Judith Bishop is Director of Computer Science at Microsoft Research, based in Redmond, USA. Her role is to create strong links between Microsoft's research groups and universities globally, through encouraging projects, supporting conferences and engaging directly in research. Her expertise is in programming languages and distributed systems, with a strong practical bias and an interest in compilers and design patterns. She initiated the Software Innovation Foundation (SEIF) and is currently working on a new way of running programs in browsers (especially F#). She is active in IFIP WG2.4 (Software Implementation Technology), the ACM and the CRA. She was chair of the World Computer Congress in 2008.

Judith has a distinguished background in academia, having been a professor at the Universities of Witwatersrand and Pretoria, with visiting positions in the UK, Germany, Canada, Italy and the USA. She has over 95 publications including 15 books on programming languages that are available in six languages and read worldwide. She has presented many keynotes, tutorials and special lectures. She is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. Judith serves frequently on international editorial, program and award committees, and has received numerous awards and distinctions, in particular the IFIP Outstanding Service Award in 2009, the IFIP Silver Core Award 2006 for service to the worldwide computer science community, the Computer Society Fellowship Award in 2008, the South African DTI Award for Distinguished Woman Scientist of the Year for Innovation 2005 and one of 100 Leading Mind Awards from her University in its Centenary Year 2008. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Royal Society of South Africa and of many other prestigious bodies. Professor Bishop is the top NRF rated woman computer scientist in South Africa.