2020 Judges

Dmitry Raidman | CEO | Cybeats | Aurora, Ontario, Canada | |

Govind Narayan | | Deloitte Consulting | San Francisco, California, United States | |

Veda Prakash Vaddadi | SAP Delivery Lead & Solution Architect | Microsoft /Accenture | Frisco, Texas, United States | |

Neha Goel | SVP, Marketing & Strategy | Simplify Workforce | Jersey City, New Jersey, United States | |

Amit Vohra | President & CEO | Promaxo | Oakland, California, United States | |

Kari Wise | PR & Marketing Consultant | Wise Communications, LLC | Gainesville, Florida, United States | |

Glenn Davies | Group CEO | CannAcubed Pte Ltd | Singapore, Singapore, Singapore | |

Dutch Ng | CEO | i-Sprint Innovations Pte Ltd | , , Singapore | |

Ambika Hanchate | CEO , Founder | Jana Mana Foundation | Haveri, Karnataka, India | |

Carl Borkholder | CEO | GEN-Y HITCH | Nappanee, Indiana, United States | |

Stacey Copas | CEO | Academy Of Resilience | , New South Wales, Australia | |

Kumar Varun Verma | Manager, Product Marketing | Veritas Technologies | Pune, Maharashtra, India | |

Stefan Skarin | CEO | IAR Systems | Uppsala, , Sweden | |

Rajendran Nair | VP Marketing | Strikedeck | , , United States | |

Deborah Sherry | SVP and Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe | GE | London, , United Kingdom | |

Ahmed Rauf Essa | Co-Founder | Telemart | Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan | | Ahmed Rauf Essa is a business graduate from IOBM. During his education, he started Telemart at the age of 23. Telemart is now considered to be the 2nd largest E-commerce company in Pakistan and the only one to have an omnichannel presence with its retail stores & franchises across Pakistan. Ahmed Rauf Essa is the only Pakistani entrepreneur to win 8 Global & 2 National Awards at the age of 27. He has been a jury member for 10 Global Awards & was also selected as Rising Star by the world retail congress. Ahmed Rauf Essa was also featured in Forbes “30 Under 30” List 2019.

Aaron Peterson | CEO | My Mini Casa | Bluffdale, Utah, United States | |

Greg Wixted | Chief Amazement Officer | We Are Xpert | london, London, United Kingdom | |

Alex Harel | CEO | EZPack Water Ltd. | Kibbutz Shomrat, , Israel | |

Scott Kelly | CEO | Black Dog Venture Partners | Tempe, Arizona, United States | |

Ellen Feaheny | CEO | AppFusions | Laramie, Wyoming, United States | |

Rishit Mishra | Manager | PwC | Dallas, Texas, United States | |

Supriya Pande | Software Developer | Mouser Electronics | Irving, Texas, United States | |

LeX Tan | CEO | MotionsCloud | , Bavaria, Germany | |

Eti Finkelstin | CEO | scale up | NATANYA, , Israel | |

Chris Buttenham | CEO | Obie.ai | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | |

Quentin ADAM | CEO | Clever Cloud | Nantes, , France | |

Eliza Hochman | CEO | World of Insights | Espoo, , Finland | |

Indre Deksnyte | SVP of Marketing | CUJO AI | El Segundo, California, United States | |

Daniel Zand | CEO & Co-founder | Holistal | STOCKHOLM, Stockholm, Sweden | |

Oisin Hanrahan | Co-founder & CEO | Handy | , , United States | |

Nick Wright | CEO | Figment Technology Pty Ltd | Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | |

Lynda Ellis | Owner, President & CEO | Capitol Concierge, Inc | Rockville, Maryland, United States | |

Kumar BN | Executive Director | Concept Public Relations India Limited | Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | |

Ronald Nanninga | CEO founder | VirtualMedSchool | Rotterdam, ZH, Netherlands | |

Joel Helmuth | VP of Sales | GEN-Y Hitch | Nappanee, Indiana, United States | |

Matthieu Ballester | CEO & Cofounder | Nannybag | Paris, , France | |

Brad Rennick | Senior Vice President of Customer Success | Modernizing Medicine | Boca Raton, Florida, United States | |

Jacob Wolinsky | | VALUEWALK LLC | Passaic, New Jersey, United States | |

Artem Baykov | CEO | COR Index inc | NY, New York, United States | |

Jay Johnson | Managing Director | Jay Johnson Communications LLC | Singapore, Singapore, Singapore | |

Imran Batada | Director ICT & CICT | Institute of Business Administration | Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan | |

Satishkumar Boguda | Software Engineer | Applexus Technologies | Sandiego, California, United States | |

Saar Levi | CEO | CEDEX | Herzliya, , Israel | |

Zachary Weiner | CEO | Emerging Insider | Chicago, Illinois, United States | |

Mohammed Mecci | Founder | World Business Studios (Formerly TechStorey Systems) | Fayetteville, Georgia, United States | |

Allison Plattsmier | | Jordan Thomas Foundation | Nashville, Tennessee, United States | |

