2019 Judges

Michael Greene | CEO | Enzoic | Boulder, Colorado, United States | Management | Security Software
Michael Greene is a growth-oriented CEO and General Manager with extensive experience across the organization from product and operations to sales and marketing – in a variety of international high growth companies. Michael is currently CEO of Enzoic (formerly PasswordPing), a cyber-security startup that screens logins for compromised credentials. Prior to Enzoic, he was the CEO of ID Watchdog, an identity theft protection company that was sold to Equifax in 2017. Before IDWatchdog, Michael held senior management positions at Symantec, Webroot, Thompson Micromedix, Raindance and Baxter. Michael graduated with an MBA from the University of Colorado in 2000 and has a BA in Biology. He lives in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with his wife and 2 sons. Honors & Awards 2017 – SC Media Reboot Leadership Award for Thought Leadership 2016 JAVELIN Identity Protection Leaders in Prevention, Detection, and Resolution Dig|Benefits Technology Innovator Award Clear Choice Award PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award PC World Editor’s Choice Award SC Magazine – Best in Category Awards

Sid Chakrabarty | Senior Director | ZEDVENTURES INC | San Jose, California, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Software
Sid is an innovative and strategic technology evangelist with extensive experience in strategic transformation initiatives, product management, digital strategy, and technology Leadership. He has led product solutioning efforts in the FINTECH space and played a key role in building product development teams and templatizing product management methodology. He led financial transformation efforts for various multinational organizations by fusing financial domain knowledge with technology solutions

Ajit Gaddam | Senior Director, Head of Security Engineering | Visa Inc. | Foster City, California, United States | Management | Accounting, Banking, Financial, and Insurance
Ajit Gaddam is the Head of Security Engineering at Visa, where he is responsible for building large scale machine learning driven cybersecurity products, leading engineering programs and providing expert guidance on security matters. He has presented at conferences worldwide, including Usenix ENIGMA, Black Hat, Strata Data Hadoop, COSO Dubin and GCS Ukraine. Gaddam has been quoted by major media organizations and his work has been showcased in academic journals, security publications, and in two published books. He is an active participant in various open source and standards bodies, is a prolific inventor of disruptive technologies (over 80+ global patents), and moonlights as an instructor (SANS, community colleges).

Kumar Varun Verma | Manager, Product Marketing | Kaseya Software | Pune, Maharashtra, India | Marketing | Business Products and Services
Varun Verma is a Product Marketing Leader & Data Protection Evangelist with 15 years of experience with Global Fortune 500 companies. Varun Verma brings extensive experience to the information management market, including backup, networking and networked storage concepts and technologies. At Kaseya, Varun is the manager of Product Marketing for Endpoint Monitoring and Management product line, driving thought leadership, asset creation, go to market guidance and campaign strategy. Prior to joining Kaseya, Varun held product management, product and field marketing positions, professional services and education at leading technology providers including Veritas, Symantec, Cognizant, and KPIT Cummins. He holds a Master’s diploma in Human Resources Management and Operations Management. He also holds a Certificate in Leadership, Policy and Governance from Indian Institute of Management Ranchi. He has been a judge for multiple international awards like the prestigious SVUS Awards, Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards, Stevie Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, Stevie American Business Awards, Stevie International Business Awards, and the STC International awards.

Devanshu Bhatt | Consultant, IT App Development (Test Automation Lead / Architect) | Nationwide Insurance | Columbus, Ohio, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Software
• 12+ Years of experience in software quality assurance and Test suite automation development for Desktop, Web-Based (Front End / Backend), GUI, SOA, E-commerce, and Cloud technology stacks. • IT Star Award winner at Nationwide level and EA Office level for designing and implementing Automation Frameworks with several different technology stacks. • Extensive experience in working with automated tools like Ruby / Cucumber, Ruby Gems, Page object Patterns, Selenium-web driver, Watir, SoapUI Pro / SoapUI open source, UFT (QTP). • Proven experience in Capability Uplift, Automation uplift, Automation Frameworks, Continuous Integration with Jenkins, Coaching, and collaboration across BSA with App owners and respected teams. • Experience in implementing QA methodologies, strategies and plans in all stages of the software development life cycle as well Software Testing Life Cycle and Deployment. • Presented at Techcon, IT Analysis Day. Author on LinkedIn and several Journals. • Featured as Judge for several Information Technologies Business events and competitions. • A constant learner, self-starter, strong team player with good work ethics and understanding of methodologies and processes on Information Technology, DevOps and Cloud evangelist.

