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2018 World Judges
Lauren Rose Musto, Associate Director, Corporate Communications @ TEASRO, Inc. (Waltham, MA USA)
I see the world a little differently. I see it as a place where people can serve one another and the greater good through a profession, volunteerism and family values. For me, that means serving the cancer community through my career in biotech communications; it means encouraging and supporting women to create the lifestyle and time freedom they desire through my entrepreneurial adventures; it means giving back to veterans and their families who have volunteered to make the ultimate sacrifice through the non-profit I founded with my husband; and perhaps most importantly, it means instilling values in my children so they can be productive members of society.
 
Priyank Rastogi, Customer Engineer - Artificial Intelligence @ Google (Irvine, CA USA)
I am a technology leader and an AI specialist experienced in designing enterprise solutions in the realm of Artificial Intelligence. 

The AI solutions I design, built on technologies developed by giants namely Google, IBM and Amazon, ranges from machine learning/deep learning data engineered solutions to customer engagement bot solutions prominently for Healthcare, but also for several other industries including, but not limited to, Finance, Insurance, Tax advisory and Legal.

For an AI fueled data analytic solution that I designed for an Ohio based leading health system, I was invited by IBM to be a key note speaker in its world wide, prestigious conference, to talk about the solution.

I firmly believe that an individual should spend their life either making someone else happy or making themselves happy. And I can proudly say, working in the realm of Artificial Intelligence especially for Healthcare, I am doing both!
 
Dean Maloney, Marketing Analyst @ GreyCastle Security (Troy, NY USA)
Dean Maloney is GreyCastle Security’s Marketing Analyst. Dean is responsible for analyzing the cybersecurity industry to identify open market opportunities and trends. He also oversees all GreyCastle Security’s digital marketing efforts. In 2016, Dean completed GreyCastle Security’s cybersecurity 101 course.

Prior to joining GreyCastle Security, Dean attended Siena College where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing with a concentration in market research and digital marketing. While at Siena, Dean was selected to join exclusive leadership societies such as Beta Gamma Sigma and the 21st Century Leadership Society. 

Dean also holds multiple industry certifications such as Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing and Google's Analytics, AdWords and Mobile Sites certification exams.
 
Cody McLain, Founder @ Support Ninja (Austin, TX USA)
After creating his first company at the age of 15, he went ahead and founded others in a couple more years. Right now he is focused on his startup, SupportNinja. SupportNinja, https://www.supportninja.com/, is an omnichannel provider of customer care and back-office support solutions. Once a year, he would travel to Clark Pampanga in the Philippines to meet with the whole team. A couple of months ago, he launched AssistNinja, https://www.assistninja.com/, a website dedicated to Virtual Assistant recruitment. He has helped entrepreneurs, CEO’s and anyone who is in need of a Virtual Assistant for their work and personal tasks. For Cody, it’s all about being productive so you can enjoy life some more.
 
Ashish Sharma, Digital Manager @ Waste Management (Houston, TX USA)
Ashish Sharma is an Information Technology leader with over 15 years of global experience in various industries including Telecom, Finance, Healthcare & others. He has successfully led several multi-million dollar engagements and currently leading a large IT transformation project for Waste Management to support the $3.3Billion contract between Waste Management & Department of Sanitation New York. He has expertise on several niche technologies and has worked on world’s largest Oracle’s Siebel implementation and was also one of the leads on a team which developed Oracle Fusion’s AIA products, while he was employed with Oracle Corp.
Ashish Sharma is currently employed with Waste Management, where he leads several technology projects and has worked for companies like IBM, Deloitte & Oracle supporting fortune 500 companies with their technology roadmap. He is a member of few niche technology associations where he is invited to judge the work of technology professionals and to provide feedback on the upcoming products and strategies presented by the participants.
 
Gaurav Goyal, Principal Architect @ Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA USA)
Gaurav is a Principal Architect for Cisco, based out of San Jose, CA. In his role, Gaurav leads the entire e-Commerce ordering platform for Cisco, focusing on Java/J2EE, MongoDB, Elastic Search, Kafka chatBOT, Machine Learning and other related technologies. His areas of expertise include enterprise data design, systems integration, migrating native applications to the cloud. Gaurav likes to take a pragmatic approach toward delivering software, with a focus on building highly scalable, fault-tolerant and highly supportable applications.
 
