Inspiring Fifty UK 2021

Anushka Sharma
4 min readSep 26, 2021


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,, 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.



Anushka Sharma

Founder, Naaut 🚀 [ innovation * frontier technology * execution ]