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The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show at the ceremony and give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

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We Are Search Awards Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are; Michael Bonfils, Laurent Bourelly, Roberto Croci, Motoko Hunt, Judith Lewis and Lukasz Zelezny. Find out more about our ambassadors below:
 

Michael Bonfils

Global Managing Director
Intl Media Management Corp (SEM International)

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Michael Bonfils is the Founder and CEO of SEM International, an award-winning global agency with 32 network offices worldwide. Specializing in multilingual digital marketing, they support global advertising agencies and multinational corporations with their international Digital marketing needs from PPC, SEO, Social Media, eCommerce, Content and localization services.

Michael became involved in the search industry in 1997 and since then, has been a regular industry contributor and speaker at conferences worldwide. Over his career, he has worked in-house, at a search engine and has sold his first agency in 2004. Since then, he and his agency has worked with and consulted for over 100 global brands such as Intel, HP, Activision/Blizzard, Medtronic, Mastercard, Sony and many others.

Michael has volunteered his time as a board member for a number of digital marketing organizations and has been a judge on multiple awards worldwide since 2015. He is honored to be a Search Award Ambassador and is committed to increasing its value as a premium, highly recognized award amongst the search industry.


Laurent Bourrelly

SEO Consultant
Laurent Bourrelly S.L.U

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In 1994, Laurent started working in marketing and branding. Laurent discovered the wonders of SEO in 2004, by entering a SEO contest. After three months of 24/7 SERP battling in this international competition, he got it. He knew exactly how and what to feed Google in order to help any web page rank at the top of Google SERP. It’s no miracle. If you put in the time and education over thousands of hours, you’ll eventually figure it out just as Laurent has. Like many others, Laurent cut his teeth mastering both black and white hat SEO techniques, adapting and evolving during each google algorithm update to keep himself at the bleeding edge of best practices right up to this very day. Bringing back his knowledge about branding and marketing into the SEO mix became obvious around 2010.

Today, Laurent is one of the very few who can go from high-class Content Marketing to Black Hat SEO while building a strong Semantic SEO main pillar. He took out of the equation all the question marks, leaving only one single question « do you have the means to reach your goals ? » Some other notable achievements include his dozens of industry speeches including TEDx and SMX as well as his positions on as a Head Judge of the European Search Awards, and regular judged for many others. His thought leadership within the SEO community is well renowned from co-forming the notorious ‘DarkSEOTeam’ back in his black hat days, to being awarded third place for ‘All Time Best SEO in France’. The latest adventure is called SEO Conspiracy, which you can find on all the good places Online. It’s all about debunking SEO myths and Google Propaganda, but also helping out by sharing the right strategies to deliver results in SEO and Digital Marketing. Laurent now focuses his time mainly on consulting and has trained numerous SEO professionals, amongst the best in their fields.


Roberto Croci

Managing Director
Microsoft for Startups MEA

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Roberto Croci joined Microsoft for Startups team with a wide range of knowledge, having previously worked as the Google Regional head for (EMEA) Emerging Markets (Middle East, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Africa) where he helped businesses by building & mentoring teams that could successfully penetrate new markets and ensure sustainable revenue growth.

As a natural born leader, he is passionate about business, people and their growth and has more than 15 years’ experience in various industries – ranging from digital marketing, ad-tech to sales.

He will be integral as the Regional Managing director at Microsoft for startups Middle East, in helping startups achieve their goals and build successful businesses by promoting their tech solutions through digital and social campaigns, opening up the right opportunities for growth, customizing a market plan to maximize joint marketing with Microsoft and providing a targeted industry co-marketing and account planning.

He has specialized in leadership development as a Harvard Business School graduate
and has a proven track-record of creating successful teams and growing businesses in unpredictable environments.

He is passionate about Entrepreneurship and is one of the Partners at Strowlers Ventures, a micro VC-fund which invests in international startups mainly founded by top-tier MBAs.


