Hidden Figures Award

Celebrating and awarding women in STEM field, who have done amazing work and are our role models for future generations.

These are the Hidden Figures Award winners 2021


Zulma Prieto - Hidden Figures Award Winner 2021 Category Startup

From left to right: Taisha Fabricius (Keynote Non-Profit Category, Tatjana Nebel, Noemi Kaufmann, Alexandra Diening, Marisa Tschopp, Zulma Prieto, Claudia Bruce-Quartey (Jury Member), Magaly Mathys, Priska Burkard (Initiator and Co-Founder TechFace)

Category: Empowered Women

Congratulation to Alexandra Diening (EPAM Systems)

Alexandra is the head of Research for a large corporation in the tech industry. She built a team from 0 to 10+ experts, is part of senior leadership and driving the global research competency. Empowering others and driving the excellence in research in tech is at the heart of her work. All that meanwhile having her first child (now 2 years old), she embodies a true example of resilience and women power. 


Introduction finalists

Category: Startup / Innovation

Congratulations to Zulma Prieto (Emilian AG)

Zulma has co-founded Emilian AG, an insurtech startup offering an insurance platform helping small insurance advisors, particularly in emerging countries, to digitize and contribute to closing the insurance gap in those countries. Thanks to Zulma’s vision, Emilian has developed a platform with the power of getting more people in the world protected. Emilian, being white label platform, allows insurance advisors to strengthen their business and their own brand and thereby contribute to their community with their business. Emilian is innovative because there currently exists no insurance platform which seeks to establish end-to-end-connectivity by connecting the data silos that currently exist in the sector.


Introduction finalists

Category: Non-Profit Organisation

Congratulations to Sonia Karkare (Adavanced to Ampify)

Sonia has co-founded Advanced to Amplify, to serve professionally at-risk women in reskilling and preparing for the digital economies of tomorrow. Advance to Amplify (AtoA), is a venture born out of the Roxbourg MBA program – a special, one-of-a-kind MBA program focused on social impact. The goal of our venture is to make a difference in gender diversity, especially for women who are professionally at-risk.


Introduction finalists

Award Nomination


Hidden Figures Award aims to make sure meaningful but less obvious contributions to STEM are never overlooked in the way the black women who played a key role in the moon landing at NASA were.

We believe that these Hidden Figures need to be awarded for their efforts, work, achievements and most of all for their contribution as women in STEM. These are the role models the world needs to see and we want to celebrate. We want to expose the amazing work they have done and give others the opportunity to thank them for their contribution! Therefore we grant the “Hidden Figures Award 2021”.


There is this one female work colleague, who just pulled off a huge project for the company. The one who has amazing ideas and created an innovative solution for an issue your company was facing. Or your friend, who puts all her passion and energy into their startup or volunteer organisation to help others.

In other words, we all know them, those Hidden Figures in our lives, who have made the world a tiny bit better or even had a huge impact, but never got the well deserved recognition.

Above all, they don’t appear in newspaper, they were never nominated for an award and let alone received the Nobel price.


There are a few rules, we would like to instate to be eligible for the nomination of this award:

  • This award is only for women
  • Everyone can nominate, even the nominee herself
  • The nominee has never been a finalist for or has received an award before
  • Nominees and the reason for nomination must be related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)

Every nominator gets the chance to win a ticket for the #wetechtogether conference where we will be celebrating and awarding the women in STEM you have nominated.

Award Categories

Empowered Woman Award

Startup / Innovation

Non-Profit Organisation

The Award prices will be proudly supported by:

Fossil Switzerland
Sheraton Zurich Hotel
Zurich Switzerland logo
Startup Women Logo DE
Terreni alla Maggia Logo EN

Award Prizes

Sheraton Zurich West

Overnight Stay at Sheraton Zurich West

All finalists will be invited to stay overnight at the Shearton Zurich West with VIP  amenities and breakfast included.

#Wetechtogether diversity in Tech

Award Celebration & #wetechtogether Conference

All finalists are invited to celebrate the nomination at the Award Night and join us for the #wetechtogether conference the next day!

Fossil Store

Presents from different sponsors

Our sponsors will be giving away different kind of presents! Stay tuned to see who will be supporting our Hidden Figures!


29th of August 2021

Nominate your Hidden Figure

15th of September 2021

Announcement of finalists

1st October 2021

Award Ceremony

(*all finalists will receive complimentary access to the #wetechtogether conference 2021)

Jury Members

More jury members will be announced soon!

Stefany Barker, Co-Founder and Board of Advisor Member TechFace

David Luyet
Head Talent Attraction
@ Swisscom

Stefany Barker, Co-Founder and Board of Advisor Member TechFace

Claudia Bruce-Quartey
Key Account Manager
@ Red Hat

Stefany Barker, Co-Founder and Board of Advisor Member TechFace

Stefano Mallè
Head of Technology Switzerland

Heike Riel

Heike Riel
Head Science & Technology

Christine Leiss Fossil EN

Christine Leiss
Head of Philanthropy & Sustainability EMEA
@ Fossil

Dalith Steiger

Dalith Steiger
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
@ Swiss Cognitive

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