Judging Committee

WorldFestival organizes 150+ judges on the Judging Committee for the WorldFestival Innovation Awards, including Venture Capitalists, Angel investors, Corporate Executives, Tech Media & Press, and leading speakers. Our past startup competitions have hosted judges from NEA, Index Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and more.

Asanka Abeysinghe

Chief Technology Evangelist
WSO2, Inc

Jayesh Agrawal

Software Architect & Product Manager
Securly Software

Kaan Akin

CEO/ Founder
Hackquarters

Johan Aludden

Software Engineer
Intuit

Ebenezer Anane

Founder & CEO
TechGenez

Jj Asghar

Developer Advocate
IBM

David Awad

Developer Evangelist
R3

George Al Bcherraoui

Founder & CEO
CapB

Dr. Andreas Berger

Managing Director
Wintershall Dea Technology Ventures

Jonathan Beri

CEO
Golioth

Akanksha Bhasin

Community Evangelist
Symbl.ai

Sharon Bort

Senior Officer, Sustainability
MIT Solve

Brad Bosserman

Head of Corporate & Brand Partnerships
POLITICO

Maryna Bozhenko

New Business Development Manager
DataRobot

Paul Brebner

Technology Evangelist
Instaclustr

Alex Britkin

CEO and Founder
NFWare

Jonathan Burbaum

Founder & Principal
Gnosys Inc

Clair Byrd

Partner, Marketing
Wing Venture Capital

Aliza Carpio

Principal Tech Evangelist
Intuit

André Cedik

Product Manager & Developer Advocate
shipcloud GmbH

Tuana Celik

Developer Advocate
Cumul.io

William Chernicoff, PhD

Senior Manager – Global Research & Innovation
Toyota

June Cho

Developer & Design Evangelist
Zeplin

Stewart Christie

IoT Ecosystem Evangelist
Intel Corp

Simon Crosby

CTO
SWIM.AI

Anthony Dombrowski

Developer Advocate
Ping Identity

Marlon Evans

CEO
Nex Cubed

Ahmad “Al” Fares

CEO
Celitech Inc.

Sana Fathima

Investment Manager
Lockheed Martin Ventures

Shahar Fogel

CEO
Rookout

Joe Furbee

Developer Advocate
SAS

Chinmay Gaikwad

Tech Evangelist
Epsagon

Dan Garfield

Co-founder, Chief Open Source Officer
Codefresh

Natalie Gil

CTO
Darshana

Laurent Gil

Founder and Chief Product Officer
CAST.AI

Andrey Golub

Head of AI+3D R&D
ICOL Group

Alex Goryachev

WSJ Bestselling Author

Mary Grygleski

Senior Developer Advocate
IBM

Karthik Iyappann Gunasekaran

VP of Product Innovation
Kaplan Inc.

Kimberly Hall

Vice Chair
Impact Public Service Fund

Rob Hedgpeth

Director, Developer Relations
MariaDB

Arthur Hicken

Evangelist
Parasoft

Dotan Horovits

Technology Evangelist
Logz.io

Dani Horowitz

Founder
DaniWeb LLC

Yiwen Huang

CEO
R2.ai, Inc.

Sharon Hunt

VP Product Management
Clovers

Sun Hwang

General Manager
KOTRA, Chicago

Erikka Innes

Senior Devleoper Evangelist
Api Video

Vlad Ionescu

Founder, CEO
Earthly Technologies

Takeo Ishizaki

President & CEO
ABC DREAM VENTURES

Adam Jendrisak

Associate Portfolio Manager
Capital Innovators

Chris Jensen

Dir. DevExp
Sinch

Amit Jha

Sr. Developer Advocate
Amazon Web Services

Jerod Johnson

Technology Evangelist
CData Software

Max Kahn

Head of Growth for SAP.iO
SAP

Denis Kaminskiy

Founder
Arcus Global

Melodi Kaya

Head of Developer Marketing
Chainlink Labs

Roger Kibbe

Senior Technical Evangelist
Samsung

Eran Kinsbruner

Sr. Director, Product Management
Perforce

Jacob Knopf

Developer Evangelist
Galvanize Inc

Jacqueline Krain

Global Head of Business Innovation
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Erich Kron

