Meet the DEA Judges for 2019: Part Two

Posted on August 9, 2019 by Digital Entrepreneur Awards

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We hope you enjoyed our first judges’ spotlight, where we introduced three of our fantastic DEA judges. Now, it’s time to meet four more!

First up, we have…

Vikas Shah MBE, CEO of Swiscot Group

DEA judge 2018 - Vikas Shah MBE

This serial-entrepreneur, investor, thinker and educator has built a diverse range of businesses, all around the world, for two decades! He is a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations globally.

Vikas is CEO of Swiscot Group, a venture investor in numerous technology startups and businesses internationally, and co-founder of 53 Degrees North. He was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

As if that wasn’t enough to impress you, Vikas is also an Honorary Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester Alliance Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurship on the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK and the chair of the Digital Leaders board

DEA judge 2018 Jacqueline de RojasPresident of techUK and Co-Chair at the institute of Coding, Jacqueline is a non-executive director of Rightmove and Costain. She is also a business mentor at Merryck Gorup and President of Digital Leaders.

To add to her incredible list of roles, Jacqeline advises the board of Accelerate-her and lends her support to the Big Youth Group and the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation. In 2015, de Rojas was voted Computer Weekly’s most Influential woman. In 2016, she was listed on Debrett’s 500 People of Influence and in 2017 was named in Europe’s Inspiring Fifty, which recognises the most inspiring female role models in Europe.

Finally, Jacqueline was awarded a CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list of 2018. And this year was honoured with the Asian Women of Achievement Award for Technology and Digital.

Wow! Who’s next?

Naomi Timperley, Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates and Chair of Capital Pilot

naomi-timperleyNaomi Timperley has extensive experience working with startups and growth businesses in the tech, digital and creative sectors. Just last year, Naomi was named in the 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018.

As one of 2 iDEA Industry Ambassadors in the world for the Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, for her work with Wakelet and iDEA, Naomi is a big champion of Digital Skills for everyone. She is also an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School.

In addition to these incredible achievements, Naomi sits on GMCA’s Innovation Board, the Board of arts organisation Future Everything and is Chair of investment platform Capital Pilot.

Martin SFP Bryant, Founder of Big Revolution

Martin SFP Bryant is the founder of technology and media consultancy Big Revolution. Working with clients across the UK, Europe and beyond, he is also a speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media.

With Big Revolution, Bryant works to help technology companies craft a narrative around their products and business. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of international technology publication The Next Web, and Community Editor at Tech North, where he shone a light on the stories of startups and entrepreneurs in the North of England.

Martin also delivers workshops on emerging technology, helping individuals and businesses understand how new trends and products will change the way they live and work. He often appears on TV and radio, and has given insight into technology news stories on the likes of BBC Breakfast, Sky News, You & Yours, and Good Morning Wales.

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