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2018 Human Resources Awards Categories Judging Committee


Chris LitherlandChris Litherland, Organization Effectiveness Consultant and Executive Coach
Mariposa Consulting International, Dusseldorf, Germany

Chris Litherland is an Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Business Mentor, Executive Coach, and the founder of Mariposa Consulting International. Based near Dusseldorf in Germany, he specializes in helping global organizations to address strategic challenges in areas such as employee engagement, employer branding, mobility, organizational performance, recognition and rewards, and talent management. He has held senior international HR roles, including American conglomerate Honeywell, Intermec Technologies, analytics software developer SAS Institute, and Japanese computer giant Fujitsu.
   Chris is an Environmental Studies graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.  He is SHRM-SCP and GPHR accredited, and a former global advisory board member with SHRM. Recently, he completed ICF-accredited coaching training, and is in the process of becoming ICF accredited (ACC).  Chris is a founding board member of the SHRM Forum Leadership Board for Austria & Germany. He is a regular judge for The International Business Awards®, and a member of the Workforce Business Intelligence board. He is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at global conferences, a writer, and thought-leader. In addition, Chris is a keen supporter of charitable causes and organizations, including Save the Children, UNICEF, and the International Red Cross.  He is originally from the UK and for the past 19 years has been based in Germany. His motto is: #learn2live #live2learn.
   On being appointed Chair of the Human Resources Awards Judging Committee, Chris told us: “It’s an honor to Chair the 2018 Human Resources Awards Judging Committee and to be a part of the IBA judging process.  As someone who has been involved with the Stevie Awards for many years, I’m convinced of the value they bring, at a local and international level, for organizations of any size, and in most relevant areas of business. It’s so important to have an open platform for companies to showcase their outstanding achievements and encourage innovation & growth. As Mark Twain said: To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.”


Husam Mahmoud AbdallahHusam Mahmoud Abdallah, Senior Advisor, Organization Development
Dubai Airport Freezone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates       

Husam is an expert with 20 years experience in the field of business excellence, strategy, people management, quality and organization development.  Husam is currently working for Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority - Government of Dubai and achieved several awards and prizes for the Authority.  Husam is always seeking for leveraging his competencies and continually improve his performance .  A results oriented and focus on innovation and creativity .  Member of different judging panels for different loval and international awards.

Jennifer Aherne, Vice President, HR – EMEA
Interface, IJsselstein, Utrecht, The Netherlands       

JB AloyJB Aloy, Global Head of Workforce Analytics Solutions and Employee Experience Insights
Ipsos, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Previously in charge of employee research at Ipsos in London and Hong Kong, JB heads the development of the specialised practice dedicated to employee engagement and leadership at Ipsos' HQ in Paris.
JB is a regular conference speaker. He has extensive experience working with clients to measure, manage and impact employee engagement. In addition, he designs employer branding programmes, as well as a variety of ad-hoc projects to assess corporate values, to audit internal communications, and to evaluate HR management policies and practices.

Taufik Aldila Armaputra, Budget Controller
PT Petrokimia Gresik, Gresik, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

Carol AshtonCarol Ashton, HR Consultant & Executive Coach
Carol Ashton Consulting, London, United Kingdom

Carol has over 30 years Corporate HR experience spanning the full range of HR disciplines in a number of sectors - including public sector, financial services and professional services - the past 20 of those in an executive and international capacity, and as a partner in the business since 2001.  In 2018, Carol started her own advisory business offering HR consulting and executive coaching services from her base in London.

Christine AugustineDr. Christine Augustine, AVP Head of HR
Ness Technologies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Christina Augustine is an HR leader with 20 years of experience in diverse industries and capacities (IT, Telecom, FMCG & Health Care). She is currently AVP Head of HR for Ness Technologies. Previously, she was Global SBU Head of HR at Virtusa Corporation.  She has a PhD in Applied Psychology with expertise in leading Digital HR & OD domains.  She has been honored as one of the “100 Top HR Tech Minds (2018)” and “Most Talented HR Leader (2017)” in Asia Pacific HRM. She has been a regular judge for The International Business Awards®, and was a Chair for the 2016 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers. She is a member of the HRPA in Toronto, Canada, and a Diversity Champion, who leads diversity and inclusion portfolios in all capacities. Chris is an international keynote speaker through social forums, print, and the TV shows “Enna Seivadhu?” and “Kelviyum Doctorum.”

