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2020 Judges | IT World Awards
Michael Greene | CEO | PasswordPing | Boulder, Colorado, United States 
Sid Chakrabarty | | ZED Ventures | United States
Ajit Gaddam | | VISA | United States
Veda Prakash Vaddadi | SAP Delivery Lead & Solution Architect | Microsoft /Accenture | Frisco, Texas, United States | Information Technology Software | Veda Vaddadi is an SAP Consulting Professional with 20+ years strong industry experience, which includes 15+ years of exclusive SAP consulting and IT work supporting complex applications for global clients in an Onsite and Offshore delivery model. Adepts at business process consulting, project management and delivery of large scale and complex SAP deployments and outsourcing deals. Has deep industry experience in Professional Services, Manufacturing, Construction, Utility, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Automotive etc. in implementing SAP solutions for global cutting edge technology companies in the United States, Middle East, Europe and in India. He is a Subject Matter Expert and SAP Functional Architect with significant experience implementing Project Systems, Commercial Project Management, Contract to Cash business process (C2C) and Procure to Pay (P2P) integration work. Veda holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India and a graduate in Architecture and Masters in Construction Management from India. He has also been an international Judge for Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards 2019, The International Business Awards 2019, Golden Bridge Awards 2018, CEO World Awards 2019, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards 2020 in the past.
Kumar Varun Verma | Manager, Product Marketing | Veritas Technologies | Pune, Maharashtra, India | 
Devanshu Bhatt | Test Automation Architect | Nationwide Insurance | Columbus, Ohio, United States 
Ankit Kedia | Senior Consultant | Infoyuga Technologies Inc | Champaign, Illinois, United States 
Sonal Puri | CEO | Webscale | United States 
Muralidharan Palanisamy | CSO | AppViewX Inc | New York, New York, United States 
Amit Bivas | VP, Global Marketing | Optimove | New York, New York, United States 
Satishkumar Boguda | Software Engineer | Applexus Technologies | Sandiego, California, United States 
Stefanie Whittington | VP of Marketing | QOS Networks | Irvine, California, United States 
Mariette Snyman | Director of Marketing | Tricentis | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 
Abbas Shahid Baqir | Managing Director | Student Shelter In Computers | Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan 
Debbie Osaki | VP, Operations | Talent Function Group LLC | San Diego, California, United States 
Judy Shelton | Vice President | Samson | , California, United States 
Marcus Chung | CEO | BoldCloud | San Jose, California, United States 
David Billeter | Chief Information Security Officer | CA Technologies, a Broadcom Company | United States 
Praveen Kotturu | Director | KPMG | Montvale, New Jersey, United States 
Natalija Jonušienė | CEO | DocLogix | Vilnius, , Lithuania 
Ilja Moisejevs | Head of Product & Founding Team | Calypso AI | San Mateo, California, United States 
Brenda Christensen | CEO | Stellar Public Relations, Inc. | Cape Coral, Florida, United States | Consulting | Brenda Christensen is CEO of Stellar Public Relations, a world leader in public relations, investor relations, branding, funding and corporate guidance with direct attributable growth worth over millions of dollars. Ms. Christensen currently serves as an adviser on private boards in North America, and previously served as corporate officer for a publicly held technology company, across multiple continents.
Visakh Sankar | Manager – Technology Consulting | Ernst & Young | Iselin, New Jersey, United States | Consulting | Hands-on technologist with over 16 years of experience leading, supporting and executing Technology transformation assignments in multiple industries like Retail, Leisure, Education, Agriculture, Chemicals, Oil & Gas. Areas of focus include Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise wide Agile Transformation, IT process improvement, Enterprise Architecture, Product development, Scalability assessment, Cloud development, Business performance management, IT operations strategy, IT service management, and IT organization assessments. Has worked with firms like Ernst & Young, IBM, PWC and Cognizant.
Gail Blount | Owner | Your Marketing Authority | , , United States | Security Services | Experienced marketing professional and award-winning marketing copywriter as well as a talented researcher, proofreader and editor. In addition to exceptional written and verbal communication skills, other assets include a strong creative drive, excellent analytical abilities, a keen eye for detail, and unwavering focus on quality. Provide marketing support to a wide range of businesses including information and communications technology companies; cybersecurity firms; commercial printing, packaging, fulfillment and direct mail companies; providers of office space, professional services, and law office support services; large state and private universities, and a national telehealth company.
Narendra Rao Tadapaneni | Sr.Software Engineer | T Rowe Price | Owings Mills, Maryland, United States 
John Trest | Chief Learning Officer | Inspired eLearning | San Antonio, Texas, United States | Security Services | John is responsible for leading the development of Inspired eLearning’s award-winning library of content, from the solid instructional design to the high-quality multimedia production. He has been a member of Inspired’s team since 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in creating and delivering eLearning courses for a broad variety of industries and subjects. He’s passionate about creating quality eLearning content that is both engaging and impactful.
Sowmya Kandregula | Sr.Manager | Cognizant Technology Solutions | , Virginia, United States | Information Technology Services | Sowmya Kandregula is a seasoned Data Management professional with over 14 years of experience in Data Governance, Data Privacy, Data Security, Regulatory Compliance, Financial Risk Management, Metadata Management, Master Data Management, Service Management & Agile Project Management. Sowmya’s proficiency is developing cohesive solutions for large and complex projects spanning multiple divisions and/or platforms. He has a wealth of knowledge in building solutions that enable flexibility yet stability, an important component of software delivery for regulatory programs. Sowmya advocates about growing set of data demands including a changing landscape of privacy laws increased movement of data onto the cloud, and a greater dependency on quality governed data for machine learning and AI solutions. Sowmya is an intent listener, a great storyteller, and follows creativity to express his subject expertise. He has mentored more than 800 enthusiasts across the globe to get them into the Information Technology space to become future leaders. He strongly believes in an innovative approach to ‘thinking & learning via questioning’.
Haitham Ahmed | Teacher and CEO | London Academy Of Online Education | London, London, United Kingdom | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations | Haitham is a Director, CEO, Public Speaker, YouTuber , Awards Judge , Career Coach, Executive Coach, Time Management Coach, NLP Trainer, Holistic Marketer, Human Resources Consultant, Instructor, teacher and Manager. Haitham got a Bachelor of Bio-Chemistry from Ain Shams University in Egypt, M.I.B. (Master of International Business ) from the University of Vaasa in Finland and more than 70 diplomas and certificates in English, Finance, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Neuropsychology, Psychology of Sales, Online Marketing, CBT, NLP, Coaching, Mentoring, Green Six Sigma, lean management, Minitab and others from global Institutes all over the world. Regarded to Awards: Haitham won Runner Up Award for Learner of the year 2017 from Centre Of Excellence and also received Highly Commended Award for Learner of the year 2018 from COE. He was nominated for NLP in Research Award (2019). In 2020, Haitham was nominated for several global awards, such as The English Asian Business Awards, French American Entrepreneurship Awards, Global Excellence Awards, the Entrepreneurship World Cup, the NLP in Education Award, and the NLP in Research Award. .
Ajay Kaul | Managing Partner | AgreeYa Solutions | , , United States | Information Technology Services | Ajay as Managing Partner of AgreeYa is responsible for establishing the company’s global presence and IT services capabilities. As a result of his leadership, AgreeYa has become the 5th fastest growing company in the Sacramento Region. Ajay has over 20 years of experience in sales, and managing global operations. His experience involves sales management, marketing and strategy, global delivery, and M&A. Previously, he worked with Deloitte Consulting, iGATE (Mastech), and Tata Infotech (TUL) serving private and public sector clients across the globe. Ajay holds an MBA, Operations and Systems Management and BS, Mathematical Statistics. Specialties: Management Consulting Social Collaboration Cloud and Virtualization Mobility Global Development/Delivery Center Setup Offshore/Outsourcing Advisory Sales and Marketing Strategy
