MEET THIS YEAR’S JUDGES

Nine leading experts from the private, non-profit, cultural and media sectors

Naomi Alderman
Novelist, Broadcaster and Games Designer

For her novels, which include Disobedience, The Lessons and The Liars’ Gospel, she has won awards including the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in their once-a-decade list. In 2012, she co-created the top-selling fitness game and audio adventure Zombies, Run!, which was shortlisted for five Develop awards and won the FutureBook adult app award.

Arun Bhikshesvaran
CMO, Ericsson

Arun Bhikshesvaran is responsible for driving Ericsson’s global marketing strategy, which is focused on enhancing Ericsson’s role in the evolving Networked Society. With over 20 years’ experience in the communications industry, he previously served in a variety of roles including Multimedia and Infrastructure Solutions, Systems Solutions and Integration, Field Engineering, R&D and Global Product Marketing. Arun holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed Post Graduate Executive Programs at Columbia Business School and Kellogg.

Esther Dyson
Chairman, EDventure Holdings

Esther Dyson (@edyson) is an angel investor who recently founded HICCup/WaytoWellville, dedicated to fostering and measuring the impact of critical-density health programs. Overall, she is fascinated by new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political). She is also a director for a variety of companies, including 23andMe, Eventful, Luxoft (LXFT), Meetup, NewspaperDirect, PA Consulting, Personal Inc., Voxiva, XCOR Aerospace and Yandex (YNDX).

John Egan
CEO, Sandbox

John Egan is a multi award winning entrepreneur, economist, writer and CEO. He is currently a board member and CEO of Sandbox, a global network of millennial leaders and innovators. Previously he has started and sold businesses in the engineering sector and has written and spoken extensively on the future of banking.

Di-Ann Eisnor
Vice President, Platforms and Partnerships, Waze

Di-Ann is head of global partnerships for crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic startup, Waze. Founded in Israel, Waze was sold to Google for approximately $1.13 billion in June 2013. Prior to joining Waze, Di-Ann was Co-Founder and CEO of Platial, The People’s Atlas, a collaborative, user generated, cartographic website which enabled people to map the things that are important to them. She also founded Community-Centric Marketing, an Amsterdam-based consulting firm helping brands and media companies work with social media; and Eisnor Interactive, an offline promotion agency engaged in building and communicating Internet brands.

Jemima Kiss
Head of Technology, the Guardian

Jemima Kiss joined the Guardian in 2006 and heads the Guardian’s coverage of tech trends, gadgets, gaming and startups – helping translate and demystify technology for non-geeks. She is a permanent fixture on the Tech Weekly podcast and sits on the British Journalism Review editorial board. A proud graduate of Dartington College of Arts, Jemima has covered technology and media online since 2002.

Anil Menon
President Globalization and Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco Systems Inc.

Anil Menon co-leads Cisco’s globalization efforts and ‘Smart+Connected Communities’, which works with cities and rural communities around the world to use the network as the platform for driving economic, social and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was with IBM Corporation from 2002-2009, holding several key senior global roles, with the most recent being Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM Growth Markets.

Christian Noske
Senior Associate, BMW i Ventures

Christian focuses on early stage investments in Navigation & Traffic, Smart Parking and Consumer Internet. He also manages BMW’s Incubator space in New York and is the organizer of the NY Future Mobility Meetup. Prior to joining BMW i Ventures, Christian was CFO for a digital agency that was acquired by WPP, and worked in Finance and Business Development for Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany and Asia. Christian holds a degree in Business Informatics from the State University Stuttgart in Germany.

John Rossant
Chairman, New Cities Foundation

John Rossant is Founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation. He is also Executive Chairman of Geneva-based PublicisLive, the global events management company responsible for the organization of the world’s most prestigious international conferences, such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the American University in Cairo. A former journalist, John held several senior editorial positions at Business Week, including European Correspondent, as well as Paris, Rome and Middle East Correspondent.