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HR Achievement Awards Judging Committee

Chair: Sue Waller
Sue Waller, Director, Consulting Solutions 
Page Consulting (part of Page Group), Addlestone, Surrey, United Kingdom

Sue Waller is a renowned consulting professional who has made a significant impact in driving organizational transformation and success. With expertise in diverse industries and company cultures across the UK, USA and Australia and a commitment to delivering exceptional consultancy services, and with over 20 years of experience, Sue has a deep industry knowledge and analytical acumen which enables her to provide invaluable insights and strategic recommendations for her clients.  Sue has supported a number of teams to deliver organizational design, Target Operating Model, and process optimization, change management, and digital transformation, making her sought-after for her ability to address specific pain points and capitalize on growth opportunities.

Sue has a proven track record of delivering measurable results for clients. Through meticulous analysis and implementation guidance, she has helped organizations achieve enhanced operational efficiency, increased profitability, and sustainable competitive advantage. By conducting thorough needs assessments and tailoring strategies, Sue ensures that her consultancy services align with clients' vision, mission, and sustainability goals.

A strong believer in collaboration, Sue excels in building long-term partnerships with clients.  Her client-centric approach fosters productive relationships and a deep understanding of clients' challenges and objectives.  Sue is recognized for professionalism, integrity, and commitment to client success, earning her a stellar reputation.

Sue is also recognized as a thought leader in the consulting industry.  She contributes actively to industry forums, conferences, sharing expertise and insights.  By shaping industry standards and empowering professionals, Sue helps drive meaningful change.  Her ability to articulate complex concepts in a clear manner has earned her organization widespread acclaim. By leveraging cutting-edge solutions, Sue brings fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to consultancy projects, driving transformative change and delivering exceptional value to clients. Her dedication to driving success and making a significant impact in the consultancy industry and serving as a Judge across the HR and COVID-19 Response awards make her best placed to be Chair for this year’s HR Achievement Awards Chair.


Dr. Chris Augustine, Global HR & DEIB Leader
Global HR & DEIB Leader, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Chris Augustine is a proficient Global HR leader with 20+ years of experience in leading Global HR in diverse industries & capacities (Technology & Non-Profit sectors).  She is a Forbes HR leader, recently led People & Culture, for World Vision Canada as Chief People Officer.


Dr. Wolfgang Brnjak, Vice President HR Guidance & Methods
Deutsche Telekom Services Europe GmbH, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Dr. Wolfgang Brnjak, who has received his doctorate in economics, has held various management positions at Deutsche Telekom since 1995. As Vice President, HR Guidance and Methods, he leads Group-wide HR projects for the digitization of HR processes. The focus is on developing sustainable, efficiency-enhancing, and user-centric mobile services and apps.

Yurii Dudka, Chief Executive Officer
MediaStar TV School, Cupertino, California, United States
Yurii is a Ukrainian-American producer, communication teacher, journalist, and PhD in Economics. He is the founder and CEO of MediaStar. With a passion for shaping media journeys, he established MediaStar TV School to meet the demand for media skills. Yurii aims to unlock potential, cultivate influential careers, and make lasting media impact.

Magdi El Helbawi, Group HR Director    
Lokma Group, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
Magdi has 40 years of professional HR experience in the Banking sector and multinational organizations as an international HR trainer and Management Consultant.  He worked for more than 23 years for MISR International Bank, and for 11 years with SGS Swiss, providing HR & management training courses in most Arab & African countries. He is currently the Lokma Group HR Director.

Colleen Guerriero, Founder/Culture Transformation Consultant
A Joyful Career, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Colleen envisions a workplace where employees thrive, while being challenged with meaningful work and companies reach their full financial and purpose-driven potential. With three decades of experience in technical sales, leadership roles, a Masters in IO Psychology, and her love for the study of human behavior, she is determined to make a meaningful impact.


Nidhi Gupta, Chief Financial Officer
APG, Houston, Texas, United States
Nidhi, with 15 years of senior finance and accounting experience, has strategic acumen and a strong analytical approach. She has held roles at Rolls-Royce and Forum Energy Technologies. Nidhi holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University and a dual Master's in Business Administration and Financial Economics.

Syed Adnan Jawaid, Vice President (Information Security)
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Tempe, Arizona, United States
Syed Jawaid has been working as Assistant VP for MUFG Bank Ltd (MUBK US) since 2020. He has 11 years of experience in Information Security and 5 years in Cybersecurity. He is an industry-recognized expert in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is a graduate of the Washington University of Science and Technology.


Victor Joseph, Senior Manager Global Commercial Pricing
Baker Hughes, Houston, Texas, United States
A 20+ years-experienced business leader in the energy industry leads Baker Hughes' global commercial pricing strategy. Driven business growth across North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Africa, developed innovative strategies, doubled product profitability, and achieved $2 billion in contract wins. Possesses a bachelor's and Executive MBA.

