2020 Judges

Geir Christian Karlsen | CEO | AppsCo Inc | St Louis, Missouri | United States | Security Software
Geir is a serial entrepreneur from Norway that has created several technology companies in Norway, USA, Slovakia and Serbia, with an industrial exit in HR software. His specialty is in business software, technology outsourcing and Cyber Security with more than 20 years of experience in the technology field. Trough his cyber security company headquartered in St, Louis , USA he is also a member of World Economic Forum, Tech for integrity initiative and has won several international prices. Geir has also a former sports athlete career in Ice hockey with 3 bronze medals on senior level in the Norwegian Championship. Through his ankle injury that ended his top league ice hockey career at age 25, he helped NISO, the player union in soccer, ice hockey and handball, to build information and communication structures. Through this, he was elected into the Board of FIFPRO Foundation, which managed the sports rights for the world’s football (soccer) players in over 50 member counties.

Veda Prakash Vaddadi | SAP Architect & Subject Matter Expert, Delivery Lead | Microsoft /Accenture | Frisco, Texas | United States

Anne Coyle | Director, US Communications | HCL Technologies | New York, New York | United States

Abbas Shahid Baqir | Managing Director | Student Shelter In Computers | Lahore, Punjab | Pakistan | Education and Training
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 responded to numerous sophisticated cyber intrusions into corporate networks. Abbas worked with corporate and governmental victims to find and eradicate intrusions in their networks, mitigate data loss, and implement cyber best practices to ensure victim networks were more resilient to attacks. Abbas managed a team of highly skilled Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, and Forensic Examiners conducting global investigations. Criminal and National Security Hackers repeatedly target telecommunication infrastructure for the purpose of financial gain or hostile intelligence gathering. Abbas worked closely with partners in the telecommunication industry to identify malware and hacking techniques responsible for the breaches, locate the individuals responsible, and secure the victims against additional loss. 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.  

Hemant Garg | Executive Director, Mobile Engineering | JPMorgan Chase | San Francisco, California | United States

Deependra Kushwaha | VICE PRESIDENT | BNP Paribas | edison, New Jersey | United States | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance
Deependra is a Vice President and heading US Basel III for Global large bank. He is results oriented and dynamic leader with great acumen for business, ability to build team cohesion and inspire individuals to strive towards even higher levels of achievement. He has rich experience of risk and regulatory working on a critical role with some of the biggest financial institutions across the globe (US, Europe, Asia pacific and India). He has led multiple credit risk and regulatory capital related engagements and proven track record of success in working cross functional teams including the risk, finance, regulatory reporting and IT functions. He has exceptional client relationship, advisory services, management skills, and the ability to relate and interface easily with all levels in a business.

Vinod Kannan | Senior Cyber Security Consultant | Ernst and Young | Dallas, Texas | United States
I am a senior cyber security consultant with a strong application development experience. I have been in application development and security space for more than 18 years now. I work with Ernst and Young (EY) and as part of my Job I advise Directors and above in our client companies in setting up secure application development (SDLC) lifecycles. I am currently involved in defining and developing a secure application development program for the pharmaceutical giant – Merck.  

My past experiences include working with the companies like JPMC, Bank of America and HPE, where I have been playing the critical role as a Senior application security consultant. I was part of the core group that implemented the Application Security program for JP Morgan chase. As part of that role I was responsible in guiding development community in secure design, development and coding practices. I have led the third-party risk assessment program in HPE and later with Microfocus international after the spin and merge of their software business, during which I have reviewed multitude of products from different vendors.

I have certifications like CISSP, CRISC and a Sun certified enterprise architect for JAVA, which basically span between application security and development.

Anil Garg | | 1966 | Naperville, Illinois | United States

Sandeep Kashyap | Sr Business Development Manager | Amazon Web Services | Seattle, Washington | United States | Information Technology Services
I am an experienced technology product management professional, with extensive international experience spanning industry leading products and passion for how technology can drive business efficiency and improved decision making. Proven track record of delivering industry transforming products like Creative Cloud, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Answers, Storage Foundation Products at Veritas. Experienced in building motivated, empowered, and high performing teams. Energized by the challenge to identify and create new business opportunities by solving core consumer and customer needs. PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE • Customer Experience led Product development for digital transformation products • Developing Product Roadmap, Cross Sell/Upgrade/Upsell strategies and Go To Market Plans • Recommend models of inorganic growth and acquisition strategies for faster go-to-market plans • Strong technical background and experience in cloud related technologies. • Expertise in building subscription related products, financial and e-commerce products • Product Development & Engineering, Product Support and Escalation Management • Management of Partner Eco System and Alliances with strategic OEM and Channel partners • Helped setup Analytics platform from scratch to ensure product decisions and goals were metric oriented. 

