Previous Judges

The APAC Search Awards have been judged by digital marketing industry leaders and experts.
Current Judges
Previous Judges include:

Head judges

Olga Andrienko | Head of Global Marketing | SEMrush

Together with her team she has built one of the strongest international communities in the online marketing industry. Olga has expanded SEMrush brand visibility worldwide, bringing >90% YoY average revenue growth from top 10 new markets and growing SEMrush presence in the main markets such as USA, Europe and Australia. Olga is a sought-after speaker at leading marketing conferences such as SMX, Pubcon and BrightonSEO.

David Harling | Chief Marketing Officer | MoneySmart

David has over 15 years of marketing experience across multiple online categories, both in-house and agency side. He is currently the CMO for the MoneySmart Group based in Singapore and leads the marketing strategy and operations across Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Philippines. He has previously worked with Google and other global brands. He started out his career in Search Marketing and has now become one of the most exciting marketing leaders in the region.


Jenny Abouobaia | Co-founder | Clever Touch Marketing

Jenny is an experienced and highly accomplished SEO consultant and mentor. Jenny's specialty within search falls in affiliate SEO, with years of expertise in both building and managing six-figure affiliate niche sites for clients worldwide, with a focus in the APAC region. She is also the Co-founder of Clever Touch Marketing a leading agency based in the MENA region that specializes in the development and production of SEO content. Jenny is a strong advocate for women in SEO. Her agency was founded with the goal of offering more opportunities and long-term, steady employment for women. This is still true today, with over 80% of her staff and her entire management team being exclusively female. She is an active member of multiple female-positive SEO communities including Women in Tech SEO and Sisters in SEO. Most recently, while still managing her agency and actively performing client work, Jenny has built a mentoring and consulting program specifically for budding female SEOs, where she looks to support as many women as possible as they start their careers within the industry.

Jim Banks | CEO | Spades Media

Jim has over 18 years of digital advertising experience. Since then he’s spent in excess of £220 million buying traffic for over 1000 companies. Jim is a keynote speaker invited to speak at industry events around the world, including Pubcon, Retail Global, Marketing Festival, Friends Of Search, Hitpath Masters Conference, a4uexpo, SES, SMX and Affiliate Summit. Jim has been a regular fixture on the judging panel at the UK, European, MENA and US Search awards for the past four years and is a returning judge for this years UK Search Awards. Never one to shy away from giving an opinion or pulling punches, Jim enjoys critiquing entries at the Awards and seeing what the search community thinks is worthy of winning.

Laurent Bourrelly | SEO Consultant | LAURENT BOURRELLY S.L.U.

I started SEO for real in 2004 by ranking 3rd in a SEO contest, but I come from a marketing and public relations background. After discovering how to spam Google, I lived the life of super affiliate and clic whore until 2008 when I switched to the consulting side of the business. Since then, I also started a speaker’s career and got more involved in the SEO community in France. I am still running a few personal projects on the side, but my main focus is to rank high on Google for my clients. Of course, I also embraced on other fields of search, especially SEA, Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing.

Michael Briggs | Head of Acquisition | Canva

David Fallarme | Head of Marketing, Asia | HubSpot

David Fallarme leads Asia marketing for HubSpot, a full stack platform for marketing, sales and customer service. David has successfully grown products across several industries. During his time with Electronic Arts, he led customer acquisition for several video games with millions of users. As the head of marketing for a B2B SaaS startup, he oversaw growth as the company went from thousands to multi 7-figures in annual revenue.

Kaushal Gupta | Manager - Digital Marketing | Zydus Healthcare Limited

Kaushal Gupta, being in the Digital Marketing space for the last ten years, has gained experience in both the agency and the brand side of the business. In the span of his career, he has worked on different regional, national and international brands, thereby exploring the different facets of Digital Marketing. He has been a part of various award winning campaigns and recognized for these contributions at a personal level as well. In his current role at Zydus Healthcare Limited, he is entrusted to implement Digital Marketing Practices across the organization. He is passionate about everything ‘Digital’ and hence takes up Digital Marketing Training in his leisure time.

