Women in Lighting

The Nominees

Here are the nominees who rose above the challenges of 2020 and did something unique. If you are nominated, you have made a difference in someone’s life and we celebrate you :-)

Nomination is now closed. The Favourites will be announced on 10th June.

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WIL LATAM

Non-profit / LATIN AMERICA
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As a supportive initiative for WIL global, all the latin america ambassadors started a sub group called WIL LATAM, they are workin together to increase the light culture and awareness in Latin America.

Nominated by
MACARENA GORTAREZ

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Andrea Hartranft

Designer / USA
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Andrea is the embodiment of leadership by example. She empowers her team of designers to create innovative lighting and solutions.

Nominated by
Jessica Krometis

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Fay Greenhalgh

Designer / Australia
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She is amazing, has and continues to contribute so much to our industry in a very caring, community focused way!!

Nominated by
Adam de Guara

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Ligia Lanni

Architect / Canada
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Ligia is a driven designer who combines her architectural background with her passion for creating beautiful environments through her designs.

Nominated by
Priyanka Aswani

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Rie Sakata

Designer, Architect / Peru
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Ella logro reinventarse abriendo RIE SAKATA LIGHTING EDUCATION. Su propia academia de iluminación.

Nominated by
Sabrina Mandel

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Sabrina Mandel

Designer, Architect, Educator / Argentina
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Sabri is passionate about lighting, and she manages to transmit that passion in architecture and in education.

Nominated by
Carolina Yonamine & Elena Longo

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Kamila Staszczyszyn

Designer, Artist, Event Organiser / Poland
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Kamila is a futurist creative director whose works blur the line between the real and virtual world.

Nominated by
Justyna Kosior

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ZORICA MATIC

Artist, Educator, Event Organiser / France/ Serbia
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Zorica initiative and engagement is focused on the development of the Light culture , in a professional sense and also for the public at large including decision-makers in the public and private sector

Nominated by
Laurent LOUYER

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Chen-Lu Chloe Zhang

Designer / China/Shanghai
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She is one of the few outstanding female lighting designers in China who has the ability to express and deliver her concept by giving a well-structured speech.

Nominated by
Jenna tsailin Liu

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Danielle Mastro

Designer, Educator / Australia
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I have nominated Danielle based on her level of support to the team and I. If not for her ability to keep us together I don't know where we'd be.

Nominated by
Elias Stavridis

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Danielle Mastro

Designer / Australia
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Despite being unable to tell the story of light face to face during the challenges of 2020, Danielle was determined to remain connected to her community and delivered her knowledge via the digital world.

Nominated by
George Stavridis

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Diane Borys

Designer / United States
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Diane is a passionate and intentional lighting designer, impactful business owner, and all-around champion for building up those around her.

Nominated by
Michelle Gallegos

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Jimalee Beno

Product / United States
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A tireless supporter of women throughout the lighting industry, Jimalee inspires with her amazing achievement, passion, and integrity.

Nominated by
Jill Cody

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Chia Huei Lu

Designer, Blogger, Educator / Taiwan
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Chia's passion for lighting design has inspired her to create a workshop that not only educate people on the values of lighting, and also brought together people from various walks of life.

Nominated by
Jenny Chien, Jenny Netz, Penny Pin-Jung Chen & Rena Wang

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Carolina Yonamine

Designer, Architect / Argentina
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Carolina's achievements are working with generosity, love and passion. Natural light inspires her every day.

Nominated by
Sabrina Mandel & Elena Longo

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Elena Longo

Designer, Architect, Educator / Argentina
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Elena's achievements have been to open her own lighting studio while she became a mother. She loves light.

Nominated by
Sabrina Mandel & Carolina Yonamine

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Birgitta Persson

Designer, Architect, Non-profit / Sweden
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"Shine" is a portable solar lamp that will bring light to communities in need, Birgitta has brought this initiative slowly to live.

Nominated by
Cristina Martinez

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Ximena Muñoz

Designer, Architect, Educator, Event Organiser, Researcher / Chile
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Ximena started Ciluz a research center on light and energy. From there, she has brought the community of Spanish-speaking lighting designers closer together through courses, publications, seminars and interviews always from very different perspectives.

