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Judges

Steve-Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Global Judge and Panellist

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson

Global Judge

Sir Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group. At just 16 Sir Richard founded his first business a magazine called Student. A mail-order record business followed, leading to a chain of record stores which later became the world famous Virgin Megastores. The Virgin brand grew rapidly in the 1980s with the creation of Virgin Atlantic, alongside expansion of the Virgin Records music label. Since 1999 he has developed a number of mobile phone businesses around the world, two successful airlines in Australia and America and a world leading health club chain Virgin Active. Branson is currently focused on Virgin Galactic, a ground breaking commercial spaceflight company which will launch space flights for a new market of ‘space tourists’.

Nicola-Mendelsohn

Nicola Mendelsohn

UK & Europe Judge

Facebook EMEA

Nicola Mendelsohn joined Facebook in June 2013 as Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing Facebook’s business activities for the EMEA region.

Previously she was Executive Chairman at the advertising agency Karmarama. She is the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council a joint forum between the creative industries and Government. This year, Nicola was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition for her services to the creative industry.
Prior to Karmarama, Nicola was the Deputy Chairman of Grey London and a Board Director at BBH. Previous roles include being the first woman President of the IPA, Director of the Fragrance Foundation, a board member of CEW, Trustee of the White Ribbon Alliance and Corporate chair of Women’s Aid.

Nicola serves as Non-Executive Board Director for Diageo and is Director of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and their four children Gabi, Danny, Sam and Zac.

Stephen-Foreshew-Cain

Stephen Foreshew-Cain

UK & Europe Judge

UK Government Digital Service

Stephen Foreshew-Cain was appointed Executive Director of the UK Government Digital Service in September 2015.

Stephen started his career as an analyst in the mobile telecommunications sector in 1992.

Other career highlights include his time as Chief Operating Officer at the Government Digital Service.

Prior to this Stephen has held roles that include Portfolio Programme Director at Lbi, working on large digital transformation projects for multinational clients. Engagement Director at Capgemini, where he implemented scalable Agile development methodologies. Senior Manager at Accenture, where he worked on a major benefits programme for government.

In addition to Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Head of Delivery at ThoughtWorks, where Stephen was responsible for the global delivery portfolio.

Jane

Jane Tewson

Global Judge & Panellist

Founder Comic Relief

Jane is an innovator with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for positive social change. She is ever curious and drawn to the humanity and courage of people doing it tough.

To date, Jane has founded five charities, all of which are flourishing today, and all committed to giving a voice to people who often don’t have one. She is known for her lateral thinking and creative initiatives including Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in the UK, which has raised over a billion pounds and best-selling books including Dying to Know – bringing death to life.

Jane has sat on a number of boards including Oxfam and The St James Ethics Centre and is currently Vice Chair of Virgin Unite, Trustee of The Reichstein Foundation and Non-Executive Director of Talent International.

Rebecca-Burn-Callander

Rebecca Burn-Callander

UK & Europe Judge

The Telegraph

Rebecca Burn-Callander is the Editor and chief writer on all topics related to entrepreneurs and small businesses at The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She writes about entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and fast-growth businesses. Former web editor of Management Today Magazine, Rebecca was named one of the Smith & Williamson Power 100 for championing entrepreneurship in the UK.

Gerard-Grech

Gerard Grech

UK & Europe Judge

CEO, Tech City UK

Gerard Grech (@gerardgrech) is the CEO of Tech City UK, an organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK. He is also a member of the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council and Greater London Authority’s Smart London Board, both focused on economic growth through digital innovation.

Gerard has 15 years experience in the world of digital media, web and mobile. His international experience in London, Paris and New York, building digital products and rolling them out across 5 continents, has given him global vision and local expertise, spanning product development, business strategy and venture capital. Before that he was a new media journalist and started his career in the music business.

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Mayank Prakash

UK & Europe Judge

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Mayank joined the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as Director General for digital technology, data and security in 2014. He’s responsible for a large technology estate, including Europe’s biggest IP contact centre taking 200m calls annually, flexible technology for 85,000 colleagues, and systems processing £170bn annually for 22m customers. His team is committed to building world-class public services which help improve the lives of millions of people.

His previous roles include Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, and CIO at Sage UK. A Wharton Fellow and an MBA from Manchester Business School, Mayank is a leader with a track record of creating engaged, high performing teams. Mayank is married to Suchita who enjoys teaching, and has two daughters. In his own words: ‘Dad, friend, geek, CDIO and a fan of Apple user experiences – in pursuit of the extraordinary!’

Jonathan Vardon

Jonathan Vardon

UK & Europe Judge

Provident Financial Group

Jonathan is a successful board-level CIO and global leader with a track record of leading and delivering multi-million pound business transformation across diverse sectors (retail, banking and mobile telecoms) and geographies.

Jonathan is currently Chief Information Officer, CCD at Provident Financial Group.

