GO48 Challenge went international in its 10th year with jury comprising of national as well as international panelists from the design community. We are still in the process of bringing in big names to lock the name of panelists. Our Jury Panelists & Ambassadors have diverse experience in Graphics, Animation, Game Design, Films & UI/UX. They have worked on design, education and management positions and are active contributors in our aim to provide global exposure to every student in the world. There contribution to their respective fields is commendable. Jury Panelists are part of the International GO48 panel to judge all entries based on all aspects of the challenge and bring out best talent to the winning list.
President/Founder – Retained Executive Search and Management Consulting, Toronto, Canada
With over two decades of experience in the creative tech industry, I have developed a deep understanding of the talent needs and challenges of this dynamic and evolving sector. As the President and Founder of LeFort Talent Group, he leads a team of specialists who are passionate about connecting great companies with the top talent in creative industry with a focus on digital entertainment/communications/marketing/Ops/HR.
He is driven by the mission to help talent thrive and businesses grow in the creative tech industry.
Author of the famous book “Acting for Animators”
Ed Hooks was a professional actor for 30 years before becoming one of the most respected acting teachers in the world. He has taught Acting for Animators for most major animation studios and video game companies, including Disney Animation, Valve Software, Ubisoft, Warner Brothers, Sony and Electronic Arts, and has been a featured
speaker at many international animation festivals and conferences.
He teaches at schools such as Ringling College of Art and Animation(Florida) and Filmakademie Baden-Wurtemberg (Germany).
Professor, Sheridan College, Canada
Tony is a Sheridan College professor (2000-2020) and a veteran of the animation industry with more than 20 years of creative and management experience. He has worked in many areas of animation production and contributed to both features and animated TV series such as Magi-Nation, Redwall, Timothy, Ewoks, Beetlejuice, American Tail, Dog City, Rupert, Tales From The Cryptkeeper, Eek the Cat, Neverending Story, Blazing Dragons, Sam and Max, Ace Ventura, and Pippi Longstocking.
He has also contributed to award-winning animation productions that have received international recognition: the Care Bears, Little Bear, Babar, George Shrinks.
Biology professor, “Jurassic World” film consultant, and recipient of the CSUSB Outstanding Professor award
He is also one of the most sought-after anatomy consultants to film animators, working on more than 60 feature-length films, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Lilo and Stitch,” the first Harry Potter film and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Several of the films have been nominated for the Academy Awards Best Animated Feature of the Year such as “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Ratatouille,” “Surf’s Up,” “Bolt” and “Kung Fu Panda.”
He also served as a consultant to animators to video games such as Horizon Zero Dawn. More recently he has lent his anatomical and paleontological expertise to “Life of Pi,” academy-award winning “Zootopia,” “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” and DreamWorks’ “Abominable.” He has also worked on television projects, including helping with the animal characters in the HBO/BBC series “His Dark Materials.”
HECTOR ADRIAN RODERA
Creative Director at Sia Interactive, Argentina
He is a Game designer and Creative Director. Create games… this is the way. But draw, write, teach, is his way too.He is from Venado Tuerto city (One-eyed Deer), Santa Fe, Argentine.
He has worked passionately in the Game Design area, being in charge of the design and innovation of games and technological events with a specialization in Oculus Rift. He was a Co-founder of Barbacube STUDIOS, leading the team in Game Design. During the performance of the position he made several games, for companies such as Disney, Cartoon Network, among others.
Tama Art University Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree of Architecture
Master of Technology in Innovation for Design and Engineering
Certified Lecturer of Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
Public University Corporation Tokyo Metropolitan University
Visiting Fellow of Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
JULIA GOGA – COOKE
CEO Academy of Design Thinking
Julia Goga helps companies grow. Academic, design thinker, entrepreneur and a storyteller.
She is an academic, journalist, design thinking coach and entrepreneur. Julia leads Gconsultancy Innovation, an IOEE academy of entreprise and innovation, and AIA network helping companies grow through innovation.
Julia server at the BBC for 16 years in various on-air and senior editorial and leadership positions.
Julia’s passion for learning has taken her to CSM and London Business School to study Design Thinking Innovation Management and Creating New Ventures, d.School in Stanford on Creating Innovation Spaces and Innovation Games, and MIT to study Collaborative Innovation Networks.
Head of Product Design, India
He is Alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He has more than twenty five years of design experience in product design. He has been a past member of the India Design Council established by the Government of India, functioning under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
He is also the education council member of MIT School of Design and School of Fashion Technology, Pune besides being a jury member for various Design Awards in India and overseas – IDSA (USA), South African Design Council, Singapore Design Council, ‘I’ Mark etc.
James, Jan-Nan, Chen
Associate Professor, ChaoYang University of Technology, Industrial Design Department
James have been leaning and actively performing Industrial Design for more than 40 years. As holding a MA degree from UCLA, which he had learned most of my foundation Product Design knowledge from, he formed my own design studio (Elite Design Co.) since 1998. Beside his teaching career at school, his design studio gives him a lot of chance to embrace various product design projects which he learned from industry the real-world problems solving of Industrial Design to echo the knowledge that he teaches in the classroom. He is pleased to be nominated by Chinese Taipei as an expert for Industrial Design Technology. He wishes to learn from other experts and share his personal experiences with open mindedness.