Nominated by
Antonia Peón-Veiga

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Uma Rawat

Non-profit, Outreach / India
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The Operations Head at Design Matrix - a lighting design practice, Uma rose beyond work ties to initiate the ‘Masks for All’ campaign - making free masks accessible to the vulnerable and the under-privileged in a society grappling under the pandemic

Nominated by
Nivedita Sehrawat

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Barbara Cianci Horton

Designer, Management, Outreach / USA
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Awesome mentor, manager and leader, in 2020 Barbara retired as CEO, reaching the highest level in her 40+ years career

Nominated by
CHIARA CARUCCI

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ANNA SBOKOU

Designer / Greece
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Αnna has been amazingly supportive, embracing and connecting me with great warmth and enthusiasm with the Lighting Community in Europe! She is an open heart with an amazing passion and positivity about Lighting Design but primarily about Light in People!

Nominated by
MARA SPENTZA

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Studio Mark

Designer / United Arab Emirates
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Studio Mark has been involved in some amazing projects this year with outstanding success.

Nominated by
Lloyd Piersawl

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Lisa Reed

Designer / United States
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Lisa is a shining role-model for women, moms, and business owners - exemplified by her genuine altruistic character and selfless support.

Nominated by
Diane Borys

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Sophie Charvein

Designer, Management / Canada
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Professional achievement and recognition

Nominated by
Alicia Davila

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Mara Villegas

Designer / United States
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Despite immigration struggles and a worldwide pandemic, Mara persevered to start her own flourishing lighting design studio.

Nominated by
Wesley Burdett

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Agneta & Jan Ejhed

Educator / Sweden
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Founders of the KTH Lighting Laboratory, that in 2020 celebrated its 20th anniversary, with profound impact on a whole generation.

Nominated by
Diana Joels

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Jo Harding

Blogger, Educator, Management, Outreach / UK
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Jo is ethical, intelligent, patient, kind and a truly loyal person. In my most difficult times Jo has been there, understanding and supportive. Thank you Jo, you deserve a medal x

Nominated by
'Anon'

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Motoko Ishii

Designer / Japan
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Motoko Ishii is a pioneer in lighting design in Japan, and her contributions over the years have made people realize the importance of beautiful light.

Nominated by
Aki Hayakawa

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Chandni Patel

Designer / UK
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Chandni has been an inspiration in the past year as she has faced the pandemic very bravely: being a young designer during the lockdown is not easy, but she has not lost her smile and her positive attitude, showing how much women can be resilient!

Nominated by
Arianna Ghezzi

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Mira Svanberg

Designer, Artist / Sweden
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Mira is an inspiring driving force behind artistic lighting projects

Nominated by
Anastasia Angeli

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Sunrise & Sunset Sessions - Semana da Luz 2020

Designer, Educator, Event Organiser, Publisher / Brazil
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Meetings of light and art at dawn and dusk.

Nominated by
LEDforum (Brazil)

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Light Drops

Educator / Brazil
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Light Drops works as eyedrops enabling students to see magic in light, everywhere.

Nominated by
L+D Magazine (Brazil)

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Martina Alagna

Designer, Educator / United Kingdom
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For her passion for light and art and her positive energy and collaborative attitude. Martina has been constantly supporting the WIl project and massively contributing to the industry by sharing her knowledge on talks and virtual events in 2020

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Thomas Schielke

Architect, Educator / Germany
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For his continuous contribution to the lighting industry with the creation of valuable resources, archdaily articles, online and offline talks, and last but not least educational papers about light.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Bárbara Del Fabro

Designer / Argentina
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Siempre activa para mantener los lazos en la Asociación Argentina de Luminotecnia, comunicando con pasión el arte de la luz

Nominated by
Alejandra Cer

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Chiara Carucci

Designer / Sweden+Italy
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Chiara has always been supportive, ready to encourage and celebrate my first steps in the lighting design world. She's a giver, a real mentor!

