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Recommended Event: 01/07/2022: TechWomen100 Awards Alumni 2020-2021 Networking Event

TechWomen100 Award Alumni Networking Event

WeAreTechWomen and Goldman Sachs are excited to invite our TechWomen100 alumni from 2020 and 2021 to an evening of networking with your fellow winners.

Our alumni are in for a fun packed evening including a welcome from our hosts, a keynote and speed networking, hosted by Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO, WeAreTechWomen.

This is fantastic opportunity to network with fellow winners and the WeAreTechWomen/TechWomen100 family.

We cannot wait to see you in person and hope you can join us!


If you are winner in 2020/21 and haven’t received your invitation to join us, please email [email protected]

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"I am so excited to welcome the winner's of our 2020/2021 awards to Goldman Sach's on 01 July. My team and I had the pleasure of meeting all of our amazing winners via zoom and online as part of their learning day at Durham University, however seeing everyone in person will be very special indeed. I am looking forward to speed networking everyone and to help facilitate connections for the future."

— Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO, WeAreTechWomen


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WeAreTechWomen are proud to unveil their TechWomen100 winners for 2021

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WeAreTechWomen, powered by Goldman Sachs, are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including Manisha Ganguly, who is a multi-award-winning independent conflict journalist & filmmaker using open-source techniques to investigate human rights abuses under conditions of war; Alice Hendy, who founded the app, R;pple Suicide Prevention, after the tragic loss of her brother, Josh, in 2020; Priyanka Mittal, who led the Cloud-based architecture of two national programmes at NHS Digital, which have been the backbone of the government’s response to COVID-19; and Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee, a Senior Flight Systems Engineer, working on a next generation fast jet, the Tempest project.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, The British Army, NHS Digital, BT, Transport for London, Vodafone, BBC World Service, Google, Mastercard, London Stock Exchange and many more.


The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. Once again, the awards also celebrate women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

WeAreTechWomen also announced their Editor’s Choice winner, Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC. Rob is an evangelist for the responsible and ethical adoption of AI and advises companies, governments and other global stakeholders on harnessing the opportunities of the technology to drive innovation in a way that increases trust. He is a regular media commentator, keynote speaker and an active voice on social media. He is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society. He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an advisor to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School. He was voted ‘Tech Community Leader of the Year’ at CogX 2020, and HR Magazine announced him as an ‘HR Most Influential Thinker’. He is a high-profile male ally championing the Women-in-Tech agenda and he mentors and coaches several technologists both within and external to PwC.

Those receiving the Editor’s Choice award are individuals who have been specifically selected by the leadership team at WeAreTechWomen and one independent judge. This award recognises their outstanding contribution and tireless efforts towards women in tech.

Since August 2021, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. This year’s winners join an alumnus of 350 winners from 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of the WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1,000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

Orla Dunne, Goldman Sachs“Goldman Sachs is delighted to sponsor the TechWomen100 Awards in celebration of women making a huge impact on the technology industry.

As a firm, we are fully committed to developing and supporting talented individuals, advancing gender equality, and increasing diverse representation at every level. As we strive for excellence, a diverse workforce best positions us to serve our clients, as well as the communities in which we operate.

Awards such as this are a pivotal instrument for change, recognising our industry’s future leaders, and creating role models to inspire new talent into technology.”


“At WeAreTechWomen we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 1,000 female future leaders in technology by 2025.”

“The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding! I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and look forward to celebrating our winners and their achievements.”


The awards were entered by over 1,000 individuals from across the UK and Ireland and the nominees received over 40,000 votes of support from across the globe.

The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at a final list, due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our winners and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

The 2021 awards are kindly powered by Goldman Sachs and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Ipsos Mori, Oliver Wyman, and OpenFin.


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Discover our winners


Jolanta Peplinska

Jolanta Peplinska | Goldman Sachs

Jolanta Peplinska

Jola graduated from University College London with a MSc. in Astrophysics and a distinction for completing the year in the top 5% of students.

Since joining Goldman Sachs as a graduate she has held a number of roles including Software Engineer and Product Manager and was promoted to Vice President in 2020.

Jola did not expect to end up in a technical role, however thanks to lucky coincidence has found a place for herself in the unexpected and is very grateful for it.

Jola has developed as a full stack engineer for 5 years and worked with a number of technologies, to continue her career to lead a team of 4 in the successful design and delivery of our innovative "Commentary" product with a particular specialism in user interface development where she has distinguished herself as our global subject matter expert. The product has seen rapid adoption across multiple divisions of the firm, and has allowed efficiency and control benefits to be realized, alongside new features such as data visualization, in workflow which was previously manual and inefficient.

