2013 International judging panel

Best in Biz Awards is unique in that only writers and journalists for business, financial, trade and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, serve as judges. The 2013 International judging panel included 43 judges from 18 countries and all continents.

For the official press release announcing the complete panel, distributed Apr 23, 2013, see here.

Advertiser Adelaide (Australia)

Russell Emmerson

Bio coming soon

ARD (Germany)

Dominique Lars Ziesemer

DOMINIQUE L. ZIESEMER has worked in television for nearly 20 years. For six years, he has been the presenter of a TV advice magazine about consumer technology products, including mobile phones as well as security systems, in the most widely broadcasted German TV channel ARD. Today, he continues to produce TV shows and develop new formats. In 2009 he was a member of the jury of the famous Rose D’Or Festival. He also represented various large organizations like the Frauenhofer Institut at fairs. He graduated from Mainz University with a research thesis about people’s “zapping” behavior.

Asian Power (Singapore)

Nikki Tacata

Bio coming soon

Australian (Australia)

Damon Kitney

DAMON KITNEY joined The Australian in July 2010 as Victorian business editor. In this role Damon works with the papers’ business editor to co-ordinate its corporate coverage, and additionally, he also writes across a broad range of sectors focusing on larger feature and exclusive, in-depth interviews, including for The Deal magazine. Before joining The Australian, Damon worked at The Australian Financial Review for 16 years based in Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. During this time he was companies editor, news editor and a deputy editor at the newspaper.

Bennett Business Connections (Canada)

Sharon Bennett

SHARON BENNETT is an avid blogger for Small Business IT and is currently writing her second book on IT for parents to help keep their kids safe online. She is a dedicated small business IT consultant and blogger with almost 20 years’ experience in information technology. She prides herself on keeping up with the fast pace of today’s changing technology, and is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist. Sharon focus is on small business and helping her small business clients improve their businesses by using a variety of current technology.

Business Insider (Australia)

Paul Colgan

PAUL COLGAN has a decade’s experience producing and editing major news websites at News Corp’s Australian arm, News Ltd. He was involved in launching The Punch, a real-time current affairs commentary website, and spent two years there as a columnist. He was later appointed editor of news.com.au, News Corp’s biggest website in Australia, where he grew the audience to record levels and had a focus on accessible, exclusive business content. As digital news director for the company’s network of metropolitan websites last year he led changes to digital operations in six newsrooms and oversaw coverage of major news events. He trained as a reporter at the Dublin bureau of The Sunday Times, where he covered environment, health, and legal affairs. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology and a holds a postgraduate qualification in management from the IMIA Centre for Strategic Business Studies in Sydney.

Canadian Business (Canada)

Bryan Borzykowski

BRYAN BORZYKOWSKI is a National Magazine Award-winning business journalist. He writes about investing, personal finance and small business issues for the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Canadian Business magazine. He’s also worked with Time Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek and a number of other leading U.S. and Canadian publications. The Toronto-based writer and editor has also written three personal finance books, all published by John Wiley & Sons, and has appeared on several Canadian television programs. You can find him at www.bryanborzykowski.com or on Twitter @bborzyko.

Castleford Media (Australia)

Adam Barber

ADAM BARBER has worked in the online media space for the past 12 years. He is currently a director at Castleford Media, a content marketing business with offices in Sydney and Auckland. He writes regularly for the Castleford site, as well as the Content Marketing Institute and other industry blogs. Previously he has worked in public affairs, online marketing and content creation. He has extensive experience working in high-growth businesses in the UK and Australasia. He has an MBA from Cass Business School.

ChannelNews Asia (Singapore)

Chor Khieng

CHOR KHIENG YUIT is a deputy editor with Channel NewsAsia, a subsidiary of MediaCorp, Singapore’s only free-to-air broadcaster. Khieng Yuit has worked in television for nearly 13 years. For the past three years, she was in charge of the channel’s business news programmes, Asia Business Tonight, Singapore Business Tonight and Asia Market Report, deciding what business news goes into the bulletin every day. She moved to the channel’s Business Current Affairs Programme, Money Mind, earlier this year. Khieng Yuit graduated from the National University of Singapore. During her free time, Khieng Yuit does yoga, an exercise which she believes helps her de-stress.

Choice (Australia)

Rosalyn Page

ROSALYN PAGE is a journalist with Choice, the consumers watchdog in Australia. She writes on a range of consumer issues as well as business, technology, sustainability and career. Rosalyn’s work has been published in newspapers, websites and magazines in Australia and overseas. She has authored two career guides, co-authored a book on telecommunications in Australia and written and edited several health guides. She won a finalist in the 2012 Consensus IT Writers Awards Best Investigative Writer and won the Best Consumer Technology Journalist award in 2008 at the Lizzies. She tweets at @Ros_Page.

