rewards  

Elise Stitt, Finder

Gareth Tomlin, Paramount

Gayle While , Dentsu 

Georgia Woodburne, Inskin Media 

Georgina Wall (Georgie), Resolution Digital  

Gillian Guerin, Ipsos 

Heidi Savva, VMware 

Inbal Costis, Outbrain 

Jane King, Cartology  

Jo Jones, Commbank 

Julie Cooper , Azk Media 

Juliet Mackenzie, Zip 

Kate Mcbean, New Corp 

Kath Blackham, VERSA 

Kath Usabal , Vision6 

Kim Chandler Mcdonald, Flat World Integration Pty ltd. 

Kshira Saagar, DoorDash

Lauren Bigland, Media Math  

Le Tran , Dropbox 

Leanne Cartwright-bradford, Audible 

Mary Proulx, One Green Bean 

Megan Mulia, Data Action  

Melinda Petrunoff, Pinterest  

Michelle Hutchison, Finder 

Natalie Ranki-Goldman, ROKT 

Nicole Stirling, ACQUIA 

Olia Mcdonald, Resolution Digital  

Paul Bailey, Tourism Australia 

Prof. Sarah Pink , Monash Uni  

Rachael Townsley, Quantcast 

Rachel Page, Yahoo  

Rachida Murray, Sparkfoundry 

Rashell Habib, Paramount

Rebecca Den Braber, Hatched Media  

Richard O’sullivan, Inmobi  

Ryan Menezes, Groupm 

Sally A Illingworth, Lamps Media  

Sally Marsden, Cash Rewards  

Sarah Keith, Involved Media 

Sarah Liu, The Dream Collective 

Sarah Sullivan , Linkedin 

Sharon Gray, The Spec Sheet 

Simon Hickox , Seismic  

Simone Archbold , Kasada  

Smitha Virik, TEAM LEWIS 

Sue Collier, Igodirect Group  

Suzanne Croxford, AKQA

Tweety Li , Dynata  

Yolande Strengers, Monash Uni  

Yun Yip , Foxcatcher  

Zoe Johnson, Wooliesx 


Wow! That was a lot of names. If there are any spelling errors or changes to make, please contact by close of business April 14th – there’s nothing worse than having a misspelled trophy displayed on your mantlepiece/bookshelf/windowsill above the toilet.

Find out more about the Women Leading Tech Awards HERE.

Tickets to the awards are now on sale HERE.

Early bird tickets end: Wednesday 30 March 2022

As an initiative created to support gender parity and representation across the tech industry, Women Leading Tech is an event inclusive of non-binary and gender diverse members of the tech industry, as well as any individual identifying as a woman.

Thank you to our Women Leading Tech sponsors:



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