Siddharth Ekbote | Staff 2 Engineer | VMware | Palo Alto, California, United States | Engineering and Technology | A seasoned professional with deep experience in building large scale networking and storage systems. Proficient in building, managing and leading cross-functional geographically distributed teams. Mentoring and tutoring junior members to help them achieve a very high level of productivity and efficiency. Technology guidance, critical POC executions and strategy presentations to executive management and external stake holders. Served in big technology corporations including Sun Microsystems and VMware Inc. Also donned multiple hats at startups in New Zealand and USA. Led the development of cutting edge Wan-Optimization features and successfully demonstrated them in various conferences winning Best of Show Award at VMworld 2014. “Personal” project to analyze information sys-dumps at Silver Peak, resulted in 90% reduction in engineer involvement for RCA in terms of time and effort. Led development on the world’s first Networking Monitoring solution for Encrypted Sonet Networks. Technical Leadership Award for handling largescale sustaining efforts of SUN Solaris Networking Stack. Successfully lead POCs in various challenging customer-IT environments resulting in multi-million dollars sales from those efforts. Original work leading to two patents granted and multiple pendin. Consistently serve as a central point of contact in Engineering for Customers, partners/vendors and other Business Units.
Sunil Tanuku | Vice President of Delivery, Technology & Business Services | GalaxE Solutions Inc. | Somerset, New Jersey, United States | Information Technology Services | Strongly experienced with good management skills to solve issues, create value, maximize growth and improve Business performance. Extensive experience with Business and Technical insights to provide objective advice, establish structure, define and implement strategic solutions, management and operations of project teams. Experienced with wide variety of services such as Information Technology, Financial and Management Controls, Business Strategy and Operations. Highly adept at conducting analysis to identify issues and present formidable hypotheses and solutions, implement recommendations/solutions, manage projects and programs, running focus groups and facilitating workshops. Highly experienced with various project methodologies like RUP, SDLC, Scrum, Agile & Waterfall. Thorough understanding of Health Insurance, PBM, Real Estate Franchising, Property and Travel Insurance, eCommerce Business Processes. Well Versed with Object Oriented Analysis and Design using UML, IBM Rational Tools, Technical Design & Practices, Statistical tools etc. Excellent Communication skills with customers, users, team members and Senior Executive Management in defining IT Solutions.
Binny Joshi | Software Engineer | IT | Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States | Information Technology Software | Sr.QA Engineer professional with 8 years’ experience with high – level of proficiency in both Functional manual & automation testing using JIRA, Selenium, TestCafe , Regression, Mobile and Web Service REST API testing. Seeking a challenging position in order to utilize professional & technical skills in Software Development Industry as a QA Analyst, Software Automation Engineer. • Minimum 7 years of professional testing experience with some combination of Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, TestNG, Apache/Tomcat, XML, JSON and REST. • Experience working with Node.js tool TestCafe to automate end-to-end web testing using Typescript. • Worked end-to-end in STLC (Software Testing Life Cycle). • Experience working with KANBAN, Agile Scrum Framework and Continous Integration environment. • Experience in Web testing on different platforms (Windows and iOS). • Experience in Cross browser testing (Chrome, FF, Safari, Edge) on different platforms. • Experience in using Test Management & Defect Management tools such as JIRA, TestPad & VersionOne. • Good expertise of Agile- Sprint Planning, stand up calls, Retrospective meetings, User story Grooming, Story pointing. • Experience in using both Page object and Page Factory models with selenium Web driver. • Expertise in different types of testing like Automation testing, Manual testing, Integration testing, Smoke testing, Regression testing, Functional testing, GUI testing, Web/UI, Mobile APP testing and User Acceptance testing. • Involved in design and implementation of Selenium WebDriver Automation Framework for Smoke test and Regression test using TestNG. • Experience with Cross-Browser and Compatibility testing using Selenium Grid and TestNG to test whether the web applications are working as desired in different browsers and environments. • Expertise in programming with clear conception of OOPS concepts as Inheritance, Polymorphism, Abstraction, Encapsulation, and Exception Handling in Automated Testing using Selenium.
Rathan Natarajan | JUDGE | Hindustan Institute of Technology | COIMBATORE, Tamil Nadu, India | |
Sarath Krishna Mandava | Front End Developer | Logicgate Technologies Inc | , New York, United States | Information Technology Software | Certified Front End Developer with 8+ years of overall professional experience in technologies HTML(including HTML5), CSS3, AJAX, JQuery, JQuery UI, JIRA, OO JavaScript, YUI, JSON, NodeJS, Angular 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7, BootStrap 3, NgRX, TypeScript, AWS, RxJS, Java, J2EE, JSP, GIT, REST, SOAP, SPRING MVC and Servlets. I played a critical role for various clients like Wells Fargo, United Nations, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Canon USA, Ility etc; in developing their applications. Critical in development of the Client Application Framework. Charting application framework. Building UI across number of projects. Created Accessibility support strategy and practices. I serve as an advisor to top- and upper-level executives from a variety of industries. Involved in working with business stakeholders, cross functional teams and leading by example to other software engineering groups. Experience in debugging and troubleshooting existing code with FireBug, Chrome Developer Tools, IE Developer Tools and Fiddler. Experience in technologies like Object-oriented Java and J2EE, Struts, JUnit 3.0, JSP, JSP Tag Library and Maven . Experience in optimizing websites to iOS and Android devices. Experience with Enterprise applications. Experience in Responsive Web Design Implementation and Unit Testing
Haitham Mengad | Co-founder | Haystack | Santa Monica, California, United States | Consumer Products and Services | Engineer and PM with experience in open source, construction technology, VC, academic research and consumer products. Currently leading the build of a search engine for the local retail inventory at Haystack.
Chaitanya Sai Kumar Varma Datla Venkata Krishna | President/Data and Business Intelligence Architect | DataMile Solutions/Winnipeg Regional Health Authority | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Information Technology Services | More than 12 Years of experience as a global Data and business intelligence consultant. I worked as Senior Data and Business Intelligence Architect and Specialist for many private and public (state government) clients across the countries like USA, Canada, India throughout my career. I help companies predict demand, reduce inventory, increase sales, and more – I do this by unleashing the power of commercial business intelligence package applications, by sourcing the data, developing ETL processes, and generating reports and visualizations. Most of my experience has been with Data warehousing and Analytics products including Power BI, Tableau, Azure SQL, Azure Data Factory, Snowflake, Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics modules, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Data Integrator, but I am well versed in most competing products in this space. It is my knowledge of leading practices in data warehouse engineering that separates me from the rest. I can provide an expert view on when you achieve better performance with snowflake schema than the more popular star schema. I think in templates and packages for reusability. Adept in Business Intelligence Analytics Solutions like Procurement and Spend Analytics, Financial Analytics, and Supply Chain Management. Domain knowledge includes Health Care, Government, Manufacturing, and Telecommunication. Worked with several well-known organizations like American Towers, State of Connecticut, New York State Department of Health, Biogen Idec, and many another fortune 500 companies. Education: Masters in Computer Science from Utah State University, USA. Masters in Computer Applications, India Bachelors in Computer Science, India
Karan Jain | Head of Technology | Westpac Banking Group | Walthamstow, , United Kingdom | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance | Karan Jain is a multi-disciplinary CTO, change agent and an entrepreneur. With unequivocal expertise in leading technology businesses and large-scale transformations, he brings a unique perspective and real-life learnings from both the financial services sector and start-up trenches. Karan has previously launched and successfully exited two businesses, a B2B RegTech and an Agile Delivery Consultancy with clients from ASX50. With experience in technology delivery, talent management and cultural change, Karan has a level of business acumen that sets him apart in the market. As an in-demand contributor to the digital transformation, and future of Financial Services, he is passionate about using technology and innovative business models to develop products that create financial wellness and inclusion. Coupled with his in-depth understanding of the finance and tech ecosystem in the UK and Australia, Karan advises various trade associations, regulatory working groups and think tanks in the domains of Digital Transformation through Fintech Partnerships, Cybersecurity, Operational resilience and effective use of Data. Karan volunteers his time as a mentor and advisor to some of London’s biggest accelerators, helping companies find their product edge and connecting leaders with inspirational partnerships for sustainable growth.