Deependra Kushwaha | VP- Head of US Basel III | BNP Paribas | , New Jersey | United States | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance
Deependra is a Vice President and heading US Basel III Reporting for Global large bank. He is results oriented and dynamic leader with great acumen for business, ability to build team cohesion and inspire individuals to strive towards even higher levels of achievement. He has rich experience of risk and regulatory working on a critical role with some of the biggest financial institutions across the globe (US, Europe, Asia pacific and India). He has led multiple credit risk and regulatory capital related engagements and proven track record of success in working cross functional teams including the risk, finance, regulatory reporting and IT functions. He has exceptional client relationship, advisory services, management skills, and the ability to relate and interface easily with all levels in a business.  

Rajeev Bamra | Vice President | Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) | New York, New York | United States | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance
Rajeev is a Vice President, heading strategy and business management, at Moody’s Investor Services (MIS). He leads market research and scan for development of new opportunities, within Analytics Tools & Solutions function of MIS, that particularly relate to Blockchain and digital assets along with other emerging technologies.

Umang Doshi | Director – Global Cybersecurity Program | Umang Doshi Consulting | United States | Information Technology Software
Experienced Director of Cyber Security with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Enterprise Risk Management, Management, Sales Presentations, Technical Writing, and Return on Investment Analysis. Strong information technology professional with a Master of Science – MS focused in Management Information Systems, Enterprise strategy, security governance and risk. 

Bruno Moraes | Sr. Solutions Engineer | Amdocs | Burlington, Ontario | Canada | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet |
➤ Extensive experience working for software and technology vendors, delivering pre-sales, implementation and professional services to clients in North America, EMEA and LATAM. ➤ Responsible for all the technical aspects of the Sales process – RFx, Statement of Work (SOW), Solution Design, Proof of Concept (PoC), customer relationship and pre-sales presentation/demo – for prospects in the finance, media, publishing and telecom verticals. ➤ Experienced in Pre-Sales, Implementation, Project Management, Business Analysis and Solutions Design, coming from hands-on Development and Support background. ➤ Specialized in functional processes and technical integration of SaaS applications such as CMS, OTT, CRM, ERP, Billing & Payments. ➤ Solid technical background as a Software Engineer with advanced UNIX, Network and Database skills, combined with strong business acumen and extensive customer relationship experience.

Chizoba Onuoha | Information Risk Manager | Shell Petroleum Development Company | Lagos, | Nigeria | Information Technology Services
Certified Information Risk Manager (CISA, CISM, ISO27001, ITIL) with 20+ years hands-on experience in various fields of Information Technology. Works with Shell Royal Dutch Company for 23 years. Currently resonsible for IT Risk advisory, assessments, IT Controls and Audits. (Provides insights through identification and communication of sound and reliable risks and cyber threat scenarios, through trusted advice on controls areas and discussion on residual risks. Conducts high quality information risk assessments and implements controls on IT Projects  [Business Impact Assessments, Legal and Regulatory Assessments, Privacy Impact assessments, etc], in line with Industry standard IT control frameworks). Seasoned project manager and Certified ITIL Service Manager. Managed contracts of over $15M and have managed a team of over 60+ staff. Member of ISACA and SheLeadsTech

Bertrand Fernandes | Electrical Engineer | Schlumberger | Houston, Texas | United States | Engineering and Technology
Electrical Engineer specializing in design, integration of AC, DC variable speed drive systems, power distribution and control equipment for land drilling rigs in the oil and gas industry. Also, experienced in development of wireline data logging cables, failure & corrosion analysis, magnetic methods for nondestructive testing/evaluation of structural steel and finite element modeling. Most recent experience in • Power distribution and control equipment for land drilling rigs • Implementation of variable frequency drives for drilling and artificial lift applications • Wireline data logging cable design (fiber optic, high power & hybrid) • Failure and field performance evaluation, metallographic studies Ph.D. research involved the implementation of a prototype magnetic field sensor system for nondestructive evaluation of structural steel in concrete box-beam bridges. This was the outcome of Master’s thesis in obtaining a proof-of-concept for magnetic field sensing to evaluate level of corrosion in steel embedded in concrete. It involved design, fabrication, lab testing and field evaluation of a magnetic field sensor device for NDT of structural steel. Also, developed a CAD model for corrosion estimation in steel strands using magnetic field. Worked for about three years on these projects funded by the U.S. DoT and Ohio DoT leading to several publications.

