Reseller News reveals the finalists of the 2019 Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News reveals the finalists of the 2019 Women in ICT Awards

38 individuals make the final shortlist in 2019, representing 29 organisations

Reseller News is proud to announce the finalists of the 2019 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA), playing host to the leading female front runners across the channel.

A total 38 individuals made the final shortlist in 2019, representing 29 organisations.

Reflective of Reseller News’ continued dedication to the New Zealand market, the 2019 awards will honour standout individuals across six categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

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

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 June in Auckland, the celebration lunch will recognise the entrepreneurial spirit of women in ICT, providing a platform to celebrate channel success in New Zealand.

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

The finalists are:


The Entrepreneur award recognises the candidate who has achieved outstanding results in the ICT industry and is 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.


  • Angela Roberts, Ingram Micro
  • Laura Bell, SafeStack
  • Zabeen Hussain, TIMG


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.


  • Rachel Primrose, Company-X
  • Theresa Thomas, Computer Concepts Limited
  • Arti Singh, HP
  • Amy Knox, rhipe
  • Leslie Jonkers, SAS IT
  • Tessa Davis, VMware
  • Anupurna Kaw, Vodafone


The Achievement award recognises the candidate showing outstanding commitment to the ICT industry through continuous career development and professional achievements. The candidate will have risen to a senior ICT role, earned a reputation as an esteemed thought-leader and is recognised as a leader in the industry, and may also act as a role model/mentor to other aspiring female managers.


  • Susan Nemeth, Aportio
  • Jaynean Leaupepe, Arrow ECS ANZ
  • Cherie Roache, Computer Concepts Limited
  • Leanne Buer, Cisco
  • Tania Allison, Origin IT
  • Natasha McLean, Westcon-Comstor


The Community award recognises the candidate with exemplary service to the ICT sector, through initiatives and efforts to foster positive diversity outcomes. The candidate will be actively making a difference by working towards the advancement of gender and general diversity in ICT and going above and beyond to give back to the community.


  • Edwina Mistry, Create Ops
  • Nataliya Child, Spark
  • Sandra Jackson, Westcon-Comstor


The Rising Star award recognises candidates with less than eight years in the ICT industry who demonstrate their commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development. The candidate is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.


  • Valentina Zuluaga, Base 2
  • Anabella Bianchi, Dimension Data
  • Samantha Borg, Datto
  • Sheryl Sy, Exeed
  • Stephanie Widodo, HP
  • Joanna Shyu, IBM
  • Pip Simeon, Microsoft
  • Shavvah Aldred, Umbrellar
  • Ellie House, Veeam


The Shining Star award recognises candidates with eight years or more in ICT. The successful candidate will have shown noted achievements in the ICT industry, demonstrated areas of success (either through promotion or successful project/company initiatives), and highlighted significant achievements.


  • Michele Smith, Computer Concepts Limited
  • Tracey Thomson, Cyclone
  • Angela Cunneen, Dell Technologies
  • Bronwyn Douglas, DUO
  • Janine Brittain, Exeed
  • Melissa Jane Woolley, Fujitsu
  • Shabana Shaheen Khan, Ingram Micro
  • Eisa Quelette, Microsoft
  • Callie Fell, Veeam
  • Rochelle Carlyle, Westcon-Comstor

There are no finalists in the Innovation category for the 2019 WIICTA. 

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