Security Awareness Advocate
KnowBe4

Shruti Kuber

Developer Advocate and Community Manager
EMnify GmBH

Anuradha Kumari

Frontend Consultant
Passionate People

Veronika Kuznetsova

Director, Innovation & Strategy
UBS Evolve

Ravi Lachhman

Evangelist
Harness

Dario Laverde

Director of Developer Relations
HTC

Vickie Li

Developer Evangelist
ShiftLeft Inc

Brian Linder

Director, Community Partnerships & Activations
Fandom Inc.

Christopher Lindsey

Head of Product Marketing
Peoplevine

Sonita Lontoh

Global Marketing Chief
HP Inc.

Lori MacVittie

Principal Technical Evangelist
F5

Maria Malavenda

Partner
KOL Ventures

J.J. Malfettone

Director, Strategy
KPMG

Sergio Martinez

Experience Manager
Hubspot

Dave McAllister

Sr technical evangelist
Splunk

Vanessa Measom

Developer Advocate
SlashData Ltd

Alejandro Mercado

CTO
KMMX

Gargi Mishra

Digital Transformation Advisor, Speaker

Yasyf Mohamedali

CEO
Sym

Jean Moreau

Co-founder & CEO
PHENIX SAS

Andy Netzel

VP Innovation lab
KeyBank

Chelsea Nguyen

Investment Manager
ThinkZone Ventures

Kevin Nguyen

CEO/Founder
JobHopin

Magith Noohukhan

Evangelist
Braze

Roshan Norouzi

Founder
Iran Images

Nik Novoselov

CEO
ArtNauka

Brendan O’Leary

Sr. Developer Evanglist
GitLab

Florian Pachinger

Developer Advocate
Cisco Systems

Justin Padinske

Head of Partnerships
Alchemist Accelerator

Nick Parsons

Director of Developer Marketing
Stream.io, Inc.

Bhuvan Pasham

CEO
Invati Inc.

Jonathan Peck

Technical Advocate
GitHub

Antonio Pellegrino

CEO
Mutable

Hanna Phan

Head of Innovation Culture & Communication Strategy
VMware

Natalie Pistunovich

Lead Developer Advocate
Aerospike

Gayathri Radhakrishnan

Director VC
Micron Ventures

Oscar Ramos

Partner & Managing Director
SOSV Chinaccelerator MOX

Aynat Ravin

Head of M Live
Marriott International

Naeem Raza

Partner
Mighty Capital Management

Lindalia Reis

CEO
Ions Innovation & Hacking.Rio

Kelly Revenaugh

Developer Advocate
Galvanize

Chris Riley

Sr Technology Advocate | DevRel
Splunk, Inc.

Angel Rivera

Senior Developer Advocate
CircleCI

Andrew Roberts

CEO
Tiny

Raj Sathyaseelan

CEO and Principal
LINK Silicon Valley

Michele Sciabarrà

Area Manager, Europe
Nimbella

Josemaria Siota

Corporate Venturing Expert & Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center
World Economic Forum & IESE Business School

Paweł Skrzypek

Chief Technology Officer
AI Investments

Leon Stigter

Sr. Product Manager, Serverless
Lightbend

Stefan Tabacaru

Founder and CEO
FinOpsIT

Claire Uhar

Director, Strategic Partnerships
Protocol

Sera Unlu

Global Marketing Executive

John Valiton

CEO
Reemo Health

Jonathan Wallace

Investment Director
Expert Dojo

Mandi Walls

DevOps Advocate
PagerDuty

Frederik Weidemann

Chief Technical Evangelist
Onapasis

Isabel Wu

Director
Meta Management

Josh Wulf

Developer Advocate
Camunda

Rani Yadav-Ranjan

Global Head AI Technology & Innovation
Ericsson

Hubert Zajicek

CEO
Health Wildcatters

Rudy de Busscher

Product Manager
Payara

M4dz 🥑🦄

Principal Developer Advocate
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