OKRA Technologies CEO and Founder Dr Loubna Bouarfa has been presented with the CEO of the Year award 2019 at the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards. The competition was fierce with a record number of applications from all over Cambridge. In the CEO of the year category, 6 nominees were shortlisted as eventual finalists with Loubna picking up the prize.
The award serves to recognise both the impact of OKRA’s solutions in life sciences and the impeccable leadership shown by Dr Bouarfa. She has driven the deployment of trustworthy, human-centered, explainable AI systems focusing on empowering individuals with AI capabilities across life science companies. Whilst leading OKRA she has also held a seat on the EU expert group for AI and helped write the guidelines for ethical and trustworthy AI in Europe.
The 2018 winner of the award, Martin Frost - CMR surgical has gone on to lead the company to become a unicorn. Under the leadership of Loubna we aim to follow in his footsteps and create a female led unicorn in Cambridge.