Ankit Kedia Senior Consultant | Infoyuga Technologies Inc | Champaign, Illinois, United States | Information Technology | Consulting
Ankit Kedia is a Certified SAP Consultant, having overall experience of 12+ years in the IT industry with in-depth experience in SAP’s Event Management, Transportation Management, Track & Trace. Ankit has co-authored a book on SAP Event Management. Ankit Kedia has been invited to and spoken at Mastering SAP conference in South Africa. Ankit has been invited to Steview Awards and Golden Bridge Awards as a judge. Highly enthusiastic, innovative professional with a proven track record, result driven focused and extensive Techno-Functional skill set varying with time and technology. Highly analytical, well organized and able to work effectively under pressure in order to meet deadlines. Good business sense and able to understand the departmental impacts of business decisions. Specialties: Design, Configuration and Development – SAP EM. Integration of SAP EM with other modules (including SAP TM, EWM, TSW, ECC, CRM, ARM, 3rd Party Systems) and implementation of EM visibility process. Design, Configuration and Development – SAP TM (shipper). – SAP ERP Analyst/Lead having extensive configuration and technical experience FI/CO – Strong programming experience in SAP ERP including Workflows, PPF, IDOC’s, ABAP Objects. – Multiple full life cycle projects implementation for On-site/Offshore delivery model. – Have experience working in Open Text & Loftware (RFID Labels) and integrate it with SAP. I have performed all aspects of an SAP projects ranging from providing detailed solution designs through rigorous design sessions, Configuration, Development, go-live, migrations and support of the solution.

Sonal Puri | CEO | Webscale | Sunnyvale, California, United States | Management | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet Sonal Puri
CEO Sonal Puri serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Prior to Webscale, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks and led sales, marketing and alliances for the pioneer in SaaS for global enterprise networks. Sonal has more than 20 years of experience with Internet Infrastructure in sales, marketing, corporate and business development and channels. Previously, Sonal headed business development and corporate strategy for the Application Acceleration business unit, and the Western US Corporate Development team at Akamai Technologies working on partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Sonal also ran global business operations, channels, business development and the acquisition for Speedera Networks (AKAM) and held key management roles in sales, marketing and IT at Inktomi, CAS and Euclid. Sonal holds a Master’s degree in Building Science from the University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India.

Muralidharan Palanisamy | CSO | AppViewX Inc | New York, New York, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Software
Background on Network, Security, Automation on Financial and other regulated industries and experience in Product Development, Product management and Strategy.

Amit Bivas | VP, Global Marketing | Optimove | New York, New York, United States | Marketing | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet
Amit, a key member in Optimove’s management team, is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience planning, developing and executing B2B and B2C marketing strategies from the ground up. His success stems from the potent combination of people management skills, a strong data analytics and statistics background, business acumen, creativity, passion and a keen eye for detail. In brief, Amit is the rare executive who merges both the art and science of marketing.

Satish Kumar Boguda | Software Engineer | Applexus Technologies | Sandiego, California, United States | Information Technology | Information Technology Services
Satish Kumar Boguda is a multifaceted Software Engineer in the field of IT industry with 12 years of experience, based out at Sandiego – California. Having made numerous contributions for the IT industry by serving industry clients in Oil and Gas, Utilities, Production, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sales, Finance, Transport and Energy divisions. I am a technology evangelist with key expertise in understanding the true value of core technology in digital transformation and effectively use technology as a competitive advantage in the delivery of business results. Through my Knowledge, I help businesses take advantage of the emerging innovations by adapting new technology ideas, tackling complex issues, delegating duties thoughtfully and managing time appropriately. I am specialized in the below areas from some of prestigious institutes across the globe. Machine Learning – Stanford University High Dimensional Data Analysis – Harvard University Data Science Professional – IBM Executive Data Science – John Hopkins University Intelligent Machining – State University of Newyork Product Owner – PSPO Scrum Master – PSM IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL V3.0) Intelligent Enterprises – SAP Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) – SAP 80+ SAP Record of Achievements

Stefanie Whittington | VP of Marketing | QOS Networks | Irvine, California, United States | Marketing | Information Technology Services
Stefanie Whittington has been a thought leader in the cloud, software, and networking space for nearly a decade. As the leader of driving market forces within the organizations in which she devotes her time, Whittington is constantly required to be at the forefront of emerging technologies, identifying upcoming trends, and offering her customers with the latest industry insight. She is continuously working with clients who are experiencing real-time needs in their IT organizations, questioning and understanding their challenges, and identifying how the market will shift to address those needs. Her unique understanding of the customer from a macro and micro level allow her to insightfully relay timely and crucial awareness to her audience about actionable steps, easy to follow how-to’s, and “for dummies” overview of technologies that impact their businesses. Whittington has her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and her MBA, with an emphasis in Marketing, from Washington State University. As a distinguished leader in her industry, Whittington has been the recipient of multiple awards including “Innovator of the Year” for 2018 from QOS Networks, “Women in the Channel Up & Comer 2017” from CRN Magazine, and has been selected as a judge for the Stevie Awards for 2019. As a ghost writer, Whittington has been featured in multiple publications including for the Forbes Technology Council.