Ahmed ElQuosey, Director, Head of Key Accounts @ Injazat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Ahmed is an Engineering graduate, MBA educated, results oriented leader with a strong technical background and exceptional relationship building capabilities. His interpersonal management skills, analytic approach and problem solving talent have been key to the success of various business initiatives mostly in contentious areas that include winning mega IT managed services deals (>100m $), work migration, offshore service delivery and technology implementation projects spanning Applications, Infrastructure, Information Security, Mobility and other areas.

Currently and over the past few years, Ahmed has been part of the leadership team of an IT Managed Service Provider assuming multiple roles, including Chief Operations Officer (Acting) and Director of Key Accounts providing services to major government accounts in the UAE, serving over 9,000 IT users, catering for all IT requirements including operations and projects. 
The annual volume of IT services delivered by Ahmed’s teams reached US$ 25m, and the headcount involved has exceeded 400 IT professionals covering all aspects of IT Service Management.

Previously, Ahmed was part of a 7 person leadership team that grew EDS (HP) Egypt from 60 to above 400 information engineers saving above US$ 15 m annually. He was part of the team that lead the first off-shore to off-shore migration.
 
Alex Sopinka, Chief Technology Officer @ Obie.ai (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
His passion for coding created the backbone for Obie.ai. Every day, Alex takes crazy ideas and makes them a reality. He's been programming since he was six years old, from desktop to web to chatbots, and has now fallen in love with conversational UI and of course, Obie. He also really, really likes tacos.

Alex received an honors designation in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a world-renowned destination for engineering, with a focus on calculus and astrophysics.
 
Sherry Smith, Vice President @ Clarity PR (New York, NY USA)
Sherry specializes in development and execution of strategic communications programs. Her expertise extends across a wide variety of tactics, including media and analyst relations, awards, events/speaker's bureau and thought leadership content development. For over a decade, she’s worked with across a wide variety of verticals with an emphasis on media and mobile technologies, representing clients including Samsung, NQ Mobile, Dailymotion, Wochit, the Mobile Marketing Association and many others. She holds a master’s degree in business communication from ESLSCA International Graduate School of Business in Paris.
 
Serenity Thompson, Managing Director @ A23 Advisors (San Francisco, CA USA)
Serenity Thompson is the Managing Director for A23 Advisors, a woman-founded, led, owned and operated strategic consulting firm with offices in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Park City and Dallas. Current clients reflect a diverse portfolio spanning travel, ecommerce, adtech and fintech. With more than 15 years of marketing expertise, Serenity also leads the Strategic Marketing Practice at A23, including implementation of client marketing strategies and campaigns. She has successfully positioned the firm at the forefront of market disruption and e-commerce trends. Serenity acts as Chief Marketing Officer for both Shopography, a fast-growing social shopping app, and Bonwi, a loyalty travel shopping site. Serenity is active in initiatives to support women’s leadership in business, including the Professional BusinessWomen of California (Board Member), Women in Travel Tech, and the Travel Industry Executive Women’s Network. She holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
 
Veda Prakash Vaddadi, SAP Architect / Subject Matter Expert @ Microsoft, Accenture (Frisco, TX USA)
SAP Professional with 20 years strong industry experience, which includes 14 years of exclusive SAP consulting and IT work supporting complex applications for global clients in an Onsite and Offshore delivery model. Adepts at business process consulting, project management and delivery of large scale and complex SAP deployments and outsourcing deals. Deep expertise as an SAP Project System Solution Architect, System configuration (SAP PS certified 4.6c), experience implementing Commercial Project Management, Order to Cash business process and Procure to Pay integration work.

Deep industry Vertical experience in Professional Services, Manufacturing / Construction / Utility /Oil & Gas / Automotive/ Chemical /Financial Services etc.
 
Navdeep Reddy, Chief Information Officer @ Enplug, Inc. (Culver City, CA USA)
Navdeep proudly heils from the LA suburb of Diamond Bar. Navdeep previously architected and implemented consumer facing web strategy for NVIDIA hardware manufacturer ZOTAC. He is a tech guru who ran numerous websites and managed online communities. Prior to Enplug, he also served as a technical advisor to mizu-shōbai start-up Drink Pass & co-founded social capital start-up IDVerge.

He has been honored by Colorado Technology Association's APEX awards & the Los Angeles Business Journal's CTO of the Year awards.
 
Revant Kapoor, Software Engineer @ Pinterest (San Francisco, CA USA)
Revant Kapoor is an Entrepreneurial Engineer currently working on the Growth team at Pinterest [250M monthly active users], where he leads the user retention effort. Previously he was a founding engineer at Highlight, a startup which got acquired by Pinterest. Before that he was at Zynga where he was a founding engineer on Cityville, one of Zynga's largest game [100M+ monthly active users] where he was also granted 2 patents. 

