Meet UK's 80 female technology leaders of tomorrow

01 June 2020 5 min. read

80 women have been named a ‘Future Star of Tech’, of which around 20 work in the consulting industry.

As it stands, women occupy just 16% of IT jobs in the UK and make up less than 14% of CIOs, less than 10% of CEOs at technology companies and less than 5% of board directors at technology firms. With the aim of contributing to the drive towards improved female representation in UK’s technology scene, ‘Future Stars of Tech’ launched two years ago.

According to the alliance, backed by business-technology website Information Age, there is no more exciting industry to be part of today than technology, but despite all efforts, female participation remains low. This lack of diversity is having “critical implications on innovation and decision-making, and paints an off-putting image for young women thinking of joining the industry at a time when a digital skills shortage” exists across the country.

By identifying and promoting the industry’s top female professionals, Future Stars of Tech seeks to create a positive force, by encouraging young people to follow in their footsteps and stimulating companies to recognise their female rising stars and nurture them into senior leadership.
Meet UK's 80 female technology leaders of tomorrowFollowing a national search process, eighty female professionals with less than eight years of experience have been shortlisted for the grand finale of the Future Stars of Tech awards, which will take place at the end of September. A considerable chunk of the future leaders work at consultancies, with the likes of Accenture, Arup, Deloitte, DMW Group, EY, KPMG, PwC, IBM, Publicis Sapient and ThoughtWorks all seeing their talent represented.

An overview of the women named a Future Star of Tech 2020:

Future Star: AI and Machine Learning

A woman who has demonstrated strong results in AI and machine learning.

Caryn Tan – Accenture
Chandini Jain – Auquan
Chelsea Chen – Emotech
Daphne Coates – IBM
Emily Foges – Luminance
Emily Ireland-Jones – IBM
Larissa Suzuki – Oracle Corporation / UCL
Love Oyeniran – LRO Consults

Future Star: CTO

A woman who demonstrates signs that she will one day become a successful CTO.

Arteesha Bosamia – Dentsu Aegis Network
Eleonora Balaoura – IBM
Ioana Nistoreanu – JPMorgan
Rhiannon Lawson – GDS

Future Star: Developer

A woman who has been part of a successful development project that has been rolled out.

Alice Stamp – Arup
Anouska Hopkins – Apolitical
Jay Hoang – Revolent Group
Kajsa Eriksson Rosenqvist – OQC
Katy Hughes – C5 Alliance
Nicola Richards – Fujitsu
Rajinder Kaur – Directline Group (Greenflag)
Syrine Boujnah – JPMorgan

Future Star: Diversity Advocate

A woman who is helping improve diversity in their organisation, or in the wider tech industry.

Ally Andrews – Broadplace Advertising
Ayshea Robertson – Zen Internet
Gabriella Isijola-Ajao – BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Isla Featherstone-Clark – Amazon Web Services
Olivia Hake – DXC
Regina Oladipo – PwC
Sophie Theen – Oakam
Tarneet Kaur Dhesi – Deloitte

Future Star: Public Sector

A woman who has shown outstanding ability in driving tech initiatives in the public sector.

Nicola McCabe – KPMG
Pilar Odriozola – KPMG
Rhiannon Lawson – GDS
Yvonne Teng – Accenture

Future Star: Tech for Good

A woman who is applying tech successfully to a social cause.

Benedetta Tagliaferri – The Information Lab
Connie O’Donnell – Oxford Nanopore Technologies
Emma Ridgway – ThoughtWorks
Fran Longstaff – Fika
Lahini Sivaganeshan – Oracle
Louise Tierney – SAM
Mansata Kurang – VR Revival
Pip Richardson – The Circle Line

Future Star: Tech Evangelist

An individual who is a thought leader in the technology landscape.

Caitlin Breeze – Onfido
Chanelle Pereira – Credit Suisse
Connie O’Donnell – Oxford Nanopore Technologies
Eleonora Balaoura – IBM
Iona White – DMW Group
Ivone Sima – Amazon-WholeFoods
Jazzmin Berry – CampaignHero
Nicole Fu – Nav.Marketing

Future Star: Automation

A woman who has demonstrated strong results in automation, including NLP, RPA and OCR.

Hina Raniga – KPMG
Lauren Pak – Accenture
Lucy Llewellyn – Sky Betting and Gaming
Naga Sravya Sakam – UST Global
Nishtha Jain – GlaxoSmith Kline

Future Star: Cyber Security Leader

A woman who is a leader in the cybersecurity landscape.

Arteesha Bosamia – Dentsu Aegis Network
Catherine Lagarde – Cloudreach
Emily May Jowett – Darktrace
Katie Bagley – JPMorgan
Laura Blackwell – Simply Business
Maureen Kendal – Cybercare
Zoe Mackenzie – ITV

Future Star: Data Leader

A female IT, technology or business professional with a strong track record in data technology.

Annika Geiger – Oracle Data Cloud
Haengeun Chi – KPMG
Jaya Vamadevan – St James’s Place Wealth Management
Jenny Law – JPMorgan
Nicola McCabe – KPMG
Omar Khan – NTTDATA
Sanaya Khambatta – IBM

Future Star: Data Scientist

A woman who has shown strong results in data science.

Bianca Ferri – Sparkbeyond
Elena Pedrini – Moneyfarm
Olimpia Onelli – EY (Ernst & Young)
Raphaelle Roffo – Arup

Future Star: Digital Leader

A woman who has contributed to a successful digital transformation initiative.

Adriana Katrandzhieva – ThoughtWorks
Camilla Sacchetto – Gibbs Hybrid
Fateha Majid – Biye Biye
Isabella Carra – Publicis Sapient
Jennifer Paybody – Clifford Chance Applied Solutions
Lokwing Yeung – Deliveroo
Megan Lovett – Hiring Hub
Paige Cook – BT

Future Star: IT Manager

An IT manager who has helped shine IT’s light across an organisation.

Francesca Boarolo – DMW Group
Nadia Caunhye – KPMG
Rituja Rao – Sparta Global