UNLEASH Announce Startup Competition Judges

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There is less than 24 hours left till our biggest ever show, which means that our revamped startup competition, powered by Cornerstone, is almost here too! With the 14 semi-finalists and wildcard busy preparing their pitches for UNLEASH World Conference & Expo in Amsterdam it is time to reveal the names of our judging panel of industry experts.

Sandbox Battlefield (UNLEASH Startup Award Semi-Finals)

Let the startups with the world’s highest creative edge impress you from 11:45 – 12:30 on the Startup stage. Here’s who will decide if they can make it to the Grand Finale on Day2:

Miguel Andre Pichel Encarnacion, Managing Partner at Unifier Ventures

Miguel Encarnacion is the Managing Partner of Unifier Ventures, a recently formed early stage fund with a geographic focus on Europe and Southeast Asia. Unifier Ventures provides founders in both of these rapidly growing startup ecosystems access to networks, talent and capital in the other region. Unifier Ventures has a clear focus on inclusivity by investing in technologies that serve as the digital infrastructure of startup hubs such as logistics, finance and human resources.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, Managing Director at Talent Tech Labs

Jonathan is an entrepreneur and investor and embodied an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, having started and run two successful businesses before the age of twenty-one. A lawyer by education and entrepreneur by trade, Jonathan is passionate about being on the cutting edge of innovation and capitalizing on industry trends.

Andrew Keen, Entrepreneur & Author

Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best-known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of four books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, and his international hit “The Internet is Not the Answer” which the London Sunday times acclaimed as a “powerful, frightening read” and the Washington Post called “an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn’t as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe.”

Talent Acquisition Battlefield (UNLEASH Startup Award Semi-Finals)

Tune in to the iRecruit Stage at 12:05 to hear the startups with the top rated talent acquisitions solutions pitch HR experts:

Soeren Winter, Global Head of Recruitment at Zalando

Soeren Winter is the Global Head of Central Recruitment at Zalando and in that role responsible for Zalando’s global recruitment organisation. Before joining Zalando, Soeren worked as Consultant and Trainer for scaling start-ups, E-Commerce companies and also DAX30-companies as well as led the German Recruitment Process Outsourcing Operations of the Adecco Group.

Angie Verros, Founder & CEO at Vaia Talent

Angie is a passionate, strategic, and innovative TA leader. In her 12+ year career in the recruiting space, she has been responsible for managing and executing overall company TA strategy to meet firms’ high growth people needs, improve policies, procedures, and tools for effective and seamless candidate sourcing.

Christoph Fellinger, Talent Acquisition Leader at Beiersdorf

Christoph has been in HR most of his professional life, originally coming from a communications background. In the past years Christoph has worked in Employer Branding, University Relations & Early Career Programs, Recruiting & Diagnostics both on strategic and operational levels for the Hamburg based FMCG company. With lots of love for anything digital and a strong affinity to tech topics he regularly shows up at HR tech meet-ups and tries to find matches between technology & business needs.

The Innovation Battlefield (UNLEASH Startup Award Semi-Finals)

Finally, do not miss the most versatile startups battling it out on the Startup Stage at 14:30 with judges:

René Boiler, Co-Founder & CEO OnRecruit

René Bolier is an online recruitment expert and co-founder at OnRecruit (global leader in programmatic job advertising technology) and identify (automated talent pooling platform). He is interested in people, business, media and technology. René often writes and speaks about online recruitment and HR technology and is always happy to help anybody take a step forward.

Devyani Vaishmpayan, Managing Partner at HR TECH Partnership

Devyani Vaishampayan is the Managing Partner of HR TECH Partnership, a People Tech Investment venture whose investors are all Non-Executive Directors/Corporate Directors investing in Workplace/Employee/Talent Digital start-ups using leading edge technologies such as AI, Robotics, Virtual Reality etc. Devyani was featured in the 2017 Financial Times “Ethnic Minority Leaders List” and the 2016, “FTSE 100 ‘Women to Watch” list by Cranfield Business School.

Andrew Spence, Founder at Glass Bead Consulting

Andrew Spence is an experienced management consultant specialising in the design and implementation of new HR operating models to deliver business goals. He has worked on over 20 complex transformation programmes with organisations including; BP, John Lewis Partnership, Novartis, United Health Group and UK NHS Trusts.