Shilpa Mittal | Director | Crimson Interactive | , , India | |

Rui Barros | CEO | BBM | Maputo, , Mozambique | |

Praveen Kotturu | Director | KPMG | Montvale, New Jersey, United States | |

George Georgallides | Managing Partner | Change VC | , , United States | |

Balaji Angiya Nagarajan | Senior Business Analyst | Mphasis Corporation | Middle Village, New York, United States | |

Matthew Simmons | Senior Manager, Media Relations | USC Marshall School of Business | Los Angeles, California, United States | |

Amine Arezki | Chief Autonomy Leader | Thales | KORNTAL-MÜNCHINGEN, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany | |

Zihan Zhou | Lecturer | Singapore University of Social Sciences | , Singapore, Singapore | | Dr Zhou Zihan is a lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She obtained her PhD in Operations Management from Nanyang Business School, NTU in 2017. Prior to that, she completed her BSc in Applied Mathematics with Computer Science minor at NUS in 2012. She has taught or assisted in teaching a wide range of courses—from first-year statistics and mathematics to MBA courses. She earned the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management designation in 2016. Her research interests lie in inventory management, supply chain management and mathematical optimization.

Asli Tas Kayabas | Clinical Psychologist, Awards Consultant | Kuzey Academy | , , Turkey | | Asli has graduated from Psychology department in Bogazici University and has an M.A degree on clinical psychology. She studied Marriage, Relationship and Couples Therapy in the United States. Besides her psychology expertise, she filled up leadership positions during her HR and training management career above 15 years. Well-known awards programs (like ATD, Brandon Hall, Stevies, The Learning Awards) have awarded her for her contributions to training and HR world several times. She has been honored being the first “Learning and Training Professional of the Year ” on Stevies for Great Employers Program in 2016. And she is awarded as Women Entrepreneur of the year on Stevies for Women in Business in 2016. She is invited for keynote sessions all over the world. In 2012 she has founded her own company “Kuzey Academy”, providing service in training and award consultancy. She is also a member of judging committees on Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, Stevie Awards. She is also a poet with a book, “When you are gone”, Her second book in psychology field is getting ready to be published. She still continues providing individual and couples therapy. She is a mother with two children.

Belinda-Jane Dolan | CEO | Clariti Group | Brisbane. CBD, Queensland, Australia | | With global experience spanning 23 years across four continents. Belinda is the CEO of Clariti Group and Board Director. A 15 time award winning leadership and peak performance company operating globally. We are on a mission to create the happiest workplaces on the planet across a range of industries from professional services, education, legal, financial, health/wellness, indigenous organisations, peak bodies, retail and hospitality. . Known for her inspiring passion, energy and ability to connect with individuals at all levels. Belinda’s quest is to see higher levels of engagement and happiness within workforces led her and her team to develop Australasia’s first Chief Happiness Officer Certificate Program set to change the landscape of businesses across the globe. Along with the Chief Happiness Officer Book launching in 2020. As a peak performance expert and extreme adventurer her current adventure is the 7 highest summits on each continent with Everest in 2021 along with North and South Pole expeditions. Being born with a disability drove her to live by the motto anything is possible. As a researcher her current PhD studies are in Leadership/Peak Performance. She regularly presents inspiring, insightful and engaging key note at conferences, forums, workshops and events across the globe.

Priyank Rastogi | Senior Sales Engineer | Google | , , United States | |

Arjun Kumar Joginipelly | Vice President of Engineering | Freedom Electronics LLC | Kennesaw, Georgia, United States | | Arjun Kumar Joginipelly, has PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of New Orleans, currently working as a Vice President of Engineering at Freedom Electronics LLC, Georgia, USA. Dr. Arjun has 10+ years of hands-on experience in the fields of Image Processing, Circuit Design, FPGAs, Embedded design & Internet of Things. He is also an entrepreneur who loves to build start-up companies with focus more towards value added products. He holds a patent in IOT technology applied to petroleum gas dispensers. His work has been reported to several IEEE conferences and Journals. He has reviewed numerous papers for Journal of Real Time Image Processing, Journal of Electronic Imaging, Microprocessor & Micro-systems Journal, Journal of Imaging Science & Technology, Microelectronics Journal, Journal of Circuits-Systems-Computers. His areas of interest include Internet of Things, Image processing using FPGAs, Separable and Bilateral Filters, Logarithmic Multipliers, Feature Extraction and Classification, and Machine Learning.

Anil Garg | | 1966 | NAPERVILLE, Illinois, United States | | Specialization in Cyber Security, Assessments, Strategy, Cyber Security Governance, IAM Road Map, IAM Architecture, Health Check, Information Technology Compliance and Control, Data Modeling and Analytics for Cyber Security Solutions. Industries: Retail, Finance & Banking, Utility, Heath Care, Insurance, Research, and Department of Energy. Judge to rank the nominated C-Suite Executives, IT Services, and Product companies. SystemDomain, a Gold Award winner as the fastest growing Cyber Security Consulting firm.