Malcolm Louth, Fractional HR Leader
Winning Organizations, London, United Kingdom
Malcolm is an experienced HR Leader with experience across sectors and on a local, international, and global basis. His unique mix of operational know-how, coupled with strategic HR leadership, ensures that he is well placed to support businesses either as a safe pair of hands, to drive complex transformation, or to undertake specific projects.

Judith Lyons, Group HR Director
City & County Healthcare Group, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Judith is an experienced senior HR leader specializing in transformational change with a proven track record of leading complex, high impact change in multi-site and geographic environments. She is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development and a Trustee of two UK charities.



Mariham Magdy, Chief Executive Officer
HR Revolution Middle East Magazine, Cairo, Egypt
Mariham is a passionate HR, Strategy & Management Consultant, Trainer, Business Journalist, and award-winning writer from the ROI Institute in the US for the Best ROI Article 2018. She has a demonstrated history of working in the oil & gas industry for more than 14 years, and an extensive experience in HRM starting from building an HR department from scratch until capably managing all different HR department functions.


Münteha Mangan, Chief of Employer Branding     
Turkish Aerospace, Ankara, Turkey
Munteha works as the Chief of Employer Branding at Turkish Aerospace since 2019.  He first met with "Employer Branding" while he was working for a digital employer branding platform in 2008. He is now the leading Employer Brand Communications of the sector’s fastest-growing company in Turkey with a record-breaking and award-winning performance.

Görkem Özkan, Global Talent Development & Employer Branding Lead
Kordsa Teknik Tekstil A.Åž., Istanbul, Turkey
As a human resources and communication professional, Gorkem has worked for international companies in the top 500 lists of ENR and Forbes for over 18 years. She has been continuing to work as a strategic managing partner on projects in the Europe, MENA, CIS, APAC, and the Americas.

Bürra Pekak, Regional Human Resources Manager
Mayr-Melnhof Graphia İzmir Karton San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Izmir, Turkey
Bürra has more than 20 years of experience working in sectors such as production and banking. Since 2012 she has been Regional Human Resources Manager at Mayr-Melnhof Graphia İzmir, and is responsible for managing and improving human resources, industrial relations, and organizational support functions for the company. She worked as Human Resources Director at Aktif Investment Bank between 2008 -2012 and also worked in HR business partner roles at TEB/BNP Paribas, Garanti Bank, Humanitas and Etibank A.Ş. between 2000-2008.

Chitra Sabapathy Ranganathan, Associate Vice President
Mphasis Corporation, Chandler, Arizona, United States
Chitra is a results-oriented, accomplished business technology leader with more than 23 years of experience in software engineering and design. Proven track record in designing, implementing, and delivering reliable, scalable systems across multiple technologies, including Mainframe, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Big Data, AI, ML, Advance Analytics, and Blockchain. Managed complex engagements across multiple verticals.


Sudha Ranganathan, Director, Product Marketing
LinkedIn, Sunnyvale, California, United States
Sudha is a seasoned Director of Product Marketing at LinkedIn with 18+ years of experience at P&G, Nielsen, and PayPal. Recognized as a thought leader, her expertise spans diverse B2C and B2B categories. She fosters high-performing, psychologically safe teams at LinkedIn, helping global employers hire and develop talent.


Rakesh Singh, Vice President of Product Management
JPMorgan Chase, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Rakesh is a highly accomplished I.T. professional with over 10 years of experience providing Cloud and Analytics solutions as a product and program manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology industry.

Penny St Martin, Group Director
A2Dominion, London, United Kingdom
A Chartered CIPD Fellow and highly experienced HR professional who specializes in HR strategy, change leadership, organization design, and target operating model transformation, including culture change.

Aslı Taş Kayabaş, Founder
Kuzey Academy, Istanbul, Turkey
Asli is a Psychologist, Awards Consultant, and Trainer, highly skilled in Business Consulting, HR Consulting, Management Consulting, Educational Consulting, Corporate Training, Leadership Development, and Training.  In 2012 she founded Kuzey Development Academy, and in 2017 a Business Awards Consulting service. She is also the winner of several Stevie Awards for Outstanding Entrepreneur, International Business Influencer of the Year, and Learning & Training Professional of the Year.

Thangamuthu Kumaran Vaiyapuri, Resident Solutions Architect
Databricks Inc., Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, United States
Thangam is a seasoned technology leader and Data/AI architect with over 20+ years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services industry, particularly in prominent sectors such as Investment Banking, Consumer and Retail Banking, and Wealth Management. He is currently working as a Senior Big Data/Data Analytics Architect at Databricks Inc.

Emily Youngerman, Director, Employee Employee Engagement and DIB
Tricon Residential, Huntington Beach, California, United States
Emily is a distinguished HR executive with an impressive track record and more than 15 years of experience.  She is Tricon Residential's Director of Employee Experience and Diversity and advocates for diversity and inclusion, creating an inclusive work environment, and supporting organizations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Jessie Reese Foundation.