Most recently, Jola has assumed global responsibility for our newly formed Product Management team where she has driven the adoption of product management principles and practices across our global team. She leads a team of experienced product managers and balances this with an ongoing technical leadership responsibility for the Commentary product.

Jola is an active member of the EMEA Women in Engineering Analyst & Associate Mentoring Circles program where she helps support and develop the next generation of female engineers within the firm. Jola is an engaging presenter and led a session at the Women in Tech Conference in 2020 providing female engineers with concrete examples of how they could improve their software development process.

Mira Zorkot

Mira Zorkot | Goldman Sachs

Mira Zorkot

Mira is a high-performing financial modeler committed to achieving technical excellence and paying it forward.

Her curiosity for science throughout school led her to complete a degree in Physics & Mathematics with a major focus on programming. Interested in the coherence between science and technology Mira completed a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford. During her PhD she focused on nanotechnology field particularly unresolved problems in nanopores used in DNA sequencing. Using computer simulations, Mira managed to address pending challenges around DNA sequencing in nanopores since 1969.

Mira’s dedication to developing her expertise in technology while tackling real-life human-impacting problems has led her to become a quantitative strategist at Goldman Sachs. In this role, Mira develops exotic pricing models, and analytics across asset classes. She leverages her technical skillset to implement the best and efficient pricing models, quoting tools and risk management systems for the business and its clients. Operating in a fast-paced environment, Mira has to proactively anticipate market structure changes and opportunities, as well as quickly react to sudden market events. To do so, Mira continually seeks out opportunities to upskill and remain apprised of new technological advances to build sustainable, robust systems for her clients.

Coming from a village in Lebanon where there is no focus on women’s education or skills (especially in science and technology), and through pursuing degrees and a career in an historically male-dominated industry, Mira developed a determination to address the gender diversity challenge facing STEM industries and the society. At work, Mira is a passionate mentor and provides technical coaching to junior women. She participates in bespoke recruitment events to encourage women to pursue STEM careers and is a member of CodeBrave, an association that delivers technology education to marginalized children in Lebanon. CodeBrave helps prepare them for the world of work; with many having experienced poverty and conflict she also focuses on incorporating trauma psychology into their STEM curriculum. Mira also helps raising funds every year for EMpower, a global non-profit focused on empowering marginalised youth in 15 Emerging Markets, and more particular girls and young women. In addition, through university and school events, Mira meets with women in the UK and Lebanon to help them maximize their education, offer guidance, and ensure there are no hurdles stopping them from career in technology.

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Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 awards are once again looking to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women working in technology.

Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

These awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

In previous years, the awards have been supported by an array of FTSE sponsors and this year is no different.

We are proud to announce that the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards are powered by Goldman Sachs and supported by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Ipsos Mori, Oliver Wyman, and OpenFin.

We are extremely proud to receive the support of so many individuals and organisations for this years TechWomen100 Awards. We would like to extend our sincere thanks for their words of encouragement and for helping us to celebrate the achievements of the amazing women.




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The process

Nominations open online on 02 August via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 10 September.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in November and celebrated at a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Award’s timeline

Nominations open
02 August 2021

Nominations close
10 September 2021

Shortlist announced & public vote opens
25 October 2021

Voting closes
05 November 2021

Winners announced
15 November 2021

Winner’s celebration event  (virtual)
08 December 2021

Opportunities to sponsor

If you are interested in supporting the TechWomen100 Awards as a sponsor, we'd love to hear from you. To be a part of these special awards and to help us inspire and upskill women in tech globally, speak to a member of our team.

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Goldman Sachs as headline sponsor for our TechWomen100 Awards

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WeAreTechWomen is excited to announce Goldman Sachs as our headline sponsor for the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards!

Now in their fIfth year, the TechWomen100 awards are once again looking to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women working in technology.

Our strategic objective is to use the awards to highlight 1,000 future female tech leaders by 2030. To date, we have celebrated the success of over 375 incredible women, alongside outstanding tech networks, senior champions who are driving change and companies who are doing their upmost to support the careers of their female technologists.

In previous years, the awards have been supported by an array of FTSE sponsors and this year is no different.

We are extremely proud to announce that the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards are powered by Goldman Sachs. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Goldman Sachs for their support for this year’s awards, their words of encouragement and for helping us to celebrate the achievements of amazing women.

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The TechWomen100 awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level.