Premanand Dheenadayalan | AVP/Insurance Group Developer | AllianceBernstein | Nashville, Tennessee, United States | | Premanand Dheenadayalan is a highly skilled professional working as an Assistant Vice President / Insurance Group Developer for Alliance Bernstein (www.alliancebernstein.com) In this role, he delivers oversight to ensure investment technology quality assurances relative to accounting, general ledger and cash balances meet the regulatory criteria for industry and governmental standards and practices. This oversight, in turn, enables the proper execution of investments by the firm’s Portfolio Managers on behalf of Alliance Bernstein’s clients. 0 direct reporting, 3 indirectly reporting.

Ben Lamm | Founder / Chairman / CEO | Hypergiant | Austin, Texas, United States | AI / Defense | Ben Lamm is a serial technology entrepreneur dedicated to building technology companies in new market sectors. Ben is the Founder/CEO of Hypergiant. Previously, he was the Founder/CEO of Conversable acquired by LivePerson, Founder/CEO of Chaotic Moon Studios acquired by Accenture and Team Chaos, acquired by Zynga.

Santosh Putchala | Director, Privacy & Data protection | Kuma LLC | Bristow, Virginia, United States | | Santosh is a senior industry leader with over 13 years of strategy and operational excellence in privacy, data protection and information security. He is passionate about privacy public policy and is known for bridging privacy thought leadership and business. He is well versed in working with leadership and has always been working with globally connected diverse teams. His work spans global fortune 200 US and EU customer organizations. A trusted adviser to the executive leadership of many public and private organizations, Santosh is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. He is board member of IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). He also holds multiple gold standard industry certifications.

Anaida Deti | Ceo | DentalX | North York, Ontario, Canada | | Anaida immigrated to Canada from Albania 17 years ago with her husband. They had only a few hundred dollars with them and a big dream of building something theirs but not much else. She spoke no English and her school meant nothing here so she had to start everything from scratch. She worked seven days a week while going to school full time. After a few years of finishing school and getting her licence as a registered dental hygienist, she founded DentalX in 2013. DentalX started with only her, booking appointments in her car and seeing patients in the late afternoons or Sundays after she worked all day for other dental offices. Now she has about 12 staff members and an award winning dental office. She founded Mission Kind (Kids In Need of Dentalcare), to help children aged 6-16 obtain much needed dental work at no charge. She is a coveted speaker at dental conventions and seminars. Her passion and dental expertise has garnered her media coverage. She loves to help the community. Every December our office offers free dental/dental hygiene services to people in need. Anaida has won several awards, locally, nationally and internationally.
Haitham Ahmed | Teacher and CEO | London Academy Of Online Education | London, London, United Kingdom | | Haitham Ahmed got his master’s degree in International Business from the University of Vaasa in Finland and more than 70 diplomas and certificates from global institutes all over the world. Haitham is a founder and CEO of London Academy Of Online Education, European Alliance Of Certified Academies, and Life and Success Magazine. Regarded to Awards: Haitham won Runner Up Award, Highly Commended Award for a learner of the years 2017 and 2018 from COE. In 2020, Haitham is nominated for several global awards, such as The English Asian&Business Award, French American Entrepreneurship Award, Global Excellence Award, EWC [Entrepreneurship World Cup], NLP in Education Award, and NLP in Research Award.

Banda Kumar | Director | NatConnect Foundation | Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | | B N Kumar (BNK 24×7 to his friends) has close to 45 years of experience in mass communications. Writer, columnist, image builder, media trainer and environmentalist, BNK has acquired varied skill sets like Strategy Planning, Media Relations, Event Handling, Corporate Events, Networking, Crisis Communications, Social Communication for causes. BNK began to write for media ever since 1975 when he joined his journalism classes. Later he worked with Free Press Journal, United News of India. Worked with Business India and The Week magazines and contributed content to The Times of India, The Economic Times, Indian Express, Mid-Day, Newstime, apart from Onlooker and SUNDAY magazines on a wide range of topics like business, science, space science, crime, films and politics. BNK was part of the team that set up Ogilvy PR (then O&M PR) – the first PR arm of an advertising agency in India. Till recently, he was an Executive Director at Concept PR which has won several national and international awards and accolades including the prestigious America’s PR World Award for innovative Social Communication. Now, he is been focusing on social communication picking up environmental and other causes.

Sandeep Parekh | Control and Automation Engineering | Bechtel | Houston, Texas, United States | | Over sixteen years of experience in project engineering with managing and leading specialized Integrated Control and Safeguarding Systems (Process Control, Process Safety, and Fire & Gas Systems) across most areas of the oil and gas industry. Technical background in renewable energy technology, production, research and development, with over 12 years of Bechtel experience. Served as a Control Systems Engineer on successive multi-billion dollar grassroots LNG projects. Broad experience with refinery, petrochemical and pharmaceutical projects. International experience includes specialized assignments in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Western Australia, along with multiple trips to Western Africa (Angola) and China. Managed and coordinated efforts for Bechtel and Owner teams of 20 + engineers

Lilian Raji | President | The Lilian Raji Agency | Atlanta, Georgia, United States | | For almost two decades, Lilian M Raji has served as strategic counselor and public relations adviser to some of the world’s leading luxury brands. She’s helped introduce S.T. Dupont to the U.S. market, aided the Quebec Government Delegation in promoting their artists to the broader American market, and handled the press launch of WatchBox after the company secured a $100 million in funding, landing them full page coverage in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and other high profile press. When luxury brands have a story to tell, Lilian gets them in front of the right press to broadcast their story to the widest, qualified audience possible. In between helping companies develop their PR and marketing strategy, Lilian enjoys freelance writing, penning a regular PR advice column called, “Dear Lilian: The PR Advisor,” for National Jeweler Magazine.

