ITU Telecom World Awards
2018 Jury

Many thanks to our jury of experts for their invaluable support and participation in selecting the best innovative ICT solutions at ITU Telecom World 2018.


Deanne Friis-Smith

Deanne is a business professional with a global mindset and more than 20 years’ experience in the services sector, primarily finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing. She has a very broad range of skills that she has developed and learned, working with corporates, mentors and entrepreneurs spanning a wide array of industries and sectors in South Africa and abroad. This global access to resources has exposed her to various types of business models, marketing strategies, industries, case studies, distribution models, and key industry and business leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise not only with endeavor entrepreneurs but with local staff as well. Deanne has a Bachelor of Social Science degree as well as a diploma in Public Relations and Marketing Management.

Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart is the Director of Telefónica Open_ Future and Wayra UK, which has invested in almost 180 start-ups that have raised over $207 million from third-party investors. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the executive editor of The Yale Law Journal. Gary clerked for the Chief Judge of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals before becoming an M&A and securities lawyer at white-shoe law firms in the US and Europe and before co-founding a start-up that raised over €4 million in funding before being sold in 2016. Previously Gary was an associate professor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at IE Business School. He now sits on the board of Governors at the University of East London and supports Amos Bursary Scholars by Mentorship and employment.  

Huajing Jiang

Mr. Huajing Jiang, Board Chairman of Shanghai TERJIN Radio Technology Company. Huajing Jiang graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1999 with a Bachelor degree and majored in communication engineering. Huajing Jiang founded Shanghai TERJIN Radio Technology in 2003, which focus on spectrum monitoring and radio location, including the Anti-Drone system. The Anti-Drone system includes detection, classification, geo-location and countermeasures of drones. The Anti-Drone system can help the security department to manage no-fly zones and geo-fencing, and give early warning of drone threats, even just after the power-on before the flying. The system can also geo-locate the drones and pilots, and output the path line. The systems are widely deployed in airports, oil fields, power plants, prisons, VIP events. The innovative TDOA radio monitoring and geo-location system has been widely deployed in radio monitoring stations and broadcast administration bureaus in China. Huajing Jiang led the team which won the bidding of the Ministry of Public Security of China. TERJIN radio was involved in G20 Hangzhou Summit in 2016, and took part 3 times in the World Internet Conference Wuzhen summit during 2015 to 2017. TERJIN Radio won the ITU Telecom World Global SME Award for the Most Innovative Use of ICTs at ITU Telecom World 2017.  

Stephen Ibaraki


REDDS Venture Investment Partners

With more than 100 top executive roles, global lifetime achievement and innovation awards and recognitions, a few of executive chairman and serial entrepreneur Stephen Ibaraki's positions include: co-chair Practitioner Board Association for Computing Machinery; founding chair Global Industry Council and vice-chair board IP3 International Federation for Information Processing; top 5 blogger IDG-IT World (Canada); founding managing partner REDDS Venture Investment Partners; founder technology advisory board, Yintech Investment Holdings Ltd.; founding member Beyond Initiative (Audi AI Think Tank), founding chairman outreach UN ITU "ICT Discovery" Journal; founding chair-moderator/keynote/organizer UN ITU AI events, ITU UN Briefing New York; founder, founding chairman outreach, founding member steering committee seminal UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit with XPRIZE Foundation, 20 UN Agency partners, 47 media; keynote at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE Austin, USA); founding chairman Technology Advisory Council Financial Services Roundtable FinTech Ideas Festival (FSR: 92.7 trillion managed assets, 1.2 trillion annual revenue); invited advisor to board within IEEE; 14 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Awards, and 3 global gold awards and 3 founding Fellow awards.

Kali Taylor

Kali Taylor leads the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem initiative under IISD's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Knowledge Program. This initiative promotes collaboration and initiatives for Geneva-based actors focused on SDG implementation. IISD has partnered closely with the UNOG SDG Lab to fulfill this vision and, as such, Kali is seconded part-time to the UN Office at Geneva, representing non-governmental organizations' (NGO) viewpoints and providing expertise on systems change and innovation best practice. Prior to joining IISD, Kali co-founded and ran a youth-focused NGO that works on energy and climate issues called Student Energy. She has also completed an internship with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a joint initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for advancing the green economy. In her early career, Kali held a number of positions in the energy industry focused on climate change and sustainability, including assessing policy regimes and technological options for climate mitigation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specialized in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Karim Rabie

Karim Rabie is an ICT Consultant with 15 years of experience in diverse fields of Data Networks, Mobility, & NFV/SDN domains. He currently holds the position of SDN/NFV Business Solutions Executive at NEC/Netcracker with previous Technical and consulting roles at Tech Mahindra, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Nokia, Huawei, Equinox, Orange Business Services, & Orange. Karim was one of the pioneer professionals working in the LTE/EPC domain back in 2009, working on the design of some of the first LTE commercial launches and trials, in addition to leading many mobile broadband overseas projects with Tier-1 operators globally. He is recognized as one of the NFV/SDN industry men with a solid community contributions record delivering numerous webinars and sessions, in addition to being a former member of OPNFV End user Advisory Group and ETSI NFV Network Operators Council.  

Kerry Petrie

Kerry Petrie is the General Manager at Silicon Cape. Kerry joined the Silicon Cape team in February, adding her significant experience within the NGO sector, particularly around strategic visioning, stakeholder engagement and evaluation, to the Silicon Cape stable. Kerry has run successful interventions across urban and rural South Africa in sectors such as education, social justice and health. Her 2008 MBA dissertation explored the advantages and disadvantages of for-profit / non-profit alliances and the potentials of social enterprise. Her interest in innovative partnerships for development impact continues in all her work. She is passionate about facilitating outcomes that contribute to a future society which will be underpinned by commercial, social and environmental sustainability.

Regina M. Sipos

Digital Fellow Strategy Manager


Regina works at the intersection of tech and social good: as an entrepreneur, public speaker, mentor, educator, researcher and an advocate for openness and inclusion. She has worked with 100+ social-tech startups worldwide. She is a PhD candidate, researching social innovation in critical technical practice and works as a Scientific Staff Member at the Technical University Berlin, focusing on social innovation and critical technical practice. She is the Founder and Director of the Social-Digital Innovation Initiative, facilitating, promoting and supporting the cross-pollination of the world of technology and social entrepreneurship and the creation of financially sustainable social businesses. Previously, she supported the Ashoka Foundation’s digital strategy and for almost 7 years, managed the ITU’s Young Innovators Programme.

Tilman Suss

Berliner Strategen

Tilman is the Managing Director of BerlinerStrategen, a Berlin-based management and strategy consultancy for technology and impact driven SMEs, corporates, and public-sector institutions. He is also co-founder of a data analytics and cyber security software consultancy and an angel investor through his role as Managing Director of Sofora Ventures and BerlinerStrategen Ventures. Since 2015, Tilman has lectured on business communications at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and is now the Director of the Institute for Data Science at the Exponential University.