We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

Opportunities to sponsor

If you are interested in supporting the TechWomen100 Awards as a sponsor, we'd love to hear from you. To be a part of these special awards and to help us inspire and upskill women in tech globally, speak to a member of our team.

Contact Us To Learn More

Jo Hannaford

Inspirational Woman: Jo Hannaford | Head of Engineering EMEA, Goldman Sachs

Jo HannafordJo is head of Engineering in EMEA at Goldman Sachs and a leading pioneer in financial technology.

Throughout her 30- year career, Jo has always adopted a ‘pay it forward’ mentality, dedicating time and energy to encouraging under privileged communities and diverse groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). She leverages her platform as a senior partner and member of the firm’s EMEA Inclusion and Diversity Committee to drive the firm’s agenda on diversity and inclusion. Through empowering fellow women engineers to become more visible, bringing enhanced education to local schools, and driving organisational and industry-wide policy, Jo has had a wide-reaching impact within the global engineering community.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I have had a long, exciting career in technology. In title, I am head of Engineering in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Goldman Sachs, responsible for building, testing, implementing and supporting technology systems, infrastructure, and solutions for the firm. In practice, I am a software engineer who has spent the past 31 years utilising technology to innovate, solve problems and drive the digital agenda forward in the finance industry. I feel privileged to have witnessed the journey that technology has been on over the past three decades, and, in particular, its impact over the past 12 months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; not only has it accelerated digital transformation for many organisations, it has helped us all to stay connected to our colleagues and families.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Technology has developed exponentially during my career – the computers I used to work on are now in museums! I never had a plan per se, but I always worked to keep up with new trends and applications so that I could better understand how technology could shape and impact the industry I worked in, as well as tried to be open-minded about the opportunities that came my way – my best career moves were those I never expected.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

No career is ever smooth-sailing, and I have certainly experienced a number of challenges over the years, both in my personal life and at work. Flexibility and resiliency are the two qualities I try to embrace every time I am faced with an obstacle – this past year alone has demanded extraordinary amounts of both from us all.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

We shouldn’t play down the importance of having people to look up to; I have been fortunate to have a number of role models and mentors throughout my career that have helped me to realise my potential. It’s why I spend time working with organisations like STEM Learning, and promote talent externally through initiatives such as We Are The City’s Rising Star Awards – ensuring that children and women have access to visible, inspirational role models in STEM is critical to the mission of getting more women into STEM careers.

Do you believe there are still barriers for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

It has been encouraging to see the number of women working in STEM industries increase over the past few years; WISE recently announced that there are now more than one million women working in STEM across the UK. However, at around 17%, that number is still far too low, and organisations need to continue to put diversity at the heart of both their recruiting and retention strategies in order to see progress continue. Attracting diverse talent to pursue STEM careers is one part of the mission; ensuring that women already working in STEM are able to excel and become leaders in their careers is the other. More women in leadership positions means greater advocacy for those who cannot speak up for themselves, and more opportunities to send the ladder back down to those women coming up behind.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Firstly, stay curious. As a result of the past year’s events, technology is transforming every industry, and its capabilities are endless – we are only just beginning to realise its potential in financial services with regards to artificial intelligence and cloud adoption. Staying up-to-date with current trends and how technology is being leveraged in your industry will help you to spot gaps and opportunities for innovation and growth. Secondly, invest in your network – it is often an excellent source of inspiration, opportunities, and support.

WeAreTechWomen has a back catalogue of thousands of Inspirational Woman interviews, including Professor Sue Black OBE, Debbie Forster MBE, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and many more. You can read about all our amazing women here

Katarina Hunt

Katarina Hunt | Goldman Sachs

Katarina Hunt

I was born and raised in Slovakia, to a nursery teacher and a photographer.

I had a passion for art and drawing, and I wanted to pursue both as a career. Education is really important in Slovakia and my mum encouraged me to focus on art as a hobby and not as my career. Instead of going to art college, I continued in my studies and enrolled to a secondary grammar school where I discovered a passion for science, particularly chemistry and maths. I had an inspiring teacher who at the age of 15 taught me how to program in Pascal.

Alongside my older sister who enrolled into Computer Science university, my teacher became an inspiration to me. Women around me were working with computers and I really enjoyed it myself. I ended up going to Electrical engineering university, and completed a masters in Computer Science in London, before getting a job in a start up healthcare company as a web developer. I found programming fun and creative, and, to some extent, reminded me of art. Creativity, innovation and imagination are skills I use on a daily basis combined with analytical and engineering. I love it.

