2020 Judges

Taylor Moon | Director of Content | International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE) | SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, United States | |
Brandon Ring | Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator | Smith & Burgess: Process Safety Consultants | Houston, Texas, United States | |
Anjali Chugh | President | Cosmique Global Inc | New York, New York, United States | |
Satishkumar Boguda | Software Engineer | Applexus Technologies | Sandiego, California, United States | |
Nikhil Kumar Nigam | Associate Director | Amity Education Group (Amity University) | Delhi, Delhi, India | |
Dipesh Dasadia | | TRANSIT ELECTRONICS LIMITED | SURAT, Gujarat, India | |
Ciara Hautau | Lead Digital Marketing Strategist | Fueled | NEW YORK, New York, 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 | 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.
Christina Payne | Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Relations | Precise Systems | Lexington Park, Maryland, United States | |
Judy Shelton | Vice President | Samson | , California, United States | |
Allison Plattsmier | | Jordan Thomas Foundation | Nashville, Tennessee, United States | |
Praveen Kotturu | Director | KPMG | Montvale, New Jersey, United States | |
Dominique Pena | System Administrator | Panda Restaurant Group | Rosemead, California, United States | |
Asli Tas Kayabas | Clinical Psychologist, Awards Consultant | Kuzey Academy | , , Turkey | |
Rosemary Tambini | Director of Multimedia Marketing | Makers Nutrition | Hauppauge, New York, United States | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Health Products & Services | After graduating from Stony Brook University in 2017, I pursued a job that involved writing and media. After months of interviewing at several companies and not finding where I belonged, I decided to reach out to local organizations, showcasing my academic knowledge and appetite to learn. The one individual who reached back out to me via phone is now my General Manager and the Executive Vice President of Makers Nutrition, Steve Finnegan. There now almost three years, I have come a long way. I started at the company’s first ever media coordinator, putting to use my social media and writing skills. Last year I was proudly promoted to Director of Multimedia Marketing. I have found my work family and yes, exactly where I belong. I have learned so much from Steve and CEO Jason Provenzano about not only the vitamin and supplement industry, but the art of manufacturing and beauty in customer service. I have so much respect for Makers Nutrition and would be happy to help guide and recognize our peers in the 2020 Pillar World Awards.
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.
Swaroop Oggu | Technology Advocate | Halcyon Solutions | edison, New Jersey, United States | Information Technology Software | My name is Swaroop Oggu , I am a Data Analytics consultant with over 15 yrs of experience in building complex Analytics solutions primarily on the cloud, I live in NJ. Listed below are some of my most recent accomplishments Selected as an Expert Panel member on Cloud Computing and Big Data by Cloud Credential Council (https://www.cloudcredential.org/partners/expert-panel-program/) Invited and acted as Judge for various hackathons. Most recent one being (https://vmed2020.devpost.com/) Collaborating with Startups for Technology recommendations and Product evaluation Regards Swaroop
Aakash Chhablani | Associate Director/Manager | Deloitte | San Jose, California, United States | Consulting | I am Aakash Chhablani. I have been a judge at other categories for Stevie Awards – Consumer Awards, Emerging Startup etc. and have extensive experience in judging different categories. Also contributed scholarly articles at leading publications such as International Journal of Management and Engineering. American Journal of Computer Architecture. I am a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and have an extensive experience of 10+ years working with CxOs across various TMT and FSI clients.
Heena Bulchandani | Senior Specialist – Training and Development | DEWA | Dubai, , United Arab Emirates | Non-Profit or Government Organizations | Global Award winning, Certified Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP) from SHRM, EFQM certified and experienced, confident and result oriented international HR Practitioner, trainer, educator and assessor with proven leadership skills and business acumen. Highly experienced with extensive knowledge in Strategic Human Resource Management functions, and a diverse educational background, and blessed with natural ability to learn and innovate. Functions well as strategic partner, change agent and employee champion; have required tools and personality to meet any type of challenges in private and public sectors. Fully understands the values and tenets of HR that drive organizations. Participation as an Assessor  Team Leader / Assessor with Dubai Human Development Award since 2013.  Team Leader UAE Innovation Award since 2017.  Assessor for Knowledge Management Award since 2013 onwards.  Assessor for Emirates Women Award 2013 & 2014 and 2019 cycle.  Judge for various Stevie Awards – Preliminary judge in 8th International Business Awards 2011, Stevie Awards for Women in Business 2011 to 2014, The American Business Awards 2012 and Final judging committee member, International Stevie Awards.
