Jury

Jury

The Jury for the Regional Awards and the Science & Technology Pioneer Award is composed of 40 high-profile individuals and is divided into 7 regional jury panels (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia, South Asia & Oceania) and one Science & Technology thematic panel. They are chosen on the basis of their entrepreneurial experience, business achievements, and their commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs. They play a key role in reviewing the candidates’ applications and selecting the finalists and laureates. The jury members then give feedback to the laureates and finalists and thereafter provide additional support and connections to the entrepreneurs. Read about the jury members by clicking on their profiles below.

Latin America & the Caribbean

Bárbara Silva

Chile

Business Woman, CEO of BeSTinnovation, CEO of Singularity University Chile Summit President of HER GLOBAL IMPACT

María Clara Choucair

Colombia

Founder and CEO of Choucair Testing

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RODRIGO VILLAR

MEXICO

Founding Partner at New Ventures

Silvia Torres Carbonell

ARGENTINA

Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at IAE Business School

Tatiana Pimenta

Brazil

2019 CWI Fellow & CEO at Vittude

Having open-minded jury members that are aware of their own biases is essential to build a fair and diverse jury panel.
Breno Araujo, Latin America Jury Member

North America

Adam Quinton

United States

Founder & CEO at Lucas Point Ventures

Cathie Black

UNITED STATES

Angel Investor and Former Media & Publishing Executive

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Sameer Hajee

Canada

Co-founder of Nuru Energy

Stefanie Thomas

United States

Head of Investments at the Impact America Fund

YiDing Yu

United States

2018 CWI Laureate & Chief Medical Officer, Olive

A good jury panel is no different from a business leadership team –it has members from diverse backgrounds and experiences who can bring different insights and perspectives to bear.
Adam Quinton, North America Jury President

Europe

KRESSE WESLING

UNITED KINGDOM

2011 CWI Fellow and Cofounder of Elvis & Kresse

Dimple Sahni

Netherlands

Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Impact Investor and Family Office Executive

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Ekaterina Inozemtseva

Russia

General Director at the Skolkovo Forum

Ewa Konczal

Poland

CEE Manager at European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).

Katinka Greve Leiner

Norway

Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs

As a former fellow and now a jury member for the Cartier Women’s Initiative, I know that their structure, support and wider network are completely aligned with the mission & goals of a social enterprise.
Kresse Wesling, Europe Jury President

Sub-Saharan Africa

Genevieve Sangudi

South Africa

Managing Director of The Carlyle Group | Sub-Saharan Africa Fund

K. Monica Musonda

Zambia

CEO & Founder of Java Foods

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Nneka Mobisson

Nigerai

Founder & CEO of mDoc

SAMIA TNANI

Tunisia

Head of Credit Origination, AfricInvest Private Credit

Thiaba Camara Sy

Senegal

Board Chair of WIC CAPITAL

My jury was extremely responsive and opened up potential business leads for me.
Chinwe Ohajuruka, Sub-Saharan Africa 2015 laureate

Middle East & North Africa

SIROUN SHAMIGIAN

Lebanon

2018 CWI Fellow and Founder & CEO of Kamkalima

Dina H. Sherif

Egypt

Executive Director at Legatum Center & Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management

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Jenny Atout Ahlzen

Lebanon

Managing Partner at Amam Ventures

Leila Baghdadi

Tunisia

Professor of Economics at ESSECT University

Noor Sweid

United Arab Emirates

Founder of Global Ventures

A successful business has a soul. It is what makes a company stand out and the compass that keeps it on track towards its vision and mission.
Siroun Shamigian, MENA Jury President

East Asia

Ben Wong

Hong Kong

Head of Open Innovation at Eureka Nova

Charlotte Wang

China

2020 CWI Laureate, Founder & CEO at EQuota Energy Technology

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Cindy Mi

China

Founder and CEO, VIPKid

Soohyun Bae

South Korea

Investor and entrepreneur / Director at Yellowdog

Yoshitaka Tabuchi

Japan

Co-lead at Tokyo Zebras Unite, Founder & CEO at Envisage LLC

Diversity, combined with experience in impact investing & the scale-up of early stage companies, makes for a well-balanced jury.
Claudia Zeisberger, East Asia Jury Member

South Asia & Oceania

Anisha Singh

India

Founding Partner at She Capital, Founder and ex-CEO at Mydala

DAVID STEEL

SINGAPORE

Founding Partner at Triple P Capital

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Filipa C. Araújo

Australia

Program Director at SheStarts & BlueChilli

Joan Yao

Philippines

Vice President, Kickstart Ventures

NAMITA BANKA

India

Founder & MD, Banka BioLoo Limited

Most of us are agents of change but, to truly make a meaningful impact, it’s always nice to have some wind beneath the wings. The Cartier Women’s Initiative is that wind mobilizing impact around the world.
Anisha Singh, South Asia & Oceania Jury President

Science & Technology Pioneer Award

Rowan Gardner

United Kingdom

Co-Founder PrecisionLife Ltd

Carolina Torrealba

Chile

Undersecretary of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation of Chile

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Lu Zhang

United States & China

Founder & Managing Partner at Fusion Fund

Margaret Magdesian

Canada

2019 CWI Fellow and CEO & Founder of Ananda Devices

Mugdha Potnis-Lele

India

Senior Manager for Social Innovations at Venture Center

There is an urgent need for innovation leveraging the power of technology to achieve scientific objectives, to bring research to life and turn ideas into impact.
Margaret Magdesian, Science & Technology Jury Member & CWI 2019 Fellow

previous jury members

The Jury Members commit for at least one year to evaluating the business proposals. They are men and women and represent a variety of industries just like the finalists.

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