Motoko Hunt

President, Int’l Search Marketing Consultant
AJPR

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Motoko has been providing the online marketing services targeting Japan, Asia, and other markets to companies from around the world for since the mid ’90s. Her search marketing consulting services with her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese market have been highly valued and made a big impact on some of the world’s popular multi-national brands’ search marketing campaigns.

A number of her articles have been published on industry websites and printed media. She also writes about the Search Marketing and SEO on her blog and other websites. She is a frequent speaker at the search marketing conferences globally and gives seminars and training about International search marketing, In-House SEO, and Enterprise SEO. In 2014, she received the Best Consulting Awards from the US Search Awards.


Judith Lewis

Founder & CEO
deCabbit

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Judith Lewis is the founder of the deCabbit Consultancy specialising in integrated digital marketing consultancy and execution. She is a specialist integrated online marketer with skills in SEO, PPC, and Social Media Marketing as well as other digital marketing techniques. She has been doing SEO since before it had a name and has worked both in-house and agency-side. She has judged both UK & European Search Awards, is a founding everywoman Modern Muse and is the coordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners.

Having both an in-house and agency background, her clients have included Google, Virgin, NSPCC, Zopa, Slendertone, the Guggenheim, SAP, Amadeus, Blue Cross, & ShareThis. She works from planning through to execution, integrating her digital expertise through research & analysis, design & build through to deployment. Judith writes for the SEO Chicks and Mostly About Chocolate as well as the Huffington Post. She speaks at various conferences around the world and is passionate about teaching and helping businesses large and small (as well as chocolate).


Lukasz Zelezny

SEO Consultant
Website

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Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing.

Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group, Fleetway Travel, uSwitch, Zoopla.

Each year Lukasz is speaking at many SEO and social media conferences. He was a speaker at ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London as well as Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton and UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as an SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops and meetups where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics.

 
 
 


Judges

Salman Alam | CEO & Freelance 3D Animator | LimeMotion Pictures |

I am a creative director and animation artist with a passion for 3d animation. I have 10 years of experience in a creative industry where I continue to do everything I can about 3d animation and contribute to the creation of high-quality art. I have a good eye for detail and a strong knowledge of the principles of animation. My goal is to continually do creative content. My dream is to inspire audiences through storytelling and to give the characters a life of their own.

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Nur Anasta Rahmat | Chief Executive Officer | WeaReGroup

Nur Anasta Rahmat (Anas) is a serial SEO practitioner with over 14-years’ experience. Starting his early career at GroupM (WPP Company) to build a Search Division in Indonesia. He has wide experience in Search Marketing for multi industries such as Banking, Telco, Insurance, FMCG, and many others, he combining Growth Hacking Methods to enhance his strategy for the clients and consulting several Start-ups such as Nonton.com, Online-Pajak.com, and Acer Indonesia Currently, he is The CEO and Founder for WeaReGroup, a boutique Digital Marketing Agency for Search Marketing (WeaReSEO) and Social Media Marketing (WeaReSMM).

Lyndon Barnett | Senior Digital Content and SEO Manager | Vodafone

As the Senior Digital Content and SEO Manager at Vodafone Australia, Lyndon uses digital content strategically to drive quality organic traffic and online conversion. When not optimising websites, he enjoys travelling and has explored more than 75 countries so far.

Richard Brosgill | Managing Director, APAC​ & RUSSIA | ForwardPMX

Richard drives the strategic leadership at ForwardPMX, a data and technology-driven marketing services company, as Managing Director, APAC & Russia. With over 11 years of industry experience in Asia and Europe, he has built a career in helping clients formulate expansion strategies and scale internationally through digital solutions to succeed within nuanced local landscapes.

Dhaval Doshi | Founder & CEO | smarthome NX

Dhaval Doshi is a business leader with vast experience in digital marketing, ecommerce and entrepreneurship. Over his 15 year career span, he has worked closely with CXOs to influence key areas of business such as go-to-market strategy, business development, brand-building and technology initiatives. Currently, he consults retail and D2C brands in helping them leverage cutting-edge, AI-based SaaS solutions.

