Nora Khaldi of Nuritas won the Grace Hopper Award for her contributions to the world of STEM.
A large number of people and organizations were honored at this year’s Diversity in Tech Awards.
Among the honorees were founder and CEO of Nuritas Nora Khaldi, the nonprofit Open Doors Initiative, as well as larger companies such as Cognizant and Oracle.
The ceremony took place tonight (September 21) at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin and shed light on individuals and organizations striving to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.
Khaldi took home the Grace Hopper Award for her achievements as founder of Dublin-based biotech company Nuritas. Named after the pioneering computer scientist, the award recognizes a woman who works in STEM and has made an outstanding contribution to the industry.
Last year’s winner of the Grace Hopper Award was Sri Lankan-born Irish computer scientist Sheree Atcheson.
Khaldi founded Nuritas in 2014. Since then, she has led international research teams around the world, in both academic and industrial settings. Earlier this year, she moved to the US to oversee the company’s expansion there.
Khaldi said the award is “true proof” of the work she and her colleagues are doing.
“I grew up with a diverse background; my educational skills have been developed through the interaction of different fields of science and mathematics that do not usually come together. I have instilled this diversity at Nuritas from the very beginning and I truly believe that the way forward is when diverse ideas, diverse people and diverse educational backgrounds come together to create something beautiful.”
Ireland’s non-profit education and employment organization, the Open Doors Initiative, received the Diversity Impact Award for its work promoting diversity in the workplace. It works with government services to create pathways to education, employment and entrepreneurship for underrepresented people.
Jeanne McDonagh, CEO of the Open Doors Initiative, said that “some people see work as a necessity to endure”.
“At the Open Doors Initiative, we see it as a joy and a challenge and a means to help others succeed. It is our passion to see people from all walks of life overcome barriers and challenges, progress and find their calling. It is an honor for us that they entrust us with this task and for which we are very grateful.”
This was the first time in three years that the Diversity in Tech Awards ceremony was held in person. This year’s event saw participants from all over the world.
Tracey Carney, MD of the Diversity in Tech Awards, said: “The event is not just about celebrating excellence, but also about sharing knowledge and experience. The number of entries this year has been exceptional and I would like to thank all the great finalists and winners congratulations to those who have joined us here tonight.”
Diversity in Tech Awards winners 2022
Nora Khaldi, Nuritas – Grace Hopper Award Open Doors Initiative – Diversity Impact Award Cognizant – Divers Company of the Year Access Earth – Social Impact Award Axonista – Health & Wellness Award Carmel Owens, Sidero – Diversity Role Model Award Oracle – LGBTQ+ Inclusion Award Brian Dalton , Fiserv – Disability Inclusion Award eBay – Cultural Inclusion Award Dr. Mary Coghlan, EY – Tech Leader Award Ellen Gunning, Mettacomms – Entrepreneur Award Rena Maycock, Cilter Technologies – Trailblazer Award Alma Tarfa, Workhuman – Rising Star Award Nitheen Kaperi Sanyal, Merck – Digital Transformation Award Alison Treacy, Tangent/Trinity College Dublin – Mentorship Award Uditi Sharma, Elevate Tech – Young Female STEM Pioneer Yen Phan, CodLad – Data Scientist Award
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