Poppy Gustafsson OBE

CEO at Darktrace

Poppy Gustafsson OBE

Vodafone’s Woman of the Year Innovation Award was presented by last year’s winner Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, to Poppy Gustafsson OBE, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Darktrace. Darktrace is a cyber-security firm which provides governments and companies with tools to fight digital bad guys, many of whom work on behalf of hostile nations. The importance of Poppy’s work has been highlighted this year, with the pandemic raising the threat of cyber attacks to critical levels as remote workers are targeted by increasingly elaborate scams, and hackers preying on loneliness and desire for information.

Poppy Gustafsson said, “I am honoured to receive Vodafone’s Woman of the Year Technology and Innovation Award. The phenomenal success that Darktrace is experiencing is testament to the passion, fearlessness and hard work of our brilliant team of over 1,300 employees, which is over 40% female strong, as well as the world-class mathematicians behind our autonomous response technology. It is an honour every day to lead an organisation committed to solving the cyber challenge with cutting edge innovation.”