He is passionate about Startups, Artificial intelligence and large scale Distributed Systems. At Pinterest he is currently building machine learning pipelines to predict churn and help users get relevant content.
 
Andrina Rose, Corporate Marketing Manager @ Supremex Inc. - A Rose Consulting (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
As a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years experience, strategic planning has become a passion!  

As a Marketing & Communications professional with extensive Project Management experience, my 'fresh look' at any company or project often provides insight that day-to-day stakeholders may overlook and has provided solutions to many organizations and entrepreneurs.
 
Pradeep Mishra, Senior Business Manager @ Capital One (McLean, VA USA)
Pradeep is a Senior Business Analysis Manager with Capital One. During his time with the company, he has been responsible for executing numerous risk programs and initiatives that have enterprise-wide impacts. In this role, he analyzes risk and production performance data to determine any risk trends, and designs process steps to help mitigate risks. 

Prior to joining Capital One, Pradeep had six years of experience in technology consulting, with a focus on clients in Banking and Capital Markets. In this role, he worked with a major credit card company in the United States to lead the development and implementation of an Identity and Access Management platform for the client.
 
Ritu Thakkar, IT Head Processes & QA @ Vakrangee Limited (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
A highly motivated having 14+ years of experience, currently working with Vakrangee Limited as an IT Head Processes & QA (Vice President). Responsible for organisation IT processes, IS Audits, ISO 27001/9001/2000-1 Audits, Compliances, Quality and Information security. 

Specialized in IT Strategy, Information Technology Awareness Programme, Change & Program Management, Post M&A Integration, IT Governance, Operating models, process re-engineering & computer systems. 

Certified with certificates like CEH, ITIL, Six Sigma BB and Lead Auditor (LA) ISO 27001. Passionate about cyber security and information security awareness and solving cyber issue. I love to spend time with my family especially with my son and husband in my spare time. 
Received award like Director general Recommendation Card, Best Shooter award, International Award in essay writing, MediaPro Excellence Award for Information Security Awareness program 2017, SUVS winner of the 13th Annual NPG's 2018 IT World Awards (Bronze).
 
Alyn Hockey, VP Product Management @ Clearswift (Theale, Berkshire, United Kingdom)
Seasoned security professional started off in Computer Operations and worked through roles in Support, Pre-Sales, R&D and now in Product Management. Specializing in Messaging and Web cybersecurity products for enterprises.
 
Rajendran Nair, Chief Marketing Officer @ Intrigo Systems (Fremont, CA USA)
Rajendran is an innovative Marketing leader with a penchant for data-driven marketing. He has a successful trackrecord marketing and selling products and services to IT, Sales, Marketing and Finance at small to large enterprises – leading to transformative new market entry and product launches, increased market share, and successful exits. He is an expert at partnering with the executive team to develop strategy and positioning, drive branding and awareness, and build strong sales pipelines with effective go-to-market strategies. He has advised several technology startups and serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at Intrigo Systemse.
 
Elnaz Sarraf, Founder & CEO @ ROYBI, Inc. (San Jose CA USA)
Elnaz is a serial entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in technology, business, sales, and marketing. Currently, Elnaz is the CEO and Founder of ROYBI, a robotics company focused on early childhood education. ROYBI utilizes artificial intelligence to provide personalized educational experiences for kids across the globe.

Prior to starting ROYBI, Elnaz co-founded and led a consumer electronics/IoT company, iBaby, serving as the company’s board member & President. iBaby is now a Fortune 5000 company with products being sold at Apple, Target, Babies R Us, Best Buy, Walmart, with a growing global presence. Elnaz was responsible for launching, marketing, and selling six generations of products at iBaby, where the products outperformed 50 other baby monitors in the US, becoming the #2 most wanted product in the category, and winning many prestigious awards.
 