I now work at Goldman Sachs, a place I had never heard of when I was at the university. I started as a programmer, working on the automation of trade bookings and progressed across various technologies and areas into a role where I am now. I am now responsible for Automation Engineering of Equity Derivatives business. It is really fun and great to see how technology can bring efficiency to the day to day work of traders and sales.

Nerissa Arviana Prawiro

Nerissa Arviana Prawiro | Goldman Sachs

Nerissa Arviana Prawiro

Nerissa is an award-winning User Experience (UX) designer, who is passionate about pushing boundaries to create innovative solutions to societal problems.

Originally from Indonesia, Nerissa grew up surrounded by the cultural heritage of arts and handicrafts where tradition and innovations are merged seamlessly, often resulting in ingenious solutions to everyday problems. Inspired by how locals in lesser developed areas create with very limited resources to produce sustainable solutions that are honest to their functions and bare necessity, she has developed a deep-rooted passion in product design, and specifically design and tech for social good.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Nerissa explored her interest in tech for good by developing a wearable technology aimed at dampening wrist tremors experienced during the early onset of Parkinson’s disease, which earned her the international seal of excellence in design innovation, Red Dot Concept Design Award in 2014. With her passion in using innovative problem solving to help others, Nerissa has also won the longest running global competition for emerging designers - Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Award in 2017, for her designs of a smart renal diet kit that helps chronic kidney disease sufferers adhere to their prescribed micro/macro nutrients intake. It was through these achievements that Nerissa is now a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a prestigious award granted to individuals that the RSA judges believed to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development.

Nerissa continued to explore her interests in product design through her internship and industrial placement in Mattel and F.A Porsche where she learnt about the fine art of designing for the consumer market, mass manufacturing of commercial designs and the key to successful designs: placing users first. This was what led her to User Experience (UX) Design.

At Goldman Sachs, Nerissa works as an internal UX design consultant, focused on designing user-centred, transformative solutions to solve complex enterprise problems, and improving the workflow and interactions of data-rich applications for different business areas of the firm. Having trained as an industrial designer, and through her previous design experience, she approaches UX problems as if they are engineering puzzles, tackling them through an iterative process of user-centred research and development. Internally, she consistently delivers globally-impacting projects to a high standard and is a passionate advocate for user-centred design in finance. She recently spearheaded the designs of a tool that captures single trade ideas within a proprietary database which has been launched internally to enhance sales workflow efficiency and monitise intellectual capital within equities sales. She also leads the university outreach programme to encourage design students to explore careers in the banking industry, and founded a UX training track to evangelise design amongst her peers. Having led a design thinking workshop for 90 professionals at the largest technology diversity conference in Europe, and taught women at the London job show how to manage their career and maximise their potential by applying of design thinking techniques, she is also firmly committed to paying it forward.

Outside of her main role in Goldman Sachs, Nerissa regularly collaborates with external engineers in her RSA community to discuss how technology can be used for social good and to address current societal challenges. She continues to pursue her passion project where she created a product that upcycles plastic waste into semi-finished material for artisan jewellery crafting, in an effort to reduce Indonesia’s bottleneck issues in waste management and provide income to local women in ‘last-mile’ communities. To bring her idea to fruition, she is participating in a jewellery making evening course.

Whether it is designing digital products that help with efficiency gains and ultimately an increase in ROI, or designing tangible products for social good, design thinking has been key to how Nerissa creates solutions.

Marija Smirnova

Marija Smirnova | Goldman Sachs

Marija Smirnova

Marija is the head of Client Assets Engineering in London, where she manages a team of developers overseeing key business-impacting projects, develops senior stakeholder relationships and provides technical and professional development opportunities for her people.

In addition, Marija is also currently undertaking a firm-sponsored part-time MBA and Chartered Manager Institute (CMI) Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership at the University of Exeter. In this role, Marija is leading a high-profile legacy system elimination project, where she deploys her technical and functional expertise and switches between low level technical detail and a larger scale strategic thinking.

Marija joined the Client Assets Engineering team as a software engineer. A short time after, she took on more responsibilities to progress to team lead and then subsequently to manager.

Prior to this, Marija was a software developer in FX Sales and Trading Engineering team. She joined Goldman Sachs with this team as a new graduate in 2008 after completing a Computer Science with Business Management degree at Birmingham University.

Marija is invested in engaging and recruiting diverse talent at all levels to pursue technical careers. She is a member of the Women in Engineering network and a captain of the Goldman Sachs Birmingham University recruiting team.