Nominated by
Giorgia Brusemini, Simona Cosentino, Carolina Levy, Elena Volpi & Martina Frattura

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WIL BR’s Book Club

Designer, Educator, Event Organiser, Non-profit / Brasil
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WIL BR’s Book Club was created to engage and reinforce the knowledge exchange among Brazilian women in lighting through reading

Nominated by
Ana Paula Laronga & Débora Torii

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Fabiana Nery Pardhanani

Designer / United Kingdom
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Leadership can be complex and difficult for some, but Fabiana lifts everyone up around her with her passion and positivity.

Nominated by
Sandra, Chris, Aliz, Ruxandra, Camila, Oliver, Katya, Eder

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Eve Gaut, Founder of Parrot PR and Marketing

Blogger, Event Organiser, Publisher, Researcher, Management, Outreach / UK
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Eve's much admired entrepreneurial spirit and passion for lighting has created an impressive portfolio enabling industry experts to thrive.

Nominated by
Charlotte Hendy

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Nelca Roco

Designer, Architect, Blogger / Philippines
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The name that pops up when anyone searches for anything about lighting design is Nelca Roco.

Nominated by
Engr Michael Santiago & Prasanth Stephen

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Alisa Sheinson

Artist / Israel
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Though this challenging year and years before, Alisa is driven by her art, spreading light in the darkness.

Nominated by
Zarissh Saadayev

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Martina Frattura, Dipali Shirsat

Blogger / Portugal/UAE
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I would like to nominate for a WIL Achievement Award Martina Frattura and Dipali Shirsat for their R.A.W blog and the work they do with me on the WIL survey - history of woman in lighting design

Nominated by
Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska

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Lara Knutson

Designer / USA
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A utility patent for a 3D Lighting effect was issued last year whereby she created a sunset halo using sunlight.

Nominated by
Richard Saja & Edward Hogikyan

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Luciana Borgatello

Architect / Argentina
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Por su participación y contínuo entusiasmo en la Asociación Arg de Luminotecnia

Nominated by
Bárbara Del Fabro

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Jo Bell

Non-profit / UK
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An unsung hero of lighting CPD, working hard to provide webinars for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

Nominated by
Jess Gallacher

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Parrot PR and Marketing

Designer, Artist, Blogger, Educator, Event Organiser, Journalist, Publisher / United Kingdom
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It's time to focus the spotlight on Parrot PR and Marketing for all their hard work making others shine.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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April Dorrian

Event Organiser / UK
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Aside from being awesome, April is a consistent pillar of the lighting community, bringing people together and supporting positivity throughout the industry.

Nominated by
Rob Hall

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Barry Crook

Designer, Educator, Engineer, Photographer / United Kingdom
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Barry is a huge supporter of women in our industry and not just myself as his boss. He helps anyone he can, educates, supports and pushes others to the front, never thinking of himself.

Nominated by
Lorraine Calcott

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Gemma Snelling

Blogger, Educator, Event Organiser, Journalist, Publisher, Researcher / United Kingdom
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Gemma is flying high within the company she formed during the recession and is the wind beneath her clients wings. She is a huge advocate of women in the industry and helps us all shine.

Nominated by
Lorraine Calcott

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Lorraine Calcott

Designer / United Kingdom
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Dedicated to lighting for health & wellbeing; an educator on circadian design -Lorraine’s projects make a difference to people’s lives

Nominated by
Gemma Snelling

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Jess Gallacher

Non-profit / UK
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Keeping us all sane and being a volunteer vaccinator. She’s done so much for our industry throughout this pandemic!

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Michala Medcalf

Non-profit / UK
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Almost died of Covid, beating it twice, and literally got back on her bike training and volunteering for the ILP.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Kimberly Bartlett

Non-profit / UK
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Kimberly volunteers as ILP Vice-President: Education. In 2020, her long-held dream launched: inclusive online courses for global lighting students.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Rebecca Hatch

Non-profit / UK
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Volunteer ILP Vice-President, Managing Director, and experienced consultant. In 2020 Rebecca led her company in manufacturing ventilators, supporting the NHS.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Karen Van Biene

Non-profit / UK
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Consistently lifting up others – a loyal, enthusiastic and encouraging ambassador for the lighting profession. Karen is utterly generous of spirit.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Amanda Reece

Non-profit / UK
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One of lighting’s most intelligent people - showing and sharing knowledge, skills and understanding -plus having a heart of gold.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Sarah Lindley

Non-profit / UK
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Welcoming others to the industry and relegating gender stereotypes to the past, being knowledgeable, professional and approachable.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Claire Gough

Non-profit / UK
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Volunteering for the lighting community, working for balance in a male orientated industry, demonstrating that women can and do succeed.