Ahmed Rauf Essa, Co-Founder @ Telemart (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan)
Ahmed Rauf Essa is the Co-Founder of Telemart which is one of the biggest Ecommerce & Retail Company of Pakistan. Career Highlights: 1. CEO World Award 2016 for Retail Entrepreneur Of The Year 2. ACQ Global Award 2016 for Game Changer Of The Year 3. Golden Bridge Award 2017 for International Business Executive Of The Year 4. International Business Award 2017 for Executive Of The Year 5. Brand Of The Year Award 2015-2016 in Online Shopping (Telemart) 6. ACQ Global Award 2016 for Online Retail Company Of The Year (Telemart) 7. FPCCI Brand Of The Year Award for Best Online Store in Pakistan 2017 (Telemart) 8. Selected as a rising star in the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific 2016. 9. Appointed as Judge for Asia Pacific World Awards 2018. 10. Appointed as Judge for American Business Awards 2018. 11. Online Retail Company Of The Year 2018 Award by Global Business Insight. (Telemart) 12. Appointed as Judge for International Business Award 2018. 13. International Business Award 2018 for Retail Entrepreneur Of The Year.
 
Ken Ip, Head of Communications @ Leigh & Orange (Hong Kong)
Celebrated as a leading PR and Marketing authority in Asia-Pacific, Ken Ip is a popular public speaker, delivering seminars, courses and keynotes to business leaders, as well as providing expert testimonials for the media. Author of best selling titles "Life Hacks" and "Growth Hacks". Holds a MBA and a Master of Arts in Communications.
 
Govind Narayan, Manager @ Deloitte Consulting (San Francisco, CA USA)
Govind Narayan is a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, where he advises multinational clients on strategy and operations. With experience across four continents, Govind specializes in working with companies undergoing lifetime events such as mergers & acquisitions, business transformations, operational turnarounds, rapid expansion, and new product/solution roll-outs, among others.

Govind was previously an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and the State Bank of India, where he was recognized as of India’s 30 under 30 Young Leaders. He started his career learning the art of software coding at Accenture. Govind has an MBA from Chicago Booth, an MBA from Symbiosis University, and a Bachelors in Engineering from Manipal University.

In his free time, Govind races go-karts and Formula cars, a passion for driving around in circles his wife still doesn’t fully comprehend. He’s also passionate about investing in the financial markets using macro strategies, and most recently, has been exploring use cases for investing using deep learning.
 
Mehdi Hassan, Principal Consultant @ Wipro Limited (Painted Post, NY USA)
Mehdi Hassan is an IT Leader & Cyber Security Evangelist with 18+ years of international experience with multinational firms – PwC US, Wipro Limited and CMC Limited. He has experience working with many Fortune 500 customers. He has developed extensive Strategic Leadership, General & Project Management, Cyber Security Architecture and Business Development skills within a variety of business industries including Finance, Insurance, Telecom, Retail, Manufacturing and Healthcare across USA, Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America. He has helped customers with IT Strategy, Solution Road-map, Business/IT Alignment, Program Plan, Cyber security Implementation, Consulting and Solution Architecture & Design. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering..
 
Indre Deksnyte, Sn Vice President of Marketing @ CUJO AI (Los Angeles, CA USA)
PhD of Economics. 12 years of experience running sales and marketing for technology companies, 5 years as an economics lecturer. Editorial board member for Business & Management Journal, New York. Research work has resulted in 32 conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles in the prestigious economics research magazines.
 
Siddharth Chakrabarty, Senior Director - Solution Engineering & Product Management @  ZEDventures, Inc. (San Jose, CA USA)
Sid is an innovative and strategic technology evangelist with extensive experience in financial transformation initiatives, product management, solution selling, customer success, and Technology Leadership. He has led product solutioning efforts in the FINTECH & Analytics space and played a key role building product development teams and templatizing product management methodology; and has led financial transformation efforts for various multinational organizations by fusing financial domain knowledge with technology solution..
 
Jayendra Viswanathan, Project Leader @ Mphasis Limited (Chennai, Tamilnadu, India)
Jayendra is Technical project manager near 20 years of IT experience. 10+ Years of software development/Application support/Product support/Production support. With over 8 years of Project/Program Management/PMO Experience. Good Coordinator with Outstanding record of delivering solutions on time and within budget. Management background include managing service delivery for multinational clients, leading teams, developing and managing budgets, contracts agreement, monitoring project standards for deliverable. Exposure to program management.
 
Sreenivas Tatti,Principal Conultant @ Ayrus Inc. (Naperville, IL USA)
Sreenivas is a seasoned IT professional in Energy Trading and Risk Management domain. He is well respected in the Oil & Energy industry for his contributions to Trading & Risk Management Solutions. Investment Banks, Utility Companies and Oil & Gas organizations have time to time engaged him in solving their complex problems.
 