CTV (Canada)

Eric Alper

ERIC ALPER is CTV’s and The Strombo Show’s music correspondent, and also been named to Billboard Magazine, Paste Magazine and The National Post best on social media. He’s in the top 1% of most-followed on Twitter and accessed on LinkedIn, while also maintaining www.ThatEricAlper.com, which now receives over 75,000 hits a week. During the day, he’s director of media relations and label acquisitions for eOne Music Canada, handling PR for such artists as Bob Geldof, Randy Bachman, Ringo Starr, Slash, The Wiggles, Snoop Dogg, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ray Charles, Sinead O’Connor, Sesame Street among hundreds of others over his 20 years in the music industry.

Dynamic Business (Australia)

Mike Mrkic

MIKE MRKIC is the editor of Dynamic Business, managing social media and web content. Mike has considerable experience in journalism and social media management working for companies like Channel V, Music Max, TMB, SmartSalary, Sydney Star Observer and Idolator.

Element Magazine (New Zealand)

James Russell

JAMES RUSSELL is the editor of Element magazine, a mass-reach sustainable business and lifestyle magazine printed monthly in New Zealand’s largest newspaper, The New Zealand Herald. The magazine, just two years old, has enjoyed international acclaim, winning Best New Product and Audience Development at the INMA awards in Los Angeles in 2012. James has been a journalist for 12 years in Ireland and New Zealand.

Gizmodo and Lifehacker (Australia)

Danny Allen

DANNY ALLEN is publisher and a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, and before that, contributing editor for Gizmodo US. He has over 13 years of editorial and digital experience, and a ruinous obsession with all things shiny. Before founding TechHive’s GeekTech blog (while PC World’s senior associate editor in San Francisco), he co-authored The Ultimate Guide to Mac OS X and won Best Technical Journalist (Consensus IT Writers Awards) in 2005.

IAA Magazine (United Arab Emirates)

Manjula Ramakrishnan

MANJULA RAMAKRISHNAN is former editor of the magazines Business Quality Review and Dubai Rotary in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In her career spanning 25 years, Manjula has written well over 3000 articles on a variety of subjects. She is currently editor for the UAE-IAA (Internal Audit Association) Magazine and also contributes articles on Fashion, Automobiles, and Lifestyle for Durrah Magazine in Bahrain. She writes on local events for Panorama Magazine, Sharjah. Besides, she is also co-founder of the online portal www.mrwebedit.com.

InBusiness (Cyprus and Greece)

George Georgallides

GEORGE GEORGALLIDES regularly contributes to business publications, including InBusiness, and covers entrepreneurship through VentureOut, his own blog on venture investing and entrepreneurial insights. He is a managing partner at Curious Ventures, an early stage new media fund. In addition to his role as an institutional investor, George is involved with start-up communities in the U.S., Latin America and Europe either as an advisor, mentor or angel investor and has founded/co-founded companies in the international trade, medical device and media space.

Irish Independent (Ireland)

Martina Devlin

MARTINA DEVLIN is an award-winning Irish journalist and author, with more than 20 years of experience. Her books include the number one bestseller Banksters, a co-authored account of the Irish banking collapse, and Ship of Dreams, a novel about the Titanic – inspired by a family connection with the disaster. She won the 2012 VS Pritchett short story prize awarded by Britain’s Royal Society of Literature. Martina is based in Dublin, where she writes a weekly column on current affairs for the Irish Independent, and in 2011 was named columnist of the year. She also contributes short stories and essays to RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany, and in 2009 was writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Her website is www.martinadevlin.com.

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Niv Elis

NIV ELIS is the business and economics reporter for The Jerusalem Post. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Niv’s expertise lies in economics, public policy, conflict management and Middle East affairs. He has published articles with Forbes, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Moment Magazine and the Institute for Counter-Terrorism.

J Arnold & Associates (Canada)

Jon Arnold

JON ARNOLD is principal of J Arnold & Associates, an independent telecom analyst and strategy consultancy based in Toronto, Ontario, and writer and thought leader on his widely-read Analyst 2.0 Blog. Since 2001, the consultancy’s primary focus has been providing thought leadership and go-to-market counsel regarding IP communications and disruptive technologies, such as VoIP, mobile broadband, contact centers, telepresence/video, unified communications, collaboration, SIP trunking, cloud communications, session border controllers, and social media. Jon also contributes to other publishers and portals, such as UCStrategies, Ziff Davis VoIP News, ADTRAN, and Internet Telephony Magazine; speaks regularly at industry events, and is frequently cited in both the trade press and mainstream business press.

