Finalists of the 2021 WID Awards

The Women in Digital Awards were founded based on the idea ‘you can’t be what you can’t see.’ The awards are a celebration of incredible women and non-binary folk within the digital industries and the organisations that support them.

For the 2021 Women in Digital Awards, we received over 300 nominations, 200 submissions and a record-setting 700 guests at the Women in Digital Awards Gala. It was not an easy job for our panel of industry expert judges but we are so very excited to announce the FINALISTS for the 2021 Women in Digital Awards.


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Meet the 2021 WID Award Finalists


The 2021 Founder of the Year Finalists, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS)


The Founder of the Year celebrates excellence and entrepreneurship within a digital / technology-based enterprise. Demonstrating a true entrepreneurial spirit and with vision and excellent execution, this founder and their organisation will leave an impact.


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Rachel Dillon
Founder
Move With Us



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Hannah Spilva
Co-Founder & CEO
LVLY



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Carly Brown
Founder
UNE Piece



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Jenna Leo
Co-Founder & CEO
Like Family



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Rebecca Dredge
Founder & CEO
Kiddo App



The 2021 Executive Leader of the Year Finalists, powered by Avanade


The Executive Leader of the Year award recognises Australia’s most outstanding executive leader in the digital sector. This category recognises the importance of leadership in driving digital transformation in Australia and across their organisation and industry.


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Bec McConnochie
Former ANZ Communications – Consulting Lead
Accenture Australia



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Sarah O’Toole
Director BPM,
Strategic Solutions
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners



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Professor Mary Foley AM
Managing
Director

Telstra Health



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Laura Petruccelli
Director of
People Operations

Contino APAC



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Tracy Whitelaw
Chief Digital Officer
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)



The 2021 Digital Marketer of the Year Finalists, powered by Salesforce


The Digital Marketer of the Year recognises Australia’s best talent in digital and data-driven marketing. This award is designed to celebrate a data-driven Digital Marketer who has achieved exceptional results across any medium including but not limited to search, paid, programmatic, eDM, content or social media.


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Ekaterina Richardson
Founder &
Director

Digital Lab



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Ashleigh Murray
Senior Vice President eCommerce (Global)
Lyre’s Spirit Co.



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Amy Scott
Performance Marketing
Director

Reload Media



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Bec Ney
Head of
Marketing

The Missing Link



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Ami Price
Senior Account
Executive

Bonfire



The 2021 Diversity Employer of the Year Finalists, powered by Urban Utilities


The Diversity Employer of the Year acknowledges an organisation making an outstanding contribution to achieving diversity in their digital organisation or teams. This award recognises the importance of employee diversity in developing more innovative and inclusive companies to support the future of women in technology. By creating diverse technology teams, businesses are better equipped to create products and services that cater to diverse audiences.


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Australian Spatial Analytics



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BHP



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Accenture Australia



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loans.com.au



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Scantek



The 2021 Rising Star of the Year Finalists, powered by Entain


The Rising Star of the Year is awarded to a driven and ambitious early-in-career digital specialist who has demonstrated an outstanding level of initiative and leadership as a digital specialist within the first five years of their career.


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Thasmika Gokal
Cloud Solution Architect
Microsoft



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Shori Hijikata
Founder
Shirts of Startups



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Aishwarya Kansakar
STEM Mentor, Speaker
Asahi Beverages



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Hannah Ahn
Product Manager
Canva



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Ayesha Ahmed
Tutor & Demonstrator
University of Melbourne



The 2021 Software Engineer of the Year Finalists, powered by TechnologyOne


The Software Engineer of the year recognises excellence in software development. The recipient of this award has shown that they are a leader in developing software.


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Nataliya Roberts
Senior Software Engineer
Travello App



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Irina Barykina
Lead Software Engineer
Remi AI



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Heidi Perrett
Data Platform Manager
Ceres Tag



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Millie Macdonald
Senior Developer
Tiny



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Alexis Tyler
VP of Engineering
CitrusAd



The 2021 Innovator of the Year Finalists, powered by Auto & General


The Innovator of the Year is awarded to Australia’s most outstanding innovator, recognising the most forward-thinking, innovative and disruptive product, service or business enhancement of the year.