Harsha Nagaraju | Sr Product Marketing Manager, Security | VMware | Fremont, California | United States | Security Software
Harsha is a product and strategy focused leader with experience launching successful products and building partnerships. Brings a wide breadth of domain experience including security, semiconductor, IoT and cloud. Harsha is a public speaker and has published articles in IEEE and other global journals. He has a Masters in Computer Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Ashwin” Kesavarapu Bapeshwar | Director, IT Governance, Risk, Compliance and Services | Pharmavite LLC | West Hills, California | United States | Consumer Products and Services
Responsible for directing Corporate IT Governance, Risk and Compliance and CIT Service. Directs staff in the development and implementation of Corporate IT governance processes based on industry standards and best practices.  Collaborates with cross functional teams and negotiates with senior stakeholders to standardize and institutionalize Corporate IT system processes and documentation. Using expertise on ERP/ JD Edwards, experience in Consumer Packaged Goods, directs controls and management of corporate systems services. Leads large and small IT projects, and portfolio management in support of the company’s strategic IT/business goals and federally-mandated requirements.  Provide training, mentoring, and support to project/process teams and stakeholders to overcome resistance to change and implement processes consistently.  Leads audit administration efforts, including continuous improvement of all CIT domain matrices, adherence to Procedural & Configuration Manuals, and coordination of all new audit requirements and/or new applications designated in scope.  Enforce all compliance activities to ensure appropriate execution.

Vamshi Krishna Reddy Hardageri | Sr. Manager, Big Data Platform Engineering Operations | Walmart | San Jose, California | United States | Information Technology Services
Engineering leader with 12+ years of total experience. Expertise in building world class Site/service reliability engineering and devops teams. Experience in designing and implementing complex hybrid business solution using cutting edge and conventional technologies. Experience in

Kirby Wadsworth | CMO | illusive networks | NEW YORK, New York | United States | Security Software

Scott Gordon | CMO | Pulse Secure | San JOse, California | United States | Security Software
Scott Gordon (CISSP) is the Chief Marketing Officer at Pulse Secure, responsible for global marketing strategy, communications, operations, channel and sales enablement. He possesses over 20 years’ experience contributing to information security at innovative startups and large organizations. Previously, Scott was CMO at RiskIQ and ForeScout (FSCT).  He has also held executive and management roles at AccelOps (acq by Fortinet), Protego (acquired by Cisco), Axent (acquired by Symantec) and McAfee.

Rudolph Araujo | | Awake Security | Santa Clara, California | United States | Security Services
Rudolph leads Awake’s marketing team and is responsible for all aspects of positioning, messaging, demand generation, communications, and related activities. Prior to Awake, Rudolph ran the globally-distributed product marketing team at FireEye. Previously, he helped lead the company’s Incident Response practice at FireEye Labs, where he worked with customers to help them respond to breaches. Before FireEye, Rudolph led security consulting teams at Foundstone and McAfee. He earned a degree in computer engineering from Goa University and a master’s from Carnegie Mellon University.

Roberto Medrano | CEO | Beach View | Manhattan Beach, California | United States | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet
Roberto is an executive in the technology fields of cybersecurity, AI, Blockchain, IoT, middleware, API security, microservices, DevOps, software, SaaS, cloud, SOA/API management & enterprise architecture. Roberto has been an executive at five public companies and in a board position of 14 that have been acquired. He is CEO Beachview, GM HP Software, CEO Polivec, President Finjan, EVP Akana, Sun Microsystems, Advisor, Board Member, TopCMO.  He has experience with Fortune 100 companies on digital transformation initiatives using mobile, SaaS, on-premises or cloud hybrid products. Other Accolades: • Ranked (2014) as #12 of top 250 CMOs in the world, “The 100 most influential Hispanics in the US”, “The 100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley” • Served in more than 20 company/advisory boards: Arcot (Acquired CA), Aventail (Acquired SonicWall/Dell), Encentuate (Acquired IBM), Netscaler (Acquired Citrix), Bigfix (Acquired IBM), AirZip (Acquired Willow Tech), Confluent (acquired Oblix/Oracle), PivX (IPO 2004), Sand Hill IT Security (reverse IPO EdgeWave), JackBe (acquired SoftwareAG), Guidance Software (proxy fight) • Former GM HP Software, CEO PoliVec, President Finjan (FNJN), EVP Akana, VP Milkyway (IPO 1996) firewall pioneer, VP Avnet (AVT) and executive Sun Microsystems. • UCLA MBA, MIT MSEE and USC BSEE 

