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Tech Leader of the Year Award

Cast your vote and decide who has demonstrated the most outstanding tech leadership.

The TechXLR8 2020 "Tech Leader of the Year" award recognises individual executives, whose outstanding leadership has resulted in the implementation and success of technology in their businesses and beyond.

The Finalists


  • Amy Peck, Senior Director Enterprise Content, HTC Vive
  • Anton Mozgovoy, Head of Product, Jthereum
  • Bleddyn Williams, Head of Engineering, Sainsbury's Tech
  • Chandini Jain, Founder & CEO, Auquan
  • Christian Rouffaer, Head of Unit - Virtual Reality, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • David Trossell, CEO & CTO, Bridgeworks Ltd
  • Dean Demellweek, Digital Transformation Leader and Blockchain Evangelist, BNP Paribas
  • Deepti Atrish, Founder & CEO, Poonyah Care Ltd
  • Dries Buytaert, Founder & Project Lead, Drupal / CTO, Founder & Chairman, Acquia
  • Esme Caulfield, Competitions Lead, Tech Nation
  • Fabrizio Burlando, Executive Vice President, Data & Services, Mastercard
  • Helen Dudfield, Chief Scientist, QinetiQ


  • Ilana Wisby, CEO, Oxford Quantum Circuits
  • James Corcoran, CTO - Enterprise Solutions, Kx
  • Joanna Arnold, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • Jose Prieto, Programme Director, BT
  • Kevin Knowles, Global Head of Contact Automation, Vodafone Group
  • Laura Trendall Morrison, Founder, The Gamechanger Consultancy
  • Louis-Victor Jadavji, Co-founder & CEO, Taloflow
  • Lucas Wilczynski, President, European Space Foundation
  • Maarten Ectors, Chief Innovation Officer, Legal and General
  • Maher Chebbo, GM & Global Chief Commercial/Innovation Officer Digital Energy Solutions, GE Power
  • Mariana Gomez de la Villa, Distributed Ledger Technology Program Director, ING
  • Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK, Google
  • Mike Young, Group Chief Information Officer, Centrica
  • Pauline Cowan, Innovation Lead, Personal Banking, Strategy & Innovation, RBS


  • Rain Takahashi, Founder & CEO, Jauntin
  • Ravinder Pal Singh, Chief Information & Innovation Officer, Air Vistara
  • Rob Greig, Group CIO, Arup
  • Robert Barnes, CEO, TradeIX The Marco Polo Network
  • Rui Pedro Silva, Director of Technology Strategy & Planning, Maersk 
  • Sarah Ouakim, VP Strategic Business, Mimerse
  • Saurabh Johri, Chief Scientific Officer, Babylon Health
  • Scott Joslin, Senior Vice President, WarnerMedia
  • Scott Walchek, Founder & CEO, Trov
  • Simon Hill, Co-founder & CEO, Wazoku
  • Steve Papa, CEO, Parallel Wireless
  • Stylianos Taxidis, Lead Data Scientist, Thames Water
  • Tracy Cosgrove, Director, Passport To Success Myanmar
  • Yves-Michel Leporcher, Blockchain Technology Expert, Groupe Renault