2018 International judging panel

The judging panel in the 6th annual Best in Biz Awards International currently includes 15 judges from 12 countries, returning to this year’s judging panel from prior Best in Biz Awards International judging panels.

Stay tuned for additional announcements, as we finalize the list of returning judges in February and confirm the complete judging panel in March.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

NDR (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.

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

Tripwire (United Kingdom)

Joe Pettit

JOE PETTIT is the managing editor at Tripwire. Joe graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing in 2009 and then went on to create and develop the popular IT Security blog, Information Security Buzz. From that venture, Joe moved to Tripwire where he has continued to aid the development of their award-winning blog, The State of Security. Joe specializes in SEO, Social Media, Lead Generation and implementing new strategies to help develop Tripwire’s online presence. You can follow Joe on Twitter.
Joe Pettit

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.

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.