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CHAIR:

Asli Kayabas, Awards Consultant, Clinical Psychologist, Speaker
Kuzey Academy, Istanbul, Turkey

Asli studied psychology at Bogazici University and has a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology. She studied Marriage, Relationships and Couples Therapy in the United States. Besides her psychology expertise, she has held leadership positions during her almost 20 year HR and training management career. ATD, Brandon Hall, The Stevies, and The Learning Awards have recognized her for her contributions in the fields of training and HR. She was honored as Learning and Training Professional of the Year in the first Stevie Awards for Great Employers Program in 2016, and was also named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2016 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She is regularly invited to speak at keynote sessions all over the world.

In 2012, Asli founded her own company, Kuzey Development Academy, which provides services in corporate soft-skills training, leadership development programs, and in awards consultancy. She is the first awards consultant specializing in HR expertise in Turkey. Asli mixes her knowhow in psychology and HR and she is unique in her field as an award consultant.

Asli Tas Kayabas is also a published poet with a book, “When You Are Gone.” Her second book, in the psychology field, is about to be published. She continues to provide individual and couples therapy. She is a mother with two children.

Committee:

Fadeel AlFahoum, Chief Specialist
Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mr. AlFahoum is a leader with more than 18 years of experience in HR management and business consulting covering a wide range of industries in the public, non-profit and private sectors. He holds a CIPD Accredited Master's degree in Human Resources Management, a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM/SCP), USA, and he has been part of and assessment team recognized for EFQM excellence in the UAE.  Mr. AlFahoum is a certified trainer for HR international certifications; SHRM-CP/SCP and CIPD in MENA; and has been a speaker in HR international conferences in MENA. He has trained hundreds of professionals in human resource management, strategic management, excellence and innovation.

Sushilkumar Ambhore, Principal Architect (Associate Director)
Cognizant Technology Solutions, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Sushilkumar is the lead for Cognizant Technology Solutions’ IPM-TIBCO services portfolio and has around 15 years of experience in IT.  He has worked with several fortune 500 companies including Cognizant, HP, TIBCO, and TCS. Cognizant is recognized as a world leader in the implementation of Mission Critical services and has a highly talented team of professionals who design, develop, sell and deliver world class solutions. As lead for Cognizant's Mission Critical portfolio, Sushilkumar’s goal is to drive change aligned to the customer's changing needs. His responsibilities include developing new service offers and working with product, marketing, sales and delivery teams to ensure flawless execution at regional and national levels. Sushilkumar has extensive experience in technologies like Blockchain, API, Integration, Robotic Process Automation, Cloud, Robotics, Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. He has a degree in Computer Science from Dr Babasaheb Technological University, India. He likes to help startup companies with their road map and building new strategies. He is also fond of movies, and produced one song in his native language in India.

Vimal Bhatt, Senior Business Analyst
Mastech Digital, Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States
Vimal Bhatt has 13 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Vimal is a Certified Scrum Product Owner®, Certified ScrumMaster®, and Certified Business Analysis Professional™. He has also passed the Chartered Financial Analyst Level II exam from CFA institute, USA. As a software consultant, Vimal has worked with many financial companies such as The Vanguard Group Inc., Citibank, and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has worked in teams which are geographically dispersed in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada and India. His forte is to execute large software development projects in the financial domain. He is well versed in Agile as well as waterfall software development methodology.

Vanessa Brooks, Manager Education & Enablement
FedEx, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Vanessa studied Sociology at Richmond College, UK. Her career spans over 25 years. Vanessa has gained broad experience working in Operations, Customer Service, Sales, and held several leadership positions, leading teams up to 200-strong across a global organization. She was involved in external benchmarking to understand best-in-class, award-winning proposals, and structures that support market-share growth. She has helped to shape the organization with strategic positioning, structure, and methodology to leverage changes in customers' business models and buying trends. Vanessa is based in the UK, married, and works across Northern Europe.

Basabdutta (Moon) Chakraborty, Solution Architect and Technical Lead
Amway, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Basabdutta (Moon) Chakroborty is a Solution Architect and Technical Lead in Global Customer Care Solutions at Amway. With 11+ years of IT experience, she has expertise in Customer Relationship Management, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Technology. Moon received her MS from Northwestern University, and she is also a technology blogger.
 

Laurie Garrison, Awards Entry Consultant and Writer
LG Communications, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Laurie Garrison specializes in writing business and marketing awards entries. Her clients have won, been named finalists, or been shortlisted in The American Business Awards, Ex Awards, Sports Business Awards and Leaders Sports Awards, among others. Close to 90 percent of Laurie’s clients who were named finalists or shortlisted went on to be selected as the overall winner. Prior to writing awards entries, Laurie spent 25 years running national and regional awards programs.

Emre Gulecoglu, Founder
Digitallica, Istanbul, Turkey
Emre was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, at the University of Marmara. After graduating from Labour Economics, he finished his higher education through a Human Resources Management Masters program at the same university. His work career began in 2005 at the Turkcell Academy, where he has managed and implemented many learning technology projects. Later on, he continued his career at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company as Learning Technologies Manager. He has been managing his company, Digitallica, since 2015.

Jordan Hoelzer, Senior Operations Lead
CoverMyMeds, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Jordan Hoelzer has been a high-impact leader since joining CoverMyMeds in July of 2016, making a direct impression on the lives of hundreds of his co-workers. In partnership with the Talent Management team and other leaders, Jordan has pioneered several creative initiatives for over 400 employees, from employee engagement events, new leadership development courses, and a ‘Manager Essentials Course,’ to a week dedicated to celebrating the company’s core values. Jordan’s efforts have yielded outstanding results: in the company’s most recent culture-based survey, his team of leaders had a staggering overall Engagement score of 96/100.


 

Praveen Kotturu, Director, Digital NEXUS
KPMG LLP, Montvale, New Jersey, United States
Technology leader responsible for Application development & systems administration within KPMG Digital Nexus-Enterprise Business Systems. 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.

Ihsan Mert, Senior Recruiter
The Coca-Cola Company, Istanbul, Turkey

Sarah Sikorski, Senior Communications Manager
TELUS International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cathy Vasilev, Senior Vice President
Red Oak Compliance Solutions, Cedar Park, Texas, United States

Jayendra Viswanathan, Project Leader
Mphasis Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
A results-focused technical project manager with nearly 20 years of IT experience. 10+ years of software development/Application support/Product support/Production support, and with over 8 years of Project/Program Management/PMO Experience. Good Coordinator with an outstanding record of delivering solutions on time and within budget. Management background includes managing service delivery for multinational clients, leading teams, developing and managing budgets, contract agreements, and monitoring project standards for deliverables. Exposure to program management.

 

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