On Monday 20th September on day one of London Tech Week it was an honour to be published in the Financial Times as one of the top 50 most inspiring women in UK Tech. It is truly wonderful to be named alongside so many trailblazers and leaders. On Monday we were invited to attend an event hosted by AccelerateHer and Inspiring Fifty where we heard from some great minds including Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law society and Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state. The most wonderful part of the day was connecting with and meeting my fellow winners, it was the first large conference I had attended in person since CogX this past June.
Check out the full list of the Inspiring Fifty UK 2021 winners below.
Inspiring Fifty UK Winners 2021
Alison Loehnis, President, Luxury & Fashion, NET-A-PORTER, MR PORTER and THE OUTNET
Ana Bakshi, Executive Director, Oxford Foundry, University of Oxford
Anushka Sharma, Founder, Naaut, Co-Founder, London Space Network
Cathy McCabe, Co-Founder & CEO Proximity Insight, Board Member for AIOTI, & Quantum Industry Consortium
Chantal Epp, Founder & CEO, ClicknClear
Chloe Macintosh, Founder & CEO, Kama
Dee Saigal, CEO & Creative Director, Erase All Kittens
Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi, General Practitioner, Obama Leader, Co-Founder & CEO, C the Signs
Dr Devaki Bhatta, Co-Founder and Director, multiple healthtech/agritech startups
Dr Larissa Suzuki, Data/AI Practice Lead UKI, Google Cloud
Dr Marzia Bolpagni, Head of BIM International — Associate Director, Mace Group
Dr. Verena Rieser, Co-Founder & Head of NLP, ALANA AI
Eshita Kabra, Founder & CEO, By Rotation
Evelyn Ngatia, Founder & CEO, TechaWatt Ltd
Hera Hussain, Founder & CEO, Chayn
Karen Blackett OBE, Country Manager, WPP, CEO, GroupM
Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder, Tezos
Katie Grosvenor, Head of Sales, Buy Side, Northern Europe, IAS
Kayleigh Oliver, Founder & Developer, Junction 5 Studios
Linda Knutsen, Division Head, Exploration, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory
Maria Pasquale, Co-Founder, UpSpark
Marija Butkovic, Founder & CEO, Women of Wearables, Forbes contributor
Marta Jasinska, CTO, Bloom & Wild
May Al-Karooni, CEO & Founder, Globechain
Mei Chen, Director, Head of Fashion & Luxury, Alibaba Group
Melinda Nicci, CEO, Founder & Chair, Body Collective Group
Melissa Di Donato, Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Management Board, SUSE
Mikela Druckman, CEO & Co-Founder, Greyparrot
Natalia Pawlak, COO, MY WARDROBE HQ, COO & Co-Founder, MY VENTURES
Priya Guha MBE, Venture Partner, Merian Ventures, Member of InnovateUK Council
Rachel Murphy, CEO, Difrent
Rashmy Chatterjee, CEO, ISTARI
Rebecca Sparrow, Delivery Director, Centrica
Renee Watson, Founder & Head of Explosions, The Curiosity Box
Rita Martins, FinTech Partnerships Lead, HSBC
Sarah Jane Thomson, CEO & Founder, Discover.film, CEO, First News, Director, Priority One IT Limited
Saswati Saha Mitra, Research Leader, WhatsApp
Sheree Atcheson, Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Valtech
Sherry Coutu CBE, Serial Entrepreneur, Mother, Non-Executive Director, Investor and Philanthropist
Sonali De Rycker, Partner, Accel
Sonya Barlow, CEO & Founder, LMF Network
Sophie Neary, Group Director, Facebook UK & Ireland
Stephanie Eltz, CEO & Co-Founder, Doctify
Tania Boler, CEO & Founder, Elvie
Tanu Chellam, VP Product, Seldon, Chair of the Board of Directors, Rosetta Digital
Tanya Suarez, Founder & CEO, IoT Tribe & BluSpecs
Tessa Clarke, Co-Founder & CEO, OLIO
Triin Linamagi, Co-Founder, Sie Ventures
Yin Noe, CEO & Co-Founder, Savium
Yodit Stanton, CEO & Founder, OpenSensors
Allow me to introduce myself
If we haven’t met please find below my biography with some information about some of the work I do. If you would like to reach out to collaborate, grab a coffee and introduction, invite me to speak at events or host a virtual or in person event please connect with me on Twitter @nushkino
Anushka Sharma founded Naaut, a tech and space innovation consultancy to provide a 360 approach to innovation strategy serving space agencies, startups, academia, AI accelerators, primes, and deep tech companies. She has advised the No 10 Policy Unit, NASA, Disrupt Space, ESA, BIOS among others.
As well as Naaut, Anushka co-founded the London Space Network (LSN) in January 2019, LSN organises monthly networking events across London to build and strengthen the UK space community.
Earlier this year, Anushka joined DiRAC, the UK’s High Performance Computing Facility as Senior Technical Programme Coordinator and is working across the convergence of HPC with artificial intelligence and machine learning at the intersection of industry, academia, startups and science.
Active in the Space and Technology ecosystems across the UK, Europe, and the USA, Nush actively champions diversity in STEM fields. Nush has been a mentor, subject matter expert and judge in many Space and startup hackathons over the past decade and supports young and mid-senior level professionals transitioning into STEM careers.
As a science communicator, you might hear her commenting on the radio about an upcoming SpaceX launch or discussing how space debris is being tackled by startups demonstrating different technologies or why recent missions to Mars matter today and in the future.
Anushka connects dots between people, technology and organisations in the fuzzy space of innovation especially now as mainstream interest in the space sector captures the imagination, so does the opportunity to inspire, create and build on the growing momentum this brings with Naaut.