Chelsea Freeman | PR Specialist | Global Results Communications | Santa Ana, California, United States | Telecommunications | Renowned for her expertise in high tech, Valerie Christopherson is the driving force behind GRC’s targeted communications strategies that attract world-class clients and dramatically enhance their market presence and performance on a global scale. Prior to founding GRC in 2005, she held key positions at QUALCOMM, Porter Novelli Convergence Group and other niche agencies in the mobile, telecom and technology sectors. Over a span of 20 years, she provided unparalleled counsel and campaign management resulting in successful public relations and social media programs for well-established Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and start-ups bringing first-of-its-kind innovation to commercial markets. An industry thought leader, she is frequently called upon to speak at regional and national events including PR News conferences, regional PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) conferences and Comm Week at her alma mater California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).
Sanjeev Kumar | SAP Lead Consultant / Solution Architect | GyanSys Inc | Carmel, Indiana, United States | Consulting | Sanjeev is a senior SAP professional with 15+ years of rich experience in the implementation, operation, and support of business technology. He has lead multi-cultured project teams in different roles providing SAP technology solution expertise and strategic direction. A proven ability in managing and delivering large scale complex Greenfield and Brownfield Implementations, Support and Upgrade SAP projects across multiple industries – Automotive, Energy, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Facilities Management Services. Expertise in designing and delivering SAP technology solutions – SAP Data Analytics, BPC, Data Integration and Migration from SAP/Non-SAP systems( BW7.5onHANA, BW4HANA), SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira, SAP BO, S4 Embedded Analytics and ABAP across multi-functional domains – SAP PM, SD, FI, MM, and HR.
Astha Bhatia | Clinical Research Scientist | Bristol Myers Squibb | Summit, New Jersey, United States | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Health Products & Services | I am a dentist (4 years patient care experience in India), and have a Master in public health from a reputed US school. I work as a clinical research scientist on clinical trials for hematology-oncology indications. A clinical study that I was the lead scientist for, led to FDA and global approval for a new chemo-free regimen for patients of relapsed lymphoma. At present, I am the lead scientist a clinical trial for a novel compound being developed for patients with relapsed Lymphoma. Also, I recently featured on an international podcast for COVID 19 which was a global hit with multiple viewer reviews. I also worked in a county health department (Bloomfield health department) during my internship while pursuing my MPH, and I worked with the health educator on a childhood obesity project for the community (an area of concern facing the country at this time). I am the marketing head (volunteer position) of an Indian- American cultural society based in NJ. I am interested in being a judge for 15th Annual Network PG’s 2020 IT World Awards, and I am confident that based on my vast experience and expertise, I will be able to do great justice to the judgement process.
Sudheer Reddy | Director, Local Safety Management | Bayer | Whippany, New Jersey, United States | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Health Products & Services | I am a Pharmacist with a Master of Public Health. In addition, I am also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and an Innovation Coach. As a Director at Bayer Healthcare, I am responsible for ensuring patient safety of the pharmaceuticals and over the counter products marketed by the company. In this role, I also lead research and safety assessments of new products the company wishes to bring to the market. In the past few years, I have brought many innovations to our processes at Bayer that were game changers using technology. I am interested in judging 15th Annual Network PG’s 2020 IT World Awards. With the above mentioned background, I can certainly help providing my expert opinion in many areas of business such as healthcare, leadership, management, innovation and new technologies.
Lakshmana Rao Koppada | Senior Software Engineer | Teqtron Inc. – Client : Google LLC | Livermore, California, United States | Information Technology Services | Served as an VP Education in Toastmasters.Reported to Executive Directors @ intarcia Therapitics organization. 10 + Years solid experience in CMMS/Enterprise Asset Management and worked in Maximo 6.x,7.1,7.5,7.6 versions. Responsible for gathering Requirements, solution Design and developing Industry standard business process workflow /solutions. IBM Certified Advanced Deployment Professional for Enterprise Asset Management Version 7.6. Worked for Large-scale projects with Big Clients such as Google (Data Center), General Electric (Energy, Oil&Gas, Wind), Ford Motor Company(Manufacturing), Spirit AeroSystems (Aircraft), Cheniere Energy (LNG Business), American Bureau of shipping (Maritime), Gilead Sciences (Pharmaceutical ) and Intarcia therapists (Biopharmaceutical ). Have sound domain knowledge on Operational and maintenance functional modules: Asset, Finance, Inventory, Purchasing, Work Order and Preventive Maintenance and Service Desk modules. Hands on experience in Installation & Configuration of Database (Oracle,SQL Server ,DB2), Application servers (IBM Websphere, Oracle WebLogic) and IBM Enterprise Asset Management software (Maximo). Leaded Offshore team as Onsite Technical Lead and well aware of Onsite/Offshore Model. Have been Leading Full life-cycle implementation of Maximo Projects which comprises of Maximo Installation ,Business logic Customization,UI customization,Data Migration, Maximo Upgrade and Establed Integrations with Oracle Apps, SAP and Mainframe systems.Developed Bisiuness intelligent reports.
Megha Gupta | Senior Systems Analyst | Starbucks Coffee Company | , , United States | Information Technology Services | 12+ years of IT experience in Oracle E-Business Suite ERP, Payment Systems & Indirect Procurement Systems. Excels at collaborating in a matrixed, cross-functional environment with fluid priorities and building consensus as a thought leader and recognized subject matter expert (SME). Outstanding communication skills, leadership ability & business acumen. Solution Designing | Customizations | Configurations | Scalable Solution | Critical Thinking | Business Onboarding Innovative | Continuous Improvement | Performance Management | Integrations
Ivona Ivanova | Digital Marketing Strategist | CitizenMe | London, London, United Kingdom | Consulting | A creative enthusiast offering 2 years of experience of innovative business development, including content production, product management, market research, data analysis and customer experience. After having worked as a Content and Community Executive at CitizenMe, I was then promoted to the role of a hands-on Digital Marketing Strategist. This covers the optimization of owned and affiliated channels that fall under the company’s name. Highly skilled in acting as the voice of the user within the business, ensuring their needs are well defined, met and aligned with the client strategies.
Michael Landewe | Cofounder | Avanan | , , United States | Security Software | Founder or early employee of 4 companies in 20+ year startup experience including one unicorn.
Ricardo Belmar | Sr Director, Global Marketing & Communications | Infovista | Ashburn, Virginia, United States | Information Technology Software | Ricardo Belmar is a leading retail and supply chain digital transformation thought leader and marketing strategist. He leverages his 20+ years of industry experience to help retailers, manufacturers, and supply chain organizations create value in their digital transformation initiatives by controlling the application performance that drives customer experience and employee productivity. He develops marketing strategy for Infovista’s enterprise solutions globally and engages with industry influencers on technology trends via Twitter and LinkedIn. Ricardo is a featured member of RetailWire’s BrainTrust panel, is an Advisory Council member at RETHINK Retail, and is a director in the ICX Association. He was named Social Media Mayor at conferences from 2015 to 2018 by RIS News and is a contributing blogger for multiple publications.
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Ritu Thakkar | VP | Vakrangee Limited | Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | Information Technology Services | A capable, results oriented, independent self-starter with team mindset, highly dedicated, versatile, problem solving approach, very enthusiastic and motivated team member and manager with proven years of experience. Having 20+ years of experience in operation and efficient implementation especially work in rural location. Ability to keep a level head high always, nurtures and grow a business, evaluate opportunities and risks, and deliver innovative new solutions to challenges. Very innovative in work profile, approach, failures, and successes. Ability to set priorities and work in a fast-paced, multi-project environment. Possessing excellent client facing and configuration skills and highly successful in helping define company direction, achieving goals and optimizing business. Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization. Handling and explaining complex financial management concepts and practices to a wide variety of audiences Proud to be ConnectFor Ambassador working voluntarily for many communities and NGO’s and non-profit partners especially in rural location.
Christina Dela Cruz | Account Director | ARPR | Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations | I’ve had more than 10 years of experience working in PR and digital marketing for B2B and B2C companies. Half of my experience was spent working with B2B companies in technology space within multiple verticals, including education, retail, grocery, insurance, health, etc. While working with companies in various verticals, I’ve gained a better sense of how to analyze products against its competitors and note key differentiators. Prior to this application, I judged B2B technology solutions for SIIA CODiE awards. 
2019 Judges | IT World Awards