Nominated by
Institution of Lighting Professionals

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Rebeca Sanchèz Pastor

Designer, Artist, Educator / Barcelona
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Rebeca founder and CEO of a company dedicated 100% to the entertainment industry, inspired many people to continue to pursue lighting and adapt despite the change in the industry. Positivity is her strongest amazing character.

Nominated by
Jet Dayawon

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Amanda Speight

Management / UK
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Amanda boasts almost 40 years of experience in senior roles in the lighting sector and is highly regarded in the industry

Nominated by
Ellie MacDonald

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Luna Lighting - Dañiel Luna-Fuller

Designer, Engineer, Management / United States
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I am nominating Dañiel Luna-Fuller because she is such a strong woman in the industry. She went from being in military to owning her own lighting design company. And has accomplished so much in her business since it opened.

Nominated by
Eryn Bradburn

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Helena Gentili

Designer / Brasil
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I've decided to nominee Helena for 2 main reason. First of all for her resilience against professional and life adversity. And secondly, for her abilities as a professional and WIL supporter as well. Both skills that I've always admired.

Nominated by
Giacomo Rossi

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David Gilbey

Designer, Educator, Researcher / Italy
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David is the essence of real humanity. He always inspires and supports both men and women in the lighting world to truly believe in themselves. He continues to make a positive difference to so many people’s lives.

Nominated by
Karen Owens

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RED T.E.M.I.D

Artist / Argentina
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La red nació poco antes de la pandemia, pero los encuentros virtuales permitieron que creciera y se fortaleciera. Nace de la necesidad de visibilizar nuestra tarea artística en las diferentes áreas técnicas.

Nominated by
Mariela Ceballos

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The feminine language of light

Designer, Architect, Artist / Spain
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Simon thought it was a good time to offering video testimonial from professional women of lighting design, architecture and art from around the world in order to promote lighting culture through a digital campaign.

Nominated by
Esther Torelló

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Mary Rushton Beales

Designer / United Kingdom
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Mary has shown her support to the lighting industry by being a formal educator in colleges and universities and by being an outstanding mentor to women.

Nominated by
Emma Cogswell

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Suma Khandige

Designer / India
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I would like to nominate her for the phenomenal contribution as well as achievement in lighting design profession handling everything all by herself and as an active participant in various industry forums.

Nominated by
Surbhi Jindal

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Kelly Roberts

Designer, Non-profit / USA
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Kelly has fostered Women in Lighting & Design (WILD) to grow exponentially, amplifying women's voices in the lighting industry.

Nominated by
Alana Shepherd

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Giacomo Rossi

Designer / Italy
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Giacomo is always there, ready to help and support on anything concerning lighting. A truly passionate believer. Of WIL as well!

Nominated by
Sarah Elise Sartore, Simona Cosentino & Serena Bisceglia

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Zubair Ahmed

Architect / India
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Lighting enthusiast who is ever so energetically supportive of the WIL Initiative.

Nominated by
Amardeep M. Dugar & Rayane Belkadi

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As A Ceremony

Designer, Artist, Event Organiser / Germany
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With their workshop "FREE LIGHTING SALON" As A Ceremony contribute to make lighting accessible to everyone.

Nominated by
Johannes Stahl

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Ragne Aaviste

Management / United Kingdom
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A go-getter, Ragne’s ambition exudes from every bone of her body and continues to drive sales for DH Liberty Lux.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Neil Knowles

Designer / UK
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For standing up for real, positive change, within the lighting industry and for speaking up - live and direct.

Nominated by
SRH

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Sulene Nascimento

Architect / Brasil
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Sulene é uma grande profissional, ama o que faz, projetar, criar e explicar para o clientes e colegas de trabalho.

