Women in Biometrics Awards

Recognizing Innovative Women in the Biometrics Technology Market

About the Women in Biometrics Awards

The Women in Biometrics Awards program is a globally-recognized program co-founded by SIA and SecureIDNews and co-presented with Foundation Sponsor IDEMIA and additional sponsors Biometric Update and the SIA Women in Security Forum. The Women in Biometrics Awards are dedicated to recognizing innovative women creating a more secure world by guiding the biometrics technology market.

Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the 2020 Women in Biometrics Awards program will be accepted until April 24. A jury comprised of previous award winners will select this year’s award recipients.

The recipients of the 2020 Women in Biometrics Awards, , will be honored at the 2020 SIA GovSummit, held June 2-3 in Washington, D.C., and profiled online by SecureIDNews.

More information, including details on how to submit nominations, criteria and the judging process, is available at womeninbiometrics.com.

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Women in Biometrics Awards recipients 2019

2019 Women in Biometrics Awards Recipients

  • Debra Marcopulos, Planning and Assurance Section Chief, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Dana Michalski, Science Team Lead in Biometrics, Defence Science and Technology Group, Government of Australia
  • Nicole Spaun, Senior Principal Face Biometric Expert, IDEMIA National Security Solutions
  • Sherry Stein, Identity Management Program Manager, SITA

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Previous Women in Biometrics Award Winners


  • Kelly Gallagher (NEC Corporation of America)
  • Lisa MacDonald (OBIM, DHS)
  • Colleen Manaher (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS)
  • Lora Sims (Ideal Innovations, Inc.)
  • Anne Wang (Gemalto Cogent)


  • Kimberly Del Greco (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI))
  • Isabelle Moeller (Biometrics Institute)
  • Liane Moriyama (Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center)
  • Stephanie Schuckers (Clarkson University)
  • Frances Zelazny (BioCatch)


  • JoAnn Buscaglia (FBI Laboratory)
  • Tovah LaDier (IBIA)
  • Elham Tobassi (National Insitute of Standards and Technology)
  • Teresa Wu (MorphoTrak)


  • Janice Kephart
  • Kimberly Mills
  • Celeste Thomasson
  • Kathy Tilton
  • Patricia Wolfhope