Meet the Judges

  • Our Tech Watch 2019 Judges

    We have selected a new panel of experts to judge this year’s Tech Watch Award, chaired by technology industry stalwart Corbin Ball. Our professionals have been handpicked from the field of events and technology for being truly inspiring in what they do and the impact they’ve had on global events!

  • Corbin Ball

    Meetings Technology Headquarters  - Corbin Ball Associates

    Corbin Ball is the chair of the panel for the Tech Watch Award 2017. He is a highly acclaimed international speaker, consultant and writer, helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he has the ability to make complex  subjects understandable and fun.

    Michelle Bruno

    President of Bruno Group Signature Events

    Michelle Bruno is a writer, blogger and content strategist. She is President of Bruno Group Signature Events, a content-marketing firm for the event industry. She also writes about social media, technology and innovation at Fork in the Road blog ( and publishes the Event Tech Brief  newsletter (

    Dahlia El Gazzar

    Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc.

    Dahlia has an OMG-attitude about tech and practical solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the meetings industry, Dahlia has held roles on the planner side as well as on the supplier side. She has been known in the events industry as the 'go-to' source for tech news, and solutions for the busy event professionals.

  • Pádraic Gilligan

    Managing Partner at SoolNua

    Pádraic Gilligan is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a specialist agency working with destinations, hotels and venues on strategy, marketing and training for the events industry. He holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate qualification in Marketing from Boston College. He blogs at

    Ruud Janssen

    Founder of | co-founder Event Design Collective

    Ruud is an international speaker, facilitator and designer of high stakes conferences & events. He is the founder of TNOC | The New Objective Collective and co-founder of Event Model Generation. He helps organisations innovate by thinking differently based on functional, social and technological advancements using business and event model innovation.

    Martin Sirk

    Owner of Sirk Serendipity

    Martin Sirk runs the strategic consultancy Sirk Serendipity, set up in September 2018. Major clients include Global Association Hubs Partnership, advising Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC how to assist international associations in achieving their strategic goals. From 2002 to July 2018, Martin was CEO of ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, during which time the association doubled in size to almost 1,200 members in 100 countries.

  • James Morgan PhD CSEP

    Event Tech Lab & University of Westminster

    Dr. James Morgan is a Principal Lecturer in Event Design and Technology at the University of Westminster, London, and the Founder of Event Tech Lab, a partnership community for event technology companies, event professionals and investors. He was named as one of Eventbrite’s Top 100 Event Professionals in 2016; as well as being awarded the International Live Events Association’s top accolade, the J Robert Graves Pioneer Award. He was also voted as one of the Top 20 Industry Changemakers for 2017 by US publication Meetings Net magazine, and has just been voted into the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Industry in the Eventex Global Awards 2019.

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