Ankit Kishorilal Kedia, Senior Systems Analyst @ Lucent Technologies, Becton Dickinson, Atwood Oceanics, Spectra Energy, CHS Inc, OfficeMax, Astellas Pharmaceuticals, A.O.Smith, Microsoft Inc, Cintas Inc, Growmark Inc. (Champaign, IL USA)
Ankit Kedia is a Certified SAP Consultant, having overall experience of 12+ years in the IT industry with in-depth experience in SAP’s Event Management & Transportation Management functionality and development.

Highly enthusiastic, innovative professional with a proven track record, result driven focused and extensive Techno-Functional skill set varying with time and technology. Highly analytical, well organized and able to work effectively under pressure in order to meet deadlines. Good business sense and able to understand the departmental impacts of business decisions.
 
Dr Ambika Hanchate, Founder President & CEO @ Jana Mana Foundation (Vijayavada, India)
Dr Ambika Hanchate , PhD (h.c) , D.Lit , is from Karnataka India , she is born on 31st July 1986 , one of youngest D.Lit holder in the field of Social service thats is in 31 age , even she leading more than 23 Ngo /Forum's for community development holding as President , state president , co coordinator , CEO, Founder President etc ... in different Mode . well she done MBA , MA in Economics Specialization as well as finished 56 different coursers tats all include Diploma , Certification Courses ,in education and achievement category she made 7 national recorder as well as world in various forums, along with all she established her new Foundation thats call Jana Mana Foundation (Reg) , having many more people welfare related plans, projects and by this forum she bring out Karnataka Achieves Book of Records in her state , totally she always want to implement initiative work.
 
Parmod Satija, Director - Product Development @ Alpha Net Consulting (Santa Clara, CA USA)
Parmod is passionate and Innovative Senior Product Management & Engineering professional with over 20+ years of experience in different industry verticals which includes software, high tech and Automotive. He is currently Director Product Development with Alpha Net, a distinguished organization well known for offering solutions to complex business problems using technology, product development. Parmod has played various other roles in industry that includes, Manager, Deputy Manager-Engineering and New product development, Senior Engineer and Engineer.

Parmod’s dedicated problem-solving approach has benefitted many top multinational clients throughout globe by solving their pain points using creative approaches and use of new technology products.

In addition to multiple years of Product management & new business development experience, Parmod has earned MS in Engineering Management Degree from International Technological University, Silicon Valley USA, another Master Degree from Annamalai University, India, Bachelor Degree in Technology from India’s Premier Plastics Engineering and Technology institution, Diploma in Personnel management and Industrial Relation and Diploma in Total Quality management and ISO 9000. He is also Oracle cloud certified professional and have displayed and presented his work at many international exhibitions.
 
Mohammad Raza Rizvi, IT Leader @ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Plano, TX USA)
Mohammad Raza Rizvi is an IT professional with 15+ years of international experience with multinational firms - PwC US and Wipro. He has experience across US and Europe working with many Fortune 500 customers and helping them succeed in their Transformation programs and Implementations across Telecom, Finance, Automotive, and Printing industry segments. He has helped customers with Solution Roadmap, Business/IT Alignment, Program Plan, IT & CRM Solution Consulting, System Integration, Solution Blueprint, Transition for on-premise and cloud products.
 
Rahul Mital, Principal Consultant - Supply Chain Management, Oracle ERP @ Genpact LLC (Sugar Land, TX USA)
• Rahul is Lean Process - Six Sigma - Green Belt Certified Consultant in Supply Chain Management. • Project Manager - Supply Chain Management; Solution Architect - Oracle Applications (Multi-Million Dollar Impact). • Innovated his own software on Global Planning which has provided more than $ 30+ Million benefit to my Client. • 16.5 years of overall experience which includes 13.5 Years of Project Management / Solution Architect in Supply Chain Management with Oracle ERP for Baker Hughes, General Electric, Emerson Process Management. • 3 Yrs of Domain Experience in Pharmaceutical Mfg. for Johnson & Johnson. • Worked in diversified industries like Oil & Gas, Valves Manufacturing, Semi -Conductors, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Health Care. • Studied Mechanical Engineering and have Excellent presentation skills and communication skills. • Has excellent skills and has won awards in Sports -> Cricket, Tennis, Badminton. • Sings well and learnt Classical Music more than 5 years qualified from prestigious university of Music “Gandharva Mahavidyalaya”, Mumbai. • Plays musical instruments Casio, Harmonium. • Fond of painting. • All round skills, love to meet and talk to people with different cultures and be very social. • Very analytical and do the best judgement on anything.