Selin Balkan, HR Business Partner Specialist
Turk Telekom, Istanbul, Turkey

Heather BartonHeather Barton, Human Resources Consultant      
Peak Professionals, London, United Kingdom

After graduating from Oxford University, Heather worked in the Further Education sector as a Psychology lecturer and Vice Principal for a number of years before qualifying as a Human Resources professional.  She has experience at HR Director level in the education, criminal justice, housing and cultural exchange sectors and is skilled in Talent Management, Business Planning, Employee Benefits Design, and Personnel Management. Heather currently works as an HR Consultant with companies in the charity and voluntary sector.

Helmut Becker, HR & Legal Director
Red Cross Clinics Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

Sophia BoleckisSophia Boleckis, Head of People and Culture/Head of HR
Symbio, Espoo, Espoo, Finland

Sophia Boleckis is the Head of People and Culture at Symbio, a global software and quality assurance company based in US, Europe and China. Sophia has a 20 years global experience from various HR fields: resourcing, recruitment, employer branding, talent development, leadership, cultural transformation, employee experience and engagement. She has a strong passion in transforming employee and customer experiences into word-class excellency, working cross-functionally, creating true eco-systems and constantly maintaining a robust business focus in all of her work and initiatives – and through these to help organizations and people to grow and flourish. 

Josue Briseno, Global HR Director
Micro Focus, DuPont, Washington, United States

Heena Sunil BulchandaniDr. Heena Sunil Bulchandani, Senior Specialist - Training and Development
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Global Award winning, Certified Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP), Certified EFQM assessor, Coactive Coach, experienced, confident and result oriented international HR Practitioner, trainer, educator and assessor with proven leadership skills and business acumen.  Highly experienced with extensive knowledge in Strategic Human Resource Management functions and blessed with natural ability to learn and innovate.  Have experience of working in Government as well as Private sector organizations; across industries; Pharmaceutical, Health, Education and Utilities; a solid history of producing results, have played a significant role in long term planning including initiative geared towards operational excellence and monitoring productivity, quality of output and cost of service in order to assess, evaluate and continually improve results.  Presently, working as a Sr. Specialist – Training and Development with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).  Winner of prestigious Awards, to mention a few; Patron’s Appreciation award for Career Achievement and Innovative Approaches in HR in Emirates Women Award by Dubai Quality Group, Young HR Professional of the Year Award in the Global HR Excellence Awards by World HRD Congress, Stevie Finalist – ‘Employee of the Year’ in Stevie Awards for women in Business.  Certified EFQM Assessor.  Participated as an expert speaker in various International HR Conferences. Was selected as a judge in various Stevie Awards – like Stevie Awards for Women in Business and The International Business Awards.  Conducted various researches in HR and published articles in various journals and newsletter and an occasional speaker at Radio. Assessment Team Leader in various prestigious awards such as Dubai Human Development Award, UAE Innovation Award.   Visiting Professor with many reputed universities and colleges. Experience in conducting and managing various assessments such as that of Dubai Quality Award, Investors in People.  Chairperson of HR Sub-Group, Dubai Quality Group.

Shakil ButtShakil Butt, HR Hero
HR Hero for Hire, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Shakil Butt (FCIPD, FCCA) is a values driven, accomplished, award winning HR professional, with over 20 years of experience leading an award winning global HR team in a multi faith, multi ethnic and multi cultural environment.  Now working as an independent consultant, Shakil adds value engaging with organisations and individuals with their HR and OD challenges and executive support.  Shakil has been part of various senior management teams leading on strategic direction, organisational development and change management in multiple organisations. Shakil enjoys writing and contributing to articles on HR and management and  regularly speaks at HR conferences and events.

