Engineer Powerwoman Award
An independent jury consisting of members of the WomenPower Congress Advisory Board nominated three women for the Engineer Powerwoman career award.
The award is endowed with 5,000 euros and encourages companies to recognize the performance and special commitment of their female employees in STEM professions. The winner will be announced at the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days on 14 July, 2020.
The nominees are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Sophie Borgne is the Senior Vice President of Digital Plant Business, developing industrial automation products and systems for hybrid and discrete industries, with a strong focus on Digital Offers and Industrial Internet of Things.
Since she joined Schneider Electric in 2001, Sophie has gained a strong international exposure in Africa, China, France and Italy while leading teams in many different functions: marketing, business development, process automation systems testing, customer support, industrialization, supply chain and training.
Sophie holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris) and an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs (Paris).
Dr. Katharina Helten works as Head of Mechanical Modules for the Business Unit Electrification Technologies within Vitesco Technologies, the powertrain area of Continental. As part of the pre-development, her department develops key components such as the electrical machine for future electric drivetrains.
She holds a Diploma degree from RWTH Aachen and a doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Technische Universität München, both in Mechanical Engineering.
Since more than 15 years, Katharina Helten actively volunteers to support female experts and leaders in STEM areas, i.e. as active member of Femtec.Alumnae e.V..
A life for human space travel - fascinated by the moon landing in 1969, the then four-year-old decides that one day she too will fly into space.
Claudia Kessler is an entrepreneur and visionary. She is an aerospace engineer with more than 30 years of experience in international space sector. After a long time as CEO of an aerospace personnel company, she created her own company with Astronautin GmbH. In 2016 Claudia started the initiative "First Female German Astronaut" - out of 400 highly qualified applicants, Dr. Thiele-Eich and Dr. Randall were selected. As one of the few female managers in the space industry, she is a trailblazer for women in managerial positions. In 2009 she founded the network "Women in Aerospace Europe" that promotes the international career of female specialists and managers. With the Astronautin GmbH, she not only brings the first female German astronaut into space, but women to the top of the economy and society.
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Winner Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini, Senior Manager Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (Al)
Deutsche Telekom IT GmbH
Kenza is Senior Manager "Robotics and Artificial Intelligence" at Deutsche Telekom IT. Her task is to make the various corporate units fit for digitization by advising colleagues and building the best automation and AI solutions for them. In addition, she promotes the transfer of knowledge about robotics and AI solutions within the Group and externally. Her goal is to promote diversity and inclusion in the development of AI solutions.
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