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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, UK

Nancy Cruickshank, Founder,, 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

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