ARN Women in ICT Awards 2017 - And the finalists are…

ARN Women in ICT Awards 2017 - And the finalists are…

More than 50 individuals make the final shortlist in 2017, representing more than 40 organisations

ARN is proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 ARN Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA), playing host to the most comprehensive and competitive line-up in the history of the awards.

Highlighting the success of female front runners across the channel, more than 50 individuals make the final shortlist in 2017, representing more than 40 organisations.

Specifically, WIICTA will honour the channel across eight categories - Achievement; Rising Star; Shining Star; Entrepreneur; Innovation; Technical; Community and Lifetime Achievement.

In response to a wealth of standout submissions, three categories exceed the traditional six finalist limit, with Rising Star, Shining Star and Achievement shortlisting 10, 13 and 10 individuals respectively.

The end result is the most hotly contested WIICTA since launching in 2012, acknowledging the achievements of a talented group of female leaders and innovators, who have become influential figures across the local ICT industry.

Following an overwhelming response, finalist submissions were selected by a shortlist panel consisting of ARN president and publisher, Susan Searle; ARN editor James Henderson and ARN senior journalist Julia Talevski.

The winners will now be selected by a selected panel of 28 industry judges, acknowledging creativity, innovation and excellence.

Held on Friday 24 November at The Hilton in Sydney, the celebration lunch will host the female leaders of the ICT industry, providing a platform to celebrate channel success in Australia.

ARN congratulates all finalists and thanks all organisations and individuals for taking the time to submit nominations.


The Technical award recognises the candidate who has excelled in the technical and engineering segment of the ICT industry, demonstrating a proven depth of knowledge and abilities.

The candidate will demonstrate excellence in problem-solving and decision-making skills, and an exemplary level of accomplishment in job performance.

  • Taran Cunningham - Veeam Software
  • Alana Reynard - The Missing Link
  • Simona Lewis - VMware
  • Carina Tu - Enghouse Interactive
  • Sarah Dewan - BigAir
  • Sophie Vigors - Arrow ECS ANZ


The Entrepreneur award recognises the candidate who has achieved outstanding results in the ICT industry, an enterprising individual who has achieved success through risk-taking and proven initiative, often challenging the status quo in business in order to set up new ventures, products or new services.

  • Victoria Kluth - Araza
  • Emily Dela Pena - Coding Kids
  • Cindy Nicholson - Optus
  • Maryanne Demery - Seccom Global
  • Ana Ouriques - Ruppells Griffon

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