2014 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.

27 judges joined the 2014 International judging panel, including some judges returning from the 2013 judging panel and some new additions to the high-profile list. The judges represented 17 countries and five continents.

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 IT blogger for Small Business IT, one of Biz-Tech’s Top 50 Must Read IT Blogs and is currently writing her second book on IT for parents to help keep their kids safe online. She brings over 18 years of IT experience from a variety of roles, including most recently running her own business as an IT Partner and Microsoft VAR. For the past 3 years, Sharon worked with small business customers and helped them implement technologies that enable them to work more efficiently while ensuring their company data is safe and available anytime from anywhere. Sharon is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist, MCT and holds several Microsoft certifications. Sharon is also a teacher and active member of her local community.

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, CNBC, BBC Capital, the Globe and Mail 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 often talks about business and finance on Canadian TV. You can find him at www.bryanborzykowski.com or on Twitter @bborzyko.

Choice (Australia)

Rosalyn Page

ROSALYN PAGE is an Australian journalist writing about technology and consumer issues. Rosalyn’s work has been published in newspapers, websites and magazines in Australia and overseas. She has co-authored a book on telecommunications in Australia. She wos 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.

Computer Hoy (Spain)

Jaime Rodríguez-Guerra

JAIME RODRíGUEZ-GUERRA is a Spanish biotechnologist specialized in bioinformatics who also happens to contribute regularly to Computer Hoy, the Spanish sibling of Europe’s top selling computer magazine Computer Bild. An early interest in bioscience and technology makes him a rare specimen who can enjoy artificial enzyme modelling while writing about the latest trends in web design, the psychological consequences of social media or easy-to-understand step-by-step tutorials. Jaime also writes at www.computerhoy.com and tweets at @jaime_rgp.

CTV (Canada)

Eric Alper

ERIC ALPER is CTV’s and The Strombo Show’s music correspondent, and also has been named to Billboard Magazine, Paste Magazine and The National Post’s best on social media. With over 320,000 followers on Twitter and over 20,000 fans on Facebook while behind the board at www.ThatEricAlper.com, which now receives over 125,000 hits a week, he is one of the country’s authority on music. During the day, he’s the Director of Media Relations and Label Acquisitions for eOne Music Canada, handling the 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.

Gamers Intuition (United States)

Didi Cardoso

DIANA “DIDI” CARDOSO is the Editor-in-Chief of Gamer’s Intuition, a website providing reviews on popular games as well as articles and news on the games industry. She has been playing video games for as long as she can remember, and has had the opportunity to attend the E3 conference for several years to keep up with the newest trends in gaming. She also works as a certified Portuguese interpreter in the Toronto/Hamilton area. An avid fan of “The Witcher,” she won a costume contest with a homemade Triss outfit and appears as a shopkeeper in “The Witcher 2.”

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.

HTMobile (Israel)

Zvi Wrobel

ZVI WROBEL is the senior editor, with more than 10 years of experience, at HTIsrael group, the home for the largest technical consumer electronics centered community in Israel. HTIsrael group consists of the following websites: Hometheater, the largest online Audio & Video magazine in Israel; HTmobile, the fastest growing website about mobile technology; Userit, technology-related magazine written by women for women; HTcafé, the most professional magazine in Israel about coffee, espresso, milk; HThome, the Smart-Home and Connected Home magazine; HTphoto, the photography magazine; HTTV, the Next-Generation TV magazine and HTmag, a men’s magazine about technology and leisure. Besides, Zvi is part of the G&A procurement team at Mellanox, a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Zvi graduated with a degree in Computers and Control from Tel-Aviv University.
Zvi Wrobel

Huffington Post (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 Huffington Post. You can also visit Mike’s consumer technology website at www.jocgeek.com.

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 currently contributes articles on Fashion, Automobiles, and Lifestyle for Durrah Magazine in Bahrain and 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. Her latest novel (out end of Aug 2014) is called The House Where It Happened and its film rights were optioned pre-publication. For her work, 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 and she also tweets @DevlinMartina.

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.

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.

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 business analyst in a reputed MNC. 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.

The Engaging Brand (United Kingdom)

Anna Farmery

ANNA FARMERY is the host to The Engaging Brand podcast which has been nominated six years in a row for Best Business Podcast in the UK. She is also the managing director of The Engaging Brand, a social business consultancy. Anna is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in the business world as a board director of global leading brands in the FMCG world. She also has a First Class honours degree in Law and is studying for a PhD in how emerging technology such as 3D printing will create the need for a new social business model.
Anna Farmery

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.

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 45-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.

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.com (India)

Preethi Chamikutty

PREETHI CHAMIKUTTY is the executive editor at YourStory.com, 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.