Kaiser The Sage (Philippines)

Jason Acidre

JASON ACIDRE is world renowned for his online marketing blog at Kaiserthesage and is also a columnist for Technorati’s Business Channel, where he covers and shares his opinions on tech startups, as well as in online marketing. He is the co-founder and CEO at Xight Interactive, one of the leading online marketing agencies in Asia when it comes to innovative strategies, based in the Philippines. He started his career in digital marketing in early 2010, and has now worked with some of the biggest brands on the web as a marketing consultant and strategist. Prior to his career as a writer, editor, digital marketing consultant and entrepreneur, he worked as a professional Counterstrike gamer.

Kontan Mingguan (Indonesia)

Djumyati Partawidjaja

DJUMYATI PARTAWIDJAJA is currently managing the devleopment of digital content for Kontan Online. He previously served as editor and also reporter for the publication, across a variety of sections including finance, investments, real estate, business, macro policy, and legal. He also served as radio and TV reporter for special segments, and was a key investigative reporter on teams uncovering a myriad of banking scandals in teh country. Prior to Kontan, Djumyati was editor at Fund Magazine, covering the investments and leisure sections. He has a Masters in Management Studies degree from University of Indonesia in Jakarta.

Mumbrella and Encore Magazine (Australia)

Cathie McGinn

CATHIE MCGINN is creative director at media and marketing industry titles Mumbrella and Encore. As a writer, media commenter and one of the co-founders of Social Media Club Sydney and Digital Citizens, she remains obsessed with emerging technologies and the social web. Cathie has immersed herself in the online landscape since AOL was hip, bringing passion and a critical eye to the digital revolution that is changing our lives. Prior to Mumbrella, Cathie was strategy director at media agency Mindshare, and has over a decade’s experience in marketing and communications, finding creative and innovative ways to help brands connect with people. She believes new media offers unprecedented opportunity for people to collaborate and effect positive change, and has been involved with a number of NFP and NGO initiatives which set out to do just that. Cathie blogs at www.TheYearofTheCat.com and tweets at @acatinatree.

Outlook Business Magazine (India)

Pankaj Jayaswal

Bio coming soon

PC Format (United Kingdom)

Catherine Hackforth

CAT HACKFORTH is the managing editor of Future Publishing’s computing titles in the UK, including PC Format, Windows 7: Help & Advice, and Windows: The Official Magazine. Cat has a particular interest in social media and online security. She has a BA in English from Bristol University and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism from Cardiff University.

Pro Sound Systems (India)

Elton Noronha

ELTON NORONHA is the deputy managing editor of Diversified Communications India’s publishing title – Pro Sound Systems – the only internationally reputed magazine for professional audio and lighting technology and professional AV and music production in India, which delivers the latest news on the trends in business and technology currently shaping the present and future of the entertainment industry within the country. With a post-graduate degree in marketing management and more than six years of experience in live events and entertainment, Elton joined Pro Sound Systems as a part of the editorial team, wherein his foresight and understanding of the industry in terms of vocation and technology, in addition to well-established synergies within the professional community, leveraged the editorial content of the magazine and reaffirmed its position as the premier industry media in India. Recently promoted to the post of deputy managing editor, Elton’s responsibility now lies in furthering Pro Sound Systems’ impact on an international scale by ensuring enhanced editorial content.

Pro Sound Systems (India)

Manuel Dias

Bio coming soon

Regional Economic Development Blog (Australia)

John Tilston

JOHN TILSTON has over 25 years’ experience writing for leading financial publications. He has been Melbourne bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review, economics editor for Business Day and London-based Europe, Middle East & Africa economics news editor for Dow Jones Newswires. He has also contributed to New York’s Business Week, the London-based Investors’ Chronicle, the Financial Mail in Johannesburg, The Sunday Times and Finance Week. He is now based in Australia. An economist by training, he is the author of five books, including the most recently published NIMBY! Aligning regional economic development practice to the realities of the 21st Century and Australia’s Scramble for China.