Michael Greene | CEO | Enzoic | Boulder, Colorado, United States | Management | Security Software 
Michael Greene is a growth-oriented CEO and General Manager with extensive experience across the organization from product and operations to sales and marketing – in a variety of international high growth companies. Michael is currently CEO of Enzoic (formerly PasswordPing), a cyber-security startup that screens logins for compromised credentials. Prior to Enzoic, he was the CEO of ID Watchdog, an identity theft protection company that was sold to Equifax in 2017. Before IDWatchdog, Michael held senior management positions at Symantec, Webroot, Thompson Micromedix, Raindance and Baxter. Michael graduated with an MBA from the University of Colorado in 2000 and has a BA in Biology. He lives in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with his wife and 2 sons. Honors & Awards 2017 – SC Media Reboot Leadership Award for Thought Leadership 2016 JAVELIN Identity Protection Leaders in Prevention, Detection, and Resolution Dig|Benefits Technology Innovator Award Clear Choice Award PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award PC World Editor’s Choice Award SC Magazine – Best in Category Awards

Sid Chakrabarty | Senior Director | ZEDVENTURES INC | San Jose, California, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Software 
Sid is an innovative and strategic technology evangelist with extensive experience in strategic transformation initiatives, product management, digital strategy, and technology Leadership. He has led product solutioning efforts in the FINTECH space and played a key role in building product development teams and templatizing product management methodology. He led financial transformation efforts for various multinational organizations by fusing financial domain knowledge with technology solutions

