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  • Shining a light on the women of Governance, Risk & Compliance

    The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance series is on a mission to bring together the great and the good of Governance, Risk and Compliance to champion, celebrate and support the amazing women across the globe who are changing the way that we live and work.


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  • Governance, Risk and Compliance professionals are responsible for many of the most important functions within organisations, playing a pivotal role in the success of any business.


    However, women only represent 15-20% of the Governance, Risk and Compliance profession when including security, privacy, and audit functions. This falls far short of women’s representation across the global workforce, which in 2020 sat at around 45%.


    The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Series will look at ways of changing these statistics.


    According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children.


    These findings show that gender parity will not be achieved for 99.5 years. We are on a mission to bring together the great and the good of Governance, Risk and Compliance to champion, celebrate and support the amazing women across the globe who are changing the way that we live and work.

  • Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards

    The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards will honour female leaders and companies demonstrating excellence across GRC.

    These Awards will showcase the role models, advocates and mentors, as well as the inspirational women and companies building and leading in the world of GRC.

  • GRC Team of the Year

    The GRC Team of the Year Award will recognise a team led by a female where each and every member of the team plays a fundamental role in delivering success.

    Chief Privacy Officer of the Year

    The Chief Privacy Officer of the Year winner will be an individual playing a central role within an organisation, acting as an advocate for both customers and employees. They will have fundamental values around privacy and compliance and will work closely with other executives to ensure a company-wide approach. They will have a proven track record of developing and implementing successful policies that are designed to protect employee and customer data from unauthorised access.

    GRC Role model of the Year

    The Role Model of the Year will be a woman who has inspired, enabled or supported other women inside or outside of their business in a significant way.

    CISO of the Year

    The CISO of the Year Award will recognise a female who is leading an organisation-wide security and awareness programme, whilst navigating through the new normal with a strong mindset and innovative approach. They will be ensuring that their organisation has established the right security and governance practices and will be enabling a company-wide framework for risk-free and scalable business operations in the ever-changing business landscape.

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    The awards are free to enter, and we have a number of categories to suit all!

  • Judges

    We're fortunate to be supported by:

    Lindsey Law

    Head of Audit, NatWest

    Nirvana Farhadi

    Pioneer, author and Global RegTech Expert

    Giorgia Vulcano

    EU Privacy Counsel, Coca Cola Company

    Sharon Moore

    CTO for Public Sector,

    IBM UK

    Wendy McWilliams

    Chief Legal Officer,

    Willmott Dixon

    Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

    Reader in Cyber Crime & Cybersecurity, University of Portsmouth

    Rachel Glasser

    Senior Counsel, Privacy and Compliance, Edelman

    Dr. Miranda K. Brawn Esq

    Non-Executive Director and Founder & President, TMBDLF

  • Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum

    The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum will bring together the great and good of Governance, Risk and Compliance for a day of learning, insight, guidance and debate.


    With research from the PwC Women in Technology research study showing that inly 27% of female respondents would consider a career in Technology, compared to 62%. of males, and only 22% of respondents able to name a famous woman in the tech industry.


    Furthermore, only 22% of the study's respondents were able to name a famous woman in the tech industry.


    These statistics show there is a clear need for a platform to encourage and inspire the next generation of female leaders!

  • Agenda

    The forum will see an engaged audience of HR/D&I practitioners, Managers and Directors,
    Talent Managers and Directors, People Managers and Directors.

    The GRC Leader

    New ways of working post- COVID

    Personal career progression within GRC

  • Speakers include:

    Victoria van Roosmalen

    Chief Information Security Officer and DPO, Coosto

    Charlene Hunter

    Founder, Coding Black Females

    Michelle Wright

    Global Privacy Senior Director – Global Privacy Office, Aon

    Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos,

    Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth

    Lindsay Law

    Head of Audit, Natwest

    Eliza-May Austin

    CEO & Co-Founder of and PocketSIEM

    Amanda Finch

    CEO, CIISec

    Lisa Ventura

    Founder and CEO, UK Cyber Security Association

  • Supporting women in business is simply good business.

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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    We’re a friendly and diverse group of editors, journalists, analysts and community strategists with a wealth of experience in the technology and data space. GRC World Forums provides business insight and educational resources to governance, risk and compliance professionals.


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