RTE (Ireland)

David Murphy

DAVID MURPHY is business editor of Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ. He is a high profile figure in Irish journalism and as co-author of number one non-fiction bestseller Banksters (2009), an account of the Irish banking collapse, he’s been at the forefront of coverage of Ireland’s economic collapse and efforts to rebuild itself. He features daily on television and radio on the country’s most popular news programmes and is winner of journalism awards in 2008 and 2010 from University College Dublin, Smurfit Business School. David holds MSc in Economic Policy Studies from Trinity College Dublin, MA in Journalism from Dublin City University and a BA in Spanish and Classical Civilization from Trinity College Dublin. He writes a blog http://www.rte.ie/blogs/business/author/davidmurphy/ and is a fan of Twitter (@davidmurphyRTE).

Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand)

Sinead Boucher

Bio coming soon

TechHim (India)

Himanshu Gupta

HIMANSHU GUPTA is the founder and chief editor of www.techhim.com in India. He is obsessed with technology and gadgets so much that he loves to sleep and wake up with them. He covers news and reviews of the latest gadgets and gizmos around the globe. Himanshu currently works as a digital marketing manager in Allianz India and also holds a position of digital marketing evangelist of www.Thinkalytic.com. Himanshu holds a Bachelors of Technology degree in Electronics.

TechnoFILE.com (Canada)

Jim Bray

JIM BRAY publishes TechnoFile.com, one of the first online publications, founded in 1995. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and is Western Editor for Transportation Media, publishers of Truck News and Truck West. A licensed private pilot, Jim’s varied background includes broadcaster, journalist, restaurateur, bus driver, technology retailer, video store pioneer, and syndicated columnist; he has appeared regularly on CBC Radio One and various private broadcasters, including Live 88.5 FM in Ottawa, Ontario, for whom he does a regular car column. Jim worked for many years in radio news, both with CHQR Newstalk 770 in Calgary, Alberta, and KBS in Trail, British Columbia. Jim also teaches writing and editing at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and his novel, “Ransom for the Stars: the Last Supra,” was published in 2005.

Techtalk (United States)

Michael Berman

MICHAEL L. BERMAN has more than 40 years’ experience writing and editing for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich (CT) Bulletin, The Journal of Commerce and The Middletown (CT) Press. Mike’s Techtalk column was syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service from 1995 to 2000 and now appears as a computer and technology blog on www.scrippsnews.com. You can also visit Mike’s consumer technology website at www.jocgeek.com.

Thoughtful China (Hong Kong)

Normandy Madden

NORMANDY MADDEN is the executive producer of “Thoughtful China” (www.thoughtfulchina.com), a weekly online advertising affairs program. The English-language series features trendsetters and opinion leaders sharing their work and opinions about issues facing China’s burgeoning advertising market, while also generating awareness of innovations taking place within the region. The show is produced by Thoughtful Media Group, which develops online concepts and formats for China’s largest marketers. Previously, she was the Asia editor for the Ad Age Group for 13 years, namely for Advertising Age magazine and AdAge.com, covering Asia/Pacific from Hong Kong. Normandy also oversaw AdAgeChina.com from 2005 to 2011. For five years before that, she was based in Prague, Czech Republic, where she covered central and eastern Europe for various publications, including Advertising Age.

Toronto Standard (Canada)

Igor Bonifacic

Bio coming soon

Vancouver Sun (Canada)

Don Cayo

DON CAYO is a columnist for The Vancouver Sun in Vancouver BC Canada. He was previously the newspaper’s editorial page editor, and he has worked in journalism — newspapers, wire service, radio and television — in cities across Canada. He also taught journalism for five years, and in the late 1990s he took a two-year leave to absence to serve as the president of a public-policy think-tank. He writes primarily about domestic issues, but he also maintains a serious interest in international development and he travels once or twice a year to research stories related to mass poverty and/or global trade and growth. Until recently, he was the volunteer project leader for a small fellowship program that introduced young Canadian journalists to international reporting. Over the years, he has won more than two dozen awards, citations or fellowships, mostly for his international work but also for his domestic reporting and analysis.

Vyapar (India)

Madhu Barbhaya

MADHU BARBHAYA is resident editor of Vyapar, a business bi-weekly, simultaneously published from Mumbai and Rajkot since 2005. During his 44-year-long carrier in journalism, Barbhaya worked at Phulchhab, a leading daily newspaper published from Rajkot, currently in its 92nd year of publication and started with blessing of Mahatma Gandhi, in various capacities from sub-editor to assistant editor for 21 years, as well as a resident editor of Gujarat Samachar and Sandesh, both leading daily newspapers from Gujarat state. Barbhaya previously worked as executive editor of Phulchhab, daily newspaper, Surat edition; bureau chief of Business Standard, a leading business daily of India at Surat; and correspondent of United News of India (UNI) news service at Surat. He has also represented Asian Ceramic magazine (UK). He has authored a law book on the Drug and Cosmetic Act of India, besides numerous articles on business, industry, politics and literature. He was honoured with two awards for services and excellence in journalism by leading journalists associations of Gujarat. He completed his science degree from Bombay University in 1967.

