2017 International judging panel

The judging panel in the 5th annual Best in Biz Awards International currently includes 25 judges from 16 countries.

22 of those judges are returning to this year’s judging panel from prior Best in Biz Awards International judging panels. See the original announcement about the returning judges.

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 is also an IT staff instructor for Lynda.com at LinkedIn, creating instructional content focusing on Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. Previously, Sharon worked with Microsoft Partners, providing technical and business development advice to help them build their cloud offerings, and taught Azure and other technologies. Sharon is a certified Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and holds several other certifications. Sharon brings 20+ years of technical experience and her own entrepreneurial lessons to her position.

Bloomberg News (United States)

Rob Urban

ROB URBAN, a previous Best in Business winner, has been a journalist for more than 30 years, the last 24 at Bloomberg News, where he is managing editor for market structure and financial regulation. He started at Bloomberg in Prague, establishing coverage across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, then moving in 1998 to Moscow. In New York, where he moved in early 2001, Rob oversaw Wall Street reporting and coverage of U.S. defense and industrial companies before establishing global real estate coverage teams in 2006. He moved to market structure and financial regulation in 2015, overseeing teams in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

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.

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 (Scotland)

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

Freelance (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

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.

InBusiness (Cyprus and Greece)

George Georgallides

GEORGE GEORGALLIDES regularly contributes to business publications, covers entrepreneurship through his personal blog and business growth through his agency blog on venture investing and entrepreneurial insights. He is currently the managing partner at marketing technology group XO (www.xo.agency) a full service digital marketing agency and a marketing technology development company. In the past, he was a managing partner at Curious Ventures, an early stage new media fund. In addition to his role as an institutional investor, George has been 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. 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 JAA’s Analyst 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.

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

Sky News (United Kingdom)

Ursula Errington

URSULA ERRINGTON is a former Sky News Correspondent and Business Presenter with more than a decade of experience in TV news, including BBC and Monocle 24 Radio. Her work has included reporting breaking news and current affairs, as well as coverage of business and economics, from stories about start-ups with flair to the workings of global corporations. She now runs Hard Truth Media, a UK based communications consultancy, working with global leaders in the technology, e-commerce, retail and academia as well as startup entrepreneurs and SMEs. Ursula holds an MA Hons from Oxford University in English Literature and Language.
Ursula Errington

South China Morning Post (China)

Mukul Munish

Bio and photo coming soon

Storage Week (United States)

Mark Brownstein

MARK BROWNSTEIN is the editor and publisher of a number of online publications. He has more than three decades of experience covering technologies ranging from Consumer Electronics to bleeding edge hardware and software developments. He was Technology Editor at Network World and Network Magazine, L.A. Bureau Chief at Infoworld, and Editor of Computer Technology Review and other computing technology and storage publications. He has been a regular contributor to PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications. Mark has written seven books on word processing and database management, and has been a columnist, reviewer, reporter, consultant and editor. He has also chaired and moderated at numerous trade conferences. His interests include new technologies, consumer electronics, medical research, and how technologies will impact the future (privacy, personal autonomy, social impacts, etc.).

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 is 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 and photo 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.” 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 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.