2017 International judging panel

We are beginning to confirm judges returning to this year’s judging panel from prior Best in Biz Awards International judging panels. So far 21 judges from 15 countries have confirmed their participation in the 5th annual Best in Biz Awards International.

Stay tuned for more returning judges, to be announced in February 2017, as well as new judges, to be announced in March-April 2017.

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.

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.

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.

Data Breach Today

Mathew Schwartz

MATHEW SCHWARTZ is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and online media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career, as well as working as a photojournalist and travel writer. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the Executive Editor for Data Breach Today and for its European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, amongst other publications. He lives in Scotland. Find him on Twitter at @euroinfosec.
Mathew Schwartz

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 is currently working on a site re-launch, is featured on a Portuguese gaming podcast directed by Ene3Play and 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.”

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

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, lifestyle, art, healthcare, education, besides writing on local events for Panorama Magazine, Sharjah. She is also co-founder of the online portal www.mrwebedit.com.

Irish Independent (Ireland)

Martina Devlin

MARTINA DEVLIN is an award-winning Irish journalist and author. Her books include a ghost story, The House Where It Happened, optioned for film, and the number one bestseller Banksters, a co-authored account of the Irish banking collapse. Her latest novel is About Sisterland, set in the near future in a world ruled by women… it should be perfect but it all goes horribly wrong. She has won the VS Pritchett short story prize awarded by Britain’s Royal Society of Literature, a Hennessy Literary Award. Martina is based in Dublin, where she writes a weekly column on current affairs for the Irish Independent, and has been named columnist of the year by the National Newspapers of Ireland. She has a certificate as a chartered director from the Institute of Directors, and is vice-chair of the Irish Writers Centre. Her website is www.martinadevlin.com and she tweets @DevlinMartina.

J Arnold & Associates (Canada)

Jon Arnold

JON ARNOLD is principal of J Arnold & Associates, an independent analyst providing thought leadership and go-to-market counsel with a focus on the business-level impact of disruptive communications technologies. Core areas of expertise include unified communications, cloud services, collaboration, Internet of Things, future of work, contact centers, customer experience, video, VoIP, and social media. He has been consulting in many of these areas since 2001, and his independent practice was founded in 2005. JAA is based in Toronto, Ontario, and serves clients across North America as well as in Europe. Jon’s thought leadership can be followed on his widely-read Analyst 2.0 Blog, along with daily commentary on Twitter and LinkedIn. His thought leadership is also regularly published across the communications industry, including UCStrategies, Ziff Davis, TechTarget and Internet Telephony Magazine.

MakeUseOf (United Kingdom)

Gavin Phillips

GAVIN PHILLIPS is a freelance journalist, primarily contributing to technology-simplification website, MakeUseOf. Gavin currently covers Microsoft, Windows, and all things cyber-security, but in a nine-year writing career has covered topics as diverse as electronic hardware production, the global e-waste epidemic, pharmaceuticals, and burgeoning real estate markets. Currently living in Cornwall, UK, he holds a B.A. Contemporary Writing from Falmouth University, and you can follow his work and ramblings @GavinSpavin.

Micro Mart (United Kingdom)

Kevin Pocock

KEVIN POCOCK is a freelance writer and editor. He’s worked with Dennis Publishing, Telegraph Media Group, and is the former copywriter for Crowdsourcing agency Catalyx – winner of the 2014 MRS Best New Agency award. A regular contributor to Which? Computing and Hardware Heaven, Kevin can be found on Twitter at @kevinpocock.
Kevin Pocock

Business Breakfast (United Arab Emirates)

Brandy Scott

BRANDY SCOTT hosts the Business Breakfast, Dubai Eye 103.8’s award-winning flagship interview show. Her career has also seen her serve as the launch features editor on Emirates Today, the UAE’s first tabloid newspaper, and work with the production team for Morning Report, New Zealand’s leading current affairs radio show. She’s written for dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites during her twenty years in business journalism.

Radio Ngati Porou (New Zealand)

Erana Keelan-Reedy

ERANA KEELAN-REEDY manages the award winning iwi radio station, Radio Ngati Porou, nestled in the main street of the small town of Ruatoria in the north island of New Zealand. Radio Ngati Porou beams to the world over terrestrial radio waves and via the internet and is part of a network of 21 iwi radio stations spread throughout New Zealand, charged with promoting the Maori language and culture, ensuring the many dialects of Ngati Porou flourish and providing a connection for the 70,000 plus Ngati Porou spread throughout NZ and the world to their language, stories, customs, history, songs, haka through daily bilingual broadcasts. Erana has been CEO of Radio Ngati Porou since 2010 and under her leadership the station has won 14 national awards for producing quality broadcast content, its contribution and engagement of its people, business excellence and innovative use of technology to globalize Maori language and customs. Erana has over 30 years experience in producing Maori language content for radio and television starting as a reporter on the Maori language news programme Te Karere in 1985 and has been an associate producer of News and Current Affairs for Maori Television. She has produced a range of television programs including documentaries like ‘Mana Wahine’ and ‘Maori Party – The People’s Party’ over that time.
Erana Keelan-Reedy

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 for several years was 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 did 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 taught writing and editing courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and his novel, “Ransom for the Stars: the Last Supra,” was published in 2005.

TechRadar (United Kingdom)

Cat Ellis

CAT ELLIS s the downloads editor at www.techradar.com – an international technology media outlet reaching 29.6m enthusiasts every month. She is also a regular contributor to Windows: Help & Advice and Maximum PC, where she specialises in consumer software and online security. During her eight years as a technology journalist Cat has worked on a wide range of consumer titles including PC Plus, PC Format and Official Windows Magazine, and she has edited one-off publications on coding and ecommerce. She tweets @thecatellis.
Cat Ellis

Tune Media (Singapore)

Nikki Tacata-Aborque

Bio coming soon

Ventures Africa and Enterprise54.com (Nigeria)

Douglas Imaralu

DOUGLAS IMARALU has over six years’ experience in the media, communication, and international development space. He is developing into what Kennedy School of Government professor Joseph Nye has called a “tri-sector athlete”—someone who can “engage and collaborate across the private, public, and social sectors.” Douglas is also keen on foreign policy, education, technology, business, and economics. He was former Online Editor at African business, policy, and lifestyle magazine and news service www.venturesafrica.com and also a consultant with clairVOYANCE, a boutique media and development solutions agency. Presently, he is an Atlas Corps “Emerging Global Leaders Initiative” (EGLI) Fellow, a fellowship that advances former US President Barack Obama’s Stand with Civil Society agenda, launched in September 2013 as a global call to action to support and sustain civil society.

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; Surat bureau chief of Business Standard, a leading business daily; and Surat correspondent of United News of India (UNI) news service. He has also represented Asian Ceramic magazine (UK). He was honored 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 dan Keuangan (Indonesia)

Isdiyanto

ISDIYANTO has for the past 10 years been the founder and editor in chief of Entrepreneur and Finance magazine in Jakarta, a monthly magazine that has spurred new entrepreneurship in Indonesia. In 2006, he built the ISMBEA forum (Indonesia Small Medium Entrepreneur Award) as a gathering of entrepreneurs from micro, small and medium businesses to inspire and encourage each other. In 2010, he founded www.wirausahanews.com as an additional online forum and publication for Indonesian entrepreneurs. In 2009-2011, he was a member of the jury for Entrepreneurial Self, a competition organized by a major Indonesian bank. He is also an entrepreneurship speaker and is actively involved in community and business associations supporting micro, small and medium enterprises in Indonesia.