Bill Hartzer | SEO Consultant

Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine optimization and the New gTLD domain names, as well as Dot Brand domain names. He provides research and marketing of white papers and case studies related to the New gTLDs, as well as consulting related to domain migrations.

Oliver Hirst | Group Head of SEO | Carro

Oliver Hirst is an SEO expert and consultant with 10+ years experience working in search engine optimization across EMEA and APAC. Having worked for some of the biggest brands in world, including Honda and Porsche, he is currently focused on organic growth for Carro, one of the hottest automotive start-up companies in the APAC region. An SEO all-rounder Oliver has managed SEO teams both in-house and in agency settings to drive growth for businesses in fashion, ecommerce, travel, real estate and automotive industries. He is a big believer in building products which are inherently search-engine friendly and strives to help companies develop organizational excellence in SEO, building teams to execute true enterprise SEO strategies.

Motoko Hunt | President | AJPR

Since establishing AJPR in 1998, Motoko Hunt has been providing online marketing services to various companies around the world. Her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese markets proves to be highly valuable as her consulting services have made a significant impact on global marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most popular multinational brands. Besides being published in industry websites and printed media, Motoko is a frequent speaker at global search marketing conferences, giving seminars and training about topics on International Search Marketing.

Judith Lewis | Founder & CEO | Decabbit Consultancy

Judith is a renowned international speaker, writer, trainer, blogger and digital media consultant specialising in applying strategic understanding of digital technologies to help businesses innovate and optimise their effectiveness within the new, networked communications environment. She is a regular speaker around the world on SEO, content strategy, link building, paid media, and digital strategy, and has been recognised by her peers as one of the most influential people in the UK digital industry. Judith judges the industry leading Search Awards around the world, and has every year since their inception. She has worked with market-leading global businesses including Google, NatWest/RBS, National Gallery, Fidelity, GalaCoral, NBC Universal, Readers Digest, Bayer, Family Search, Amadeus, AMD, AmEx , Virgin.com, Virgin Startup & more. She has over 23 years of experience, predating Google in her entry into the market, and now runs her own consultancy. She has worked both in-house and agency-side. Judith also blogs about chocolate, has contributed to the book “Pimp My Site” and the Econsultancy guide to Paid Search and rewrote the large foundational Econsultancy Best Practice Guide to SEO.

Mazen Mroue | HEAD OF GLOBAL DIGITAL MEDIA AND MARTECH | Friesland Campina

Mazen is the head of Global Digital Media and Martech, The Netherlands/Signapore. Leading a team working on specialized nutrition products such as baby formula and his responsibilities cover media, technology, CRM, Website/SEO, Digital transformation, and innovation. Mazen oversees media pitches, digital strategies and transformation, and design of the technology ecosystem following the JBP with key suppliers such as Facebook, Google, & Tik-tok. Before moving to the Netherlands, Mazen worked at the agency side for 6+ years based in Dubai, Singapore, and Beirut. His diverse portfolio covers prominent multinationals such as BlackBerry, Samsung, Emirates, Etihad airlines, and all the Richemont Luxury brands. Besides being a member of the world federation of advertisers, Core member in programmatic taskforce at Iab Nederlands, member of the programmatic committee at iab SEA+India/GCC, member of iab GCC, and holding 100+ certifications across all digital platforms and technologies, Mazen won many prestigious digital awards targeting the MENA region and is looking to score more worldwide. Mazen is a big believer in training both the body and the mind to be strong. So next to his professional achievements, he is a world marathoner and Guinness World Record holder, with more than 60 full marathons completed and many ultras.

Dan Petrovic | Managing Director | DEJAN

Dan Petrovic, the managing director of DEJAN, is Australia’s best-known name in the field of search engine optimisation. Dan is a web author, innovator and a highly regarded search industry event speaker.

