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Women Automotive Awards winners revealed at star-studded event

Date: Friday 22 September 2023

The winners of the first-ever Women Automotive Awards, hosted by Women Automotive Network, have been announced at a prestigious ceremony on 20th September.

The awards, which took place following the record-breaking Women Automotive Summit at Forum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg, Germany, were contested by an esteemed list of automotive professionals, all of whom were nominated by their peers and recognised for their remarkable achievements and contributions within the automotive sector.

With all awards judged by Women Automotive Network’s neutral advisory board, the winners were as follows:

Male Advocate: Simon Daniel, Head of SDLC and SRC, JLR
Diversity Champion: Arlena Amiri, Head of Advanced Engineering, Polestar
Most Inspiring Member: Sara Aghaeian, Business Process Manager, Volvo
Leadership: Marie-Fleur Revel, Managing Director, XL2 by Audi & Capgemini
Empowerment – The Leg-Up Award!: Katharina Hopp, Senior Vice President Business Team Mobility, Robert Bosch GmbH (Pictured)
Brightest Star: Roberta Avelino, Methods Engineer, Audi

Women Automotive Network’s main goal is to strive for gender equality and inclusivity within the automotive industry, hosting a number of networking opportunities and offering a range of benefits through its membership to raise awareness and encourage open conversations.

The Network is in regular communication with its members, and through proactively engaging with key industry professionals, it was able to identify a desire for a celebration of women in the industry, resulting in the creation of the highly anticipated Women Automotive Awards.

Stephanie May, commercial director of Women Automotive Network, said:

“Firstly we’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to not only all of the worthy winners of our inaugural award ceremony, but also to all of those shortlisted – I don’t envy the judges, as it was incredibly close across the board!
“It’s our goal to celebrate diversity in the workplace, and honour exceptional individuals who have set new standards and demonstrated outstanding talent and dedication, and this ceremony has enabled us to do just that.”

For more information on upcoming events from Women Automotive Network, please visit here.