Several figures from the tech scene have been honoured by inclusion in WeAreTheCity’s 100 Rising Star list.
The awards showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and aim to create female 100 role models across different industries and professions.
The awards were entered by over 1,000 individuals and assessed by a panel of over 40 independent judges. More than 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.
Those recognised are seen as potential future entrants to WeAreTheCity’s flagship TechWomen100 Awards.
WeAreTheCity support women’s careers and helps firms attract, retain and develop female talent through conferences, events and awards.
The 2020 winners include the tech figures below. The full list can be accessed here.
Arteesha Bosamia, Dentsu Aegis Network
Arteesha Bosamia joined Dentsu Aegis Network in 2018 as an Information Security Analyst, where she has been a key contributor to many projects, including a successful security awareness campaign.
She was promoted to Internal Security Assurance Lead in September 2019, now with the responsibility of building an internal assurance function from the ground up. She is well recognised for her outreach work for young people in STEM.
Caryn Tan, Accenture
Caryn Tan is a key leader in Accenture’s Responsible AI practice, which creates practical applications of AI that incorporate mitigating ethical and social concerns of the technology.
She works with Accenture’s major regions to build capabilities to responsibly handle AI deployments, and trains leaders globally through intensive two-day workshops. She established and maintains a vibrant global community who are enthusiastically advancing the work.
Daphne Coates, IBM
Upon joining the graduate scheme at IBM, Daphne Coates became an application developer before moving on to lead the largest public sector work stream for digital security, pioneering new ground for an area of business previously untouched.
She also works as an AI bias subject matter expert, advising bids, projects and IBM research how they can pioneer ethical AI, as well as presenting on the subject at various virtual and physical events.
Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee, BAE Systems
Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee was offered a role at BAE Systems in 2014 as a Flight Systems Engineer. Her role involved designing, developing and supporting a range of aircraft flight systems.
Following a year of maternity leave in 2018, she returned to work upon future generations of combat aircraft.
Patricia Keating, Tech Manchester
As the executive director of Tech Manchester, an incubator for early stage tech start-ups in the North West, Trish Keating aims to help founders reduce the costs of launching their businesses and to help them find ways to operate that are both smarter and leaner. This is provided by a host of support initiatives, including business skills workshops, a structured mentoring programme, non-executive director development and backed up by a variety of online resources.
Now in its third year, Tech Manchester’s mentoring programme supports hundreds of start-ups in the Manchester area, and collaborates on a mentoring level with key stakeholders including The Growth Company, Salford University, and Manchester Entrepreneurs Student programme. This year has also seen the launch of ‘Women in Linux’ alongside Tech Equity, a social mobility career programme for women living in some of the most underprivileged wards in Greater Manchester.
Ivana Skerlikova, Atos
Atos X is an annual ‘TED style’ speaking competition Ivana Skerlikova started in 2016 where the top 10 UK graduates and apprentices work with mentors to develop their presenting skills and create inspiring talks. Over 10,000 employees have watched Atos X talks.
She also recently launched Atos Green Network – a community that aims is to connect like-minded individuals, raise environmental awareness and reduce carbon footprint both within Atos and its clients – and began a data analysis initiative to understand its BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities) employee data to identify any gaps in talent development, management and recruitment.
Katie Shannon, Accenture
Katie Shannon earned a degree in digital and technology solutions at the University of Sunderland while also serving as an apprentice at Accenture.
She has worked upon two large government accounts and serves on the onshore support team for Azure Development environments, working with a back office team of 10 people.