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 sponsors IDEMIA, 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.

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

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2020 Women in Biometrics Awards winners

2020 Women in Biometrics Awards Recipients

  • Jeni Best, branch chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Anne May, Biometric Support Center lead, Identity Operations Division, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), DHS
  • Mei Ngan, computer scientist, Image Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Lauren Reed, senior program director for biometric forensics, IDEMIA National Security Solutions
  • Annet Steenbergen, co-founder, Aruba Happy Flow Project

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Previous Women in Biometrics Award Winners


  • Debra Marcopulos (OBIM, DHS)
  • Dana Michalski (Defence Science and Technology Group, Government of Australia)
  • Nicole Spaun (IDEMIA National Security Solutions)
  • Sherry Stein (SITA)


  • Kelly Gallagher (NEC Corporation of America)
  • Lisa MacDonald (OBIM, DHS)
  • Colleen Manaher (CBP, 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 (NIST)
  • Teresa Wu (MorphoTrak)


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