Ajit Gaddam | Senior Director, Head of Security Engineering | Visa Inc. | Foster City, California, United States | Management | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance 
Ajit Gaddam is the Head of Security Engineering at Visa, where he is responsible for building large scale machine learning driven cybersecurity products, leading engineering programs and providing expert guidance on security matters. He has presented at conferences worldwide, including Usenix ENIGMA, Black Hat, Strata Data Hadoop, COSO Dubin and GCS Ukraine. Gaddam has been quoted by major media organizations and his work has been showcased in academic journals, security publications, and in two published books. He is an active participant in various open source and standards bodies, is a prolific inventor of disruptive technologies (over 80+ global patents), and moonlights as an instructor (SANS, community colleges).

Kumar Varun Verma | Manager, Product Marketing | Kaseya Software | Pune, Maharashtra, India | Marketing | Business Products and Services 
Varun Verma is a Product Marketing Leader & Data Protection Evangelist with 15 years of experience with Global Fortune 500 companies. Varun Verma brings extensive experience to the information management market, including backup, networking and networked storage concepts and technologies. At Kaseya, Varun is the manager of Product Marketing for Endpoint Monitoring and Management product line, driving thought leadership, asset creation, go to market guidance and campaign strategy. Prior to joining Kaseya, Varun held product management, product and field marketing positions, professional services and education at leading technology providers including Veritas, Symantec, Cognizant, and KPIT Cummins. He holds a Master’s diploma in Human Resources Management and Operations Management. He also holds a Certificate in Leadership, Policy and Governance from Indian Institute of Management Ranchi. He has been a judge for multiple international awards like the prestigious SVUS Awards, Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards, Stevie Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, Stevie American Business Awards, Stevie International Business Awards, and the STC International awards.