Aakash Chhablani | Associate Director/Manager | Deloitte | San Jose, California, United States | | I am Aakash Chhablani. I have been a judge at other categories for Stevie Awards – Consumer Awards, Emerging Startup etc. and have extensive experience in judging different categories. Also contributed scholarly articles at leading publications such as International Journal of Management and Engineering. American Journal of Computer Architecture. I am a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and have an extensive experience of 10+ years working with CxOs across various TMT and FSI clients.

Cyrill Wiget | Executive Director | cyrill.wiget@tegiw.com | Bayonne, New Jersey, United States | | INVESTMENT & WEALTH MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE with more than 25 years of extensive experience leading business growth and development around the world, establishing key relationships with ultra-high net-worth clients and Family Offices in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Proven track record of spearheading financial management offerings for clients, identifying opportunities within the market to provide value for clients. Adaptable leader leveraging strong interpersonal and communication skills to drive engagement with clients and internal teams, establishing and cultivating positive relationships globally.

H. Ralph Hawkins | Chairman Emeritus | Retired | Dallas, Texas, United States | | H. Ralph Hawkins, Past Employee, Past President, CEO, Chairman, & Current Chairman Emeritus of HKS, Inc. 1973-2020 EDUCATION B.S. Architecture University of Texas Arlington (UTA) 1973 M. Architecture, Rice University 1976 M. Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center 1976 AWARDS National American Business Awards Best Executive for a Professional Service Firm 2007 Professional Services Management Journal CEO of the Year 2006 Texas Woman University Dykes Leadership Award 2014 FORTUNE Top 25 Best Bosses in 2005 American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Sr. Fellow of the Design Futures Council ACHA Council of Fellows & Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) CURRENT BOARD POSITIONS William Ward Watkin Society Rice University CENIKOR Co-Chair, University of North Texas Law School, Lee Harvey Oswald Museum Ambassador of YTEXAS PAST BOARD POSITIONS AIA Academy on Architecture for Health, President 2001 North Texas Commission Dallas Regional Chamber, Chair 2014 Dallas Medical Council, 2014 Dallas Citizens Council, 2014 AIA Large Firm Round Table, Chair 2014-2015 Construction Industry Round Table Chair, 2014-2016 UTA Development Chair 2008-2012 UT Chancellor’s Executive Committee 2001-2014 The Arts Community Alliance of Dallas 2010 Dallas Mobility Committee,Chair 2015-2019 BBVA 2015-2018 United Way Foundation 2013-2016

Gokul R Anandayuvaraj | Director / CEO | VINVELI Automated Systems P Ltd | Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India | | Gokul is an entrepreneur, tech innovator and angel investor. He’s always looking out for opportunities to take on new challenges. Some of his past endeavours include creating “Rockinfrnz” as a very young age, a content-sharing platform that attracted over 3 million hits at its peak and, later a stint as a software innovator at the Satellite Design Lab (SDL), UT Austin where he worked on breakthrough software for satellites in collaboration with other engineers. His experience at SDL included working with many industry leaders, most notably NASA JSC, NASA JPL, and US Airforce Research Labs for flight missions. His latest project, VINVELI, is a company that he founded which is aimed at offering cutting-edge infrastructure for futuristic logistical solutions using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). He founded VINVELI with his friends in USA and has since moved the business to be based out of India to expand to European market and other countries. VINVELI currently supplies state-of-the-art UAV systems to the Government of India customers for defence purposes.

Binny Joshi | Software Engineer | IT | Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States | | I have been working a sr.software developer for Kforce, Inc. from past 2 years.I hold Bachelor and Masters Degree in Computer Science. I believe in the power of mindfulness. I have developed over 250 test scripts in 7 years worked effectively with design teams to ensure found bugs were resolved quickly and effectively, streamlined deployment process by developing Automation Testing tools, created Testing Infrastructure from scratch for all Types of application. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of others,especially women,helping to teach them how amazing they are and how to live an amazing life.