Nominated by
Vitória Neres Magalhães

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Maedeh

Designer, Architect / Iran
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Supportive not only for the people but also for the city.

Nominated by
Zoom light group Team

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Nubi Leon Martínez

Designer, Architect, Researcher / Spain
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Due of her organization and her initiative under work task, and her long career as a lighting designer

Nominated by
Francisco Perez Andrade, Marco Eugenio Teran Figueira, Tamara Hamideh, Herlys Pereira, Jesus Yepez & Macarena Risso

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Alana Shepherd

Designer, Non-profit / USA
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Alana started the North American Coalition of Lighting Industry Queers. NACLIQ is a beacon for anyone who needs a friend or advocate in lighting.

Nominated by
Lisa J. Reed

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Alexandra Manson

Designer, Event Organiser / Sweden
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During the cultural famine of the pandemic Alex and her team made a difference by starting nobelweeklights, a light festival in Stockholm

Nominated by
Birgitta Persson

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Laura Duran

Designer, Educator, Researcher / Germany
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Linking health, sustainability and wholeness, Laura is helping to build new paradigms for the lighting industry.

Nominated by
Ana Simar, Pedro García Calvo & Andrea Ortiz

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Equity in Lighting

Non-profit / USA
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Almost one year old, the active goal of Equity in Lighting is to increase the diversity within the lighting community of NYC so it may better reflect the diversity of the USA through the tools of outreach, educational events, and industry policy.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Nathalie Rozot

Non-profit / USA
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Nathalie created Light Reach. It's a solar light initiative currently supporting the Light for Lebanon Program after the explosion in 2020.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Edward Bartholomew

Designer / USA
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He has been steadfast and generous in his fight for diversity inclusion and equity in the lighting design industry.

Nominated by
Glenn Shrum

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Juliet Rennie

Blogger, Event Organiser, Publisher, Management, Non-profit / United Kingdom
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Juliet Rennie goes above and beyond to create a more informed and balanced lighting society

Nominated by
Brendan Keely

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Florence Lam

Designer / United Kingdom
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Not only is she a highly skilled designer, Florence has contributed much to our lighting community for many years and is such a great role model for designers such as myself.

Nominated by
Anne Truong

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Marsha Turner

Non-profit / USA
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For the outstanding 18 years of work on behalf of the strenght of the lighting design profession as CEO of the IALD

Nominated by
Monica Luz Lobo

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Emma Cogswell

Educator, Outreach / United Kingdom
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Emma's incredible initiative to create Skills Army - a tool for young designers to navigate their way around the lighting industry.

Nominated by
Lauren Lee Page

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Maedeh Pourfathollah& Zahra Ghasemi

Designer, Architect, Researcher, Management / Iran
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Bright in the pandemic! Following 4 years of lighting activities, they established a company in 2020. They played an effective role in acquainting Iranians with significance and promotion of lighting design by giving free lighting consultancy services.

Nominated by
Toktam Naimi

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Ula Saniawa

Designer, Architect, Artist, Product / United Kingdom
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Ula is a young, up and coming designer who started off with exploring clay in it's tactility, honesty and vulnerability and has managed to combine that with stunning lighting installations as she explores the union of the two further.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Lisa Hinderdael

Designer, Architect, Artist, Product, Management / United Kingdom
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Trained in architecture and urban design, Lisa is the mastermind behind the creative vision of HagenHinderdael’s lighting range. She has exceptional eye for detail and delivery and is the wizard turning all HagenHinderdael’s ideas into stunning reality.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Soukaïna brarou

Artist / Belgium
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Amazing Lighting designer, besides being a verry talented artist.

Nominated by
Brecht Nollet

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Eugenia Cheng

Designer / Hong Kong
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Eugenia Cheng, founder of LightOrigin Studio in Hong Kong, is an up and coming lighting design powerhouse.

Nominated by
John Chow

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Emilio Hernandez & Anna Clara Sandgren

Designer, Non-profit / Sweden
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Anna & Emilio have been key driving forces behind the Green Light Alliance Initiative. Their passion, dedication, and consistency have been key, and also greatly appreciated by their fellow alliance members.

