Meet the Reseller News 2019 Women in ICT Awards winners

Meet the Reseller News 2019 Women in ICT Awards winners

Industry unites to celebrate and recognise female excellence across New Zealand

Leanne Buer (Cisco), Sandra Jackson (Westcon-Comstor), Shavvah Aldred (Umbrellar), Pip Simeon (Microsoft), Angela Cunneen (Dell Technologies), Laura Bell (SafeStack) and Tessa Davis (VMware)

Leanne Buer (Cisco), Sandra Jackson (Westcon-Comstor), Shavvah Aldred (Umbrellar), Pip Simeon (Microsoft), Angela Cunneen (Dell Technologies), Laura Bell (SafeStack) and Tessa Davis (VMware)

Credit: Reseller News | Gino Demeer

Reseller News has honoured the leading front runners of the New Zealand tech industry at the 2019 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland.

Held at the Hilton Hotel, the awards highlighted the success of female front runners across the industry, with more than 38 individuals making the final shortlist in 2019, representing more than 29 organisations.

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

The winners were selected by a panel of 21 industry judges, acknowledging creativity, innovation and excellence.

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


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


  • Laura Bell, SafeStack

Laura has launched several companies, published Agile Application Security and is a renowned blogger. She founded SafeStack in 2014 with just $300 in the bank which is now a leading provider of security products and services in seven countries. The company is currently exploring reseller agreements and marketing channels. She has also launched SafeStack on Demand, and Varelis providing cyber security equipment to frequent flyers.


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


  • Tessa Davis, VMware

Tessa wins this award in recognition of her high level of competency across multiple technologies and her collaborative work ethic. Tessa was invited to become an Ambassador for VMware’s Office of the CTO and has played a key role in developing the Mars Rover IoT which was successfully demonstrated at vForum A/NZ.

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