Reseller News ​2017 Women in ICT Awards - And the finalists are…

Reseller News ​2017 Women in ICT Awards - And the finalists are…

Finalists for WIICTA in New Zealand have been selected.

Finalists for the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in 2017 have been selected, in the five hotly-contested categories of Rising Star, Entrepreneur, Community, Innovation and Technical.

Celebrating gender diversity and recognising female excellence in the New Zealand channel, the awards recognise the very best in the channel, celebrating the achievements of a talented crop of female front runners who have become influential figures in New Zealand’s ICT industry.

Through out the industry, WIICTA aims to celebrate the innovation excellence and entrepreneurial spirit of Kiwi women in ICT.

In reflection of IDG’s continued dedication to the local market, WIITCA will be held at a lunch celebration at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland on 20 June.

Reseller News congratulates all of our worthy contenders, and for a full rundown of the finalists for 2017, please see below:

Rising Star

The Rising Star award recognises the candidate with a commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development.

The candidate - who has been working in the ICT industry for under 10 years - is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.

  • Ginny Reynolds - HP New Zealand
  • Lara Pascoe - IntegrationWorks
  • Nergis Kandemir - Umbrellar
  • Rebecca Nguyen - Kaspersky Lab
  • Riya Baby - Microsoft
  • Rita Chen - Westcon-Comstor
  • Sabrina Jay - The Instillery


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 initiative, often shattering the status quo in business in order to set up new ventures, products or new services.

  • Jane Melville-Allen - Demand Generator
  • Lisa Davis - Spark
  • Suzanne Wheeler - HP New Zealand
  • Sarah Bowden - Microsoft
  • Vanessa Sorenson - Spark


The Community award recognises the candidate with exemplary service to the ICT sector, through philanthropic initiatives and efforts to foster a positive working environment for women in IT.

The goodwill ambassador will be actively making a difference in the IT community, working towards the advancement of women in ICT, and going above and beyond to give back to the community.

  • Anne Taylor - Microsoft
  • Kim McKay - HP New Zealand
  • Kendra Ross - Duo
  • Victoria Mahan - HP New Zealand


The Innovation award recognises the candidate who is a stand-out in delivering ‘big picture’ ideas and vision in the ICT industry, thereby responding to change and discovering unique and challenging business opportunities.

The candidate will show a proven track record of finding new and better ways of doing business, continually pushing the envelope in the ICT industry.

  • Joanna Burgess - Exeed
  • Jaynean Leaupepe - Arrow ECS ANZ
  • Jenny Davis - HP New Zealand
  • Rebecca Nguyen - Kaspersky Lab


The Technical award recognises the candidate who has excelled in the IT and engineering segment of the market, 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.

  • The winner of the Technical award will be revealed at the Awards lunch on 20 June

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