Devanshu Bhatt | Consultant, IT App Development (Test Automation Lead / Architect) | Nationwide Insurance | Columbus, Ohio, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Software 
• 12+ Years of experience in software quality assurance and Test suite automation development for Desktop, Web-Based (Front End / Backend), GUI, SOA, E-commerce, and Cloud technology stacks. • IT Star Award winner at Nationwide level and EA Office level for designing and implementing Automation Frameworks with several different technology stacks. • Extensive experience in working with automated tools like Ruby / Cucumber, Ruby Gems, Page object Patterns, Selenium-web driver, Watir, SoapUI Pro / SoapUI open source, UFT (QTP). • Proven experience in Capability Uplift, Automation uplift, Automation Frameworks, Continuous Integration with Jenkins, Coaching, and collaboration across BSA with App owners and respected teams. • Experience in implementing QA methodologies, strategies and plans in all stages of the software development life cycle as well Software Testing Life Cycle and Deployment. • Presented at Techcon, IT Analysis Day. Author on LinkedIn and several Journals. • Featured as Judge for several Information Technologies Business events and competitions. • A constant learner, self-starter, strong team player with good work ethics and understanding of methodologies and processes on Information Technology, DevOps and Cloud evangelist.

Ankit Kedia Senior Consultant | Infoyuga Technologies Inc | Champaign, Illinois, United States | Information Technology | Consulting 
Ankit Kedia is a Certified SAP Consultant, having overall experience of 12+ years in the IT industry with in-depth experience in SAP’s Event Management, Transportation Management, Track & Trace. Ankit has co-authored a book on SAP Event Management. Ankit Kedia has been invited to and spoken at Mastering SAP conference in South Africa. Ankit has been invited to Steview Awards and Golden Bridge Awards as a judge. Highly enthusiastic, innovative professional with a proven track record, result driven focused and extensive Techno-Functional skill set varying with time and technology. Highly analytical, well organized and able to work effectively under pressure in order to meet deadlines. Good business sense and able to understand the departmental impacts of business decisions. Specialties: Design, Configuration and Development – SAP EM. Integration of SAP EM with other modules (including SAP TM, EWM, TSW, ECC, CRM, ARM, 3rd Party Systems) and implementation of EM visibility process. Design, Configuration and Development – SAP TM (shipper). – SAP ERP Analyst/Lead having extensive configuration and technical experience FI/CO – Strong programming experience in SAP ERP including Workflows, PPF, IDOC’s, ABAP Objects. – Multiple full life cycle projects implementation for On-site/Offshore delivery model. – Have experience working in Open Text & Loftware (RFID Labels) and integrate it with SAP. I have performed all aspects of an SAP projects ranging from providing detailed solution designs through rigorous design sessions, Configuration, Development, go-live, migrations and support of the solution.

Sonal Puri | CEO | Webscale | Sunnyvale, California, United States | Management | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet Sonal Puri 
CEO Sonal Puri serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Prior to Webscale, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks and led sales, marketing and alliances for the pioneer in SaaS for global enterprise networks. Sonal has more than 20 years of experience with Internet Infrastructure in sales, marketing, corporate and business development and channels. Previously, Sonal headed business development and corporate strategy for the Application Acceleration business unit, and the Western US Corporate Development team at Akamai Technologies working on partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Sonal also ran global business operations, channels, business development and the acquisition for Speedera Networks (AKAM) and held key management roles in sales, marketing and IT at Inktomi, CAS and Euclid. Sonal holds a Master’s degree in Building Science from the University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India.

Muralidharan Palanisamy | CSO | AppViewX Inc | New York, New York, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Software 
Background on Network, Security, Automation on Financial and other regulated industries and experience in Product Development, Product management and Strategy.

Amit Bivas | VP, Global Marketing | Optimove | New York, New York, United States | Marketing | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet 
Amit, a key member in Optimove’s management team, is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience planning, developing and executing B2B and B2C marketing strategies from the ground up. His success stems from the potent combination of people management skills, a strong data analytics and statistics background, business acumen, creativity, passion and a keen eye for detail. In brief, Amit is the rare executive who merges both the art and science of marketing.

Satish Kumar Boguda | Software Engineer | Applexus Technologies | Sandiego, California, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Services 
Satish Kumar Boguda is a multifaceted Software Engineer in the field of IT industry with 12 years of experience, based out at Sandiego – California. Having made numerous contributions for the IT industry by serving industry clients in Oil and Gas, Utilities, Production, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sales, Finance, Transport and Energy divisions. I am a technology evangelist with key expertise in understanding the true value of core technology in digital transformation and effectively use technology as a competitive advantage in the delivery of business results. Through my Knowledge, I help businesses take advantage of the emerging innovations by adapting new technology ideas, tackling complex issues, delegating duties thoughtfully and managing time appropriately. I am specialized in the below areas from some of prestigious institutes across the globe. Machine Learning – Stanford University High Dimensional Data Analysis – Harvard University Data Science Professional – IBM Executive Data Science – John Hopkins University Intelligent Machining – State University of Newyork Product Owner – PSPO Scrum Master – PSM IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL V3.0) Intelligent Enterprises – SAP Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) – SAP 80+ SAP Record of Achievements

Stefanie Whittington | VP of Marketing | QOS Networks | Irvine, California, United States | Marketing | Information Technology Services 
Stefanie Whittington has been a thought leader in the cloud, software, and networking space for nearly a decade. As the leader of driving market forces within the organizations in which she devotes her time, Whittington is constantly required to be at the forefront of emerging technologies, identifying upcoming trends, and offering her customers with the latest industry insight. She is continuously working with clients who are experiencing real-time needs in their IT organizations, questioning and understanding their challenges, and identifying how the market will shift to address those needs. Her unique understanding of the customer from a macro and micro level allow her to insightfully relay timely and crucial awareness to her audience about actionable steps, easy to follow how-to’s, and “for dummies” overview of technologies that impact their businesses. Whittington has her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and her MBA, with an emphasis in Marketing, from Washington State University. As a distinguished leader in her industry, Whittington has been the recipient of multiple awards including “Innovator of the Year” for 2018 from QOS Networks, “Women in the Channel Up & Comer 2017” from CRN Magazine, and has been selected as a judge for the Stevie Awards for 2019. As a ghost writer, Whittington has been featured in multiple publications including for the Forbes Technology Council.

