Global Women in Telco & Tech Awards winners 2020

Winners announced article.jpg

The thirteen winners of the 2020 Global Women in Telco & Tech Awards have been named.

Taking place as a virtual ceremony among a day of panel sessions, workshops and interactive discussions, the show was attended by notable industry figures to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the telecoms and technology space.

Hosted by Capacity’s Georgia Ermilios and Natalie Bannerman, it was truly a night of global celebration and distinction. A special thank you to our esteemed judging panel including:


  • Marie Angselius-Schönbeck, Head of Corporate Communications, IPSOFT; 

  • Sheridan Ash, Technology and Innovation, and Women in Technology Leader, PwC UK; 

  • Allison Boen, Director Product Development, IMMERSION EDGE; 

  • Carrie Charles, CEO, BROADSTAFF; 

  • Mary Clark, TMT LEADER; 

  • Marc Cohn, Director Marketing & Technical Strategy, Virtualisation, SPIRENT; 

  • Ed Cooke, Founder & CEO, CONEXUS LAW; 

  • Harriet Green OBE;

  • Stephanie Liston, chair, Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority; 

  • Yasmeen Majid, Head of Global Networks Change, Global Infrastructure & Operations, AVIVA; 

  • Audrey Mandela, Chair, WOMEN IN TELECOMS & TECHNOLOGY; 


  • Lynn Roseberry, Owner and director, ON THE AGENDA;

  • and Vanessa Sanyauke, Founder and Director, GIRLS TALK LONDON.

The first award of the evening went to Nancy Novak at Compass Datacenters for the Best Woman in Data Centre, shortly followed by Chindata Group for its work on female representation within its company, walking away with the Best Data Centre Company award.

Ufinet’s Ruby Castellanos Castillo walked away with the trophy for Best Woman in Wholesale Telecoms, Tillman Infrastructure’s Suruchi Ahuja won for Best Woman in Tower, ZenFi Networks’ founder Victoria Lamberth came out on top in the Best Women in Network Orchestration category and warm congratulations for Maja Summers of Vodafone Carrier Services for being named Best Woman in Subsea.

Acknowledged for its creative marketing during International Women’s Day 2020, Maven Wave Partners were crowed winners for Marketing or Social Media Campaign of the Year and Atos IT Services beat out the competition to be named Project of the Year.

Introduced by Oracle’s Troy Tazbaz in tribute to its namesake Brynn Fowler, this year’s Agent of Change Award went to Dr. Terri Simpkin of Portman Partners, while Company or Organisation of the Year, announced by Monique Lanne-Petiton on behalf of last year’s winners Télécoms sans Frontières, went to Verizon.

The last three trophies of the night belonged to our disruptor category and went to Alexandra Rasch of Caban Systems for Rising Star, Gnanapriya Chidambaranathan at Infosys for Outstanding Achievement and MainOne’s Funke Opeke for Woman of the Year.

For the full list of winners, see the table below:


Woman of the Year:

Rising Star:

Outstanding Achievement:

Funke Opeke - MainOne

Alexandra Rasch - Caban Systems

Gnanapriya Chidambaranathan - Infosys



Agent of Change - The Brynn Fowler Award:

Company or Organisation of the Year:

Dr. Terri Simpkin - Portman Partners




Project of the Year:

Marketing or Social Media Campaign of the Year:

Atos IT Services

Maven Wave Partners



Best Woman in Network Orchestration:

Best Woman in Subsea:

Sponsored by 


Best Woman in Tower:

Victoria Lamberth - ZenFi Networks

Maja Summers - Vodafone Carrier Services

Suruchi Ahuja - Tillman Infrastructure

Best Woman in Data Centre:

Best Woman in Wholesale Telecoms:

Sponsored by 


Best Data Centre Company:

Nancy Novak - Compass Datacenters

Ruby Castellanos Castillo - Ufinet

Chindata Group