Sunil Tanuku | Vice President of Delivery, Technology & Business Services | GalaxE Solutions Inc. | Somerset, New Jersey, United States | | Strongly experienced with good management skills to solve issues, create value, maximize growth and improve Business performance. Extensive experience with Business and Technical insights to provide objective advice, establish structure, define and implement strategic solutions, management and operations of project teams. Experienced with wide variety of services such as Information Technology, Financial and Management Controls, Business Strategy and Operations. Highly adept at conducting analysis to identify issues and present formidable hypotheses and solutions, implement recommendations/solutions, manage projects and programs, running focus groups and facilitating workshops. Highly experienced with various project methodologies like RUP, SDLC, Scrum, Agile & Waterfall. Thorough understanding of Health Insurance, PBM, Real Estate Franchising, Property and Travel Insurance, eCommerce Business Processes. Well Versed with Object Oriented Analysis and Design using UML, IBM Rational Tools, Technical Design & Practices, Statistical tools etc. Excellent Communication skills with customers, users, team members and Senior Executive Management in defining IT Solutions.

Ananda Yuvaraj ES | Lead Planning Specialist | Lonza | PEARLAND, Texas, United States | |

Sunilkumar Gopakumar | Sr Engineering Manager | Collins Aerospace | Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | | Sunilkumar Gopakumar has been the engineering manager of Rockwell Collins for past 7 years. He has more than 13 years of experience working in aerospace industry on all latest technologies including Avionics and In flight entertainment in technology management and Embedded product development. A MBA graduate from University of IOWA
Rathan Natarajan | JUDGE | HINDUSTHAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | COIMBATORE, Tamil Nadu, India | | PROFILE SUMMARY Years of experience : 12 Years 2 Months Currently working as Assistant Professor in Hindusthan Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. Patent Published– 01 International Paper Published- 21 National Paper Published- 03 Research Project Funds- 08 Seminar/Workshop/FDP Attended – 101 Seminar/Workshop/FDP Organized – 15 Certification Program Completed- 16 Book Published- 02 Awards and Recognition – 02 International Judge- 02 Center of Excellence activity- 02 Entrepreneurship activity- 02 Conference chair / Jury – 02 Activity in Quiz – 9 International Journal Reviewer – 02 Project Guided- 17 Membership in professional bodies – 10

Dalal Saab | Operations Manager | Hospitality Marketing Concepts | sutton, London, United Kingdom | | As a Loyalty Customer expert, I am a creative strategist that provides clients with solutions and efficient ways to connect with their customers. My signature as the Operations Country Manager for many Loyalty Programs in South East Asia is my ability to solve problems. I listen to feedback and take concrete, effective actions to solve issues. I provide strategic counsel for operational excellence in marketing and customer acquisition and retention. I excel at implementing ideas at the operational level. I believe in elevating people’s potential, so I train others with generosity, with the goal to share my knowledge and motivate them to success. I am self-motivated, goal-oriented, and maintain an enthusiastic attitude. I am available to exchange ideas and connect.

Maruthi Rohit Ayyagari | Sr. Systems Specialist | Salesforce | , , United States | | 3x Salesforce Certified ♦ Apttus CPQ ♦ Apttus CLM ♦ Salesforce CRM Configuration ♦ IT Development ♦ Sales Account Management ♦ Business Transformation ♦ Quote to Cash Leader ♦ Business Process Automation ♦ People Management Multi-skilled professional with extensive experience in delivering cutting edge, Quote-to-Cash, and category-defining software to ensure high profitability generated between buyer’s interest in any purchase, down the pipeline to realization of revenue. Analytical and critical thinker, possessing excellent knowledge of IT systems and software skills, especially in Apttus and Salesforce. Solutions: CPQ,CLM,Salesforce CRM, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud Tenacious ability to effectively and efficiently respond and resolve situations requiring IT, technical knowledge, applying the required key decision-making skills to make confident network resolutions on behalf of clients. Certified developer in business IT : Obtained Salesforce Certification as an Administrator, Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator, Salesforce Certified Developer, Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant, Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant, Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer, Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder, Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist, Salesforce CPQ Specialist as well as Quote-to-Cash Certified by Apttus. Concurrently possessing skills in client account management, managing multinational clients, then coordinating managerial and operational teams to understand and fulfill their needs.

Haitham Mengad | Co-founder | Haystack | Santa Monica, California, United States | | Three years ago, I left a research position in academia at University College London and joined a start-up in NY (kwant.AI, provides IoT and software services to construction projects) to help build their data science model. This kickstarted a journey of professional growth that led me to Alpha Edison, a $400MM fund in Los Angeles focused on Series A and B investments and Village Global where I conducted investment research and built models to support the company’s investment theses. I then joined Village Global, a seed-stage VC backed by successful entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg to manage software and technology. I had caught the bug to build however, so I decided to return to the start-up side of the equation as a co-founder at Haystack where I’m currently leading engineering, growth and fundraising. I was born and raised in Morocco where I attended a French school until obtaining a Baccalaureat in Maths with Highest Honors. I then came to the US to pursue a BS in engineering at the University of Illinois. While in college, I founded two start-ups and received investor and faculty support for both. I also studied abroad in Madrid.