Jennifer Hoffman | VP of Marketing | Banked

Jennifer is an enthusiastic and passionate Marketing Director with over 15 years of experience in brand building and strategic marketing, with an impressive track record of developing key partner relationships and driving business growth. Fascinated by all things impacting the customer journey; brand experience, user experience and customer experience. Hyper curious about new tech, innovation and startup culture!

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.

Tejas Kirodiwal | Regional Head of Growth | ZALORA

9+ years of insightful experience in all flavors of Digital Marketing viz. Performance Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Data & Analytics, Media Planning, Process & People management. In my career so far I had the fortune to anchor Omni-channel Digital Marketing Campaigns for eminent clients’ viz. Nestle, L’Oreal group, IKEA, Guardian et cetera. Being a curious professional my zeal to grow enabled my success and in different stages of career I had been entrusted with the responsibility to lead large teams. In my present association I am shouldering responsibilities as Regional Head of Growth with Zalora.

Sathyashankara Konila Bhat | Marketing Specialist -SEO | Ericsson |

Sathyashankara is based in India and has 13+ years of SEO experience. He worked for different global brands including Ecommerce, Healthcare, Software and Telcom. Currently he is working as global SEO Manager for Ericsson, focusing on implementation of SEO best practices & organic traffic growth.

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Robert Lai | Founder | Kaliber Performance Marketing

Robert Lai is the Founder of Kaliber Performance Marketing based in Singapore. Prior to starting this own agency, Robert has acquired over $400M USD in performance marketing experience was an Award-Winning Consultant at Google New York that consulted the top US marketing agencies and also worked at the top 2 performance marketing agencies as a lead on enterprise clientele such as Samsung, Air New Zealand and Woolworths Group.

Wei Leen | Chief Consultant | Lean Metrics

Wei Leen has written about SEO for Moz, Semrush, Techinasia and others. He has spoken on the same at the Digital Marketing Summit Asia, Singapore Management University, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic's STF program. Formerly with Moneysmart in Singapore managing and 9flats in Berlin leading communications and Asia before starting his own consulting practice. Big fan of optimizing for cognitive ease over algorithms. Direct questions to @ngweileen.

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 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.

Debra Mastaler | President | Alliance Link

Debra Mastaler is an experienced traditional marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) specialist with a deep skillset in link building, SEO content strategy and media relations. She has owned Alliance-Link since 2001 and specializes in combining big idea content and smart SEO to build links, traffic and brand growth. Debra is a regular conference speaker, trainer and contributor to numerous search and tech sites and is OMCP certified link building trainer.


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.

Chris Nightingale | PPC Manager |

Chris is an experienced Digital Marketing Strategist with a passion to deliver through the ever evolving eCommerce landscape. His passion for digital led him to focus more on Online Retail and the exciting nuances of working for an exclusively online retailer. He is part of the vibrant Digital marketing and commerce team, on the forefront of the latest trends and technologies in order to bolster’s presence within a competitive market space.

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.

Matt Pilgrim | RVP EMEA & APAC, Partner Development | Episerver

Matt is an experienced channel strategy leader having worked as head of partner and alliances for a number of high growth software companies across EMEA and APAC. Matt has spent over fifteen years working directly with Digital agencies of all sizes offering services across the full spectrum of digital. Matt has served on a number of different digital advisory boards and continues to mentor startup businesses and individuals within the industry. Currently, Matt is Regional VP for Partner development responsible for APAC and EMEA at Episerver. Episerver is a Customer-Centric Digital Experience Platform that features best-in-class content management and robust commerce, both backed by AI-powered data and personalization solutions.

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.

Joana Sinel | Technical SEO Manager | Property Finder

10 years’ experience working in the world of digital & performance marketing, with in-depth specialist knowledge of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), martech & product marketing.

Sara Varnell | Digital Marketing and Innovation Senior Manager | Origin Energy |

Sara is an innovative Digital & Media Strategist with a progressive career in marketing, spanning 20 years internationally and domestically. Outcomes focused, Sara has actively contributed to several company’s journey to become a customer first organisation; blending strategic, creative, media and technical expertise to create significant business value.

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Amitabh Verma | Founder & CEO | AMP Digital

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

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