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athrin is one of four finalists to be announced in the International Leader of the Year category in the prestigious 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. As Chief International Relations and Communications Officer, Cathrin was nominated for her work supporting the global connectivity of GÉANT. Through this she is both supporting women and inspiring them – by delivering digital opportunities to a worldwide audience. “Before you light a fibre, or set down a single line of code, you have to network people. This is what Cathrin does.” Ann Harding, GÉANT Activity Leader. The award calls for people who can demonstrate not only that their work is

supporting women, but who can also act as powerful role models. The GÉANT project offers an excellent platform to promote women in technology. Cathrin’s role very tangibly shows the value a career in IT can deliver to women, and to society as a whole, and this is a key driver in inspiring women into the sector. Cathrin was selected after a rigorous interview process, during which she was evaluated by a panel of high profile technologists from across industry. She joins a strong category including senior execs from American Express, VMware International and Credit Suisse AGE. The winner will be announced in London on 17th March. Find out more at

The British tech industry is thriving, predicted to be worth £221bn by 2016. As a result it is estimated that by 2022 the UK will need at least 1.82 million new engineering, science and technology professionals. Advances in technology have created a huge variety of fascinating new careers from mobile technology to energy requirements. Yet despite this, only one in 20 IT job applicants is female according to half of tech employers. The reasons for this are varied, but unhelpful stereotypes and low take up of STEM subjects in schools are regularly cited as reasons why the industry lacks gender diversity. The tech industry is crying out for fresh talent with nearly half of all technology firms seeking to hire more staff. Research shows that role models and opportunities to network are key to countering this talent deficit and the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is the industry’s most influential programme that both celebrates and inspires.


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CONNECT Magazine Issue 18  

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CONNECT Magazine Issue 18  

Innovation with impact - An in-depth look at GÉANT’s first Open Call

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