Rafay Qureshi | Head of SEO Product | Rain

Meet Rafay Qureshi, A Result-Oriented Online Marketeer and Trainer. Rafay has been into SEO, ASO & all things that come under the organic growth field. Having worked from Start ups to Y combinator to AliBaba to Rocket Internet, Rafay currently Heads the Organic Growth Team at Seera Group. Always striving for Automations, Scalability & Product optimization, Rafay has worked on all sorts of products from e-commerce, B2B, FMCGs, SAAS & Financial Institutions. Rafay is your all-rounder organic growth geek in the e-commerce industry and when he’s not working, he’s playing video games.

Bibi Raven | The Link Builder | BibiBuzz

Bibi Lauri Raven is an accomplished creative link builder extraordinaire. She's written and spoken about SEO and link building on numerous outlets, including but not limited to Brighton SEO, Search Engine Journal, Authority Hacker, Empire Flippers, Pitchbox and Search Engine Watch. She's a huge proponent of natural link building, putting quality over quantity with a highly targeted and personal approach. She reigns supreme over her Bibibuzz team of outreach champions supporting her clients in their branding, ranking, and conversion pursuits.

Eli Schwartz | SEO Expert & Consultant

Eli Schwartz is an SEO expert and consultant with more than a decade of experience driving successful SEO and growth programs for leading B2B and B2C companies. He helps clients like Shutterstock, BlueNile, Quora, Getaround, Mixpanel, and Zendesk build and execute Global SEO strategies that dramatically increase their organic visibility at scale. In the past, Eli led the SEO team at SurveyMonkey, building organic search from nearly zero to one of the largest growth drivers at the company. He helped launched SurveyMonkey’s first APAC office and oversaw international SEO pre- and post-IPO. Prior to SurveyMonkey, he led user acquisition at High Gear Media, pushing the company from 500,000 new users to 6 million every month in just three years. Eli frequently speaks at marketing events across the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and he authors columns published on Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, and Search Engine Journal. His work has been featured on sites ranging from Techcrunch to the Y Combinator blog. He has guest lectured at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Singapore’s Civil Service College, and the Founder’s Institute. Eli regularly appears as a guest on top industry podcasts such as Y Combinator, Everybody Hate’s Marketers, and Search Nerds.

Nick Seckold | Regional Vice President, APAC | Microsoft Advertising

Over the last 20 years Nick has held a number of senior leadership roles around the world having worked in both the UK & Singapore before returning to Australia to lead Dentsu’s Global Digital Marketing Agency iProspect as CEO ANZ prior to joining Microsoft in 2019. Nick spent more than 10 years with WPP’s flagship Media Agency Mindshare where he held a number of leadership roles including: Head of Search UK, Head of Digital APAC and the CEO of Mindshare Singapore. Nick’s wealth of experience also includes spending more than 3 years with Facebook Singapore as the APAC Regional Director leading the development and expansion of the tech company's Marketing Analytics platform "Atlas" before transferring to Facebook’s Marketing Science unit to lead the Global Agency and Global Accounts teams. In his role at Microsoft Advertising, Nick is the Regional Vice President for APAC, responsible for the regions strategic growth, development and operational capabilities within the Asia Pacific region. Responsibilities include the strategic development and operational delivery of the regions Microsoft Advertising’s growth, partnerships and service offerings across digital media, search advertising, technology and analytics. With a deep understanding of the organizational complexities businesses face today, from small businesses to large enterprises with the mission is to help empower every person and every organization to achieve more.

Sabiha Shakil | Marketing Consultant

Sabiha is a Marketing Consultant with over 15 years of experience across Asia, Europe, the US, and the Middle East in leadership roles. Sabiha has an international background having developed B2B and B2C marketing strategies across markets and sectors. She has provided business and marketing strategy advice to all kinds of businesses- from Startups to Multi-National Corporations across the globe.

Lukasz Zelezny | SEO Expert & Consultant |

Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing. Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing. Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group, Fleetway Travel, uSwitch, Zoopla. Each year Lukasz is speaking at many SEO and social media conferences. He was a speaker at ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London as well as Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton and UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as an SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops and meetups where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics. To get in touch with Lukasz simply search “Lukasz Zelezny” or visit https://Zelezny.uk

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