Nominated by
The GLA Team

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Nitika Agrawal

Designer, Architect / Germany
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In 2020, Nitika bravely set up her own lighting consultancy in Germany and received a grant from German government for her start up.

Nominated by
Cehao Yu

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Henrika Pihlajaniemi

Designer, Architect, Educator, Researcher / Finland
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Henrika Pihlajaniemi is an Architect (M.Sc.) and D.Sc. (Tech), researcher, lighting designer and an initiator of a long needed education of architectural lighting design in Finland (2020-). Her influence on the lighting culture in Finland is significant!

Nominated by
Annukka Larsen

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Splash of Light, Virginie Avrillon Dunne

Designer / UK
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Virginie produces fantastic lighting scheme with a great attention to detail

Nominated by
helene dabrowski

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Tina Aghassian

Designer / USA
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As Fundraising Ambassador, Tina raised over US$50,000 for the Light for Lebanon program in 2020.

Nominated by
Miina Matsuoka

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Linda Salamoun

Designer / Netherlands
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Linda leads a committee of volunteers in planning how to spread the word about the importance of good lighting. She is dedicated and committed to supporting others and finding new ways to bring people in to the lighting community.

Nominated by
Anonymous

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Mariela Ceballos

Designer / Argentina
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Me enseña cada día lo valioso de su trabajo con la luz. Excelente profesional, dedicada y generosa. Comparte sus conocimientos.

Nominated by
Mónica González

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Light Tribe

Non-profit / UK
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The incredible duo, who started “The Light Tribe” to educate, inspire and bring the lighting community together.

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Krishna Mistry

Designer / United Kingdom
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Always remaining positive whilst bravely and successfully setting up her own company in the last year.

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Linda Salamoun

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Camila Fernández

Designer, Architect, Artist, Product, Researcher / Uruguay
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Camila is one of the most powerful and innovative designers. She grew into the creative world and developed several products (objects, furniture, grafik content, etc.). The past year pushed her into the lighting world, developing and realizing amazing ligh

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Elena Diena

Designer / Uruguay
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Elena is a light promoter, she inspires and expands the light language. I have seen her transform people's percepcion with her work and with herself.

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Karen Owens

Architect, Product / United Kingdom
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Karen started The Corner Crew a WhatsApp group for the lighting community which has kept us all sane during the lock-downs. She is a great supporter of WIL.

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David Gilbey

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Gabriela Prochazka

Artist / Czechia
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New media light artist with a focus on environmental and land art.

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Liz Peck

Designer, Educator / United Kingdom
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Liz was a very passionate and talented designer who strived to inspire people daily. She dedicated her life and career to lighting and deserves to be recognised for all she did.

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Manal Kahale

Designer / Lebanon
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Initiated the “Light for Lebanon” program to support Lebanese communities with light after the 2020 explosion in Beirut.

Nominated by
Nathalie Rozot

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Heid de Lucchi

Product, Management / United Kingdom
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During a year that turned the world upside down, she inspired and drove the company forward, while hosting coffee chats virtually for anyone that need to talk.

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Bob Bohannon

Designer, Educator, Non-profit / United Kingdom
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On top of being President of the SLL, writing guidance & delivering lighting training, Bob has continued to educate himself on the importance of inclusivity and diversity, transposing this knowledge into action and shaping the direction of the SLL.

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Anonymous

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Sonia Pepperell

Designer, Event Organiser, Product / United Kingdom
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Sonia gives so much back to the lighting industry, in terms of organising events and webinars, delivering presentations or getting involved in competitions and STEM initiatives. She supports people in learning and having fun whilst doing it.

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Anonymous

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Sophie Parry

Educator, Engineer, Product / United Kingdom
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Sophie was awarded the SLL Lighting Award 2020, recognising outstanding service to the Society and the lighting industry. Sophie has led the production of numerous lighting guides, working tirelessly to share lighting education and best practice guidance.