Jay Tripathi | Technical Program Manager | F5 Networks | Newcastle, Washington, United States | |

Janel Allen | Sr. Director of Sales | Jacaruso Enterprises | , , United States | | As an ambitious professional with critical thinking proficiency and several years of hospitality experience, I am thrilled at the possibility of judging the 8th annual CEO World Awards. Beginning my career working for a small bed & breakfast/banquet house, I have since acquired years of experience working for the biggest hotel brands in the world. In my current role as Senior Director of Sales for Jacaruso Enterprises, I am responsible for account management for clients such as Hilton, Wyndham and Radisson. In addition to building and maintaining relationships, I’m responsible for actively promoting our service offerings to prospects and current clients and being an ambassador of our brand. As a sales guru, I think I’d be a great fit to judge nominations for the 8th annual CEO World Awards. Thanks for your consideration.

Adrienne Mazzone | President | TransMedia Grouo | , , United States | | Adrienne Mazzone, President of TransMedia Group, oversees both its domestic and expanding international operations. Adrienne is widely respected and considered one of the most creative and resourceful minds in Public Relations Strategy. As President of TransMedia, she leads and advances the vision of the firm headquartered in Boca Raton, where she enjoys adding new and innovative services such as the recent product distribution division. Adrienne’s goals have always been to keep good standing relationships with clients by giving even more value to by going above the media exposures and targeting each clients individual goals.
Bernard Duhoux | Marketing | DataLog Finance | , , France | | After freelancing with many large French companies and digital agencies, I have been for the last 15 years in charge of managing marketing and business analysis at DataLog Finance, French software providers for large groups, facing the needs and priorities of main companies.

Antonio Hernando | CCO | IPSOS | Madrid, Madrid, Spain | | Executive Director of Market Research with a solid background in Marketing and management skills. I am passionate about knowing people, markets, brands and society. I spend most of my time making our complex world easier to navigate and inspiring Ipsos clients to make smarter decisions. For me, the foundation of everything is a culture of collaboration and curiosity, attracting professionals of the highest caliber who share the ability and desire to influence and change the future. Learning from diverse experiences helps us gain perspective and inspires us to question, to be creative. And all this while having a great time – my mantra: Profit&Fun.
Avish Dahiya | Chief Marketing & Technology Officer | Dream On Me Inc. | New Jersey, New Jersey, United States | | Excellent exposure and experience in: Technology: Global Operations: Global Sourcing: Marketing & Sales: Global Strategic Partnerships/Alliances/JV: New Media and Entertainment: Merger & Acquisition: Specialties: Technology Leadership, Outsourcing Advisory Expertise (Software, IT and Media), Animation and Visual Effects Production, Creative & Technology, Global Operations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Global Program Management, Cross Culture Collaboration, Strategic Decision and Risk Management, Start up formation, Entertainment, Diagnostics, Social Networks, Business Planning & Investments, VOD, IPTV, Indian Content Licensing Film & TV, Advertising

Amanda Triest | PR Manager | Nav | Draper, Utah, United States | | Award-winning public relations professional with ten years of experience working directly with C-suite executives to increase profiles and build thought leadership presence. Innovative thinker and executor known for supporting B2B and B2C clients at local, state, national and international levels through multi-faceted public relations, social and marketing campaigns. Has served as a judge for local, state and national award programs.

Himanshukumar Patel | Sr. Process Engineer | Bechtel Corporation (Oil, Gas and Chemicals) | Houston, Texas, United States | |

Sanjeev Kumar | SAP Lead Consultant / Solution Architect | GyanSys Inc | Carmel, Indiana, United States | | Sanjeev is a senior SAP professional with 15+ years of rich experience in the implementation, operation, and support of business technology. He has lead multi-cultured project teams in different roles providing SAP technology solution expertise and strategic direction. A proven ability in managing and delivering large scale complex Greenfield and Brownfield Implementations, Support and Upgrade SAP projects across multiple industries – Automotive, Energy, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Facilities Management Services. Expertise in designing and delivering SAP technology solutions – SAP Data Analytics, BPC, Data Integration and Migration from SAP/Non-SAP systems( BW7.5onHANA, BW4HANA), SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira, SAP BO, S4 Embedded Analytics and ABAP across multi-functional domains – SAP PM, SD, FI, MM, and HR.

