2024

GLOBAL RECOGNITION AWARDs™ judgING PANEL

Global Recognition Awards
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Greg CULLEN

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Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Pendula

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Over the past 20 years Mr.Cullen has held leadership positions with some of the fastest growing software companies of our time, including the IPO of NOW (NYSE), TLND ( Nasdaq) and contributing to the IPO of ZUO (NYSE) and PlateSpin, Acquired by Novell.

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Mae Cornes

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Experienced News Reporter with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry.

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Paul SAKR

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WSN Consulting Head of APAC

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With over 10 years in financial markets and banking professional, Mr. Sakr has worked in Senior positions at E-Trade, ANZ Bank and now head APAC for WSN Consulting. 

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Anthony SPON-SMITH

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Creative Director at Coco Republic 

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Anthony brings extensive design experience, traveling and sourcing for the past two decades.  His unique, holistic skill set including a detailed insight into global furniture, homewares retail industries make him an honored addition to the GRA judging panel.

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Kiran CHINTAGUMPULA

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Lead Engineer at The College Board

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Kiran Chintagumpula has an extensive background in computer science and a commendable track record at leading engineering at companies such as The College Board, HLC Global Systems, Toyota Financial Services among others, Kiran has pioneered innovative real-time data processing solutions that have set new benchmarks in the technology sector. Kiran bring's the panel stellar expertise in computational data science.

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Guirang Zhang

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CEO of Henan Shunxiang Construction Subcontracting Co. Ltd

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With over 300 construction projects to his name, Mr. Zhang has demonstrated that sustainable urban development is possible and profitable. His work has earned accolades for innovation and excellence, proving that investing in green infrastructure can lead to healthier, more sustainable cities and we are happy to have him as a judge on our board. 

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Vamsi YARLAGADDA

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Architect SAP Payroll-Time-Benefits and HCM Applications (Seattle School District)

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Vamsi Yarlagadda a Solution Architect at Seattle School District, specializes in SAP HCM Payroll and SuccessFactors with over 15 years of experience in HR technology implementations. He drives cross-functional collaborations to enhance HR systems, ensuring compliance and efficiency, significantly reducing manual processes. Vamsi holds multiple certifications, including SuccessFactors and SAP, and has led numerous full life-cycle HCM/Payroll implementations. His expertise spans ERP HR technology, payroll, benefits customizations, and global employment solutions across various international regions.

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Saba SULTANA

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Saba Sultana is a Senior Software Consultant at USPTO with a strong IT background, including roles at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Keste. She holds a Master's in Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University. Saba is certified in several technologies, including Oracle Application Development Framework, AWS Solutions Architect, and Salesforce. She values teamwork, strong communication, and problem-solving skills, and has a proven record of successful client deliveries. Her interests span programming, sports, and family life.

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Naga PALAKURTI

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Naga P is a highly experienced Solution Architect and Technology Specialist with over 23 years of experience, specializing in risk management, BRMS frameworks, and IBM ODM. His extensive career spans multiple industries including finance, banking, retail, and insurance. Naga has successfully led and executed numerous large-scale IT and business transformation projects, focusing on areas like cloud migration, data analytics, and application performance optimization. He holds advanced certifications in AWS and Machine Learning from Stanford University, underscoring his expertise in both traditional IT and emerging technologies.

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Jiangtao Liu

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Carbon Source Power Group

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Jiangtao Liu is an innovative entrepreneur and CEO specializing in AgTech and sustainable agricultural technologies. Leading multiple in Australia and China, he advances soil health, environmental restoration, and sustainable farming practices through cutting-edge research and development. We welcome him to our board. 

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Amit GUPTA

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Amit Gupta is a seasoned Software Engineering Manager with 24 years of experience across startups and Fortune 100 companies. He founded urbanlens88.com, leading it to financial success, and has developed multiple widely adopted software products. Amit has authored five research papers and has been recognized for disruptive innovation at VMware. Currently, he impacts billions globally through his work at a top company. His unique blend of innovation, industry insight, and global influence distinguishes him in the software development field.

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Anshul Sharma

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Anshul Sharma is a seasoned Lead/Senior Software Engineer with 18 years of experience working at Amazon AWS Glue. He specializes in Financial Technologies and Cloud Development, crafting platforms for data scientists and building low-latency services for financial data. Sharma has a strong background in Big Data technologies and is proficient in developing backend and middle-tier applications in Java/Scala, C++, and Python3. He has also led significant projects, like designing low-latency MIFID2 services for Bank of America and developing a Source Code Generator Eclipse Plugin for JP Morgan Chase, significantly reducing development efforts.

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Venkata Bharathula

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Venkata Bharathula is the Generative AI modeling lead for Google Workspace at Google, focusing on enhancing Workspace products through GenAI features, model tuning, and multi-step reasoning. He previously led voice search and speech quality initiatives at YouTube, developing state-of-the-art speech conformer models and phoneme-based retrieval systems. Bharathula has worked in various software engineering roles, including at eBay and as an intern at Amazon. He holds a Master’s in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Florida, with a notable project on distributed Bitcoin mining using Scala and the AKKA Actor Model.

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Noor AlKhazraji

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Noor Al-Khazraji is a distinguished digital leader serving as Americas Land Digital Manager at SLB, based in Houston, Texas. With robust expertise in Technology Service Management, Digital Product Development, Digital Transformation, Business Process Automation, and Artificial Intelligence, Al-Khazraji excels in driving digital innovation across the U.S. oil, gas, and new energy sectors. Her work focuses on developing digital solutions that enhance performance, boost revenue margins, augment operational efficiencies, and promote sustainability. Recently, she authored "Modern Alchemy: Low Code and AI in the Future of Work," pledging all proceeds to March of Dimes: March for Babies. Al-Khazraji holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr and is celebrated for her dynamic leadership in integrating agile methodologies and low-code development.

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Sri Bhargav Krishna Adusumilli

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Sri Bhargav Krishna Adusumilli is a leading figure in technology and innovation, specializing in integrating AI and machine learning to revolutionize data analytics and user experiences. He has developed advanced AI applications and intricate data platforms, notably creating Walmart’s end-to-end solution for business narrative generation. As co-founder of Mindquest Technology Solutions LLC, he guides tech innovation and serves as a technology advisor for an NGO, driving social impact. Additionally, Adusumilli is an author and patent holder, contributing significant research and publications in AI, blockchain technology, and cybersecurity.

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Sameer Dongare

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Sameer Dongare is a Data Engineer/Architect specializing in designing and implementing big data solutions for the 'Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain, and Storage' industry. He has expertise in Azure Databricks, Spark SQL, PySpark, Spark Scala, Confluent Kafka, and Python. Dongare builds scalable and efficient data pipelines for real-time processing and analytics. He collaborates with cross-functional teams to translate business requirements into technical solutions, ensuring data pipelines are reliable, scalable, and secure. Dongare's work involves creating batch and real-time data pipelines, implementing machine learning models, and leveraging cloud-based data platforms and the latest data engineering best practices.

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