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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:07

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Prominent Women in ICT advocate Kate Muir has been awarded the Leoni Warne Promotion of Women in ICT Medal, presented by the Australian Computer Society at its Annual Canberra Conference dinner last night.

Recognising her dedication to advancing the needs of women in ICT, the award was presented by ACT Deputy Chief Minister and ACS Canberra Patron Andrew Barr.

The Leoni Warne Award is in honour of late Dr Leoni Warne, who was a prominent ICT activist at both the ACT and National level. She was a founding member of the ACS-Women Board, the Deputy Director of ACS-Women, the ACS Canberra Women in ICT Representative and a much valued member of the ACS.'This medal, unique to ACS Canberra, recognises the contribution of individuals acting above and beyond their official employment to promote women in the ICT industry.

It is not awarded annually but when an individual shows exceptional leadership and dedication to helping further women within ICT

Muir, who is the President of the Women in Information and Communication (WIC) Advisory Committee, was acknowledged by ACS Canberra for exceeding these expectations through her long-standing commitment to driving female participation in the ICT sector.

ACS Canberra said in a statement that Muir, currently a strategic consultant with KnowQuestion, showed long term practical experience and knowledge in her role focussed upon Information Management within Government. 

ACS President, Brenda Aynsley, said: “Kate is an incredible mentor in the ICT world at large but her contribution to promoting the role of women in ICT is particularly praise-worthy. Most notably, her position as mentor in the Government mentor program for women in ICT, her prominent role with IBM and as advisor for the Women in Information and Communication Committee, demonstrates her passion and determination in this field.

“She has spent a lot of her substantial and illustrious career promoting women in ICT through leadership, demonstrating the potential herself and by supporting and promoting women in ICT roles.

“One of the main reasons Kate’s contribution makes such a difference for women in ICT is largely due to her passion, commitment and leadership in everything that she does.”

Prior to working in a Tiger Team in IBM, Muir was a senior executive within the Federal Government, where she specialised in providing technology and information services and was responsible for forming information management strategies and developing frameworks, policies and guidelines.

Muir holds a Masters of Business Informatics and has lectured on Information and Knowledge Management at both the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology

She is currently heading a project to set up an Information Governance Community of Practice as part of the Institute of Information Management.

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