Celebrate digital leaders

4 October 2022

12:00 pm - 06:00 pm CET

Join our annual Awards Event 2022 on 4 October with this year's theme: Be different. Enrich your digital future. The event takes place on diversity day at the beautiful location KPN-Tower in Rotterdam where you are invited for a lunch staring at 12 pm.

The official programme kicksoff at 1 pm with a warm welcome from our hosts are Paul Slot, EVP Infrastructure and diversity leader and Geke Rosier, Founder of RightBrains. We are proud to present our special guests who will inspire you with their jouneys, experiences and visions:

Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, RightBrains ambassador and Chair Advisory Board SER Topvrouwen will open with the first keynote. According to Marguerite 'Change is the law of digital life'; digital leaders are reinventing and reinvigorating their companies from the past and present into the future. Marguerite will also reflect on the digital agenda of the G20.

Our second keynote speaker is Mimoent Haddouti, Global Head First Line Risk & Security at Rabobank and winner of the Digital Leadership & Diversity award in 2017. Mimoent will talk about her career and diversity; give you insights and develpments in the Cyber World. She will zoom in on topics such as: types of criminals, and what you can do yourself to prevent cyber crime. In the end, it's all about people. 

The final keynote 'The Drive to Thrive' from Benji Coetzee, EVP Growth & Change at KPN and winner of the RightBrains Digital Leadership award 2021, will talk about the difference between passion and ambition, the difference between risk and freedom, and what does it take to thrive, to embody your passion, and not be scared of opinions of others. 

At 3:30 pm all nominees will join the stage where they will be presented. The official programme ends with the announcement of the winners for the Digital Talent award and Digital Leadership & Diversity award. Then... it's time for drinks, to meet and mingle!

Check out the nominees!

RightBrains and Computable invited you to nominate female talent and leaders who have made their mark in digital technology. The purpose of the awards is to share inspiring role model stories and best practices. The Digital Leadership award goes to those leaders of organizations who don't only talk about bringing more gender balance in digital technology but have proven actions to success. The Digital Talent award goes to someone who is an example for the next generation of female digital talents. Female role models are essential for attracting and retaining more women in this field.

Find out who are the top 5 nominees for the Digital Leadership award and the top 10 nominations for the Digital Talent award. Public voting has ended on the 11th of September!

The jury process

The top 5 nominees will be determined by an expert jury consisting of Kay Formanek (Author D&I, CEO Diversity and Performance), Prof. dr. Erik Beulen (Professor of information management at Tilburg University), Dr. Jeroen van der Velden (Associate professor of strategy and director Center for Strategy, Organization and Leadership at Nyenrode), Raymond Hannes (expert on Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Hanneke Takkenberg (Professor of Clinical Decision Making in Cardio-Thoracic Interventions at Erasmus MC & Executive Director Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations), and Sander Hulsman (editor-in-Chief at Computable).

The public vote and jury verdict each determine the half who will win on October 4, 2022.

Award winners 2017 - 2021

The winners of the Digital Leadership awards were: Mimoent Haddouti, Global Head First Line Risk & Security at Rabobank (2017); Corry Wouters, Cluster Manager I&A at VieCuri Medical Center (2018); Candice Dillon, CIO at VodafoneZiggo (2019); Martine van Iperen, Senior Development Manager and member of the CTO Management Team at Exact (2020) and Benji Coetzee, EVP Customer Growth & Change at KPN (2021).

The winners of the Digital Talent awards were: Laura Helgering, IT Engineer II at ABN AMRO (2017); Lotte de Haas, Product Owner Omnichannel CRM at KPN (2018); Erida Kaja, Global Domain Architect at ERIKS (2019); Lisanne Brons, Business Lead Modern Work & Cyber Security at Microsoft (2020) and Lisanne Smink, Product Owner Business Intelligence and Analytics at Van Lanschot Kempen (2021). 

How to join?

Our events are accessible for free to all RightBrainers. Create an account on the RightBrains Career & Mentor platform and follow the onboarding instructions. You can register on your dashboard for upcoming events.


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Keynote speakers

Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, RightBrains ambassador and Chair Advisory Board SER Topvrouwen

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Mimoent Haddouti, Global Head First Line Risk & Security at Rabobank and winner of the RightBrains Digital Leadership award 2017

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Our chairwoman

Benji Coetzee, EVP Growth & Change at KPN and winner of the RightBrains Digital Leadership award 2021

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Our hosts

Paul Slot, eVP Infrastructure and diversity leader at KPN

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Geke Rosier, Founder at RightBrains and winner of the Dianne Bevelander Prize 2022

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