Mariette Snyman | Director of Marketing | Tricentis | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Management | Engineering and Technology 
A vibrant, fast-paced, go-getter who has a knack for figures and data. A self-starter, who loves to take initiative, and always in search for alternative solutions. I have a strong track record of building visibility for corporations and executives through innovative strategic positioning and storytelling, creating and implementing business strategies (PR and communications, marketing, digital, advertising) and thought leadership. I served on a number of boards as chairperson and secretary, held positions as non-executive director at NPO’s, currently a mentor at the Australian Marketing Institute, and worked with a portfolio of blue-chip companies in Australia, South Africa, UK and around the world. As you can see, I love to travel and experience different cultures. I love storytelling, consumer psychology, creating content, brand turnarounds, digital innovation, building growth at scale, and the cultures & opportunities of emerging markets. In my current position, I lead Tricentis’ marketing, communications and thought-leadership efforts in the Asia Pacific region and reporting directly to the CMO in the USA (California). Previously, I supported Assupol’s Group CEO in all aspects of business communication to promote change management initiatives, boost employee engagement and effectiveness and lastly, to build shareholder portfolios.

Abbas Shahid Baqir | Managing Director | Student Shelter In Computers | Lahore, PK/Punjab, Pakistan | Information Technology | Information Technology Services Entrepreneur , Cyber Security Investigator, Information Security Consultant & Director at Student Shelter In Computers 
Abbas Shahid Baqir is a technology visionary and computer security specialist who thrives on solving complex problems. Abbas is an industry-recognized security expert with over 15 years of hands-on experience. His career is highlighted on starting and creating new companies, organizations and products. He loves creating new entities and discovering creative ways of solving complex problems. Abbas supervised multiple investigations into the compromise of banking and securities trading computer systems. He combined host and network forensics in addition to innovative intelligence operations to identify and neutralize threat actors both domestically and internationally. Abbas has provided cyber expertise to state and local law enforcement on investigations of crimes, including homicides, stalking, missing children, cyber-bullying, and internal affairs. A certified cyber sec instructor, he developed a cyber-based curriculum and has trained hundreds of law enforcement and private professionals in evidence acquisition, security policy and implementation, breach response and mitigation, hacker methodology, and employee Internet safety. http://www.stscomps.com or http://www.stscomps.com/awards.htm

Debbie Osaki | VP, Operations | Talent Function Group LLC | San Diego, California, United States | Operations | Consulting 
A creative and innovative professional with more than two decades of organizational and logistical experience. Principal strengths include process optimization, strong interpersonal skills, exceptional results orientation, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills. Experienced in client and vendor relations, contract negotiation, budget management, and product development, and the ability to develop marketing programs of multiple sizes and budgets to enhance performance of departmental objectives.

Marcus Chung | CEO | BoldCloud | San Jose, California, United States | Management | Security Services 
I have been an active part of the Security Industry for over 18 years and working in key management roles for companies such as Sygate Technologies, Symantec, GreenBorder (acquired by Google), Bell Micro (acquired by AVNET), Malwarebytes and currently BoldCloud. My passion is both helping people and small to medium businesses with addressing their security needs. I strongly believe this SMB market is underserved and targeted by today’s opportunistic attackers. I have extensive experience in various Endpoint Security technologies, Firewalls, Anti-Malware, Email Security, Backup and advanced Data Protection technologies. I am a current member of both ISACA and Infragard – two organizations that actively help businesses stay safe from threats. I would look forward to contributing my thoughts in serving as a judge alongside my colleagues.

David Billeter | CISO | CA Technologies, a Broadcom Company | Burlington, Massachusetts, United States | Information Technology | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet 
David Billeter has led information security programs at several global companies, including CA Technologies, Staples, and InterContinental Hotels. Combining his background in technology and law, Mr. Billeter has also been key in developing or influencing national policy and legislation on topics related to electronic contracting, digital signatures, privacy and cybersecurity.

Praveen Kotturu | Director | KPMG LLP | Montvals, New Jersey, United States | Information Technology | Business Products and Services 
Technology leader for the Enterprise Transaction Services organization within KPMG Digital Nexus (US technology organization) responsible for Application development & systems administration. Leads the organization responsible for 24/7 support of Application development, system administration, user administration, domain, architecture, application database support, application integration (MW), enterprise application monitoring, mobile app support, data-center coordination, and enterprise batch monitoring across the Enterprise Transaction Services business application portfolio. Business application portfolio comprises of these core business functions: ERP Solutions, Marketing, Finance and Accounting, HR, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Audit, and Resource management. Trusted technical adviser to the client service delivery teams working on client pursuits, delivery, innovation, and discovery in the areas of: ERP, digital transformation, technology implementation, application migrations, and intelligent automation.

