Women in AI and Data Science awards

April 13, 2021

Innovative women in AI (artificial intelligence) and data science from Australia and New Zealand are being recognised at the first ever event in Sydney.

Innovative women in AI (artificial intelligence) and data science from Australia and New Zealand are being recognised at the first ever event in Sydney on Friday 26 March 2021.

Covering a huge range of categories from health and mining to finance and agribusiness, the awards recognises pioneers in their fields smashing stereotypes and disrupting their sectors.

“Technology means safer and more productive mining jobs. Attracting more women into our industry is essential to meet increasing demand for technical skills in areas like robotics and AI. The MCA is proud to sponsor the AI in Mining Award and celebrate the women leading our industry into the future,” says Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia Tanis Constable, one of the industry supporters of the event.

“Artificial Intelligence has stepped confidently out of the research labs into everyday life, starting to alter the way we learn and work, entertain and dream,” says Professor Simeon SimoffDean at WSU’s School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Science.

“By identifying outstanding talent in AI Technology, Women in AI awards will certainly ensure that diverse voices have profound impact in shaping future AI systems.”

Congrats to the winner and ‘Innovator of the Year’ Jamila Gordon, CEO & founder of Lumachain, and runners up Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO & cofounder of Presagen and Fiona Turner, cofounder & CEO of Bitwise Agronomy.

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Meet the Women in AI award finalists!


Dr Michelle Perugini, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Presagen

Dr Rahil Garnavi, Senior Technical Staff Member, Master Inventor, IBM Research

Dr Fatemeh Vafaee, Senior Lecturer & Principle Investigator, AI in Biomedicine Laboratory, UNSW


Angela Rodrigues, PhD Candidate, Monash University School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Juliette Murphy, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, FloodMapp

Holly Bridgwater, Principal Industry Engagement, Unearthed

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Dr Sandra L J Johnson, Director | Child Development Paediatrics Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Dr Kobi Leins, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, Centre for AI and Digital Ethics
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Melbourne

Aurelie Jacquet, Chair, IT-043 Standards Committee on AI


Dr Catherine Lopes, Founder & Director, Opsdo Analytics; Head of Data Strategy & Analytics, ME Bank

Sammi Bhatia, Co-Founder & COO, Medius Health

Dr Wen Chen (Monica), Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61

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Anastasia Volkova, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FluroSat

Fiona Turner, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bitwise Agronomy

Supriya Nair, Director, OutofBox Solutions

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Cyber security

Dr Junae Kim, Cyber & AI Specialist, Defence Science and Technology Group

Dr Lina Yao, Scientia Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW

Dr Sarah Erfani, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne


Dr Beena Ahmed, Co-Founder, Say66, Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW

Lane Litz, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Chatterize

Dr Thushari Atapattu, Research Associate, School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide

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Dr Kerry Trentelman, AI & Agents Specialist | Defence Science and Technology Group | Department of Defence

Dr Niusha Shafi Abady, Founder, CognoBit, Associate Professor in Intelligent Systems

Squadron Leader Kate Yaxley, Royal Australian Air Force Sir Richard Williams Scholar


Distinguished Professor, Fang Chen, Executive Director, Data Science, University of Technology Sydney

Bonnie Shaw, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Place Intelligence

Jiaming Li, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61


Jamila Gordon, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Lumachain

Liesl Yearsley, Chief Executive Officer, a.kin

Holly Hutson, Machine Learning Engineer, Max Kelsen


Yolande Strengers, Associate Professor, Digital Technology and Society, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Faculty of IT, Monash University

Dr Cécile Paris, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61

Michelle Aguilar, CTO and Co-Founder, VAPAR

The Women in AI Awards are also supported by the Minerals Council of Australia, Western Sydney University, Lockheed Martin, the University of Sydney, The Monash Data Futures Institute, Salesforce, Microsoft, ServiceNow, CommBank, Telstra, CSIRO, and AIML.

First published at www.CareerswithSTEM.com. Read more profiles and stories of Women in STEM!

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