Meet the Judges

Aliaksandr Shulyak
Senior Site Reliability Engineer

Cloud and DevOps practice-oriented Engineer with over 7+ years of tech experience. Currently working in Cambridge, UK. Active conference/meetup speaker, Linux evangelist, open-source contributor with a strong passion for quality. Awards and hackathons judge and mentor.

Huseyin Seker
Chief Data Scientist
Birmingham City University

Huseyin is a research-oriented and enterprise-focused academic and manager with both academic and industry experiences in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and emerging & disruptive technologies/systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been involved with a portfolio of collaborative research, enterprise and teaching/learning projects of over £20M as PI, Co-I and international researcher in collaboration with universities and companies in the UK and abroad. He was one of the founding members of the Institute of Coding and lead its activities at Northumbria University until September 2019. He previously worked as a Reader/Assoc Professor and Director of Enterprise & Engagement for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University and Faculty Head of Research Operations for the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University.

Ian Golding
The Natural History Museum

Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles. He is currently Interim CIO at The Natural History Museum, developing the Technology Strategy and Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum. In 2017 As the RNLI’s first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution’s first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning. Ian has also been Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,200 staff across 140 offices worldwide. Ian is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS. He is also an investor and mentors digital startups. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian’s aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

Julie Reali
Global Partnerships Director

As Global Partnerships Director at Dailymotion, Julie oversees the programmatic partnership team in charge of global strategy and the North American market. Under her leadership, the team is in charge of Dailymotion’s video programmatic monetization managing DSP and SSP relationships, developing strategic initiatives and expanding revenue streams. Julie has worked for major companies such as L’Oreal, WarnerBros and Airbus around the world in Beijing, Seoul, Paris and New York City. She holds a Master's degree in Business and Strategy from NEOMA Business School as well as a MBA in Technological Innovation Management from EWHA Womans University in Seoul and wrote a thesis on how big data is disrupting companies’ predictive capabilities.

Natalie Cramp

With a background working across private, public and third sector, Natalie leads Profusion to support our clients to increase sales and optimise operations using data. She has a real passion for supporting our Data Academy to build the next generation of talent, and our Foundation to use data for good. She was named in the Data IQ 100 2020, the top 100 data professionals in the UK. Prior to Profusion, Natalie ran above the line, digital and email marketing campaigns for the Mayor of London to launch a new brand ‘Team London’ and build and engage a database of 1 million Londoners who would volunteer, securing London the title of European Volunteering Capital. She was also part of the team that delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Rajinder Tumber MBE
Security Consultancy Team Lead

Rajinder Tumber MBE is not only an award-winning cyber security professional, but he is a survivor of Meningitis, and a world record-breaking poet.  For his devotion to the cyber security industry, Rajinder was awarded an MBE in 2020, from Her Majesty the Queen.  Rajinder's most recent masterpiece was a well-crafted poem to promote Cyber Security Awareness Month at Sky.  His poem, Cyber Aware, was successfully published within the latest edition (Oct 2021) of the world-renowned ISSA Journal

Sameer DMello
Founder and Managing Director
Cirrusian Group

Sameer D’Mello, Founder & MD at Cirrusian Group and former Global Head of Digital Innovation for Commercial Banking Technology, HSBC

Sameer is a global technology leader with 25 years experience in leading strategy and operations at large IT organisations and executing complex transformation in Retail and Commercial Banking globally. Most recently, Sameer led the strategy, build and launch of HSBC’s new UK ‘Cloud first’ digital bank, HSBC Kinetic. He has also driven the streamlining of HSBC’s commercial lending across 40 countries and mobilised IT infrastructure and resource for HSBC UK’s ring-fenced bank and the bank’s Brexit contingencies. Sameer specialises in solving big challenges across different geographies by bringing together diverse teams to manage and innovate with technology. Expert at navigating projects through diverse companies, cultures and regulations, Sameer has held senior leadership roles in the UK, Middle East and India during his career. An evangelist for life-long learning, Sameer has studied Accountancy, Information Management & Systems Development, Management and Professional Cloud Architecture. He has degrees from the University of Bombay and the University of Leicester.

Tom Allen
Site Editor
Delta and Computing

Tom is the Site Editor for Delta, Computing’s market intelligence service, and regularly writes news and analysis pieces for Computing. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry, trading LCDs and quantum dots for cyber-security and machine learning. As well as tech market analysis, Tom’s role consists of interviewing C-level IT leaders, organising events and complaining about improper use of the Oxford comma.