We are delighted to announce the second tranche of judges on our international panel to determine the BOLD Awards 2020 winners. Each is an acknowledged leader in their specialist area and we thank them for their involvement.
A public round of voting will run from January 24 to February 4, which we hope you will take part in, and this will create shortlists of entries in each of the 12 award categories. Our judges will then scrutinise the shortlists and add their scores to the public scores to determine the winners. The award ceremony is on March 27th at the campus of our event host H-Farm, the notable digital educator and startup accelerator, near Venice in Italy.
Laura Chite, Fintech. Laura has over 20 years’ work experience in the IT industry, encompassing Human resources, Public Relations, Event Management and Sales & Marketing.
Laura is an Arts, Economics and Sociology graduate from the Egerton University in Kenya, and currently the CEO of CIO East Africa, which provides senior technology decision-makers with insight and expertise on Business Strategy, Innovation and Leadership.
She is also a proven asset, particularly in this era of digital transformation that is now rising on the priority list of corporate boards and CEO strategic planning everywhere.
Melissa Chan, Advertising. Melissa is the APAC Managing Director of McCann Worldgroup’sProduction Division – CRAFT Worldwide. With a total of more than 15 years’ industry experience, Melissa has spent the last 10 in production-led agencies in the region. In this time she has worked with leading brands to overcome change resistance and introduce new ways of working, develop effective campaigns and deliver efficient content.
Melissa’s experience over a diverse portfolio of clients enables her to share hands-on knowledge and solutions from different sectors and channels. She is a Marketing and Management graduate from the Curtin University in Western Australia, a Mass Communications Diploma holder, and is on the board of the Singapore branch of The Marketing Society.
Ana Xavier, Agritech. Ana has over 15 years’ experience in Venture Capital firms as a Portfolio Manager and in analysing investment opportunities. Prior to her current role at Portugal Ventures Ana held the position of Financial Manager at several SMEs in the textile and clothing sector.
Ana is currently part of Portugal Ventures’ Engineering & Manufacturing Division, where she focuses on deal flow generation of investment opportunities in the Agritech, Cleantech, Smart Manufacturing and Smart Materials sectors. She represents Portugal Ventures on the board of several portfolio companies.
Moojan Asghari, AI. Born in Iran and now based in Paris, Moojan is a passionate entrepreneur and advocate for women’s rights. She has started several companies and run several startup programmes in various industry sectors, including Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, while based in different locations including US, Taiwan and France.
Moojan is also co-founder of Women in AI, which is a global non-profit organisation with a mission to close the gender gap in AI, and is interested in working on a side project related to SPACE and protecting our environment.
Although the public round of voting in the BOLD Awards 2020 starts January 24, late entries can be submitted up to January 28. Check here to see the full 12 categories and to submit an entry: https://bold-awards.com/submit-your-project
Alternatively, if you’re interested in networking with the award winners, the panel of judges and other notable business leaders in their industry sectors, you might want to Apply To Attend the black-tie gala dinner award ceremony in Venice, Italy: https://bold-awards.com/request-an-invitation/