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Judges

The Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE is privileged to work with an expert set of judges who will ensure a fair and rigorous competition. Their professional insight will be imperative as we look to award teams who have successfully developed technologies to ensure safety for women across the world.


Lauren C. Anderson

 

An internationally recognized geopolitical and international security consultant, and a distinguished former FBI executive, Lauren C. Anderson is committed to investing in women and youth around the world to prevent conflict, advocate for social justice, and address economic disparities. At the FBI she was a national security expert, where she oversaw investigative applications of some of the most sophisticated and sensitive technologies used by the US Intelligence Community. An Advisor to the US Comptroller General at the Government Accountability Office, Anderson is a Global Ambassador with Vital Voices, the Global Board Chair of the Red Dot Foundation/Safecity, and sits on the Boards of Project Liberation, BD Foundation (India), and the Alumni Board at Muhlenberg College. She is an Advisor for the documentary film, The Uncondemned, and an expert with the Women’s Media Center. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Executive programs at the Harvard Business School and the Cambridge Judge Business School.


Judy Feng

 

Judy Feng is an Antenna Engineering Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Her experience includes eight years in the Defense Sector as a Principal Antenna Design Engineer at BAE Systems in the Electronic Warfare and Information System & Technology sectors. More recently, she worked at AMI Research & Development, LLC for 5 years as an Engineering Manager, and was one of the founding members of the startup leading a multitude of projects. She holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Applied Electromagnetics, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Feng holds 17 patents and has 10 publications.


Sunish Issac

 

Sunish Issac is currently Chief Engineer at RLE International, a leading value engineering multinational serving the global automotive industry. He is responsible for building advanced bot enabled applications for businesses and factory floors and various process automation outcomes.

Sunish has been a hardware hacker and software developer since a very young age and was involved in the development of an open source programming language which happens to be the precursor of Arduino. He is also experienced in consulting related to embedded hardware development, patents and startups.

Sunish won the Millennium Alliance Award in 2015 and was a semi finalist at the Global Cleantech India Program 2016 for the research and development of electronic products in the field of agriculture and clean tech.


Dr. Shruti Kapoor

 

Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist, economist, and social entrepreneur who is passionate about the safety of girls and women. Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi 2012, she founded her organization, Sayfty in June 2013 to educate and empower the women and girls of India against violence. Dr. Kapoor holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Riverside, and has worked at international organizations like The World Bank and UN Women. She served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles teaching economics to students. Dr. Kapoor is the co-chair of UN Women’s Task Force for Young Women’s Economic Empowerment and is an active member of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality Task Force. She served on the core organizing committee of the UN’s Youth Forum for the Commission on the Status of Women 2017.


Nic McKinley

 

Nic McKinley is the founder and Executive Director of DeliverFund, a nonprofit private intelligence organization. As an Operative who served as a Country Chief for a Special Unit within the CIA, McKinley witnessed not only the epidemic of child trafficking within illicit markets, but also the unrealized opportunity to apply his understanding and training to influence this global crisis. McKinley spent 11 years in US Special Operations as an Air Force Pararescueman prior to being recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency. Due to his highly specialized training and experience in both special and intelligence operations, McKinley has a firm understanding about these illicit, illegal markets and has the highest levels of training to effectively combat them.


Gioia Messinger

 

Gioia Messinger is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and executive with an extensive background in connected devices, digital health, robotics/AI, and video technologies. She serves as founder and Principal of LinkedObjects, Inc., a technology and business strategy firm specialized in the Internet of Things, and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of California, San Diego.   Messinger was the Chief Judge for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a $10 million competition to bring healthcare to the palm of your hands, and the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a competition to transform medical sensors.

She received her Master's degree in Business Administration, with highest distinction, from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine and B.S./M.A. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.


Phyllis Newhouse

 

Phyllis W. Newhouse is the Chief Executive Officer of Xtreme Solutions, Inc., an end-to-end IT services and solutions provider, with offerings that range from IT business consulting to state-of-the-art cyber security consulting and forensic analysis. Phyllis co-founded Xtreme Solutions in 2002 upon retiring from the United States Army as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. Phyllis is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, and worldwide motivational speaker in business. Phyllis, now one of the most influential women in technology, was admitted into the 2013 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ and was most recently recognized for her accomplishments as the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 National Technology Award winner.


Shalini Prakash

 

Shalini Prakash believes in the magic that happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship and technology. Her interests lie in understanding how these intersections can be empowered to create transformational solutions for different ecosystems.Currently a Venture Partner at 500Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator based in Silicon Valley with a total of over $350 million under management, Prakash takes pride in being at the helm of affairs at the world's most active early-stage investors with a portfolio of over 1,800 companies across 50 countries.


Supreet K. Singh

 

Supreet K Singh is the COO & director of Safecity, (Red Dot Foundation) a platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces to aggregate data and indicate local trends. A writer/director/film producer and a yoga instructor, she has transited from a corporate world where she worked for more than a decade with the UB Group. Being an avid reader, a cinema-buff, and a writer, she has been writing and developing her stories for the past couple of years. She has written and directed a few women cause docu-ads and commercial ads as well as produced still and motion videos/campaigns for the last 7 years. Her creative collaboration ranges from writing, directing, art designing, and styling to producing various visuals (whether still or motion). She Won the Best Director for her first short film Bouddi at the Cine India Film Festival, and was selected to solely represent India in the International French Film Festival in July 2016. She is working on her feature currently. In her role with Safecity she provides guidance on creatively engaging women and men in solutions and designing partnerships with media, corporates and other NGOs. She conducts workshops on raising awareness regarding sexual violence / POSH / POCSO with the children, youth, community & corporates. More recently she won the Social Innovator Leadership award by Biz Divas 2016 for her work. She is a certified personal counsellor and Vital Voices Lead Fellow.


Chavi Vohra

 

Chavi Vohra is a development professional, experienced in prompting children rights, women’s empowerment and youth development through programme development, advocacy and capacity development.

Chavi has successfully advocated for gender and non-discriminatory responsive impact of Sustainable Development Goals for most marginalized women, children and youth. She has closely worked with frontline workers in the rural setting to social impact entrepreneurs and investors. She has worked with UN (UNICEF, etc.), national and international civil society organizations (Save the Children, Plan International, etc, foundations, HCL Foundation) media (NDTV) and academics institutions (Schools and Universities) on above-mentioned areas at local, national and international levels. 

Furthermore, as a trainer, she has conducted capacity development and learning programmes for children, women and youth using participatory and experiential learning methodologies and tools. She has also been an Advisor on Projects and Partnership at 1 Million for 1 Billion, India and USA. She advised on Social Impact Innovative Project “StartupGurukool” enhancing Livelihood opportunities and skills in rural areas and linking start-ups with the rural micro-entrepreneurs. The programme has a special focus on rural women and young people’s skills development and innovation.


Tyson Woeste

 

Tyson Woeste is an engineer and entrepreneur who has spent his career creating  hardware and software products. He is currently the founder and CEO of Transported, a venture funded startup that lets anyone create virtual reality tours of the world's most interesting places and spaces.

Woeste has an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Victoria.


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