Sunil Tanuku | Vice President of Delivery, Technology & Business Services | GalaxE Solutions Inc. | Somerset, New Jersey, United States | Engineering and Technology | Accomplished Senior Executive with 15+ years of experience driving strategic business processes, technology transformation, and change management across LATAM, ASPAC, EMEA and NA. Leader of integration of unique business requirements and IT solutions to drive business tactical and strategy roadmap that raise an organization’s market value. Successfully led cross-functional offshore/onshore project teams to deliver enterprise software solutions. Managed multiple key work streams of multi-million-dollar international portfolios for Fortune 100 clients catering to healthcare, insurance, PBM, real estate franchising, property and travel, e-commerce business processes, financial services, and high-tech domains. Deep understanding of PM best practices from both Scrum, Agile and Waterfall methodologies. Ability to combine strong business acumen, extensive technical experience and effective communication skills at all levels to partner with the business on aligning people, process and technology with corporate goals to deliver cost effective solutions. Brings a global mindset with extensive experience of working internationally and building integrated, high performing global teams.
Gokul R Anandayuvaraj | Director / CEO | VINVELI Automated Systems P Ltd | Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India | Aerospace & Defense | Gokul is an entrepreneur, tech innovator and angel investor. He’s always looking out for opportunities to take on new challenges. Some of his past endeavours include creating “Rockinfrnz” as a very young age, a content-sharing platform that attracted over 3 million hits at its peak and, later a stint as a software innovator at the Satellite Design Lab (SDL), UT Austin where he worked on breakthrough software for satellites in collaboration with other engineers. His experience at SDL included working with many industry leaders, most notably NASA JSC, NASA JPL, and US Airforce Research Labs for flight missions. His latest project, VINVELI, is a company that he founded which is aimed at offering cutting-edge infrastructure for futuristic logistical solutions using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). He founded VINVELI with his friends in USA and has since moved the business to be based out of India to expand to European market and other countries. VINVELI currently supplies state-of-the-art UAV systems to the Government of India customers for defence purposes. Additionally, Gokul is a member of the coveted Forbes Business Council.
Himanshukumar Patel | Sr. Process Engineer | Bechtel Corporation (Oil, Gas and Chemicals) | Houston, Texas, United States | |
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 5th Annual 2020 Pillar 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 5th Annual 2020 Pillar 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.
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
Paramaguru Prakash | IT Manager | Boeing Distribution Services Inc. parent company “The Boeing Company” | Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States | Information Technology Services | Paramaguru Prakash, IT Manager | Boeing Distribution Services Inc. parent company “The Boeing Company” | Miami, Florida, United States | Information Technology | Industry: Aerospace and Experience: 17 years of IT Services and IT Consulting experience with focus on leading Customer facing applications. As a thought leader with strong IT experience I had leveraged technology to enable Customer-centric innovation. Embraced Agile operating model to Capture more Value and had Improved Positive Customer Experience. Used Data-Driven insights to collaborate with Stakeholders and Cross-Functional teams to drive business growth. Adopted Continuous improvement mindset, improved product quality and reduced Total Cost of Ownership. Enabled Digital Transformation, Business process automation at basic levels to increase seamless integration. Created Value by understanding existing business models, identifying gaps and proposing breakthrough ideas. If you would like to connect with me, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/paramaguruprakash/
Nishant Ranka | Senior Product Manager | Google Inc | Mountain View, California, United States | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet | Nishant Ranka is a senior product manager at Google. Nishant specializes in building products that bring together AI and ML based techniques with classic information retrieval & personalization techniques to provide user understanding and control. Over the last 5 years, Nishant has spearheaded large improvements at Google in personalization and information retrieval systems across Google Ads and Google Search, including the launch of Google Events, and Google Discover – a new content curation app used by over 800 Million users across the world. Nishant has been regularly featured for his product work. Nishant holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
Ambar Prajapati | Lead Development Analyst | International Paper | Memphis, Tennessee, United States | |