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The NEAR Foundation and Forkast Announce the Winners of Women in Web3


  • The NEAR Foundation Announces the Top 10 (+1 Tied) Winners of This Year’s Women in Web3 Changemakers Competition
  • 180 applications in total
  • 1167 votes cast
  • The women were selected by public vote
  • Women come from all corners of the globe

The NEAR Foundation, the Swiss non-profit organization that supports the governance and development of the NEAR protocol, today released the final list of top women in Web3 Changemakers 2022.

The women were chosen by the public from a shortlist selected from hundreds of entries based on the following judging criteria: inclusion – promoting good for society and sustainable ideas; influence – having an impact in the Web3 community and among peers; and innovation – contributing to important and necessary projects at work or independently.

Launched in partnership with Forkast, the list of winners highlights the achievements of women in Web3 and the importance of having visible female role models in the ecosystem.

The Women in Web3 Changemakers 2002 are celebrated this week at NEARCON – NEAR’s annual flagship event taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, September 11-14, 2022.

Commenting on the winners, Marieke Flament, CEO of the NEAR Foundation, said: “We received hundreds of submissions for this important initiative – but the list of Changemakers is truly outstanding. Selected by public vote, these remarkable women are part of a wealthy and highly accomplished workforce and come from all corners of the globe, each making a significant contribution to ensuring that Web3 is used as a force for good. . We are honored to shine a light on these women and wish them the best in their journey. We also celebrate the many others who also continue to play an important role in our ecosystem. It is important that we help each other and maintain a strong international community. Together, we can inspire each other, be role models for each other, and level the playing field for the next generation of women. Let’s take this opportunity to lay the foundation for a workforce that reflects the diversity of the society we aim to serve.

“These women exemplify what we are all capable of as a generation,” said Angie Lau, CEO, Editor and Co-Founder of Forkast. “This inaugural list of these ten incredible Changemakers celebrates the trajectory of our collective history. We look forward to telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

The women on this year’s Top 10 (+1 tied) Changemakers list, in alphabetical order:

  • Amy Soon, Founder, Blu3DAO
  • Bianca Lopes, identity advocate and investor
  • Deborah Ojengbede, CEO, AFEN Blockchain
  • Erikan Obotetukudo, Founder and General Partner, Audacity
  • Lauren Ingram, Founder, Women of Web3
  • Medha Parlikar, co-founder, Casperlabs
  • Oluchi Enebeli, Nigeria’s first female blockchain engineer, founder of Web3Ladies
  • Sian Morson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheBlkChain
  • Tammy Kahn, co-founder and co-CEO of FYEO
  • Tricia Wang, co-founder and head of the Crypto Research and Design Lab (CRADL) at CISA
  • Wendy Diamond, Web3 Impact Investor, LDP Ventures, CEO/Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN

About NEAR Foundation

NEAR is a high performance blockchain built without limits. Designed to be lightning-fast, incredibly secure, and infinitely scalable, NEAR lets anyone build at scale and deploy at pace. NEAR’s vision is to create a network that empowers people to reimagine finance, creativity and community in new and inclusive ways. With NEAR, mass blockchain adoption is possible.

NEAR is designed by an award-winning team of engineers and entrepreneurs to be simple to use, inclusive and good for the environment. NEAR is backed by top VCs such as A16Z, Pantera Capital, Electric Capital, Dragonfly Capital, Coinbase Ventures,, and Baidu Ventures.

About Forkast

Founded in 2018, Forkast is a global digital media platform spanning blockchain, digital assets and web3 at the intersection of business, economics and politics – from Asia to the world. The international team of journalists is led by editor and global presenter Angie Lau. Forkast is a trusted industry authority that has partnered with organizations such as the OECD, World Economic Forum, IBM, EY, and more.