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2021 JUDGES

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VEDRAN DRAKULIĆ OAM

CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, Adjunct Professor, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT

As CEO of one of the largest private family foundations in Australia, Vedran supports the Gandel family to invest in digital learning opportunities and programs to enable better educational outcomes for all Australians, but especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years Gandel Philanthropy funded projects such as ‘computer for every child’, the digital learning labs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, iPads for non-verbal students in specialist schools and a Tech Schools program in regional and rural schools. Vedran is also an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). 

STUART ALLEN

Director of Online Learning at Heriot-Watt Online

Stuart Allan leads the design and development of large-scale, fully online programmes and innovation in digital pedagogy at Heriot-Watt Online (Heriot-Watt University). Previously he led the transformation of the online MBA at Edinburgh Business School, which has over 9,000 students worldwide. Stuart has an MSc in Digital Education, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is currently working on a PhD at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research in Digital Education. He is passionate about making access to digital education more equitable.

RAHUL MOODGAL

Director and Partner at Parvus Asset Management

Director and Partner at Parvus Asset Management; work with various firms as a strategic advisor, consultant or fund director. Trustee and/or patron of six charities working with young people. Rahul has spent the last 22 years building businesses across the world. Prior to moving into the world of finance he was an academic and he studied at 19 universities in four countries. Today he works with six charitable organisations and supports many others. All of the charities focus on young people so education is central to the delivery of their mission and digital has been key to the success in reaching benefactors.

BERNARDO RIVEROS

Director of International Strategy at Global University Systems Canada

Bernardo was born in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising & Marketing. Arrived originally in Canada as an international student in 1996 and later he co-founded of one of the most prestigious and largest private English schools for international students in Canada. Now Bernardo is currently the Director of International Strategy for Global University Systems Canada. Bernardo has a passion for helping people especially other immigrants, that is why since his early years in Canada he has served at different non-for-profit organizations. He has been a recipient of national and international recognitions such as “New Pioneer Award” by Skills for Change, the “Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada” by the Hispanic Business Alliance, the “Award of Excellence” by Colombia en el Exterior and is also the recipient of the “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award” by the Canadian Immigrant Magazine and The Royal Bank of Canada. He is also a certified coach, teacher and speaker of the John Maxwell Organization. His passion is to intentionally add value to people and help SMB and SME during their startup period.

NISHY LALL

Head of Young People at Sky

‘Nishy joined Sky in 1998 and has worked in Finance and Broadcasting ever since. Today, she is Head of Young People, helping hundreds of underrepresented youth find fulfilling work in the media industry. Her work has already impacted over 200,000 young people across media, tech and sport and has led to her being awarded the Social and Humanitarian Asian Women of Achievement Award for 2020.’

COLIN HICKIE

Director of Media & Technology Enhanced Learning Operations, University of Law

Colin is an experienced leader in the field of learning transformation with a passion for digital learning, educational operations in the U.K, Australia and U.S.A, instructional / learning design, edtech, customer service design, product management & leading digital teams. For over 10+ years he has led on successful projects in online and blended digital courses within higher education, colleges, learning and development & commercial education working directly with educators, clients, CEO's and senior management.