Sandy Nasseri wins Woman of the Year at Rise Awards 2020

Sandy Nasseri took home the Woman of the Year award at the Rise Awards 2020

Advocacy group for women in the broadcast technology sector, Rise, has announced the winners of year’s Rise Awards, held as part of the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing 2020.

The ceremony, held virtually on 17 November, saw Sandy Nasseri, chief executive officer and founder of MelroseInc, presented with the Woman of the Year award.

Nasseri was picked for the award by the Rise Advisory Board, who credited her for her significant contributions to the industry as well as dealing with major business incidents this year. As a woman-in-business leader, working in a male dominated industry, Sandy strives to be a voice for women in her marketplace. She serves on the Apple Advisory Reseller Board, as the President and Chair of the Avid Customer Association for the Reseller Channel, and is active in the American Express Women’s Initiative.

This year, judges saw over 100 nominations from women in a variety of roles across the globe, in the following categories: Business, Engineer, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, Product Innovation and Woman of the Year.

The winners, and those who were shortlisted, were as follows:

Business – sponsored by Adobe

WINNER Lindsay Stewart, Chief executive officer & co-founder, Stringr

Paola Hobson, managing director, InSync Technology

Soraya Robertson, commercial director, TheCollectv


Engineering – sponsored by OwnZones Entertainment Technologies

WINNER Yulia Rozmarin, research & development project manager, LiveU

Janet Law, senior production technician, Calrec

Abigail Seager, senior systems engineer, BBC News


Marketer/PR – sponsored by Annex Pro

WINNER Donnelle Koselka, lead employee & crisis communications, Avid

Ana Escauriaza, senior field marketing specialist, Avid

Julia Heighton, marketing manager, Media Production & Technology Show

Laura Light, marketing manager, Object Matrix


Product Innovation – sponsored by Clear-Com

WINNER Tove Bonander, strategic product manager, Red Bee Media

Kate Dimbleby, co-founder & chief operating officer, Stornaway

Hannah Loughlin, lead product designer, Avid

Lindsay Stewart, chief executive officer & co-founder, Stringr


Rising Star – sponsored by EditShare

WINNER Gabriella Luck, trainee technical support engineer (ITV News), ITV Tyne Tees & Border

Sophia Hazari, transmission lead, Discovery

Sarah Thorp, project manager (test), Red Bee Media


Sales – sponsored by Telstra

WINNER Eunice Park, vice president, global sales & revenue, Zixi

Paloma Santucci, regional director, LATAM, Accedo

Kathleen Skinski, general manager, broadcast and media, Planar Systems


Technical Operations – sponsored by Ross Video

WINNER Kerry Shreeve, vice president of technology operations, Discovery

Fiona Burton, head of post production and engineering EMEA, A+E Networks

Fiona Simons, vice president, production operations, Discovery


The Woman of the Year – sponsored by Zixi

Sandy Nasseri, chief executive officer and founder, MelroseInc

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