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Women in AI Awards APAC 2023: Finalists Announced

Announcement posted by Jewelrock 15 May 2023

We are thrilled to announce the finalists of the WAI Awards for 2023 - now across APAC!


In response to the exceptional standard of entries across the Asia-Pacific, and across 18 categories, this year the awards finalists have been narrowed to just two finalists in each category.  This is reflective of the exceedingly high standard of awards we have received, and the overall closeness of results in the final judging.


We are also excited to announce two finalists for the WAI Trailblazer Award and two finalists for the inaugural Indigenous Leadership in AI Award.


This year’s awards return to Sydney on 16 June 2023 at the iconic Art Gallery of New South Wales


The invitation-only event will commence with a separate Awards Ceremony in the Domain Theatre  to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of women in AI across APAC- followed by an exceptional Gala Dinner in the Gallery’s Entrance Court.


This year's finalists are:

WAI Trailblazer Award

Maria Liuzzi | Australia

Qinghua Lu | Australia


Indigenous Leadership in AI Award

Angella Ndaka | New Zealand

Andree Nenkam Mentho | Australia


AI in Health

Faezeh Marzbanrad | Australia

Fatemeh Vafaee | Australia


AI in Mining

Malgorzata Sikora | Australia

Lun-Wei Ku | Taiwan


AI in Law

Arisa Ema | Japan

Rita Matulionyte | Australia


AI in Finance

Kendra Vant | Australia

Maneet Singh | India


AI in Agribusiness and Rural Development

Saba Samiei | New Zealand

Mahla Nejati | New Zealand


AI in Cyber Security

Rachael Greaves | Australia

Olya Ohrimenko | Australia


AI in Education

Wafa Johal | Australia

Yi-Shan Tsai | Australia


AI in Defence and Intelligence

Zena Assaad | Australia

Sara Webb | Australia


AI in Infrastructure

Riya Aggarwal | Australia

Orla Glynn | Australia


AI in Manufacturing

Kari Jones | New Zealand

Mya Thandar | Japan


AI in Creative Industries

Miriam Hochwald | Australia

Shruti Nagpal | India


AI in Sport

Elisa Koch | Australia

Alice Sweeting | Australia


AI in Climate

Sumudu Senanayake | Sri Lanka

Kam Lin MAH | Malaysia


AI in Environment and Biodiversity

Petra Kuhnert | Australia

Xun Li | Australia


AI in Space

Rizka Widyarini Purwanto | Indonesia

Anais Möller | Australia


AI in Humanitarian Action

Jessica Ford | Australia

Armielyn Obinguar | Philippines


AI in Innovation

Samantha Lengyel | Australia

Yang Song | Australia


Communicating AI

Cathy Robinson | Australia

Parul Pandey | India


Each of this years’ 18 awards categories are judged on innovation, leadership and inspiration; their global potential and impact, and ability of their AI solution to provide positive outcomes for their community and citizens. 


After the winners of each category are announced, the inaugural Indigenous Leadership in AI Award, the WAI Trailblazer Award, two runners up and the overall WAI Innovator of the year will be presented.


Every winner will benefit from endorsement, prestige, recognition, opportunities for collaboration, extensive media exposure, while the top winners will share in a $50,000 prize pool and additional valuable prizes graciously offered by our Community and VC Partners.


Surrounded by a display of the best of international and Australian art, the visually spectacular arena creates a unique space where the 350 guests from the AI and business community can network and celebrate in recognition of the winners and finalists of the WAI Women in AI Awards. 


Please join us and our Premier Partner: CSIRO I National AI Centre, Principal Partners: NAB, Monash Data Futures Institute, NSW Department of Customer Service, Lockheed Martin Australia and our valued Lead partners: RMIT, University of Auckland, Deakin University, STEM Matters and the Brilliant, AIML, Capgemini, Charles Sturt University, Accenture, Transurban, Dell Technologies, and KPMG in congratulating all our finalists - we wish them good luck on the Awards Night!




Andra Müller

CEO, Jewelrock

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