Saskia Van Uffelen, CEO of Bull Belgium, Luxemburg and European Institutions, has been named as ‘ICT Woman of the Year’ by the well-known magazine ‘Data News’. With the award of this prestigious title, Data News marks the culmination of an exemplary career in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Saskia Van Uffelen herself attributes the award above all to the position she hopes to play as a model for young women who want to undertake technology-focused studies.
Every year, Data News recognizes an exceptional woman working in the field of ICT. Data News listed ten candidates, asking their readers to vote for their chosen one. Following this vote, the jury decided on the winner from the three leading candidates on the shortlist. Their evaluation was based on criteria including personality and leadership, visibility in the marketplace and impact on the sector.
For Saskia Van Uffelen, this award is a timely event, which lends support to the ‘IT is Cool’ campaign launched at the end of 2010. Through this initiative, Saskia is hoping to encourage more young people to study ICT and computing. “Once again we are facing a shortage of talent in the ICT sector,” she argues. “We urgently need to highlight the attractiveness of our sector and show people that ICT offers a great deal of scope to those who want to make the most of their creativity and who like team working. We also need to stress that IT makes a huge contribution to improving our way of life and out society. Finally, it goes without saying that I personally want to lead by example, and to prove to young women who may still be reluctant to get involved in studying technology that it is well worth it.”
Saskia Van Uffelen has been CEO of Bull Belgium, Luxemburg and European Institutions since October 2008; she previously held management positions in IT companies including Xerox, Compaq, HP and Northgate Arinso. End 2010, Saskia was given a Fellowship of the Hogenheuvelcollege at KULeuven.