Ventures Africa (Nigeria)

Douglas Imaralu

DOUGLAS IMARALU is the online editor of Ventures Africa, a pan-African business magazine and news service, which also publishes a bi-monthly magazine that chronicles and profile the success stories of Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs and business leaders while providing the tools to ensure the success of Africans who are dedicated to the spirit of free enterprise. He is an alumnus of the Pan-African University School of Media and Communications and also currently undergoing studies for a Master of International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos. Douglas is also a poet and an aspiring diplomat.

Ventures Africa (Nigeria)

Mfonobong Nsehe

MFONOBONG NSEHE is currently the managing editor of Ventures Africa, Africa’s leading business media company. He has worked as a reporter for Business Daily, East Africa’s largest business newspaper, and as a copywriter at Ogilvy in Kenya. Nsehe helped initiate Forbes Magazine’s annual list of Africa’s 40 richest people and remains actively involved in researching for and producing the list; he travels a lot across sub-Saharan Africa tracking Africa’s wealthiest and most successful entrepreneurs for Forbes. Nsehe has a B.A in Communications from Daystar University, Kenya and is about to start an MBA program at the University of Westminster.

Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

Martin Cash

Bio coming soon

Wirausaha & Keuangan (Indonesia)

Isdi Isdiyanto

ISDIYANTO over 7 years is the founder and editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine and Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia. A monthly magazine that led to the birth of new entrepreneurs in Indonesia. He has built ISMBEA forum (Indonesia Small Medium Entrepreneur Award) since 2006 as a forum for the gathering of entrepreneurs of micro, small and medium to inspire each other and encourage each other along. He also regularly conducts workshops on finance, and entreprenurship for micro and small scale enterprises. In 2010 he founded www.wirausahanews.com ago as a medium of communication for the entrepreneurs of micro, small and medium enterprises in Indonesia. He is also actively making workshop on online stores, workshops on business property, and workshops on the business of foreign exchange, as well as other practical workshop aimed at improving the capacity of small businesses. Since 2009-2011 he was a member of the jury Entrepreneurial Self organized by a major bank in Indonesia. He was also a speaker and motivator on entrepreneurship at various forums in Indonesia as well as actively involved in various community organizations and business associations of micro, small and medium enterprises in Indonesia.

WirelessDuniya (India)

Sidhartha Bezbora

SIDHARTHA BEZBORA is the founder and editor of WirelessDuniya.com, a top media and technology blog that since 2006 has covered the fast changing and exciting world of mobile and internet technologies and business, startup news, and new innovations and technology trends from India and around the world. Sidhartha is a seasoned professional in the mobile, internet and ecommerce space with more than 13 years of global experience across innovative products and businesses. Having worked with well-known companies like Nokia, Rocket Internet Group, Cellucom Group-Dubai and ACL Wireless, he has developed a vast knowledge base that is both wide in scope and deep in concepts. Being passionate about the technology space in general, he loves being hands-on on internet and mobile technologies. He currently heads new business initiatives at mobiShastra Technologies, a leading mobile technology and digital media enabler. Sidhartha is a Business Management graduate from EMPI Business School, New Delhi, India and a IBM Certified eBusiness Professional. He can be reached @bezbora and @wirelessduniya.

Xbox Plus (Brazil)

Marcos A.T. Silva

MARCOS A.T. SILVA manages XboxPlus, a popular gaming website, where he oversees editorial coverage about games, as well as the gaming industry and technology, always with a critical eye to the market. Marcos has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and prior to Xbox Plus, he worked at his own IT technology company. Marcos started his career at Multiplic, an established Brazilian financial group. He graduated from UNICID University with a degree in marketing and advertising.

YourStory.in (India)

Preethi Chamikutty

PREETHI CHAMIKUTTY is the executive editor at YourStory.in, India’s No.1 Digital Platform for Startups, Entrepreneurs & SMBs. Before this, Preethi was working for The Economic Times, India’s largest financial daily. She has covered the areas of marketing, branding, advertising, personal technology and now entrepreneurship in her decade-plus experience as a journalist. Before taking up journalism, Preethi had stints in the pharma and telecom industry in the area of quality assurance. Preethi is also a trained legal professional. She enjoys reading, travelling, dancing and cooking in her free time. Stay in touch with her, @PCtalks.