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Monica Zarafu
Founder & CEO
BYKKO Electric
Bike Share



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Andrea West
Business Value Consultant, Collaboration Adoption
Taleka



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Beverley Honig
Co-Founder &
Director

First Nations Blockchain



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Joy Chua
EVP – Strategy &
Development

meldCX



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Bianca Jongbloed
Head of Enterprise Software Delivery
Laing O’Rourke Australia



The 2021 Digital Experience Leader of the Year Finalists, powered by Integral Technology (OTM)


The Digital Experience Leader award recognises the extraordinary power of customer-centricity and the medium of digital to create exceptional online experiences. This is an individual entry designed to recognise and showcase exceptional work that meets customer needs in a seamless and meaningful way.


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Michelle Wicks
Business & Digital Transformation Consultant
DVConnect



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Tanya Fraser
Project Manager,
VR & Viz Team

Compono



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Davina Adisusila
Head of
Engineering

Eucalyptus (Kin Fertility)



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Madeleine Franklin
Digital Marketing Project Manager
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises



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Vida Asrina
Head of
Design

EndeavourX



The 2021 Data Leader of the Year Finalists, powered by Shell Energy


Recognising an individual who is transforming organisations and enhancing decision-making through the use of Data, this award recognises a distinctive business leader who has built a revolutionary data-centric program while guiding teams to outstanding achievement through vision, inspiration, creativity, and commitment.


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Stevie-Ann Dovico
Head of Technology
Westpac Group



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Arsi Rajah
Product Owner
BHP



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Yolanda Li
Digital Factory Data Modelling
BHP



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Michelle Teis MAICD
Partner
GWI



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Erika Gomez
Principal BI Developer
Queensland Health



The 2021 UX Leader of the Year Finalists, powered by Symplicit


The UX Leader of the Year recognises Australia’s best UX Leader, acknowledging the extraordinary power of user experience design to create meaningful and intuitive customer experiences.


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Hannah Moase
Senior Product Designer
Kablamo



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Ally Tutkaluk
Digital Marketing Specialist
The Leukaemia Foundation



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Danielle Jones
Principle UX/UI Designer
BHP



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Elisa Chan
Global Head of Research & Beta
Amazon Music



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Vida Asrina
Head of Design
Endeavour X



The 2021 Champion of Change Finalists, powered by COSOL


The Champion of Change award celebrates an innovative and community-oriented organisation that is using digital technology to create change and social good. This award recognises remarkable people in the industry doing just that. It will be awarded to the best Australian Champion of Change working in digital and technology to improve sustainability, accessibility, inclusion or equality.


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Bronwyn Covill
Founder & CEO
Need a Tutor



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Nikita Fernandes
Co-Founder & COO
Ally Assit



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Amy Sutton
Founder & CEO
Anthologie



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Tinke Wesseling
Managing Director
Accenture



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Katie Richards
Founder & CEO
Law On Earth



The 2021 Indigenous Leader of the Year Finalists, powered by Women in Digital


This honorary award is presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander role model that identifies as a female or non-binary person and is using technology for social good within their community.


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Mikaela Jade
Founder & CEO
Indigital



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Cheryl Bailey
Founder & Director 
Indigenous Technology



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Jaja Dare
Project Manager
IndigiTUBE



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Bec Halliday 
Director 
Goanna Solutions & Deloitte



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Joann Russo
Art Centre Manager
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation



The 2021 Digital Workforce: Skills for the Future Finalists, powered by Queensland Government (Department of Communities, Housing & Digital Economy)


The Digital Workforce: Skills for the Future award acknowledges an organisation that is investing in the future of its workforce through digital skill development and training. This award recognises the important role employers play in evolving their workforce’s skills and capabilities, particularly in light of the rapid pace of change in the fourth digital revolution.


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The Studio



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Avanade



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Swyftx



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Department of Transport & Main Roads



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Jumbo Interactive



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