We are delighted to welcome our panel of five prestigious judges for the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge. Each judge has been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience, and represents a diversity of perspectives. The panel will evaluate the submissions according to the published criteria and scoring rubric.
Mitchell Baker is the Executive Chairwoman and co-founder of Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser.
Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than 15 years. Mozilla is a non-profit with a mission to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. It has a vibrant, global community of developers and contributors.
Mitchell has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999. She is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers committed to an open, innovative Internet and the infinite possibilities it presents.
Rocio Fonseca is the Executive Director of Start-Up Chile, one of the biggest & most diverse startup communities in the world.
Biotechnology Engineer, Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sloan Fellow & Master in Management from MIT.
During the last 10 years her career focus has been turning opportunities and ideas into new technological businesses. She has been an entrepreneur, designed and managed innovation portfolios, coordinated go-to-market initiatives, raised funds and managed national and internationals teams and stakeholders from the private and public sector.
Before joining TLcom, Omobola was Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria from 2011 to 2015, focusing on the launch and execution of the National Broadband Plan, and the support of the Nigerian technology industry, including the pioneering involvement of the government in a local VC fund and a network of start-up incubators. Prior to serving in the Nigerian government, she gained over 25 years of consulting experience with Accenture including five years as Country Managing Director, working with companies in a variety of industries, transforming them into more competitive and dynamic organizations.
Omobola serves on the Board of a number of leading Nigerian and multi-national corporations and is the Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet (Worldwide Web Foundation), a Trustee of the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative and Founding Chairperson and Trustee, Women in Management and Business.
Nikhil Pahwa is the Founder and Editor of MediaNama, a leading publication chronicling the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. He is a TED Fellow, and co-founded the Savetheinternet.in campaign for Net Neutrality, which was the largest grassroots campaign in the history of India, with over a million people participating. He is also the co-founder of the Internet Freedom Foundation, which focuses on advocacy for an open Internet in India.
Nikhil is one of India today Magazine’s “Indians of Tomorrow” under 35. MediaNama was awarded as an Ecosystem Builder by Fortune Magazine in 2016.
Marlon Parker is the founder of Reconstructed Living Labs – a South African social entrepreneur who uses information communications technology (ICT) to empower communities, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and named by the Mail and Guardian as 1 of 300 young South Africans you have to take out to lunch. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2014.
Parker is currently head of Mxit Reach, which is centered on using the innovative technology built by Mxit to create free mobile educational, health care, agricultural and community applications. With over 50 million users, Mxit is Africa’s largest social network.
Parker’s work as a social entrepreneur, and in particular his successes with Rlabs franchise, has seen Reconstructed Living Labs popping up all over the world in places like Brazil, Namibia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Somalia.