Astha Bhatia | Clinical Research Scientist | Bristol Myers Squibb | Summit, New Jersey, United States | | I am a dentist (4 years patient care experience in India), and have a Master in public health from a reputed US school. I work as a clinical research scientist on clinical trials for hematology-oncology indications. A clinical study that I was the lead scientist for, led to FDA and global approval for a new chemo-free regimen for patients of relapsed lymphoma. At present, I am the lead scientist a clinical trial for a novel compound being developed for patients with relapsed Lymphoma. Also, I recently featured on an international podcast for COVID 19 which was a global hit with multiple viewer reviews. I also worked in a county health department (Bloomfield health department) during my internship while pursuing my MPH, and I worked with the health educator on a childhood obesity project for the community (an area of concern facing the country at this time). I am the marketing head (volunteer position) of an Indian- American cultural society based in NJ. I am interested in being a judge for 8th Annual 2020 CEO World Awards, and I am confident that based on my vast experience and expertise, I will be able to do great justice to the judgement process.
Sudheer Reddy | Director, Local Safety Management | Bayer | Whippany, New Jersey, United States | | I am a Pharmacist with a Master of Public Health. In addition, I am also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and an Innovation Coach. As a Director at Bayer Healthcare, I am responsible for ensuring patient safety of the pharmaceuticals and over the counter products marketed by the company. In this role, I also lead research and safety assessments of new products the company wishes to bring to the market. In the past few years, I have brought many innovations to our processes at Bayer that were game changers using technology. I am interested in judging 8th Annual 2020 CEO World. With the above mentioned background, I can certainly help providing my expert opinion in many areas of business such as healthcare, leadership, management, innovation and new technologies.
Joana Teixeira | Project Manager | IBIS Power | Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands | | Alexander is a pioneer in sustainable innovations and an experienced business leader in the start-up arena. He studied Architecture and Structural Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and received his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Miami. After working in research at the TNO and TU/e, he founded IBIS Power in 2012. His company’s flagship invention PowerNEST is a ground-breaking renewable energy solution for medium to high-rise buildings that combines wind and solar energy, being the first and only solution able to make up to 14 building levels Net-Zero-Energy and improving the current state-of-the-art with a factor 6. His innovation gained 25 prestigious International awards for innovation and business development as well as numerous Dutch and European grants. He brought IBIS Power to the EU-Champions League of SME’s, was listed #8 of most promising global Cleantech innovations by Built Worlds, and was recognized as the best construction product of the Netherlands by the Cobouw Awards in 2019. He has experienced both success and failure in leading innovations and startups, and has used these experiences to sharpen, learn, rethink, and improve himself in business and as a person.
Megha Gupta | Senior Systems Analyst | Starbucks Coffee Company | , , United States | | 12+ years of IT experience in Oracle E-Business Suite ERP, Payment Systems & Indirect Procurement Systems. Excels at collaborating in a matrixed, cross-functional environment with fluid priorities and building consensus as a thought leader and recognized subject matter expert (SME). Outstanding communication skills, leadership ability & business acumen. Solution Designing | Customizations | Configurations | Scalable Solution | Critical Thinking | Business Onboarding Innovative | Continuous Improvement | Performance Management | Integrations

Paramaguru Prakash | IT Manager | Boeing Distribution Services Inc. parent company “The Boeing Company” | Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States | | Paramaguru Prakash, IT Manager | Boeing Distribution Services Inc. parent company “The Boeing Company” | Miami, Florida, United States | Information Technology | Industry: Aerospace and Experience: 17 years of IT Services and IT Consulting experience with focus on leading Customer facing applications. As a thought leader with strong IT experience I had leveraged technology to enable Customer-centric innovation. Embraced Agile operating model to Capture more Value and had Improved Positive Customer Experience. Used Data-Driven insights to collaborate with Stakeholders and Cross-Functional teams to drive business growth. Adopted Continuous improvement mindset, improved product quality and reduced Total Cost of Ownership. Enabled Digital Transformation, Business process automation at basic levels to increase seamless integration. Created Value by understanding existing business models, identifying gaps and proposing breakthrough ideas. If you would like to connect with me, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/paramaguruprakash/

Tunde Alao | CEO | Ysplit.com | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | I’m the CEO of YSplit, a Y Combinator company that raised $1 million seed round from the likes of Paul Graham and Paul Bucheitt (founder of Gmail). My primary function is developing the backend and front end of YSplit, coming up with our growth strategy, and raising money. Before YSplit, I interned twice at Google where I learned first hand what it takes to build and manage the software that is used by millions of people daily. I also worked closely with managers at Google to understand how to lead a team of highly talented developers and all the difficulties that may arrive. I was also the creator of Tonikami youtube channel which was one of the most popular channels for learning how to develop Android and iOS apps. Since founding YSplit and attending YCombinator, I’ve met a lot of CEOs building really interesting companies such as Brex, Airbnb & Segment. I became fascinated with understanding the differences between the CEOs and how those differences impact their work. I’d love to judge this competition to apply the knowledge I’ve picked up along the way and to broaden my understanding of what makes a good CEO.

Michael Stoltz | Director, Media & Public Relations | The Mars Society | , , United States | | Michael Stoltz serves as Director of Media & Public Relations for the Mars Society, the world’s largest space advocacy group dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. He works as a consultant to 4th Planet Logistics, LLC, a Chicago-based engineering and technology development company founded with the express purpose of designing, building and field testing subterranean structures and other related support components for use on the Moon and Mars. In addition, Michael serves as part-time U.S. representative for Keren Hanan Aynor, an Israel-based fund that raises scholarship aid for Ethiopian-Israeli students. While living in Israel for 14 years, Michael also worked as a communications aide in the Israeli Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office and headed global resource development for one of Israel’s largest public colleges.

