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IBC2022 Awards Jury

IBC2022 Innovation Awards – Judging Panel

The IBC Innovation Awards are judged by a panel of editors and consultants, drawn from around the industry and around the world.

Dick Hobbs

Dick Hobbs

Dick Hobbs is a well-known commentator and consultant on media technology. He has been in the industry for many years, and in the past has been editor of both IBC Daily and IBC TV News. Known for both his lively humour and his detailed knowledge of the industry, he remains in demand for conferences, training and project support.

His first IBC was in 1978 and he has attended every one since then, as exhibitor, visitor, conference speaker and journalist. He has been part of the IBC Awards team since 2009, and counts among the highlights meeting Sir David Attenborough and Ernie from Sesame Street. Currently he chairs the international judging panel for the Innovation Awards, and is executive producer for the IBC Awards programme.

Mike Short, CBE


After 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, Dr Mike Short joined the UK Department for International Trade as its first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. His role is to ensure policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice, working with the UK’s research, innovation and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports. Earlier in his career he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, and went on to lead international research, innovation and standards for Telefonica.

His career includes the promotion of international technical standards, and he is a former chair of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and was president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (one of IBC’s partners) in 2011/12. His is a visiting professor at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Salford, and he was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Carolyn Giardina 


Based in Los Angeles, Carolyn Giardina is tech editor at The Hollywood Reporter. She’s also an author, and an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts in Southern California. 

In addition to The Hollywood Reporter, Carolyn’s work as editor, reporter or columnist has appeared in titles including Cinema Editor, The IBC Daily and SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. As a journalist, she’s covered events from IBC and CES to the Academy Awards.  

Carolyn co-authored Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press, 2013). She also served on the HPA Board of Directors, during which time she co-founded and was founding chair of the HPA Awards. 

Heather McLean


Heather McLean got her first experience in broadcast journalism working on the IBC Daily as a reporter, which she continued to do for 12 years. She was bought onboard to add her knowledge as a long-time editor and reporter in the mobile and telecoms industry to the publication when IBC first introduced mobile TV and IP TV to the event.

Today Heather is an editor at Sports Video Group (SVG) Europe, where she is also head of SVG Europe Women, an initiative to support and inspire women working in sports broadcast, and SVG Europe Audio, a group specifically for those working in sports broadcasting sound.

Over the last 20 years Heather has written for all the UK broadsheets on areas from technology to education, as well as publications including The IBC Daily, IBC365, TVB Europe, E-Forex Magazine, The Economist’s Executive Briefing, as well as working on The IBC Daily Executive Summary, the ISE Daily and Mobile World Congress Daily. She has also worked as a presenter for events and film.

Vijaya Cherian


Managing Partner, CPI Trade Media 

Vijaya Cherian is Managing Partner at CPI Trade Media in addition to leading the Broadcast Division at the publishing house as Editorial Director and conference producer. She has covered the MENA Media & Entertainment industry from a B2B perspective for the last 20 years.  

Christine Gebhard


Managing Editor, Film, TV, Video

Christine Gebhard is the managing editior of the german speaking publication Film, TV, Video. She is an industry veteran with a deep knowledge of the market and has written for several german speaking magazines with a focus on video, film, TV and IT technology.

IBC2022 Social Impact Awards – Judging Panel

To judge the Social Impact Awards, IBC has called on a panel of broadcast practitioners with proven success in achieving major goals in diversity, inclusivity and environmental change.

Ade Rawcliffe 


Ade Rawcliffe is Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ITV. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the group, including leading ITV’s diversity and inclusion strategy on and off screen.  

Prior to that, Ade led the Creative Diversity team at Channel 4 and spearheaded the delivery of the broadcaster’s 360° Diversity Charter and oversaw the creation of C4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines.  

Rawcliffe was also part of the team responsible for C4’s coverage of London 2012 Paralympics and Rio 2016 Paralympics, which broke records for employing disabled presenters and production staff. She also worked in the Features Commissioning team at C4 and as a producer at the BBC, ITV and in the independent sector working on shows like Big Brother, The Big Breakfast and This Morning. 

She is a chair of BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion and Talent Committee, a board member of Women in Film & Television (WFTV), founding board member of Times UP UK and a trustee of the National Trust.

Saleha Williams 


Saleha Williams is the Global Head of Strategy for Cognizant’s Application Services Practice, leading next gen applications strategy, story and sales growth. 

With over 30 years’ global digital business experience, Saleha was named in the Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Technology Leaders driving change in the UK tech sector in 2020. A popular Ted-style speaker, she has delivered over 100 live talks, webinars, panels, debates and interviews including Talks at Google, Spotify, the London 2012 Olympics, BBC, Royal Television Society, Cambridge University, IBC Show Amsterdam and with leading industry analysts across the globe.  A passionate diversity, inclusivity and equality thought leader, advocate, ally and champion, Saleha completed a second Masters of Science in Applied Psychology specialising in neuroscience and inclusive leadership in the technology industry in 2019. 

Claudia Vaccarone


Claudia Vaccarone is Inclusion Strategy Manager EMEA at Netflix and is seen as a leader in gender equality and diversity and inclusion in the media industry. She authored the 2019 EBU "All Things Being Equal" guidelines for public service media. She has worked with leaders and the operational layer of national and international media companies in designing strategies and implementing them successfully, for both the talent (behind the camera) and on-screen representation/content dimensions.  

Claudia has 20+ years of marketing strategy, research and communications experience in the media broadcasting and satellite industry. She is a regular speaker, facilitator and producer at international media industry events, and returns enthusiastically for the second time as a judge for the IBC Social Impact Awards. 

Susie Braun 


Susie Braun is Director of Social Purpose at ITV, leading the broadcaster’s mission to shape culture for good. With four focus areas - better health, climate action, diversity and inclusion, and giving back - ITV seeks to use its huge reach and unforgettable content to help change attitudes and behaviours both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. 

Susie began her career in advertising, followed by a stint in not-for-profits before moving to ITV in 2019, where her team runs behaviour change programmes including the UK’s most recognised mental health campaign, Britain Get Talking, ITV’s ambitious Climate Action and Net Zero agenda, and charity partnerships including Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

Jamie Hindhaugh 


Joining BT Sport in October 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Hindhaugh was tasked with building the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model for the launch of BT Sport. In August 2013, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport ESPN all started broadcasting from a brand-new, purpose-built studio facility on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. By 1 August 2015, the BT Sport offering had been expanded to 13 channels, delivering the exclusive Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe’s first 4k UHD sports channel. 

Jamie started his TV career as a transport co-ordinator at the BBC. During his time at the corporation, he had many roles including Head of Sourcing Production Resources and culminating as the Head of Production responsible for the BBC’s multi-platform coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and other key national events in 2012. 

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