Jury

Jury

The Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is composed of 30 high-profile individuals and is divided in 6 regional juries. They are chosen on the basis of their entrepreneurial experience, their 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 during the Awards competition. The jury members then give feedback to the laureate 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

Daryn Fillis

MEXICO

Active board member of Distroller Mexico

Diego Valenzuela

CHILE

Vice-President & General Counsel of Meck, Ltd.

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Julio Noriega Cabrerizo

PERU

Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Grupo El Comercio, Director of Business Unit in Education and Entertainment, and Member of Corporate Investment and Digital Committees

Silvia Taurozzi

ARGENTINA

Director Fundación IRRADIA

Sônia Regina Hess De Souza

BRAZIL

President and CEO of Dudalina S.A.

North America

K. Shelly Porges

UNITED STATES

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Global Entrepreneurship Advocate & Managing Director, Reservoir Q Global LLC

Kimberlie Cerrone

UNITED STATES

Chief Executive Officer of Tiatros, Inc.

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Leslie Meingast

CANADA

CEO of The Personnel Department

Nell Merlino

UNITED STATES

Founder of Count-Me-In for Women's Economic Independence. Chair for the Personal Data Independence Trust at Personal BlackBox.

Peggy Wallace

UNITED STATES

Managing Director of Golden Seeds.

A good jury is made by the right mix of people, including experts in finance and marketing and, above all, with an entrepreneurship background.
Shelly Porges, North America jury president

Europe

John Dickinson

FRANCE

Founder of Financial Networking and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Gene Signal

Ekaterina Trofimova

RUSSIA

CEO of Analytical Credit Rating Agency

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Filipe Castro Soeiro

PORTUGAL

Senior International Professor and Researcher at Laureate International Universities

Raomal Perera

IRELAND

Entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD

Sandrine Devillard

FRANCE

Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Paris office

Sub-Saharan Africa

Lucy Kanu

NIGERIA

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Idea Builders Initiative

Gail Mawocha

Zimbabwe

Founder and Director of Mustard Seed Africa

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Nigest Haile

ETHIOPIA

Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)

Odile Lacoin

CAMEROON

Manager at A.T. Kearney

Oulimata Sarr

SENEGAL

Regional Advisor Women Economic Empowerment UN Women, Founding Member and Gender Champion of Africa2.0

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

Middle East & North Africa

Hanan Saab

LEBANON

CEO & Managing Director of Pharmamed ( Hanan Akram Saab & Co) SAL

Amel Bouchamaoui

TUNISIA

Chair of Partners for New Beginning, Tunisia

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Julia Sperling

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Partner at McKinsey & Company

Meisa Batayneh

JORDAN

Founder and Principal Architect at Maisam Architects and Engineers

Neveen El Tahri

EGYPT

Chairperson & Managing Director, Delta Shield for Investment

Asia-Pacific

Vivian Lau

HONG KONG

President, JA Asia Pacific

Joy Sohn

SOUTH KOREA

Center for Scholarship Development Communications Director & Research Professor at the State University of New York, Korea

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Lena Yang

CHINA

Consultant

Priya Paul

INDIA

Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Limited

Xiaowei Rose Luo

FRANCE

Senior tenured Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at INSEAD

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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