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Bonnie Brooks

Designer, Educator, Engineer / United Kingdom
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Bonnie organises regular webinars and events for Lighting Professionals in the South West of England. She has contributed to lighting guidance and professional bodies, along with running her own company. Her practical approach keeps us focused.

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Anonymous

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Tuğçe Turhan

Architect, Researcher / Turkey
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Tuğçe is lighting designer who has thesis on "visual hierarchy and human perception"in lighting. When she finds something about "light", she goes after anywhere the world is. Nowadays, she's preparing for phd, her goal is to develop lighting in academic.

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Dilara Duygu DEDE

Architect / Turkey
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DD was an architect with a passion for architecture until she met light 😊 since she started working in the field of lighting, she is doing advertisements and global image designs to support her company.

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Tuğçe TURHAN

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Margaret O Rorke

Designer, Artist / UK
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Margaret O Rorke is a ceramic artist designing high class lighting in porcelain using led in a genius way.

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Karin Widnäs

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Natalia Markevich

Educator / Russian Federation
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Natalia is a lighting designer with a huge professional background. After 7 years of successful work at Arup Natalia came back to Moscow to establish the lighting design course at Moscow Architecture School initiating a new age of lighting design in Russia

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Anonymous

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Jésica Elizondo

Designer, Artist, Researcher / MEXICO
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Thinking about Jésica and her job is to think about light. In 2020 published “iluminando espacios”, with more than 50 artists talking about light and obtained an honorable mention by the LIT Lighting Design Awards.

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Alfonso Lemus

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Midory Esquer

Designer / United States
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Midory has reached new career heights while keeping her work life balance and enthusiasm. Her passion fills a room.

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Rachael Stoner

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Katerina Konsta

Designer / Greece
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Katerina actively contributes back to the lighting industry, volunteering for a professional body, organising countless events. She is generous with her time & advice, mentoring lighting professionals who want to apply for professional recognition.

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Anonymous

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Jess Gallacher

Educator, Event Organiser / UK
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Jess has been the positive voice and constant throughout the pandemic, always on the end of the phone, email or linkedin to support anyone who needs it. Setting up and running hightlight sessions amongst several other successful events

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Rebecca Hatch

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Senay Celebi Sen

Designer / Turkey
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Follow your passion even in pandemic! As an experienced architectural lighting designer, Senay had an amazing achievement in 2020 via following her passion about theatre/stage lighting and be a lead lighting designer for a zoom theatre, White Wings.

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Dr Shelley James

Designer, Artist, Educator, Researcher / UK
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Dr Shelley James' research on light for education and the health of children is outstanding and her development of the character Luna to communicate better lighting habits is inspired.

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David Gilbey

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Valery Gorelova

Designer / Russia
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A girl who is in love with light and inspires others, Architectural lighting designer, Co-founder of the [WAVELENGTH] magazine, Lecturer

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Olga Tuzova

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Alvaro Valdecantos

Artist, Photographer / Spain
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Alvaro is a great professional. With his photographic work, He manages to communicate all the small details about the lighting design. The comprehension that he has about design and our way to work can be seen in his shoots.

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LUZ SIN FRONTERAS

Non-profit / MEXICO
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This is a great iniciative with the purpose of channeling social well-being experiences through light created by very talented women.

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PATRICIA BERNAL LOPEZ

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Bettina Pelz

Event Organiser / Germany / Tunesia
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Bettina Pelz has been curating light-based exhibitions for over 20 years throughout Europe and also particularly in Tunisia. She is a pioneer of light art worldwide.

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Dr. Helena Horn

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Kael Gillam

Designer / United Kingdom
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Kael's work with Designer's Mind continues the important task of helping to spread awareness about mental health and implement wellbeing policies in workplaces.

Nominated by
Sophie O'Rourke

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Berry van Egten

Designer, Artist, Educator / the Netherlands (NL)
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Sharing knowledge is Berry's passion! He loves the lighting design profession and wants nothing more than to get others enthusiastic about the profession too.

Nominated by
Ellen Goulmy

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Sophya Acosta Lighting Design Studio

Designer, Artist, Researcher / Argentina
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During the pandemic, the four designers of this studio showed an incredible amount of flexibility and creativity to reinvent themselves while continuing to create with light.

