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SA's 50 most inspiring rolemodels in tech, innovation sectors honoured

Inspiring Fifty, in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have unveiled their pick of the 50 most most inspiring South African women in the technology and innovation sectors.

"These groundbreaking women will not only be recognised in South Africa, but will form part of a global network of women," said Netherlands Consul General Bonnie Horbach.

“These 50 women will go on to inspire and encourage both young girls and boys in this country and showcase the opportunities that they may not have realized were available to them. It is an exciting time for women in STEM in South Africa."

In order to have met the criteria, the nominee had to be a founder of a technology company; or hold a position in a C-Level position in a technology company; or be an influencer, academic or politician in the technology or innovation space.

The judges of this year's #InspiringFiftySA included Carol Bouwer, business leader and UNICEF SA Advocate for Women and Children, Irene Ochem, Founder and CEO of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist and Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, Abbas Jamie, Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon Africa, who also serves as the Community Liaison Africa for the World Design Organisation and SABC news anchor Thabile Ngwato.

The 2018 #InspiringFiftySA honourees are:

“The African tech ecosystem is growing exponentially. This is re-shaping the South African economy as technology and innovation are leapfrogging beyond established technology, ideas, and infrastructure,” says Bonnie Horbach, the Netherlands Consul General in Cape Town.

“The instrumental role played by women in this sector should be made more visible on a local and global level. These women are the inspiring role models for the future. Inspiring Fifty South Africa allows us to create a platform for these women in technology, showing our girls that they can do the same.”

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