Our Judges

Aaron Reich

Chief Technology Officer, Avanade

As Chief Technology Officer, Aaron is responsible for Avanade’s technology strategy, driving innovation across the business and incubating emerging technologies to bring them to clients globally. Managing the global R&D function, founded Avanade Ventures and oversees participation in the startup ecosystem and open innovation to accelerate growth. It has been under Aaron’s leadership that Avanade has embraced and scaled emerging technology capabilities including the reality continuum, 5G, digital twin, open source, robotics, and OpenAI—working closely with multiple product engineering teams at Microsoft. He also leads Avanade’s responsible technology approach and digital ethics practice, which is embedded in the work we do with clients on generative AI.

Aaron spent much of his early years with his family’s Apple IIC computer, which led to his current love of technology and its ability to make a positive difference in people’s lives. He has a passion for startups, spending time coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs and has served as President of the board of The Healing Center in Seattle. Aaron was an avid runner before twin boys came along and he longs to get back on the trails.

Annette O’Hanlon

Chief Corporate Responsibility & Diversity Officer Board Chair, S&P Global

Annette O’Hanlon serves as Chief Corporate Responsibility & Diversity Officer for S&P Global and Board Chair of the S&P Global Foundation. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to a global team supporting S&P Global’s philanthropic and diversity initiatives, strategic engagement, employee programs, and sustainability practices. Building on a strong foundation, this global team works across the S&P Global business to advance its sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, engage employees, and monitor and report on our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. In her tenure, she has held several enterprise and divisionalroles focused on strategic programs, executive and employee engagement and served as chief of staff to the CEO. Annette serves on the board of JobsFirst NYC, dedicated to workforce development and economic mobility for young adults, and is active in youth sports in her local community. Prior to S&P Global, she held management roles with Accenture and Reed Elsevier. Annette holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from New York University.

Christopher Hannegan

Principal, Workforce Transformation, PwC

As principal in PwC’s Workforce Transformation practice, Christopher works with companies across industry sectors to accelerate transformation and new ways of working with a focus on leadership, organizational culture and effective communications. A journalist by training, his 31-year career has spanned in-house roles at Bayer, and management consulting firms and communications firms, including Strategy& and Edelman. He is the U.S. partner lead for PwC’s Katzenbach Center for Culture and Leadership.

His notable work includes diagnosing cultural barriers to strategy execution at a global financial services firm, improving the risk and control environments at multiple banks, redesigning a comprehensive approach to employee communications and engagement at a leading tech company to drive transformation, and designing fit-for-future corporate communications teams for multiple organizations. He also has worked with a Fortune 5 organization to adopt new ways of working, with a global airline to increase supervisor effectiveness and leadership connection to the front line, and with a leading bank to engage a global workforce around a transformation of performance management philosophy and processes.

Duncan Edwards OBE

CEO, BritishAmerican Business

Duncan Edwards is the chief executive of BritishAmerican Business (BAB), the leading transatlantic trade organization of some 450 companies, which has an ongoing mission to support policies which protect and enhance the environment for trade and investment in, and between, the USA and the UK.  BAB is both the American Chamber of Commerce in the UK and the British Chamber in the USA.  Duncan is a regular contributor to policy debates and is a frequent media commentator on US UK relations.

Prior to this, Duncan Edwards spent over 30 years as a media executive in London and New York.  In his final role in media, he was president and ceo of Hearst International and was a member of the Hearst Board of Directors.

He was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) by King Charles in the New Year’s Honours list for 2024.

A dual British and American citizen, he lives in New York and Connecticut where he can often be found on long runs in the hills.

Gay Huey Evans CBE

Former Chairman of the London Metal Exchange & Board Director of Standard Chartered, ConocoPhillips, S&P Global & HM Treasury

Gay is Chairman of the London Metal Exchange and also serves on the Boards of Standard Chartered, ConocoPhillips, S&P Global and HM Treasury. She is a Trustee of Benjamin Franklin House and is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the IUKFP (Indian UK Financial Partnership).Since taking up her role as Chairman of the LME, Gay has supported and steered a number of key initiatives – from the major technology infrastructure rebuild, to the diversity and inclusion agenda and sustainability initiativesGay has worked within the finance and commodity industry for the past 30 years, as both an established market practitioner and regulator, giving her deep expertise across commerce, risk, governance, policy and regulation in capital markets. Awarded a CBE in 2021 for services to the economy and philanthropy, and an OBE in 2016 for services to financial services and diversity, Gay is a passionate advocate for ensuring markets build trust through accessibility and transparency and for increased diversity in business.

Janice Ellig

CEO, Ellig Group

As CEO, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites. In 2000, Janice joined the legacy firm Gould McCoy Chadick Ellig as a Partner and, in 2017, assumed sole ownership of Ellig Group with a focus on “Reimagining Search.”

Janice held executive positions at Pfizer, Citi, and Ambac Financial Group, a Citicorp IPO, where she was responsible for Human Resources, Marketing and Administration. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. Janice was been published in The Financial Times, Forbes.com, Directors & Boards, Directorship, and Corporate Director. She also coauthored two books: “Driving the Career Highway” and “What Every Successful Woman Knows,”acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

Janice’s commitment to changing the landscape in corporate America is demonstrated in her professional and personal affiliations. Janice is the former President of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Founder of its Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, the Breakfast of Corporate Champions.

Josie Cox

Journalist, Broadcaster & Author

Josie is a journalist, author, broadcaster and public speaker. She’s worked on staff for publications like Reuters, International Financing Review, The Independent and The Wall Street Journal. As a freelancer, she’s written for The Washington Post, The Spectator, Guardian, Business Insider, MSNBC, Fortune, Forbes and other publications. She’s appeared on CNN, ABC, PBS, CNBC, public radio and a host of other networks. Josie regularly contributes to the BBC, both as a writer and broadcaster. She was a 2020/2021 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia Journalism School in New York, and holds a BA from the University of Bath in the U.K. and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She’s an Associate Instructor within the Strategic Communications program at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies. Her first book, WOMEN MONEY POWER: The Rise and Fall of Economic Equality was published in March 2024 by Abrams.

Victoria Gore

CEO, The King's Trust USA

Victoria joined the King’s Trust in 2018, bringing her 20 years of strategic client and business development experience to support the Trust’s launch in the USA. More specifically, Victoria has spent most of the last decade on patron development for non-profit institutions and foundations, focusing on business growth initiatives, strategic partnerships, and fundraising event management.

Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, she was a Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s, primarily responsible for the global client strategy of the Jewelry and Watch division, the company’s third largest revenue generator after the C.20th Fine Art Department. She worked with the international teams to cultivate and engage new clients as well as enhance existing relationships, with the objective of increased transactional activity. In addition, she successfully planned and executed key sale-week programs for targeted clients, on a regional and global basis.

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, graduating with a Masters in History & History of Art from Edinburgh University, Victoria lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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