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Emily A.

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Eileen Pierce

Designer / United States of America
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Eileen is not only a super talented lighting design but is also an incredibly supportive mentor. Over the past few years she has hired and encouraged some brilliant women. She deserves recognition for her work and constant support for women in design.

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Saumya Monga

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Bianca Gortárez

Educator / Mexico
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Bianca is always positive, believes in Women in Lighting and spreads the word through education and her own means.

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Magali Méndez

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Liliana Gonzalez

Architect / Mexico
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Lili has been an enthusiastic supporter of WIL MEXICO since the beginning , she always has a proactive and good attitude.

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CoCo Ree Lemery

Designer / United States
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CoCo took the initiative to launch a recycled lighting collection with Studio Kloak that put local artists to work while cleaning up the streets during the pandemic, all while working with students and as the senior lighting designer for Pottery Barn.

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Kemlin Lee

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Lauren Lever

Designer / UK
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Lauren has supported me for over 12 years, across 3 different roles, by speaking at my events or by bringing along her teams and colleagues in a unique show of consistent solidarity. She will not let you fail. She is an ethical, kind and loyal supporter.

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April Dorrian

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Gemma Snelling

Outreach / UK
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Gemma left a stable, full time role to set out on her own in the middle of a pandemic!

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Brian Glynn

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Dr. Armaghan Ahmadi Venhari

Designer, Educator, Researcher / Iran
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She is the founder of Light-Life-academy, an online academy about lighting with online courses and free educational posts on Instagram. Dr. Ahmadi is an influential person to enhance public awareness about lighting and increase professional`s knowledge.

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Elham Hedayati

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Alison Ritter

Educator, Event Organiser, Journalist, Publisher / Germany
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Alison Ritter has made an enormous impact on developing the lighting design profession through her work.

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Annukka Larsen

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Eve Gaut

Event Organiser / UK
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Showing clear PR strategic direction within the Lighting Industry, during a pandemic

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Emma Cogswell

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Kristina Allison

Designer / United Kingdom
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Kristina has shown incredible passion for lighting and ecology over 2020. She has been talking about the circular economy before it was fashionable to do so. In 2020 she has been using her influence to make our world a better place.

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Anonymous

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Ruth Kelly-Waskett

Designer / United Kingdom
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Ruth will be the president of the Society of Light & Lighting from May 2021. And she is Great.

Nominated by
Jonathan Rush

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Dr Amardeep Dugar

Designer / India
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Formed IALD India. A great supporter of WIL and young lighters everywhere. A great researcher, collaborator and teacher to all.

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David Gilbey

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James Poore

Designer / United Kingdom
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James has supported WIL from the beginning and introduced me to the wonderful initiative. He promotes it at every oppertunity on social media, in his work and that of the practice and within his positions within the SLL, CIBSE, ILP and the RSA

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Hannah Poore

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Marisa Teo

Product / Singapore
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Former banker turned manufactucturer, Marisa is the CEO and Creator of Maerich - a lighting brand of Singapore. Maerich's G-Spot shorted for Lighting Design Awards 2020 and Darc Awards 2020. Winner of LIT Awards 2020.

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Anonymous

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Angela Woo Scott

Designer / Singapore
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Angela is the design director of Light Collab. She leads the team on numerous challenging projects, A mother of 2 young children, keeping level-headed, having the interest of the team at heart, and also invited speakers for numerous talks.

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Yah Li Toh

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Monica Luz Lobo

Designer / Brazil
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Monica has spent 34 years designing and promoting lighting. She is a light activist and the incoming president of the IALD.

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Anonymous

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Melissa Mak

Designer / UK
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Melissa started a photo sharing initiative on LinkedIn called 'Let There Be Light' which bought people together in Lockdown.

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Anonymous

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Sarah Cullen

Journalist / UK
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As acting editor of darc magazine, Sarah has championed the WIL project with regular WIL articles in each issue.

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Anonymous

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Matt Waring

Journalist / UK
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As editor of arc magazine, Matt has supported the WIL project and therefore WIL from the very start.

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Anonymous

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