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Jury members of the WIPO Global Awards 2022

Gastón Acurio

Mr. Gastón Acurio (Peru)

Chef, writer, entrepreneur, and champion of Peruvian cuisine

Gaston Acurio is the gastronomic director of "Astrid & Gaston". Mr. Acurio published several books. He also directed and led the cable TV program "Aventura Culinaria" for over ten years.

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Julius Akinyemi

Mr. Julius Akinyemi (Nigeria)

CEO and founder of UWINCorp and Entrepreneur In Residence - MIT Media Lab

Mr. Akinyemi is the Founder and CEO of UWINCorp; the Mobile Commodity Marketplace that creates the Next Generation Capital Market Infrastructure for rural commodities producers. He is also a current member of the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT-Africa Committee and its MIT-Africa Executive Working Group.

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Amin Badr-El-Din

Dr. Amin Badr-El-Din (Jordan)

Founder and CEO of BADR Investments, International Affairs expert and one of the Middle East’s leading economic and energy strategists

Presently involved in private equity, venture capital and angel investing activities globally, Dr. Badr-El-Din has over 35 years’ experience, structuring, leading and developing ventures in many fields including healthcare, energy, infrastructure, renewable energy, utilities, agriculture and technology.

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Songgen Dong

Mr. Songgen Dong (China)

Vice-President of China International Cooperation Association of SMEs (CICASME)

He is currently the vice president of China International Cooperation Association of SMEs (CICASME). Mr. DONG Songgen is a well-known international cooperation expert in China. He is familiar with corporate legal practice and other fields.

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Louis Foreman

Mr. Louis Foreman (USA)

Chief Executive Officer “Eventys Partners” Chairman on the Small Business Administration’s SBDC National Advisory Board and President of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPOEF)

Over the past 34 years, Mr. Foreman has created 10 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 10 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 700 more.

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Karoli Hindriks

Ms. Karoli Hindriks (Estonia)

CEO and founder of Jobbatical

Karoli Hindriks is an Estonian entrepreneur, the CEO & founder of Jobbatical, a startup Forbes named one of Europe's 10 Most Exciting Technology SMEs For 2018. Jobbatical is working on removing the friction of international relocation by making immigration processes seamless through technology.

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Lily Kong

Prof. Lily Kong (Singapore)

President of Singapore Management University

Professor Kong is internationally known for her research on urban transformations in Asia, with particular focus on social and cultural change. She has written extensively about communal relations, particularly, the intersection of religion and secularity in cities, creative industries/cities, urban heritage conservation, and smart cities.

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