Jury

Jury

The Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative is composed of 35 high-profile individuals and is divided in 7 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

Bárbara Silva

Chile

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

BRENO ARAUJO

United Kingdom

Sr. Project Manager at Ripple, founder at Dare4aCause.com

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María Clara Choucair

Colombia

Founder and CEO of Choucair Testing

RODRIGO VILLAR

MEXICO

Founding Partner at New Ventures

Silvia Torres Carbonell

ARGENTINA

Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at IAE Business School

North America

Adam Quinton

UNITED STATES

Founder & CEO, Lucas Point Ventures

BIRAME N. SOCK

United States

2010 CWI Fellow and Founder & CEO of Founder 5, Inc

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Cathie Black

UNITED STATES

Angel Investor and Former Media & Publishing Executive

Elizabeth Vazquez

UNITED STATES

President, CEO, and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

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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Ewa Konczal

Poland

CEE Manager at European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).

Rowan Gardner

United Kingdom

CEO of Ozo Innovations

“While these individual projects in themselves may seem small, the ripple effect is extraordinary. Every year another 21 participants join the Cartier Awards community building a strong international network of extraordinary female entrepreneurs."
Raomal Perera, 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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Lorna Rutto

KENYA

CEO of Ecopost

Solape Hammond

Nigeria

Co-Founder & CEO of Impact Hub Lagos and Ten Talents Limited

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

Corine Kiame

Lebanon

Investment Manager at Insure and Match Capital Holding SAL (IM Capital)

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Heather Henyon

United Arab Emirates

Founding Partner, Mindshift Capital

JENNY AHLZEN

Jordan

Co-Founder & Partner at Amam Ventures

SAMIA TNANI

Tunisia

Head of Credit Origination, AfricInvest Private Credit

East Asia

Cindy Mi

China

Founder and CEO, VIPKid

Claudia Zeisberger

SINGAPORE

Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business at INSEAD

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Corey Lien

Taiwan, China

Chief Gardener at Domi Earth

Soohyun Bae

South Korea

Investor and entrepreneur / Director at Yellowdog

YOSHITAKA TABUCHI

Japan

Impact Investing Advisor

As East Asian women entrepreneurs tackle tough challenges, push boundaries, and create successful and meaningful businesses, they generate the most powerful energy to inspire other women and generations of girls to realize their dreams.
Vivian Lau, East Asia Jury President

South Asia & Oceania

Anisha Singh

INDIA

Founder & CEO, mydala.com

DAVID STEEL

SINGAPORE

Founding Partner at Triple P Capital

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Joan Yao

Philippines

Vice President, Kickstart Ventures

NAMITA BANKA

India

Founder & MD, Banka BioLoo Limited

PATSIAN LOW

Singapore

Chief of Staff of AVPN

The most important element in the business pitch is the Executive Summary. A cohesive Executive Summary shows the entrepreneur knows how to tell their story well and understands the key components judges need to know.
Bobbi Mahlab, South Asia & Oceania Jury Member

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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