Tish Clyde, VP Head of Labour & Employment
Nokia, London, United Kingdom

Bruce DittemoreBruce Dittemore, Chief Human Resources Officer
Bethany of the Northwest, Everett, Washington, United States

Global HR leader with a demonstrated history of adding value to a company's bottom line through its greatest asset...people! My strengths are sound judgement, wise counsel, and worldwide HR Management.


Eric Dulkeith, Senior Executive
Detecon Innovation Institute, Detecon Inc., USA, New York, New York, United States

Yavuz DuyarYavuz Duyar, Human Resources Coordinator
Opet Petrolculuk A.S., Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

Yavuz Duyar is HR Coordinator at Opet, a leading Oil and Gas distribution company in Turkey. After graduating as Industrial Engineer from Galatasaray University of Istanbul, he started his professional career as HR Assistant at Opet. With more than 7 years of experience in many areas of HR especially in Performance and Bonus Management, Digitalization of HR Processes, SAP HR and HR reporting, he aims to ensure high employee satisfaction within the company. He is a solution-oriented and analytical HR Professional with an engineering background.

Gabriele FantaGabriele Fanta, Managing Director People Management
Sixt Rent a Car, Pullach, Bavaria, Germany

With Business Administration Background, first started my Career in Marketing and Communications profiles in Automotive/Energy/Utility industries before re-entering the world of HR with McDonald's LLC in 2013. Since then, moved up until board Level of German Organization. Since 2018, "back to the roots" into Automotive/Utility at Sixt Rent a Car. Exciting Job!

Jo-Ann GarbuttJo-Ann Garbutt, HR Executive
GCS, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

With over 20 years’ international experience in HR, Jo-Ann has a global perspective of leading human resource management and supporting executive teams and leaders in meeting business objectives in fast changing industries and complex organizational structures.

Ambika HanchateAmbika Hanchate, CEO/Executive Director
Green India International Foundation, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr Ambika Hanchate was one of leading CEO/Executive Director of many reputed foundations in action nation, along with held commissioned ambassador of MDG, in abroad, as well coordinator of IBR book of records ,news media association life time president so and son on she hold well posting in social service .For her contribution in society won 120 national, international award with hold medals and achieved across the world .

Kimberlee Harrison, EVP, Human Resources for Global Functions, Diversity and Code of Conduct
Deutsche Post DHL Group, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Barry HartunianBarry Hartunian, Vice President Human Resources
Toast, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Barry Hartunian has more than 25 years of business and human resources experience across a number of industries. Most notably, he has been an active business leader in the technology and software sector with companies that have experienced significant growth and success in their markets. His passion for global HR has grown out of his experiences living and working abroad while successfully pioneering and growing global operations for a number of successful companies including ATG, Spotfire, Veson Nautical and Toast.

Joann HizonJoann Hizon, Vice President-Human Resources
SM Investments Corp, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

Has over 20 years leadership experience in HR, Administration, Training, Operations, Facilities and General Services. Experience culled from the telecommunications, BPO, semiconductors, IT, pharmaceutical and the mining industries. Resource speaker on career counseling, succession planning, workforce planning, workplace diversity, and organizational transformation. Articles and/or interviews have appeared on Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan magazines, the Philippine Daily Star, Manila Bulletin and Business World newspapers, on Studio 23 TV, and on Bloomberg.

Robert Jackson, Director, Human Resources
Stars Behavioral Health Group, Long Beach, California, United States

Panorea Karanikolopoulou-MacdonaldPanorea Karanikolopoulou-Macdonald, Group People and Strategy Officer
Intragroup, Brussels, Belgium

A multi-lingual, international, customer obsessed CHRO, with a strong combination of exceptional strategic planning and communication skills and a well-proven record of achievements, within highly competitive global market environments (including rapidly expanding/emerging regions). A highly energetic, “out of the box” thinker, with particular expertise in setting the strategic vision for and leading high profile, multi-million € and multi-country transformational projects within various industry sectors. Possessing the natural ability to influence diverse stakeholders, and successfully direct large, cross- functional and culturally diverse teams to achieve all objectives. With a well-developed skill-set in all aspects of HR operations, acquired through world-class company experience.