Landon Vago-Hughes | Chief Product Officer | YSplit | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Graduated in Mechanical Engineering 2018. During this period cofounded an app called Cluttr a productivity tool for roommates. Apple made us app of the day in Oct 2018. We then received a $50000 investment offer. This gave us confidence to apply to YCombinator the most prestigious accelerator in the world. We turned down the $50,000 and placed our bets on getting into YC. We were accepted in December 2018 and took their $150,000 investment for far less equity. On the 1st January 2019 we fly to Mountain View California to participate in the Winter 2019 YC batch. We pivoted to a group payments solution when we arrived to stop roommates from owing money to each other anymore. Our name changed to YSplit. In April 2019 we pitched at Demo Day and raised $1MN from Angels Investors included Paul Baucheit (The Inventor of GMail), Solomon Hykes (Cofounder of Docker) and the founder of YCombinator himself, Paul Graham. 1 year later we are based in NYC and we have 1000s of user automatically splitting bills from Netflix to T-Mobile.
Eric Azizian | CEO & GuessBox.io | GuessBox | Richmond, Victoria, Australia | |
Muhammad Shahbaz | Head Corporate Banking – Abu Dhabi | Noor Bank | Abu Dhabi, , United Arab Emirates | | Professional Banking career spanning over 28 Years, including 10 Years in Pakistan & 18 Years in UAE with institutions like Noor, ABN AMRO, ADCB and Bank of America, having worked in the entire spectrum of Corporate & Investment Banking, including Shariah-compliant banking with core competency in Origination & Structuring, Corporate Debt Restructuring, Risk Management and Credit Portfolio Management. ▪ Key focus on business development / transaction origination, facility structuring, business initiatives, relationship management (Corporate & Public sector), team management and P&L responsibilities. ▪ Owns rich products and service knowledge related to the Corporate Banking including Corporate & Project Finance, Portfolio Management & Transaction Banking.

Jane Jarosz | PR Manager | Tetra Pak | Modena, Modena, Italy | | With more than 20 years experience working across Marketing, Research and Development and Corporate Communications across the finance industry, retail and food and beverage industry I have a solid grasp for external communications, brand development and positioning. As an astute traveler I am fortunate enough to have worked in multiple locations to aid my passion for seeing new places, working in London in UK, Hong Kong, Sydney in Australia, Edinburgh in Scotland, and Modena in Italy. This has exposed me to many cultures, personalities and leadership styles enabling the expansion of my own horizons. I believe that becoming a leader is about personal development, leadership is not something we just do, because we lead by who we are.

Boateng Opoku-Yeboah | Chief Technology Office | Cluttr Inc | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Started as a self thought programmer in high school and landed my first internship in Google as a security researcher within 2 months of starting college. I then did 2 follow up internships in the next 2 years in Google mountain view where I worked on Android team and then in Google Search working on products for billions of people to use daily. Whilst working on large scale software in a large team, I picked up leadership skills and communication & management of people more experience than me as well as less experienced, which is one of the skills that will help me judge the Annual 2020 CEO World Awards. After Google, I went on to start a USA based fintech company where I have the role as CTO and lead all the system design and changes in system architecture as well as making hiring decisions for our engineering team. I represent my company at conferences and other events that strengthen our brand image so I am aware of the public facing skills someone on a role such as a CEO should have which is one of the key components I will be looking at.

Ayfer Erkoç | banking-human research | Ziraatbank | Ankara, Altindag, Turkey | | She was graduated from Ankara University department of Statistic with master degree in 2008. Then she has worked in various departments of Ziraat Bank since 2008. She has been working in the Human Resources Career Management Department since 2019. She is interested in data analyses and modelling and recently people analytics. She has published scientific articles about data analysis and modeling, and has various international awards due to the projects she participated in.
Kelly Mariotti | Executive Director | Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association | Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States | | After starting my career as a corporate attorney, I founded a manufacturing company in the baby products industry. I’ve served as CEO of three different types of businesses. My own manufacturing company in the private sector; a 501(c)(3) public charity with national and international reach; and a 501(c)(6) trade association, where I am currently the chief staff executive. I am a lawyer, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Association Executive (CAE) and have graduate certificates in nonprofit management and advanced product safety management.

Amit Jambusaria | Senior Engineering Manager | Wayfair | Boston, Massachusetts, United States | | I serve as Sr. Engineering Manager at Wayfair. My contributions are at the center of Wayfair’s technology foot-print. I have led multiple front-end engineering teams towards building and optimizing Wayfair.com’s Homepage and Brand pages (more than 15,000 pages) for desktop and mobile, across all geo-locations (Canada, Germany and UK) and all stores – Jossandmain.com, Allmodern.com, Birchlane.com, and Perigold.com. Wayfair’s Homepage and Brand pages serve more than 20 million visitors weekly and account for a substantial portion of Wayfair’s revenue. Additionally, I am directly responsible for launching the Projecthub platform which is relied upon by the entire Wayfair organization with more than 10,000 users. I am reshaping engineering and product development at Wayfair thus generating significant value add in terms of efficiency improvements and cost savings to the company. I am also very passionate about building web applications during my free time and have co-founded 1. http://www.fourscripts.com 2. http://www.expatrack.com. I would love to chat more and explore the prospect of becoming a judge.