Mariette Snyman | Director of Marketing | Tricentis | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Management | Engineering and Technology
A vibrant, fast-paced, go-getter who has a knack for figures and data. A self-starter, who loves to take initiative, and always in search for alternative solutions. I have a strong track record of building visibility for corporations and executives through innovative strategic positioning and storytelling, creating and implementing business strategies (PR and communications, marketing, digital, advertising) and thought leadership. I served on a number of boards as chairperson and secretary, held positions as non-executive director at NPO’s, currently a mentor at the Australian Marketing Institute, and worked with a portfolio of blue-chip companies in Australia, South Africa, UK and around the world. As you can see, I love to travel and experience different cultures. I love storytelling, consumer psychology, creating content, brand turnarounds, digital innovation, building growth at scale, and the cultures & opportunities of emerging markets. In my current position, I lead Tricentis’ marketing, communications and thought-leadership efforts in the Asia Pacific region and reporting directly to the CMO in the USA (California). Previously, I supported Assupol’s Group CEO in all aspects of business communication to promote change management initiatives, boost employee engagement and effectiveness and lastly, to build shareholder portfolios.

Abbas Shahid Baqir | Managing Director | Student Shelter In Computers | Lahore, PK/Punjab, Pakistan | Information Technology | Information Technology Services Entrepreneur , Cyber Security Investigator, Information Security Consultant & Director at Student Shelter In Computers
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 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. Abbas has provided cyber expertise to state and local law enforcement on investigations of crimes, including homicides, stalking, missing children, cyber-bullying, and internal affairs. A certified cyber sec instructor, he developed a cyber-based curriculum and has trained hundreds of law enforcement and private professionals in evidence acquisition, security policy and implementation, breach response and mitigation, hacker methodology, and employee Internet safety. http://www.stscomps.com or http://www.stscomps.com/awards.htm

Debbie Osaki | VP, Operations | Talent Function Group LLC | San Diego, California, United States | Operations | Consulting
A creative and innovative professional with more than two decades of organizational and logistical experience. Principal strengths include process optimization, strong interpersonal skills, exceptional results orientation, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills. Experienced in client and vendor relations, contract negotiation, budget management, and product development, and the ability to develop marketing programs of multiple sizes and budgets to enhance performance of departmental objectives.

Marcus Chung | CEO | BoldCloud | San Jose, California, United States | Management | Security Services
I have been an active part of the Security Industry for over 18 years and working in key management roles for companies such as Sygate Technologies, Symantec, GreenBorder (acquired by Google), Bell Micro (acquired by AVNET), Malwarebytes and currently BoldCloud. My passion is both helping people and small to medium businesses with addressing their security needs. I strongly believe this SMB market is underserved and targeted by today’s opportunistic attackers. I have extensive experience in various Endpoint Security technologies, Firewalls, Anti-Malware, Email Security, Backup and advanced Data Protection technologies. I am a current member of both ISACA and Infragard – two organizations that actively help businesses stay safe from threats. I would look forward to contributing my thoughts in serving as a judge alongside my colleagues.

David Billeter | CISO | CA Technologies, a Broadcom Company | Burlington, Massachusetts, United States | Information Technology | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet
David Billeter has led information security programs at several global companies, including CA Technologies, Staples, and InterContinental Hotels. Combining his background in technology and law, Mr. Billeter has also been key in developing or influencing national policy and legislation on topics related to electronic contracting, digital signatures, privacy and cybersecurity.

Praveen Kotturu | Director | KPMG LLP | Montvals, New Jersey, United States | Information Technology | Business Products and Services
Technology leader for the Enterprise Transaction Services organization within KPMG Digital Nexus (US technology organization) responsible for Application development & systems administration. Leads the organization responsible for 24/7 support of Application development, system administration, user administration, domain, architecture, application database support, application integration (MW), enterprise application monitoring, mobile app support, data-center coordination, and enterprise batch monitoring across the Enterprise Transaction Services business application portfolio. Business application portfolio comprises of these core business functions: ERP Solutions, Marketing, Finance and Accounting, HR, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Audit, and Resource management. Trusted technical adviser to the client service delivery teams working on client pursuits, delivery, innovation, and discovery in the areas of: ERP, digital transformation, technology implementation, application migrations, and intelligent automation.

Natalija Jonušienė | CEO | DocLogix | Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania | Others… | Information Technology Services
A self-motivated and hardworking professional with a very strong background in the service operations environment, having great stakeholder management and effective decision-making skills, strong knowledge of service transition processes. Experienced in account management within the outsourced business model and customer focus environment. Strong motivator, inspirational leader, experienced in managing underperformance, personal development and adherence to the corporate policies. A highly flexible and trustworthy person, having high personal energy and enjoying challenges.

Ilja Moisejevs | Head of Product | Calypso AI | San Mateo, CA 94403, California, United States | Product Development | Security Software
Ilja is currently Head of Product for Calypso AI, a first-of-its kind Trusted AI solution provider. Prior to that Ilja spent 3 years deploying AI in critical capacity to fight fraud and money laundering in the financial sector, overseeing $10bn+ of transactions / year. Before that he was an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch. Proud fellow at the Institute for Ethical ML & AI.