The ten best experts working in Poland related to cloud technologies and one winner awarded with the unique title of Cloud Diversity and Inclusion were selected by the jury chaired by Magdalena Dziewguć, Country Director at Google Cloud Poland. The results were announced on June 14, 2023, during the evening gala at the Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit 2023 conference.
Cloud technologies have seen massive growth recently, and Poland is no exception. The cloud revolutionizes the economy and simplifies our everyday life and work. As more and more companies move their operations to the cloud, the demand for qualified specialists in this field is growing. While men traditionally dominate the technology industry, many women in Poland contribute significantly to cloud technologies. In recognition of their achievements, the Perspektywy Education Foundation has prepared a list of the Top 100 Women in Cloud Computing.
The announcement of an unranked list of experts working in the hottest technological areas traditionally accompanies the Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit conference. This year, exceptional women professionally dealing with the issues of cloud technologies were presented, and they were not only Polish women but also foreigners working in Poland.
“Women are not only essential to the development and success of cloud computing, but they are an integral part of shaping its future. Their diverse perspectives and innovative ideas are of crucial importance in creating a more inclusive and fair digital world for everyone,” – said Dr. Bianka Siwińska, president of the Perspektywy Education Foundation, originator of the Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit conference and the TOP-100 Women rankings.
This year’s list was created with the help of experts from the Information Processing Center – National Research Institute (OPI PIB) in May this year, and it was from it that the jury selected the best experts professionally dealing with the field of cloud technologies. The selection was based on their professional achievements in the area, contributions to the industry, and their potential to influence and shape the future of cloud computing. The list includes women from all walks of life, including academia, industry, business, and the public sector. Here they are:
Cloud Rising Star
Pamela Krzypkowska, AI Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
He works on flagship AI projects in the cloud in Poland. She is primarily involved in MLOps, which focuses on the optimal, ethical, and efficient development and use of machine learning and generative models in the Azure cloud. He also conducts classes at the Warsaw University of Technology and the Kozminski University on the use of the cloud in working with data and modeling. Additionally, it supports initiatives for students education in AI, cloud, and technology.
Justyna Piekarska, Director, KPMG
She is a seasoned data analytics professional dedicated to improving business operations and positively impacting business performance through data. With experience working with industry leaders, he brings his knowledge in designing, developing, and implementing state-of-the-art cloud solutions for data analysis and management information systems. Justyna is a Warsaw School of Economics graduate majoring in finance and accounting. She also obtained the CIMA Associate (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) title. He combines knowledge in finance and business with technical experience to take full advantage of the cloud.
Zyta Kionka-Wysocka, Senior Project Manager, Central Information Technology Centre
Senior Project Manager with many years of experience building and implementing management support systems, e.g., ERP class systems, WorkFlow, and three years of building cloud solutions. A graduate of the University of Applied Information Technology and Management in Warsaw and the Executive MBA of the Gdańsk Foundation for Management Development. She built her professional experience in IT by starting work as a system analyst through a consultant implementing IT solutions and a specialist in the quality of system implementations. It has completed a project to build a Government Cloud Computing intended for public administration units and implemented by the Central Information Technology Center for the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
Olga Markowska, Technical Sales Representative, Dell Technologies
He is technical support for selling data center solutions at Dell Technologies for the entire Telco market in Poland and technically takes care of the Cloud Service Provider program. He is interested in cloud technology and edge computing. He participates in numerous industry conferences on broadly understood server issues. In addition, she is developing scientifically. A year ago, she obtained a Ph.D. degree in technical sciences at the Military University of Technology, where he teaches classes on weekends.
Magda Jary, Global Head of Google Cloud Credentials & Certifications
Magda’s mission is to develop cloud skills. She joined Google in 2008 after completing two master’s studies: media and communication at the Warsaw School of Economics and international management at the Rotterdam School of Management. He runs global educational and engaging programs in Google Cloud for clients, partners, and internal recipients. As Global Head of the Google Cloud Credentials and Certifications, he leads the team responsible for Credentials and Certification’s overall success, including strategy, offerings, market decisions, awareness, and engagement. She is a frequent guest at events focused on cloud education, skills development, women in tech, and wellness.
Cloud Diversity and Inclusion – the distinction
Salsabeel Qandel, Software Engineer, Google
Software engineer at the Google office in Warsaw since September 2019. She graduated in Computer Science from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 2015. Previously, she worked as a software engineer at Orange Labs in Cairo and Wizeline in Guadalajara. Living on three continents has made her believe that everyone sometimes feels like they don’t fit in. She says: “I was different and always questioned the rules. I know what it’s like to feel like a stranger, and everyone should accept and emphasize their differences. When people with different backgrounds come together, they can create something special.” Salsabeel draws from her professional experience that diversity can create a more dynamic and productive workplace, while an environment devoid of diversity misses out on great people who could prove themselves and feel included in co-creating new things.
The Top-10 Women in Cloud Computing jury consisted of the following people:
– Magdalena Dziewguć, Country Director, Google Cloud Poland – chairman of the jury,
– Dominika Bettman, General Manager of Microsoft Poland,
– Przemek Szuder, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Amazon Web Services,
– Jarosław Protasiewicz, director of the National Information Processing Centre,
– Robert Paszkiewicz, VP, Central and Eastern Europe, OVH Cloud,
– Joanna Obstój, Director of Engineering, Google,
– Piotr Beńke, Chief Technology Officer & Technical Sales Director at IBM Poland, Baltics & Ukraine,
– Ewa Macias, Engineering & UX director at Nomagic.ai.
The complete list of the TOP-100 Women in Cloud Computing in Poland is here.