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Solution Provider, Implementation, Training or Media & COVID-19 Response Awards Judging Committee

Chair: Bharat Pawan Agrawal
Bharat Pawan Agrawal, Finance Director - South Asia
Diversey, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Bharat Agrawal is a professional entrepreneur with diverse experience in the metal, energy, and chemical industries. He has worked in India, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa and is currently a Board Member at Diversey India Hygiene Private Limited and a One Young World Ambassador. He is a regular speaker in the domains of finance, climate change, power of people, etc. Bharat has a vast experience of managing businesses, profit & loss, complex operations, and hyper growth business momentum. He believes in the power of innovation and has a proven track record of transforming businesses with his passion and rigorous mind-set.

International recognition for Bharat includes receiving the Top 20 Most Impactful CFO Leaders of the year 2022 award in the 7th CFO Vision and Innovation Summit in Mumbai. He was featured as one of Asia's 100 Power Leaders in Finance 2022 by the White Page International Group in London. He was named a Young CFO of the Year 2021 in the Oil & Chemical Industry by the Transformance Group presented by Franklin Templeton in Mumbai. He worked as Managing Committee member for the 2019 One Young World Summit - one of the biggest international gatherings in London. He received the title of One Young World Ambassador in Bogota, Colombia in 2017.  He graduated as the emerging leader of British Petroleum Lubes in Singapore in 2016, and was accredited with an Adam Smith Award as the Rising Star of Asia in 2015 by The Treasury Today group, a UK-based publisher.

Bharat is a purpose driven young leader who believes in sustainable growth and a marathon runner who believes in consistent performance.


Ekatherine Afanasyeva, CEO & Co-founder
G.S.T.Consulting, Sheridan, Wyoming, United States
Ekaterina Afanasyeva, CEO of G.S.T. Consulting, has over 20 years of experience in international business development and strategic marketing. She is known for her innovation-driven mindset, which boosts productivity. Ekaterina, an MBA graduate, is a thought leader and corporate entrepreneurship advocate known for keynote speeches and Hybrid Work Environment Model.


Oluwatobiloba Akerele, Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor
Management Sciences for Health, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria
Oluwatobiloba Akerele is a strategic communication leader with 10 years of progressive experience spanning from providing public relations and integrated marketing communications solutions for organizations across the energy, trade, and advertisement sectors to developing and implementing winning communications and digital transformation strategies.

Narasimha Prasad Bhat, Manager
Big Four Consulting Firm, Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States
Narasimha, a 15-year SAP IT Architect and influencer, is an SAP Champion and Globee IT Blogger of the Year 2023. With over 3 million members, he has judged major international awards and is a trusted authority in the SAP domain and IT products. Narasimha's innovative SAP products and impactful international papers have earned him recognition.

Parul Chachra, Director, Customer Success
Innovaccer, San Francisco, California, United States
Parul leads the Customer Success team at Innovaccer, with over 10 years of experience in digital transformation, innovation in healthcare and life sciences. She has led strategy at X and was Global Marketing Leader at GE Healthcare. With an MBA from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, she advises startups in the healthcare industry.

Catherine Foote, Customer Success Director  
FreightWise LLC, Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Prior to her current role of Customer Success Director at FreightWise, LLC, Catherine was the Director of Training. She developed employee training and career development programs and created and presented training material. She has experience in leading corporate employee giving campaigns, employee satisfaction committees, and women’s leadership employee resource groups.


Prajeet Gadekar, Director Program Architect
Salesforce Inc., New York City, New York, United States
Prajeet, a Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience, helps enterprise customers realize their technology investments' value by addressing transformation roadblocks. With expertise in various technologies like SAAS, PAAS, CRM, CDP, marketing tech stack, data platforms, commerce, analytical platforms, and AI, he has designed and built solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

Khushman Hans, Senior Director of Operations
Chewy.com, Gainesville, Florida, United States
Khushman is a transformational senior leader with a proven track record of mentoring large teams, managing projects, and designing impactful business strategies. Khushman, with military, banking, and eCommerce experience, uses communication skills to build high-performing teams and make critical decisions. He leads Chewy's US fulfillment centers, delivering operational excellence.

