TechWomen is a community run by NZTech with the help from a team of skilled professionals who volunteer their time to connect, promote and advance New Zealand women in tech, and to encourage inclusive workplace practices and diversity.

TechWomen is creating positive change in the tech industry in New Zealand for women. These initiatives are led by the NZTech Women Executive Team.

Our Team

Eva Sherwood

Eva Sherwood

TechWomen Chair, Deloitte
Eva joined the board of NZTech in 2016 and has taken up the role of Chair of TechWomen. She is delighted to lead a talented team dedicated to inspiring women into the sector as part of NZTech’s overarching drive to create a prosperous New Zealand.

Eva is passionate about the ICT sector and has previously worked at New Zealand owned software development organisations, Fronde Systems Group and Provoke Solutions.

Eva is a member of the Institute of Directors, and has a BCA (Management) and BA (Psychology) from Victoria University of Wellington. Outside of work, she has been volunteering at the Wellington SPCA for 7 years and in 2012 received Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Meritorious Volunteer Service.

Edwina Mistry

TechWomen, Executive Director
Edwina joined Techwomen as the Exec Director in Feb 2018. She is passionate about encouraging more women to consider careers in technology through many initiatives and programs, including ShadowTech which she founded to encourage school girls to consider careers in tech, which is now run nationally through TechWomen.

Edwina is a B.com with a Post Grad in Computer Science and Management. She has over 30 years of experience in the tech sector and has worked with corporates such as Wang and Apple both locally and overseas and 21 of these years in the Education sector. she has been on NZQA panels for ICT curriculum design for both school and tertiary. As Industry and Community Engagement Manager for Manukau Institute of Technology she received the Excellence award for designing and implementing the internship model.

This year Edwina has also launched her own company CreateOps which focuses on creating opportunities today for tomorrow and has developed programmes to help people take that next step in life. She continues to follow her passion of connecting school students and community to industry through initiatives she runs and in 2017 won the CIO100 for ICT Enabled Community Award.

Carina Blair

Carina Blair

Orion Health
Carina is a software engineer at Orion Health, and an organiser for the Christchurch Women in Tech meetup group. During her university studies, Carina was selected as a Google Women Techmakers Scholar based on her leadership, passion for technology, and academic background. This scholarship encourages passionate and inspired women in tech to continue to be active leaders in their community.

Carina has a BSc in Computer Science and she thrives on working at the intersection of technology, business and design. She wants to continue to connect computer science with other fields to create beneficial products and concepts that positively change society.

Caroline Herbert

Caroline Herbert

HGM Legal
Caroline is a senior litigation solicitor at Hudson Gavin Martin, a boutique law firm that specialises in technology, media, telecommunications and intellectual property. Caroline graduated from Auckland University with a BCom/LLB. Caroline’s work reflects the convergence of technology, and the increasing importance, and intertwining, of IP and TMT.

Caroline specialises in IP and media law, and works closely with clients that are in, and that regularly do business with, the software, technology, telecommunications and media industries. Caroline has a background in technology, having studied information systems academically. She also presents on technology security issues to other lawyers, to upskill them on their own security practices, and to enable them to offer advice to their own clients on cyber-security issues.

Caroline believes in the value of a broad approach to technology skills in education with the aim of ensuring everyone, especially young women have the skills and opportunity to successfully navigate careers that are directly and indirectly linked to the technology industry.

Colin Philp

Colin Philp

FMG
Colin is the CIO of FMG. He started his 27-year career at BNZ as a banker. After receiving an opportunity to become a developer on a ‘pilot contact centre’, he proved his capability and was offered his first role in IT. After 19 years at BNZ and many IT leadership roles, Colin has a passion for the ICT sector.

Colin has great focus on the values of building a diverse team. He is inspired by work already done to bridge the gender diversity gaps in Tech and has never lost sight of the opportunity he was given from a leader and woman.

Since then, Colin has worked for Gen-I across Australia and New Zealand and as CIO at NZ Racing Board. Now, Colin lives regionally for his role at FMG and enjoys the lifestyle regional New Zealand has to offer.

Dil Khosa

Dil Khosa

Parrot Analytics
Dil has a background in technology and science commercialisation and is currently Operations Manager at Parrot Analytics. Dil has always been a technology and science innovation geek. All of her previous roles have been either in government, investment, start up or tech transfer offices - all intersecting in the space of technology & commercialisation.

She has spent the last three years at Parrot Analytics working with a world class and diverse team, who have grown in size and revenue since founding three years ago. All the TechWomen initiatives are going to push the needle in this space and she is very interested in being a part of ensuring the team works well to make things happen and communicate effectively while doing so.

Katarina Kolich

Katarina Kolich

BNZ
Katarina is passionate about technology, data and art. Katarina has over 15 years experience in Enterprise Architecture, data and information management roles. As the Head of Enterprise Data and Information Services as Bank of New Zealand, Katarina and her team are responsible for the banks data platforms and integration. Katarina is a TOGAF certified Architect and has a Masters degree in Information Management from Victoria University.

As a member of TechWomen, Katarina is actively involved in promoting women in STEM within the wider technology community in New Zealand.

Riya Baby

Microsoft
Riya is a Technical Account Manager at Microsoft. From an early age, Riya has loved how technology can be used to be a powerful enabler to solving real life issues. She was able to demonstrate that learning and create outcomes during her tertiary educatio and at various internships across the industry. Riya is passionate about evangelising opportunities offered to young people, especially women in the IT industry. This includes leveraging speaking opportunities both within and external to Microsoft, being a role model for what a young woman can achieve in IT and continuing to be a passionate advocate of the career paths in the education sector. Within Microsoft, Riya is part of the diversity and inclusion circle for Women in Microsoft and Maori/Pacifica initiatives.

Sandra Laws

MBIE
Sandra is a Policy Advisor within the Digital Economy team at MBIE. As one of the leaders of the MBIE project team for the Return to IT pilot, she is passionate about diversity in the tech sector. She also has a keen interest in technology trends and implementation of new technologies. Sandra is also member of NZTech Women’s High Impact Team and is currently on the NZ Internet of Things Alliance Executive. Follow the Digital Economy team on Twitter @MBIEdigital
Teresa Pollard

Teresa Pollard

NZ Trade and Enterprise
Teresa is a passionate self starter with an entrepreneurial focus and over 15 years’ experience leading executive engagements and teams in NZ, Singapore and New York for Xerox and Microsoft.

Now mostly recently at NZ Trade and Enterprise, Teresa works with some of NZ’s leading Maori companies to accelerate their growth internationally. Teresa is from Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa and has a strong passion and focus on radically improving the prosperity of Maori through entrepreneurship and technology.

Teresa is also committed to mentoring and inspiring young people of nz into the technology sector as well as helping to take great ideas to commercialisation and to the global stage.