Applications and nominations were judged by a panel of London influencers who share a passion for the business ecosystem. Find out more about our 2020 judges.
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Zinc
Ella is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Zinc. Zinc helps entrepreneurs build new commercial, scalable tech companies that tackle the biggest social challenges in the developed world.
Ella is also Co-Founder of NewCo UK – an event that provides a window into the most exciting, innovative and mission-led organisations in the UK. As a marketing strategist, Ella has worked with global brands such as Unilever, Wimbledon and EY.
She received the CEO Award at the London Business Awards 2019 and chosen as a London Business School Changemaker. She is a London Business School graduate and also studied engineering in Tel Aviv. She can operate drones.
Managing Director, Impact Hub King's Cross
Devi leads a growing community and business support for impact entrepreneurs in London, part of a global network of 100+ Impact Hubs across six continents. Over the past five years, Devi has grown IHKX incubation and acceleration activity threefold, actively supporting almost 600 entrepreneurs through bespoke activities, including programmes supporting the scaling of 110 social enterprises across eight European countries; Feeding the City for ethical food startups; and the ChangeMaker Challenge, which encouraged students in four countries to develop plastic waste reduction solutions.
Devi is founder of the Outsiders’ Network and has blogged at Huffington Post, Brazen Careerist, Life Hack and Third Sector. Her book “People, Planet, Passion” ranked #2 in the Amazon Kindle store for Nonprofit Organisations & Charities.
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
President, techUK & Digital Leaders
Jacqueline is President of techUK and President of Digital Leaders. She is a Non-Executive Director for Rightmove, Costain Group and FDM Group and is Co-chair for the Institute of Coding. With an advisory position at The Youth Group and as a tech ambassador at the Girlguiding Association, Jacqueline hopes to challenge the gender imbalance.
Her many accolades include: Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence; and being named in Europe’s Inspiring Fifty most inspiring female role models for 2017. In 2017, she was also presented with the Catherine Variety Award for Science and Technology; in 2018, the Women in Tech Award for Advocate of the Year, acknowledging her contribution to diversity; and in 2019, the Digital and Technology Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
In 2018, Jacqueline was awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology. You can listen to her life and music choices in the BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs podcast series.
CEO, Here East
Gavin is an aeronautical engineer (BEng) with chartered engineer status. He served in the Royal Air Force for more than 20 years as an engineering officer. Starting as an apprentice and finishing as an adviser to government, he commanded many squadrons and served throughout the world across conflict zones.
Upon leaving the military, Gavin joined the Centre for Social Justice, directing it through an organisational restructure and launching major policy initiatives. Since 2012, Gavin has led the Here East project – a successful re-development of the 2012 Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre and one of the fastest growing business clusters in London.
Gavin is a board member of Plexal and was formerly a director/trustee of Scope. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Tech London Advocates, Global Tech Advocates and London Tech Week and is a London Technology Ambassador for the Mayor of London.
Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates
Russ is the founder of Tech London Advocates (TLA) and Global Tech Advocates. Tech London Advocates gives the Tech private sector an independent voice and Global Tech Advocates licenses the TLA operating model to countries around the world. Since then, Russ has been championing London as a global tech hub and campaigning to address some of the biggest challenges facing tech companies in the UK: diversity, digital skills, immigration, infrastructure and access to funding.
Russ is a founding partner of London Tech Week, a London Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London and Advisory Board member for Founders4Schools and the Government’s Digital Skills Partnership. He is a Trustee for Modern Muse Charity, supporting young women and girls studying STEM subjects; is an angel and venture investor; and served as Non-Executive Director for a number of high growth businesses, including Dialog Semiconductor and Unwire.
Previously, Russ was the Chairman of The Marketing Group of Great Britain following senior positions at Skype, Telefónica, O2 and as CEO of Mobileway. In his role as Marketing Director for O2, Russ brokered the relationship with The O2, the most successful indoor venue in the world.
Mark Martin MBE
Founder, Urban Teacher
Mark is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Education and Computer Science. Mark is a thought leader in #EdTech and a hugely popular speaker, sharing his expertise and insights to educators around the world. He is a teacher/adviser for major global tech brands and continues to advocate for home-grown talent, digital skills and education equity.
In 2019, he was awarded the London Business Award for Paying It Forward. He was also awarded an MBE for services to education, technology and diversity in UK technology.
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