Each year ODA-Nettverk awards dedicated work supporting the promotion of gender equality and diversity in the tech industry. The ODA Award Woman award will be presented for the 15th time this year. The winner will be announced at the Inspiration Day on the 4th of May. The finalists are:
Candidate 1: Aiko Yamashita | DNB
Aiko Yamashita is the section head of DNB’s ESG Data Hub and leads the Center of Excellence in ESG Analytics in the bank. She is a strong advocate for women taking a greater role in the development of technology and innovation, and she emphasizes the importance of ethics and diversity when creating real solutions for the future. She encourages everyone to work towards greater diversity, and she believes that small actions can produce significant results.
Aiko is also a visible role model outside DNB, constantly contributing to debates, blog posts, podcasts, and articles. She has given presentations both internally and externally about prejudices surrounding data and the importance of getting more women into IT.
Aiko’s results demonstrate the value of having a leader that actively focuses on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By prioritizing these efforts, the company has not only improved the experiences of its employees but also enhanced its business outcomes.
Candidate 2: Eunice Hammond-Mørklid | Inno-Sci school of programming
Eunice Hammond-Mørklid is the Co-Founder of Inno-Sci school of programming, which aims to provide equitable access to industry training, and mentorship to accelerate skill building to women from all walks of life, irrespective of age, ethnicity, or socio-economic background.
She is a visible role model outside her own organization. Eunice has won the Nordic Women in Tech 2022 award, and she has been featured in articles, blog posts, and podcasts that highlight her work in fostering diversity and inclusion in the IT sector.
Eunice is brave in pursuing her dream of creating a more diverse and inclusive IT sector. She empowers women with the necessary skills to succeed in the IT sector. With a positive, high-energy, and personal touch to her work, she always goes above and beyond the call of duty to pursue excellence.
Candidate 3: Åshild Hanne Larsen | Equinor
Åshild Hanne Larsen is the Vice President of Subsurface Excellence & Digital at Equinor. During her previous job as the company’s global head of IT and Chief Information Officer, she actively recruited more women and non-Norwegian candidates to increase the diversity in her extended team. She also played a key role in significantly improving the gender balance among graduates across the IT function. Åshild’s current leadership team is made up of 50% women and 50% men from diverse backgrounds.
Åshild also mentors younger women and actively shares her experiences and advice on how to increase diversity across the tech industry with other companies. Outside of her organization, she is a visible role model, leading debates at global events such as the World Petroleum Congress and giving keynotes on the importance of gender diversity and how it drives business value both within and outside her own industry.
She is known as a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and her actions have had a ripple effect far beyond her company and the borders of her country.
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