Cliff-Rosenberg

Cliff Rosenberg

Managing Director, LinkedIn, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia

APAC Judge & Panellist

Clifford Rosenberg has a distinguished 20-year career in the digital space, both as an entrepreneur and executive. He is the Managing Director for LinkedIn South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 380m members around the globe of which over 7m are in Australia.
In this role, Cliff’s focus is driving awareness and uptake of LinkedIn’s products, including recruitment, marketing and sales solutions. Since January 2010, Cliff has set up offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, growing the local team to more than 240 staff, including sales, marketing and public relations personnel.
He is also a Non Executive Director of ASX listed Nearmap (NEA) – a company specialising in the generation and sale of high quality maps for use by a broad range of businesses and also Non Executive Director of Pureprofile – a leading market research, panel provision and customer database management company.

Dan-Radcliffe

Dan Radcliffe

International Volunteer HQ

APAC Judge & Panellist

Dan is the founder of International Volunteer HQ, the world’s leading volunteer travel company. A young, disruptive entrepreneur with a global mind-set, Dan is the prototype of what the next generation of entrepreneurs will aspire to. Established in 30 countries IVHQ is the world’s leading volunteer travel company, providing responsible, affordable volunteer programs in countries including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Peru, China, Morocco, Bali and Madagascar. IVHQ is having a positive social and economic impact on communities around the world and changing the lives of millions with over 60,000 volunteers having dedicated more than four million hours of community service in areas of Teaching, Childcare, Community Development, Medical, Construction and Wildlife Conservation. In recognition of his achievements, and the impact of IVHQ, Dan has received numerous awards including the 2014 Ernst Young New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jane

Jane Tewson

Igniting Change

Global Judge & Panellist

Jane is an innovator with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for positive social change. She is ever curious and drawn to the humanity and courage of people doing it tough.

To date, Jane has founded five charities, all of which are flourishing today, and all committed to giving a voice to people who often don’t have one. She is known for her lateral thinking and creative initiatives including Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in the UK, which has raised over a billion pounds and best-selling books including Dying to Know – bringing death to life.

Jane has sat on a number of boards including Oxfam and The St James Ethics Centre and is currently Vice Chair of Virgin Unite, Trustee of The Reichstein Foundation and Non-Executive Director of Talent International.

Patrick-Grove

Patrick Grove

Catcha Group

APAC Judge

Born in Singapore, Patrick Y-Kin Grove founded Catcha Group, an investment group controlling media, new media and e-commerce companies in emerging markets, in 1999. His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions and extraction of investment value in high growth, media and technology environments, and he has developed a number of significant media and internet businesses across Asia, taking four from startup to IPO. These portfolio businesses are worth in excess of $1 billion. Grove has been independently recognised with numerous international awards, including New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum (2003) and by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore as Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004.

Yat-Sui

Yat Siu

Outblaze

APAC Judge & Panellist

A serial technology entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, Yat Siu is founder and CEO of Outblaze, a conglomerate specializing in gaming, cloud technology, and smartphone/tablet software. In 2009 Yat sold Outblaze’s messaging division to IBM, which used it to set up IBM’s LotusLive iNotes to deliver business-class email services to SMEs. The transaction resulted in the establishment of the first cloud lab in Hong Kong by a major multinational technology company. After the sale of assets to IBM, Yat focused Outblaze on B2C digital entertainment products and services. Yat is a director for TurnOut Ventures, a partnership between Outblaze and Turner Entertainment, as well as co-founder of Animoca, a major developer and publisher of smartphone games, and of Animoca Brands, a spinoff focusing on branded mobile games that is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 2012 he set up ThinkBlaze, the research arm of Outblaze dedicated to investigating socially meaningful issues in technology. Yat has earned numerous accolades including Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards. He is a supporter of various NGOs and serves on the board of directors for the Asian Youth Orchestra.

 

Jade-Zhang

Jade Zhang

Okmno Asia

APAC Judge & Panellist

An accomplished entrepreneur based out of Hong Kong and Melbourne. Jade Zhang is the founder and managing director of Okmno Asia Ltd, the sole licensee of “Candy Crush” confectionery products. With an expertise gleaned from her FMCG brand marketing roles, a supply chain management experience and an established career in the digital advertising and ecommerce, she currently oversees all the company’s operation and strategies in APAC. In 2015, Candy Crush Confectionery range was successfully launched in China, HK, Taiwan and South Korea. Before Candy Crush, Jade spearheaded the greenfield expansion of ASOS.COM (a global online fashion retailer) into the Chinese market.

Michael Ilczynski

Michael Ilczynski

SEEK

APAC Panellist

Michael Ilczynski has responsibility for SEEK’s online employment business in Australia and New Zealand, encompassing seek.com.au, seek.co.nz, seekbusiness.com.au and seekvolunteer.com.au . In this role, he leads SEEK’s employment sales, marketing, IT, product, strategy, development and delivery teams.

Prior to working at SEEK, Michael has worked for McKinsey & Company, Tabcorp and the Collingwood Football Club. Michael also served in the Australian Army Ready Reserve and is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Michael holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Melbourne University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.