These are Europe's most inspiring women in tech

Is that some 35 Women Under 35 alumni MT spies...?

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 10 May 2016

In case you hadn’t noticed, MT is pretty big on inspiring women in business. So this list celebrating European women working in technology was right up our street, not least because it features several alumni of another list - our annual 35 Women Under 35.

The UK dominates the list, with big hitters including ex-TechCity boss Joanna Shields, Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts and Facebook’s head in EMEA Nicola Roberts taking 17 out of the 50 slots.

Former 35 Under 35-ers Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane-Fox, Unruly co-founder Sarah Wood, Decoded boss Kathryn Parsons and the founder of startup accelerator Entrepreneur First Alice Bentinck also made the list.

The list was compiled by Inspiring Fifty, a programme set up by Dutch entrepreneurs Janneke Niessen and Joelle Frijters ‘that identifies, encourages, develops and showcases’ women in tech. And it’s most definitely A Good Thing – despite leaders like Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook and Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, tech is still a massively male-dominated sector. The more female rolemodels who can inspire and encourage young girls and women to aim for a career in tech, the better.

While we’re talking female rolemodels, if know any talented, ambitious businesswomen aged 35 or under (as of 6 July 2015), nominate them (or yourself) for this year’s 35 Women Under 35.


The UK dominates the list of inspiring women in the European tech sector. Credit: Inspiring Fifty

Here’s the full list of the most inspiring women in European tech (in country & alphabetical order):

1. Sophie Vandebroek - CTO, Xerox and Xerox Innovation Group, Belgium
2. Camilla Ley Valentin - CCO and Co-Founder, Queue-it, Denmark
3. Linda Liukas - Author & Co-Founder of Railsgirls, Finland
4. Amélie Faure - President, Augure, France
5. Anne Bouverot - Director General, GSMA, France
6. Catherine Barba - Founder, Catherine Barba Group, France
7. Céline Lazorthes - CEO and Founder, Leetchi, France
8. Geraldine Le Meur - Co-Founder, LeWeb, France
9. Jennifer Schenker - Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Informilo, France
10. Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke - Founder and Managing Director, W4, Women’s WorldWideWeb, France
11. Lara Rouyres - Founder and CEO, Selectionnist, France
12. Stephanie Hospital - Advisor, Board Member and Founder of One Ragtime - France
13. Claudia Helming - Founder & CEO, DaWanda, Germany
14. Colette Ballou - Founder & CEO, Ballou PR, Germany
15. Kerstin Günther - SVP Technology Europe, Deutsche Telekom Group, Germany
16. Stephanie (Steffi) Czerny - Managing Director, DLD Media, Germany
17. Stephanie Kaiser - Head of Studio, Wooga, Germany
18. Verena Delius - Co-Founder & CEO, Fox & Sheep, Germany
19. Elaine Coughlan - Co-Founder and General Partner, Atlantic Bridge Capital, Ireland
20. Louise O’Sullivan - Founder & CEO, ANAM Technologies Ltd., Ireland
21. Barbara Labate - Co-Founder, Risparmio Super (Super Saver), Italy
22. Paola Bonomo - Angel Investor and Independent Board Director, Italy
23. Corinne Vigreux - Co-founder and Managing Director, TomTom NV, Netherlands
24. Marina Tognetti - CEO and Founder, Myngle, Netherlands
25. Neelie Kroes - Dutch politician & Former VP European Commission, Netherlands
26. Anita Krohn Traaseth - CEO, Innovasjon Norge (Innovation Norway), Norway
27. Kristin Skogen Lund - Director General, NHO, Norway
28. Ola Sitarska - Co-Founder, Issue Stand and Makerland, Poland
29. Maelle Gavet - CEO, Ozon Holdings, Russia
30. Ana Maiques - CEO & Co-Founder, Neuroelectrics, Spain
31. Stina Ehrensvärd - Co-Founder & CEO, Yubico, Sweden
32. Gabriele Zedlmayer - Vice President & Chief Progress Officer, HP Worldwide, Switzerland
33. Demet Mutlu - Founder & CEO, Trendyol, Turkey
34. Alice Bentinck - Co-Founder, Entrepreneur First; Code First: Girls, UK
35. Avid Larizadeh - General Partner, Google Ventures; UK Lead, Hour of Code, UK
36. Belinda Parmar - Founder, Little Miss Geek; CEO, Lady Geek, UK
37. Joanna Shields - Investor and Digital Advisor to UK Prime Minister , UK
38. Judith Clegg - Founder and CEO, Takeout Consulting and The Glasshouse, UK
39. Justine Roberts - Founder and CEO, Mumsnet and Gransnet, UK
40. Karen Hanton - Investor and Former Founder of Top Table, UK
41. Kathryn Parsons - Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Decoded, UK
42. Laura Jordan Bambach - Creative Partner & Co-founder, Mr President and SheSays, UK
43. Martha Lane Fox - Philanthropist and Entrepreneur; Co-Founded Lastminute.com, UK
44. Nancy Cruickshank - Founder, MyShowcase.com, UK
45. Natalie Massenet - Founder, Net-a-Porter, UK
46. Nicola Mendelsohn - Vice-President EMEA, Facebook, UK
47. Sarah Wood - Co-Founder, Unruly, UK
48. Sherry Coutu - Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director, Investor and Advisor, UK
49. Dr Sue Black - Founder & CEO, Savvify; Mentor, Google Campus for Mums, UK
50. Wendy Tan White - Co-founder and CEO, Moonfruit, UK

Hear from inspiring businesswomen including Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark and Isuzu Truck UK honorary chairwoman Nikki King OBE at the Inspiring Women Edinburgh conference at the Balmoral Hotel on March 5th 2015 - book now and get 25% off.

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