Emil Iskander, CEO
Top Business Group, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
Emil Iskander is the Founder & CEO of Top Business Group; a group of three companies providing a one-stop-shop HR solutions for companies in Egypt and the Middle East. With over five decades of extensive experience in Human Resources, Emil has been able to navigate organizations through addressing their persistent challenges in Human resources.


Hakan Kantas, Senior IT Director    
Halkbank AS, Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey
He started his professional career in 1993 in the IT department of Pamukbank, Turkey. He was the CIO of Vaillant Group in 2007-2008. Since 2008, he's working for a bank in Turkey as Senior Director of IT Continuity Management Department. He is IEEE Senior Member, ISACA Gold Member.


Himanshu Koshe, VP of Professional Services
Coursera Inc., Sunnyvale, California, United States
Himanshu leads the Professional Services department at Coursera, one of the leading EdTech companies in the world. He has 16 years of professional experience that blends online educational content production and organizational learning and development. He has led the development of several industry-recognized technology solutions and processes in the field of online education.

Aabhas Lal, Director Customer Success
Securonix, Santa Monica, California, United State

Mark Angel D. Magracia, Medical Laboratory Scientist
Providence Health & Services, Portland, Oregon
Mark Angel has been a Medical Laboratory Scientist for 8 years with specializations in Immunohematology, Microbiology/Parasitology, and COVID-19 Diagnostics. Advocates for laboratory biosurveillance to monitor and detect emerging infectious pathogens, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an educator and resource speaker, he focused on medical laboratory science and COVID-19 diagnostics.

Venkatesh Varma Mandapati, Co-Founder            
UpSquad, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Venkatesh Varma Mandapati is the Co-Founder of UpSquad, a workforce development platform that supports Universities, nonprofits, and Government agencies to efficiently manage and scale their programs. Venkatesh has 10+ years of experience in Data Science and Software engineering roles, working globally across several industries.

Annie Mwicigi Nyambura, Senior Manager - HR Shared Services & Employee Relations 
M-KOPA Limited, Nairobi, Kenya    
Annie, born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, is a passionate individual with exceptional achievements in various fields. She is dedicated to people and their well-being, has been instrumental in the People and Culture space, and is an avid reader and soccer fan. Annie also enjoys music and occasionally belts out tunes.

Kshitiz Nayyar, Senior Consultant / Director & Founder
Knayyar Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada
Kshitiz is an IT Consultant with a wealth of experience in the Technology industry. Throughout his career, he has been driven by a passion for leveraging technology to solve complex business challenges and optimize operations. He brings a diverse skill set, extensive industry knowledge, and a client-centric approach to every engagement.

Anil Raheja, Head of Training
Celebi Airport Services India Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Anil Raheja, the head of Training at Ã-elebi Airport Services India Pvt. Ltd., has been awarded the prestigious "Training Leader of the Year 2022" by the Economic Times and Ascent. Anil, with 25+ years of experience, is a guide for aspiring trainers and a passionate team player in customer solutions, mentoring, and audits.

Nishat Rustagi, Founder & CEO
Make, San Francisco, California, United States
Nishat, a computer science graduate from UC San Diego, founded Make, a San Francisco-based B2B digital manufacturing platform. He led strategic product development, technology innovation, and process automation, achieving growth and a Fortune 500 customer base. His expertise includes tech product management, customer engagement, strategic partnerships, and team management.

Tharunika Sridhar, Technical Consultant
Microsoft, Redmond, Washington, United States
Tharunika is a skilled technical professional with experience in telecommunications technology advancements. She works as a Network Technical Consultant at Microsoft's Azure for Operators, focusing on 5G infrastructure, specifically Kubernetes deployments. With expertise in 4G LTE, 5G protocols, troubleshooting, call flows, Python, Azure Cloud, Linux, Openstack, and Kubernetes, she contributes to the tech community.

Mona Taman, Vice President
Future Leaders International Group, Alexandria, Egypt
Professor of educational technology and e-learning, he is the General Coordinator of the Sheikha Fadia Al-Sabah Innovations Competition in Egypt. He is a member of the national council of women and heads the International Education Sector of the African-Asian Union. He is a consultant in education technology and development at Guidepoint.