2017 Information Technology Awards Categories Judging Committee


Hakan KaramanliHakan Karamanli, CIO
TAM Faktoring, Istanbul, Turkey

Hakan Karamanlı is CIO at TAM Faktoring, where he is also responsible for Credit, Investigation, and Collection functions. Prior to joining TAM in 2014, Hakan was a Senior Vice President of Garanti Bank, responsible for systems management and operations.  With 25 years experience in IT management, Hakan has served in various IT leadership positions. He has had several articles published in the HBR Turkey blog.  Hakan was honored by CIO Magazine Turkey as CIO 2015 and CIO 2016, by IDG Global CIO100 in 2016, and by the Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leadership 2017 awards.  As someone who has regularly judged in the Stevie Awards, Hakan commented: “I am pleased to see that candidates who apply for the International Business Awards each year appear to be far more competitive, successful, and innovative than they were in the past!”


Mandarr AgshikarMandarr Agshikar, General Manager
Ajhinkkya FZE, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   
EFQM-Certified professional with over two-and-a-half decades of experience in Sales & Marketing, New Business Development Consultancy, Project & Relationship Management, and Business Excellence. Demonstrates a passion for excellence initiatives in business and assists organizations in their journey towards Excellence.                                                          

Kenan AgyelKenan Agyel, IT Consultant
ratax GmbH (Augsburg), Munich, Bavaria, Germany

IT consultant and executive (finance area and internet companies) more than 20 years in Turkey and in Germany. A wide range of experience in topics such as data, infrastructure, operations and now SW development especially in AI solutions.

Benj ArriolaBenj Arriola, SEO Director
Myers Media Group, San Diego, California, USA    

Benj Arriola is the SEO Director at Myers Media Group, a US-based company offering Enterprise SEO software solutions. Benj started his career as a chemist before transitioning to the online web industry in 1997 as a web design and development entrepreneur. Benj then specialized in Search Engine Optimization, won numerous SEO competitions worldwide, and is a thought leader in digital marketing. Since the transition into digital marketing, Benj has spoken on dozens of conferences worldwide and held several director and VP level positions in digital marketing agencies dealing with many Fortune 500, multi-national brand companies.

Erkal BiyikliogluErkal Biyiklioglu, Professional Coach
Freelance, Istanbul, Turkey

Professional Coach & Former IT Leader.  I coach individuals and teams on leadership, success and performance goals. I had more than 15 years of IT experience in the corporate world.

Michal Cenkl, Director of Innovation and Technology
he MITRE Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Sylvain EudierSylvain Eudier, Project Manager
Schlumberger, Houston, Texas, USA

Project Manager for Wellsite Connectivity solutions to Oil and Gas service companies, with experience in Service Management, Supplier Management and Pre-sales of telecom solutions. 

Pascal GrantPascal Grant, Director & Founder
Hypermedia Consulting Pty.Ltd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Pascal is a highly experinced IT professional having worked for both leading technology providers and Australia's largest IT implementations. He has extensive experience in IT Cloud services/product management and is acutely aware of security and cyber threat issue when implementing Cloud based Business Applications and collaborative technologies. Pascal has also developed and successfully sold a start-up 'Learnware technologies' to Macromedia Inc in 1990s.  He has held senior management roles in leading IT vendor companies including Macromedia, Oracle, SAP and Intel. In his most recent roles, Pascal has managed IT infrastructure services at the CBA and Telstra.

Hardik JoshiHardik Joshi, Lead Full Stack Software Developer
State of Oregon, Wilsonville, Oregon, USA

Hardik Joshi is a highly experienced IT professional currently working in different roles including Lead Full-Stack Software Developer, Release Lead and Freelance Software Architect with more than 7 years of experience in the IT corporate world. He has held senior positions while consulting several Fortune 500 clients in implementing IT projects. Hardik has extensive experience in different domains including Data Center, Financial ontology, Shipment services, SNAP and EBT card system, General ledger and Expertise in Retirement System.

Venkt MachaneniVenkat Machaneni, Partner
E Center Inc., Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Venkat Machaneni is the Executive Director for E Center where he runs the Data & Analytics practice serving Fortune 500 clients and Federal Government Departments. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT Strategy, Enterprise Transformation and Business Analytics. He served on Technology Advisory Boards for several startups and has experience in incubating niche business models & patent development. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Cornell University.

