Leanne was recognized for being a tireless agent of change, tackling head on the challenges that reflect the under-representation of women in the technology sector. The judging panel was impressed by her work to bridge the gender gap in technology and eliminate the misconception that “women don’t build good tech startups” through She Loves Tech and a global start-up competition. Her efforts to break down barriers and support women entrepreneurs and startups in their own endeavours have demonstrated outstanding leadership and impact, and the judges were unanimous in their choice.
Reina was recognized for making an outstanding contribution to science and technology research and education. The judges were inspired by Reina’s work as a particle physicist and researcher with CNRS and the ATLAS experiment at CERN, as well as her role in building capabilities for future scientists and inspiring the next generation to pursue a career in STEM.