Natalija Jonušienė | CEO | DocLogix | Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania | Others… | Information Technology Services 
A self-motivated and hardworking professional with a very strong background in the service operations environment, having great stakeholder management and effective decision-making skills, strong knowledge of service transition processes. Experienced in account management within the outsourced business model and customer focus environment. Strong motivator, inspirational leader, experienced in managing underperformance, personal development and adherence to the corporate policies. A highly flexible and trustworthy person, having high personal energy and enjoying challenges.

Ilja Moisejevs | Head of Product | Calypso AI | San Mateo, CA 94403, California, United States | Product Development | Security Software 
Ilja is currently Head of Product for Calypso AI, a first-of-its kind Trusted AI solution provider. Prior to that Ilja spent 3 years deploying AI in critical capacity to fight fraud and money laundering in the financial sector, overseeing $10bn+ of transactions / year. Before that he was an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch. Proud fellow at the Institute for Ethical ML & AI.

2018 Judges | IT World Awards

Janice Snook | Founder & CEO | Janice & Associates PR
Alaeddin Ismail AL-Badawna | Advisor- Administrative Services Business Unit | Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Mayank Moudgil | Associate Partner | Capco
Max Nikolaev | Category Manager | Schlumberger Technology Corp
Belinda Dolan | CEO | Clariti Group
Ellen Feaheny | CEO | AppFusions
Jeff Phelps | CEO | iWorkGlobal
Peter Nguyen | CEO | Ad Exchange Group
Satoa Raymond | CEO | Womenincharg3
Shavannah Moore | CEO | Shavannah Speaks Moore
Stefan Skarin | CEO | Iar C
Viola Cheng | CEO | Good Food Enterprise Co., Ltd
Ambika Hanchate | CEO/Director | Green India International Foundation
Martin Mc Cormack | Chief Executive Officer | College of Anaesthetists of Ireland
Carolyn Crandall | CMO | Attivo Networks
Hamza Rauf Essa | Co-Founder & Director | Telemart
Melanie Pavlidis | Communications | Girl Scouts of the USA
Erika Sosa | Communications Associate | Girl Scouts of the USA
Lon Baker | COO | VirtualPBX
Dipesh Dasadia | Director | Transit Electronics Pvt Ltd
Imran Batada | Director ICT | Institute of Business Administration
Samah Akl | Director of Marketing & Communications | MGallery by Accorhotels
Krystina Nguyen | Director of Strategic Marketing | SonoSim, Inc
Deb Matthews | Director, Customer Experience | nexVortex
Alison Trinidad | Director, Marketing Strategy & Public Relations | Alignment Healthcare, LLC
Samantha Epstein | Education Manager (Marketing) | K9s For Warriors
Kumar BN | Executive Director | Concept Public Relations India Limited
Elnaz Sarraf | Founder & CEO | ROYBI
Kevin Southey | Freelance Video Editor | Judges
Leigh Chronister | Freelance Writer | Tucker Associates Real Estate Services
Mohammad Raza Rizvi | IT Leader | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, USA
Suhas Pande | Lead Full-Stack Developer/Solution Architect | Derex Technologies
Mehdi Hassan | Manager | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
Alaeddin Badawna | Manager Information Technology | Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company
Matthew Zintel | Managing Director | Zintel Public Relations
Les Goldberg | Owner | Les Goldberg Public Relations
Michelle McIntyre | Owner | Michelle McIntyre Communications
Steven Beedle | Owner | ZNA Communications
Trish Springsteen | Owner Managing Director | Trischel
Justin Hall | Partner | Voxus PR
Karen Thomas | President | Thomas Public Relations, Inc
Roberta Kiphuth | President | Detati Digital Marketing
Gary Shumaker | President and CEO | C2 Solutions Group, Inc
Dan Chmielewski | Principal | Madison Alexander PR
David Lahey | Principal | Fond, Inc
Sameepa Shetty | Producer | CNBC
Sara Burton | Public Relations | Zintel Public Relations
Stanley Goodrich | Public Relations Manager | SYSPRO
Heather Cassell | Publisher / Editor / Wanderlust Consultant | Girls That Roam
Zeba Khan | Research Associate | Aligarh Muslim University
Siddharth Chakrabarty | Senior Analyst | ZEDVENTURES
Hussein Alsaied ahmad | Senior consultant strategy | Dubai Statistics Center
Cristiana Tudor | Social Media Manager of the Healthcare and Wellness Portfolio | Blueliner Marketing
Kevin Whalen | Sr Director Corporate Communications | NETSCOUT Arbor
Kumar Varun Verma | Sr Principal Product Marketing Manager | Veritas Technologies
Faisal Ijaz | Unit Head Ecommerce (First VP) MCB Bank Ltd. | MCB Bank Pvt. Ltd
Nabila Aydin | Vice President | FDM Group
Ajeta Sinha | Vice President Sales | Net2Source Inc
John Trest | VP of Content Development | Inspired eLearning, LLC
Ed Ariel | VP of Customer Service | ezCater
Sally A Wolf | Writer | Judges
Anne Chalfant | | Travel Journalist-Photographer
Eric Louttit | | Ivy Mobility
Fahad Khan | | Text 100 Corporation
Hardik Joshi | | State of Oregon
Jennifer Skutelsky | | Jennifer Skutelsky
Marisa Graves | | Bhava Communications
Marsha Armiitage-Bristow | | Brand Brilliant Consulting
Michael Howard | | IHS Markit (Infonetics)
Sarah Sorensen | | Sorensen Consulting
Susan Walker | | Susan Walker Consulting
Tina Banuelos | | HP Inc
Tom Flynn | | Lavante, Inc
Torsten George | | Centrify Corporation