Cemal Karayormuk, Senior HR and Training Consultant
Cesar & Black Consulting, Istanbul, Turkey

Brandy Lee, Assistant Director - Human Resources & Administration
Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Joseph Mathew, Chairman & CEO
Corrections India-Aswasa Bhavan, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Monique Miklovic, EVP, Human Resources
Merchant e-Solutions, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Rajiv NoronhaRajiv Noronha, VP & Head - HR (Analytics & Insights Business Unit)
Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

HR leader with 25 years spanning various functional areas across people function.  Led many change and transformational programs for large organizations where he has worked and contributed.  An avid blogger (Google for HR Vitamins).

Gorkem OzkanGӧrkem Özkan, Human Resources Manager
Yapı Merkezi Company, Istanbul, Turkey

Görkem Özkan has over 14 years experience in Human Resources Management. She has worked in the energy and construction sector and held management positions in ENR companies. She is also  studying for a Ph.D. in HR Management Career Counseling at Ankara University, and is an ICF Member Coach. Görkem gives full weight to  Personnel Development and has published articles and books on that subject. She has been honored several times by the Stevie Awards, and most recently was named Female Executive of the Year in EMEA in the 2015 Women in Business Award.

Tsang Wing Phang, Senior Assistant Director
State Courts Singapore, Singapore

Andrew PowlesAndrew Powles, Director of People
The Law Society of England and Wales, London, United Kingdom

Andrew has over 30 years HR experience and has operated at a senior level within complex private, public and membership organisations. After 20 years in the private sector with companies which included Prudential UK and Europe, Andrew moved to Central Government and worked at the Home Office, the Department for Transport and the Department for Business. His most recent position was with The Law Society of England and Wales as Director of People. Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).

Hisham Rashed, Experienced HR Director
HR Consultant, New Milton, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Christine Schulz, Senior Expert HR Total Workforce Management
Deutsche Telekom AG – Europe & Technology (former employee), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Kaustubh Sonalkar, President HR - Essar Group, CEO - Essar Corp Services LLP, and CEO - Essar Foundation
Essar Group, Thane (w), Maharashtra, India

Wolfgang StehleDr. Wolfgang Stehle, Senior Vice President HR
Lenzing AG, Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

Wolfgang is an international HR leader with experience across the globe in various industries. Initially an engineer by training he fostered his career in HR within Siemens where he worked as the HR lead for the Asia region. He also worked for Novartis for a number of years and has held global responsibilities for HR within hidden champions such as SIG or most recently Lenzing AG. Wolfgang‘s passion is developing people and implementing value based management.

Catherine StothartCatherine Stothart, Coach, Consultant, and Author
Essenwood Consulting Ltd, Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Catherine Stothart is a Coach and Team Consultant with clients including Airbus, Audi, KCOM, and United Utilities.  She previously held posts in Human Resource Management and Learning & Development in Ford Motor Company, Mercury Communications and ICL.  Catherine has a BA in English from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has qualifications in coaching and psychometric testing.  She has written articles for professional journals and her first book, How to Get On with Anyone, is published in August 2018.

Sue Swanborough, HR Director
Whitworths Ltd, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Asli Tas Kayabas, Professional Training & Coaching
Kuzey Academy, Istanbul, Turkey

Hacy TobiasHacy Tobias, Managing Director and Principal Strategic HR
Lorien Partners Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hacy Tobias has held a portfolio career since 2008, owns and manages a consulting company. On the consulting side, a strategic senior human resources executive with a focus on quick and practical delivery. Corporate background, since 1997 held Asia Pacific and global roles with a focus on creating and implementing strategies and frameworks to create profitability, leadership capability and employee retention.
Provides an 'outsourced" HR Director service for companies who want best practice HR initiatives and high employee engagement, but at the size where a senior HR person is not yet financially viable on a full time basis.