UNLEASH Startup Award: Finale

The Wildcard winner will be joined by the each battlefield’s winning startup to face the final judges on Day 2 at 9:00 AM:

Jason Corsello, Managing Partner at Acadian Ventures

Corsello is an active participant in the HCM community and is a frequent presenter and panellist at industry events. Corsello is often quoted as an industry expert in human capital management and his analysis has been featured in leading publications including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and CIO magazine. Corsello holds a BBA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Wendy Van Ierschot, Founder at VIE Tech Capital

Wendy van Ierschot is serial entrepreneur in the HR field and is a respected HR tech angel investor.  She works as an expert together with several (international) VC’s that invest in the HR field. She dedicated time to develop the HR road for scaleups. She worked together with a large number of extremely successful scale ups. She is closely involved in incubator and accelerator programs in the Netherlands and often giving her opinion in international startup competitions and judging panels. She holds several board positions and is a lively speaker.

Stefanie Confurius, VP, HR Enabling Function; Global & DACH Phillips Lightning

I am global HR Business Partner at Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) for the Enabling Function and Market DACH at Signify based out of Hamburg and Amsterdam. We are a stand-alone and listed company since 2016 in a heavily transforming business environment. Hence main focus in my role is transformation, workforce transition and change management in Finance, HR and Market DACH.

Chris Hoyt, President & Co-Owner at CareerXroads

As a mobile marketing/recruiting evangelist and self proclaimed Social  “X” addict, Chris has been pushing the boundaries of each aspect of full-cycle recruiting for over 20 years. He is a conversation maker and innovation enthusiast, facilitating collaboration sessions with top corporate staffing and talent acquisition leaders from around the globe.

Karen Azulai, Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder at HRTechNation

Karen is an HR Tech Evangelist, leading an Israeli HR Tech Founders Meetup group and an Israeli FB HR Tech founders and HR/ Recruiting professionals and her MISSION (globally) is to PROMOTE AWARENESS on how technologies are affecting the HR industry so that people can PREPARE. Being the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of HRTech Nation allows her to be in the forefront of this industry.

China Gorman, Managing Director at UNLEASH America

In addition to spearheading UNLEASH America, China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after advisor, speaker and writer bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance.

Mike Bollinger, VP, Global Thought Leadership & Advisory Services, Cornerstone

Mike is an accomplished executive with 25 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Mike has rich business and deep HR domain skills including talent strategy, strategic workforce planning, communication, team building, business case development and leadership. Mike is honored to lead a global team of over 20 industry experts and thought leaders who have strategic HR Transformation conversations focused on delivering value-based customer solutions aligned to strategies and initiatives. He has been at Cornerstone for 4 years.

Ernst Hoestra, Managing Director Commerce at Startupbootcamp

Ernst is the Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Commerce program and Strategic Partnerships Director, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He made a switch after 15 years in corporate jobs to a VC backed scale-up, and discovered his passion for entrepreneurship. He is an energetic business leader with strong BD skills who transforms companies and startups into high-value organizations. Serial investor and Exec board member in several companies and INSEAD’s Faculty advisor on Impact Investment and Entrepreneur in Residence.

Bill Boorman, Founder at #tru

Bill Boorman has worked in and around recruiting for the last 30 years, and is the face behind the @BillBoorman and #tru brands. He takes unconventional approaches to recruitment and HR problems. As a career recruiter, Bill takes a recruiters perspective to get the best results for hiring companies in this new social landscape. He is guaranteed to be different, challenging and thought provoking.

Yvette Cameron, Founder & Principal Analyst at NextGen Insights

An HR technology industry veteran, Yvette Cameron is proven leader and visionary in what’s next for HR processes and technology. She is a frequent speaker and advisor across the globe on key HCM trends, critical issues, leading practices, and emerging technologies. Most recently SVP Strategy at SAP SuccessFactors, her career has spanned research, product, and strategy with leading HCM tech vendors and advisory firms.

Be sure to not miss any of these groundbreaking startup pitches!

Also, you can still reserve your spot for a guided tour to help you explore the buzzing startup area. Apply for the Startup Zone Crawl here and participate in our free investing game selecting the People’s Choice startup for your chance to receive a VIP ticket to the 2019 event of your choice.

See you soon at UNLEASH World Conference & Expo!

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