Celebrating its inaugural year, the Awards recognise not only outstanding women who have made significant achievements, but also male allies, companies and teams who have made a positive impact throughout the electronics industry.

Thank you, too, to the excellent host for the awards, the comedian and writer Eleanor Tiernan. And we hope the evening was enjoyed by all!


Note that special thanks are due to our judging panel of industry experts who kindly gave their time.

The judges were (alphabetically):

  • Sujit Bhattacharya, Lead DSP & FPGA Engineer, CMR Surgical
  • Dr Monika Biddulph, Non-executive director, AFC Energy Plc
  • Annette Bley, Director, Publicity Chair, Annette Bley PR, DVCon Europe
  • Helen Duncan, Chief Marketing Officer, Blueshift Memory
  • Harriet Green, Founder & Philanthropist, Former CEO & Chair IBM AP, Founder & Chair Academies for Youth with Potential
  • Karen Holland, CEO, XCAM Ld
  • Amelia Kallman, Futurist, Speaker, Author of The Big Reveal UK
  • Akshata Kishore Moharir, Senior data scientist, Microsoft
  • Ash Madni, Managing Director, Madni Technologies (UK)
  • Jan Peters PhD, Director, Katalytik
  • Andy Sellars, Strategic Development Director, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
  • Dr. Nicola Thorn, CEO & Founder, AND Technology Research Ltd.
  • Paulette Watson, Founder and Managing Director Academy Achievers and STEM Academy Achievers Ghana
  • Helen Weedon, Owner and Senior Account Director, Managing Director, Radical Moves & Satcoms Innovation Group
  • Scott White, Founder & Executive Director, Pragmatic Semiconductor

WLIEA Winners

You can find full list of winners below, for the Women Leaders In Electronics Awards 2024.

Electronics Engineer of the Year
Karen Craigmyle

Leader of the Year – Industry Focused
Giorgia Longobardi
H/C Zhanet Zaharieva

Leader of the Year – Workplace Focused
Rituparna Mandal

Returner of the Year
Manjula Balasubramanian
H/C Helen Whistance

Electronics Entrepreneur of the Year
Zhanet Zaharieva

STEM Pioneer Rising Star
Vasiliki Xiradaki

Unsung Hero in a Leadership Role
Susmitha Sunkaranam
H/C Priyanka Viswanathan

Technical Excellence
Tahereh Ghazaany
H/C Fatemeh Hoveizavi

Safety and Compliance
Priyanka Viswanathan

Electronics Rising Star
Dr Annika Moeslein
H/C Ferheen Ayaz

Innovator of the Year
Sohini Kar-Narayan
H/C Monia Chiavacci

Unsung Hero
Nancy Castro
H/C Ortrud Wenzel

Mentor of the Year
Madhuparna Datta
H/C Lynn Tomkins

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programme of the Year
UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), Girls into Electronics

Woman of the Year – Industry Focused
Catherine Ramsdale
H/C Jordan Brompton

Woman of the Year – Design Focused
Vicky Messer

Woman of the Year
Sara Pellegrini

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Valerie Lynch

Congratulations to one and all! Stay tuned for more pictures and video interviews from the event itself.

The shortlists for the awards can be viewed here.