Ashraf MohammadAshraf Mohammad, Associate Director
Cognizant Technology Solutions, Plano, Texas, USA

A highly motivated and successful international Business Technocrat with 15+ years of IT Services, Management and Consulting experience.  Specialize in IT Strategy, Change & Program Management, Post M&A Integration, IT Governance, Operating models & process re-engineering. Successfully advised CxOs and key leaders of Fortune 100 companies across different industries like Banking & Financial Services, Communications, Technology, Research, Retail and Health Care.

Tanya NeselilerTanya Neseliler, Head of Business Development & Marketing
Monitise MEA, Istanbul, Turkey

Tanya Neseliler currently serves as the Head of Business Development & Marketing at Monitise MEA, a leading technology firm in the digital financial services business. She previously held various roles working in IT from project management, account management and business development. Also experienced in digital marketing and health care solution, Tanya holds a Master’s degree in International Finance from Brandeis International Business School.

Tunc NoyanTunc Noyan, C-Level Executive, Information Technology, Digital Strategy
Noyan, London, United Kingdom

Tunç is a dynamic and solutions-oriented professional with more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in all areas of IT project management and business management operations within highly reputed organizations like Microsoft, FCA, IBM and Erdemir Group. He has bidirectional business background in IT industry both as a senior consultant as well as a CIO.  He possesses success stories in managing IT strategy and transformation, as well as building and leading top-performing teams, large scale ERP projects, and driving business process enhancement.

Kutluk OzguvenKutluk Özgüven, CEO
Kurgan d.o.o., Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Kutluk Ozguven is a professor of Management Information Systems with a background in Artificial Intelligence and Media Management. In addition to his academic career be worked in several industrial projects local or international as project manager or management consultant. A graduate of Bilkent, Manchester and Istanbul Universities, he lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he heads a company as well as Istanbul.

Suhas PandeSuhas Pande, Lead Full-Stack Developer/Solution Architect
State of Oregon, Portland, Oregon, USA

Software applications developer and application architect with 13+ years of experience in design and development of various web/desktop based applications. Have performed multiple roles including Business /Functional Analyst, Module Lead and Programmer Analyst, specializes in Java J2EE technologies with substantial experience in Retirement System business processes. Domain Expertise in Retirement System Solutions. Implemented various web based and batch processing applications in high volume online transaction environment for finance industries.

Shailesh RangariShailesh Rangari, Offensive Security Practice Lead
NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California, USA

Shailesh Rangari is a cybersecurity professional with extensive experience in offensive security practices, attack and defense techniques, penetration testing, threat and vulnerability management, and software and product security. He is currently employed with NVIDIA Corporation and leads their Offensive Security practice that focuses on enhancing the existing capabilities and securing the software and products of NVIDIA. In the past, he has worked with Ernst & Young’s (EY) cybersecurity consulting practice in delivering security assessment and offensive security services to the firm’s largest clients. He has assisted businesses with their information security needs and successfully guided them in enhancing their defenses to tackle internal and external threat actors. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University’s Information Security Institute with a Master of Science in Security Informatics in 2010.

Mohammad RizviMohammad Rizvi, IT Leader
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Plano, Texas, USA  
Mohammad Raza Rizvi is an IT professional with 15+ years of international experience with multinational firms - PwC US and Wipro. He has experience across US and Europe working with many Fortune 500 customers and helping them succeed in their IT & Business Transformation programs and Digital implementations across Finance, Telecom, Automotive and Printing Solutions industry segments. He has helped customers with IT Strategy, Solution Roadmap, Business/IT Alignment, Program Plan, CRM Consulting, System Integration, Solution Blueprinting and Transition for on-remise and cloud products. He holds a Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.

Ashish VermaAshish Verma, Assistant Vice President
State Street Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts, USA   
Ashish Kumar Verma is a senior executive and an acknowledged expert in the areas of Cloud & Fog Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and their applications in business. He works at State Street Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. The Cloud at State Street is one of the largest private Cloud implementations in the world. Ashish has a leading role at State Street helping IaaS+ and PaaS applications follow Cloud Infrastructure resiliency and alerting/monitoring standards.

Arnold WongArnold Wong, National Treasurer
Australian Computer Society, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Arnold Wong is a passionate champion for delivering excellent customer service.  Currently a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, he serves as National Treasurer on the Management Committee (Board) and the ACS WA Branch Executive Committee.  He has also served on numerous Community and Professional Boards.  Arnold has enjoyed a long and successful professional career in the ever evolving ICT Services Industry for 30 years and has developed extensive Strategic Leadership, General Management, Customer Service and Business Development skills within a variety of business industries including Technology, Education, Healthcare and Resources in public and private sectors across Australia, Asia, Europe and USA.