Women in Tech - Who are the most influential women in European tech & what does it take to be a “Girl Boss”?

Inthe era of #MeToo, gender equality was never as important as in 2018. With 24% women working in Tech and only 11% of them occupying Executive positions, it is fair to say women are a minority in tech; and more generally, a minority in leading roles across all industries.

Prepping for International Women’s Day 2018, the European Parliament published on Instagram an edifying video stating only four of a thousand graduating women will work in tech. Committing to change the deal, the European Union proactively works on engaging more women within the industry by unlocking growth, development and entrepreneurial opportunities for them.

Today, we celebrate women, gender equality and innovation. GROW Labs shortlisted some of the most inspirational women across the European Tech scene. What is more, to show our genuine commitment to women’s cause, we’re happy to announce an exceptional Women’s Day Competition targeting Entrepreneur Women and helping them turn their business ideas into a reality. Find out more here.

Rianne van Veldhuizen


Vice President, Commercial Segment — IBM Digital Sales, Asia Pacific at IBM
The former Director of Software and Board Member of the IBM Benelux Executive Committee has about 20 years experience in Sales, Marketing and top management roles. Within her Director of Software role at IBM Benelux, Rianne van Veldhuizen was in charge of revenue, growth and transformation. In November 2017, she was appointed VP of Commercial Segment of IBM Digital Sales Asia Pacific.

Neelie Kroes


Multiple Supervisory Board Positions — Founder ofStartupDelta 
The one some call “The European Tsarin of Internet” is well known for its empowering role on the Dutch tech scene. The initiator of StartupDelta, a platform that aims to “create a space where entrepreneurs stand up, start up, then scale up”. As a real evangelist of tech innovation to stimulate and employment market, Neelie Kroes was a significant contributor to building the Dutch tech scene as it is today.

Linda Liukas


Co-Founder at railsgirls.com
As a real advocate of empowering women to work in tech and to grow their skills, the Swedish born developer founded Rail Girls, a platform that provides girls with exciting ways of improving and develop their programming skills. Linda started coding at the very young age of 13 years old, and aim to share her knowledge with girls of all ages. Her children book “Hello Ruby”, launched via Kickstarter, brings fantasy and creativity into the process of learning how to code.

Gisele I. Karekezi


European Regional Manager,AngelHack
Gisele is the European Regional Manager at AngelHack, a female owned and female majority coding company. Within her role, she is responsible for the company expansion on the European market, helping to create awareness and visibility for AngelHack across critical countries in the European Union.

Barbara Cominelli, 

Director Commercial Operations & Digital at Vodafone ITALY

Director Commercial Operations & Digital Vodafone ITALY
With over 20 years experience in Telco and Venture Capital industries, Barbara Cominellu was several nominated in the “Top 50 most inspirational women in tech in Europe”, “Top 15 most influential women in Digital in Italy” and “Best Young executive” in 2012. At Vodafone, Cominelli leads within her role the largest unit of the company with a team of 3000 employees, which won several awards from Best Digital Experience to Best Operations & Customer Experiences.

DR Sue Black


Founder & Chief Evangelist at Tech Mums
The British social Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist is a Senior Research Associate at University College London and CEO of Tech Mums, a movement that aims to empower “geeky mums”. Dr Sue Black strong actions in social Entrepreneurship and Tech granted her an Order of the British Empire in 2016.

Corinne Vigreux


Co-founder TomTom
Co-founder of pioneer navigating company TomTom, Corinne Vigreux acts as Managing Director of the Consumer-Business Unit. Corinne serves as Advisor and Board member to prestigious companies such as the French Tech company Iliad / Free and Takeaway.com. Corinne was made “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” in 2012 and knighted in the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau in 2016.

Helena Wasserman


Founding Team at Big Data For Humans
Beginning her career in the US, at the Clinton Foundation, Helena Wasserman was always keen to use technology to solve social issues. After working at TechStars in London, she joined forces with Peter Ellen and Steven Rose and co-founded Big Data for Humans, one of the most successful Customer Marketing Platform.

Yvonne Agyei


Chief People OfficerBooking.com
Yvonne Agyei started her career at Google in 2003 and joined Booking.com in 2016. As Chief People Officer, Yvonne Agyei creates the ‘employee experience at Booking.com to ensure getting the very best employees in their fields on board. Booking.com being known for its unique company culture, creating one of a kind development and growth opportunities for each member.

Julia Herd


Vice President of Communications Deezer
With nearly 20 years experience in leading role in PR and Communication, Julia Herd joined the popular music platform in 2016, bringing her broad expertise in digital communication, enabling significant new opportunities for Deezer within an industry that becomes more and more competitive.

Happy International Women’s Day, and let’s build together a new future for tech. A future in which, gender equality counts. Join GROW Labs and team up with innovative and forward-thinking tech partners.
Are you a female development team with great resources and talent. We’d love to count you amongst our IT partners.

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