Yaron Kassner | CTO & Co-Founder | Silverfort | Tel Aviv-Jaffa, | Israel | Security Software

John Trest | Chief Learning Officer | Inspired eLearning | San Antonio, Texas | United States | Education and Training | 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. 
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Gail Blount | Owner | Your Marketing Authority | , | United States | |
Kristin Albano | Public Relations Specialist | Axis Communications | Chelmsford, Massachusetts | United States

David MacLeod | Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Enterprise CISO | Welltok | Denver, Colorado | United States | Information Technology Software
David MacLeod serves as senior vice president, chief information officer and chief information security officer at Welltok. Over the last 4 decades, he has been progressively responsible for information technology and organizational leadership in Systems Architecture & Engineering, Applications Design and Development, Systems Design and Integration, Data Center Operations, Information Protection & Assurance, Strategic Out/Alternative Sourcing, Contracting & Negotiations and Vendor Relationship Management areas. He is continuously seeking executive opportunities to lead the delivery of solutions that provide marketplace differentiation and operational acuity of the highest quality and value, by driving the convergence of emerging business and technical trends and delivering information out of the computer room and into the hands of customers. MacLeod is a Fellow of HIMSS, and has been published in the HIMSS Journal. 

Laura Casselman | CEO | JVZoo | Oviedo, Florida | United States | Information Technology Services
Laura Casselman is the CEO of JVZoo, an online software solution that allows sellers to create an instant affiliate program for their products on blogs, websites, and online forums.JVZoo has been ranked by Inc. Magazine for both 2016 and 2017 on the Inc. 5000 – the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.  Laura has 17 years of experience in growing sales and revenue, improving customer service, and aggressively controlling expenses in competitive markets.  Laura has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and StartUps.co. What Laura enjoys most is fostering a culture where employees thrive and value teamwork.

Mary Jade Chiang | Communications Manager | Cisco Systems, Inc. | San Jose, California | United States | Information Technology Hardware
Effective communication is the lynchpin of every business. It connects the message to the people to build culture and foster unity — and that’s what I do. As the Communications lead, I manage internal and executive communications for the IT organization that supports Data Center Networking. With over eight years of experience, I have implemented communication strategies that promote program vision and align to core business objectives that keep employees and stakeholders engaged, informed, and excited about the products and services they offer.

Raj Badhwar | SVP, CISO | Voya Financial Inc | Windsor, Connecticut | United States | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance

Vivek Narismhan Suryanarayanan | Corporate Strategy and Operations | NIO | San Jose, California | United States | Automotive, Transportation, Storage, and Logistics
Vivek is an award-winning technologist turned business strategist  with 12 years of leadership experience in the tech industry ranging from semi-conductors and telecommunication to electric automotive domains with expertise in product commercialization, partnership engagement and new business development. He is currently a corporate development leader at an Electric Vehicle Startup ,NIO Inc., driving the Go to Market strategy for the Americas and has a penchant for finding clarity in ambiguity and heavy subscriber to disruptive innovation.   Vivek holds Master’s Degree in  Electrical Engineering from USC and an MBA from U.C Berkeley. 

Adam Cason | Director of Product Marketing | Futurex | Bulverde, Texas | United States | Information Technology Hardware
Adam Cason, Director of Product Marketing at Futurex, is responsible for the company’s virtually-driven content marketing initiatives, technical documentation portfolio, and engagement strategy for customer and partner relationships. In this role, Mr. Cason works closely with executive audiences around the world, focusing on the growth of Futurex’s thought leadership within the overall field of cybersecurity. He holds a strong technical background and deep knowledge of enterprise-class cryptographic ecosystems, having originally joined Futurex as a Solutions Architect.

Michael DeNapoli | Senior Solution Architect | Cymulate, LTD. | New York, New York | United States | Security Software
A seasoned cybersecurity professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in the technology world, Mike has consulted with companies from mom and pop shops to Fortune 100 enterprise organizations on Business Continuity Planning, Cloud Transformation, Identity and Access Managment, and Cybersecurity issues.

Rambabu Gujjula | Director | PayPal | San Jose, California | United States | Information Technology Software
Working as a Director of Data Development and Operations at PayPal managing an org of 130 people with varied technical and business landscapes. Have 15+ years of experience around the globe (USA, UK, India) with expertise in High Technology solutions, product management, data management, delivering business critical solutions. Have a Computer Science & Engineering and Executive MBA Berkeley degree (2019 graduating).