Founder Director – Animation Xpress
Celebrated Award Winning Creative Director from Bollywood, is the man behind high TRP TV Series like Devi, Parvarish, Mere Dad ki Dulhan, Ik Ladki Anjani si, Yeh Meri Life hai, Kajjal etc.
He was also an Assistant Director in many Ajay Devgan movies like Jaan, Raju Chacha, Hindustan ki Kasam etc.
World Skills Expert, China for Industrial Design Technology
He has been Interpreter of Chinese team at the Future Skills Competition and the BRICKS International Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition 1019, Industrial Design Technology Project.
He has been the expert of Chinese Team at the Asia Skills Training Camp Competition 2021, Industrial Design Technology Project. He is currently lecturer at the Pengcheng Technician College and prior to that he has worked as Design Manager for almost a decade with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Creative Director/Art Director from University of Tehran
Nastaran has over 10 years of experience in creating and designing. She commenced her professional career as a freelance graphic designer & illustrator in 2009. She equipped herself with the nitty gritties of brand guidelines and its consistency.
She is highly skilled in client and vendor relations and negotiations, and an eye to detail to know the clients and their products. She focuses to build a happy and healthy long-term partnership with clients by providing unique insights and quality designs. She has a quality industrial practice of graphic design with her own colorful touch to each project she has executed.
Associate Professor at Zayed University
3D Animation Short Film Director | Expertise in the entire animation process from preproduction to post production | Directed and produced 15 3D animated short films (2006-2018) which have been selected and screened @ in 70+ International film festivals + 2 awards | Presented at over 50 International venues, from Universities (Sheridan College – Canada), Film Festivals (VIEW animation – Italy) and Conferences (Siggraph Asia – China)
His Specialties include virtual team collaboration, animation outsourcing, pipeline production. He believes and practices the global exposure through work, travel and education. He envisions a world with creative interconnectedness of design economy.
CEO at Aleph Pte Ltd. Singapore
Arvind founded Aleph in year 2006 with a vision of “a place in which creative individuals from different backgrounds and with various skill sets come together and form synergetic alliances to tackle creative projects and generate ideas”.
His abilities to build rapport and trust among diverse people in different locations, has led to establishing strategic relationships with clients such as SUNGARD, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and many other multinational clients in different domains.
He specializes in Idea generation, Concept articulation & visualization, Concept prototyping, Interface Design, Interface usability & Cross channel digital interfaces.
Dr. MOHSEN ROSHANIAN RAMIN
Director of Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU)
Dr. Mohsen Roshanian Ramin has PhD in Educational Technology; his field of study is serious game and eLearning. He is Director of Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU) Virtual Education System.
Research is one of the most important topics in higher education. Some researches should be carried out in order to identifying and resolving the research problems and selecting qualified people. The aim of the present study was to focus on the research self-efficacy in the psychology and educational sciences graduate students. The research was conducted by using the descriptivesurvey method. The statistical population was consisted of all MA students in psychology and educational Sciences at the Tehran Kharazmy University in 2011-2012 semesters. 120 students were selected by simple random sampling method.
Dr. AYSEGUL LIMAN KABAN
Lecturer at Bahcesehir University
She is the consultant of the Media Literacy Association in Turkey. In 2020, she finished her Ph.D. degree in the field of Educational Technologies. She studied the effects of electronic reading experiences (printed book, on-screen reading, gamified reading, and personalized reading) and the influence of reading comprehension, motivation, and retention. Between 2013 and 2016, she was the editor of the IATEFL TEASIG Newsletter. She has been the editor of IATEFL Learning Technologies since September 2016. In 2013, she completed her master’s degree in Emotional Contagion in Teacher-Student Relations at Marmara University.
Dr. PIERRE PEPIN
Assistant Professor & International Artist at NYIT, US
Dr. Pierre Pepin has been a transdisciplinary educator of visual arts and technology for over thirty-five years. He has experience in Media as Researcher, Writer at Asia Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. A French-Canadian, he earned his Master of Education degree at Université Laval and taught at the high school and university levels in Canada. He earned his doctorate in Art and Media from Université du Québec à Montreal with a thesis on innovative approaches to teaching media art, with special focus on art educators in K-12. Also, own a studio in Graphics Design, as a Designer for 25 Years. Dr. Pepin is currently an Assistant Professor at NYIT New York in the Media Art and Design Global Program located in Amman, Jordan.
Screening Jury Members
General Manager at Virtualsoft Technologies
India Skills Jury Member
Currently he holds a total experience of 20 years. He is working in Virtualsoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Chandigarh as of now as General Manager after working for quite a long time as Project Manager. He also mentors Graphic Design and UI with Chandigarh Design School, Chandigarh. He is also one of the nominated expert for world skills competition.
He guides students post they have entered and opted for a course in the respective field regarding the career to choose by minutely keeping a progression on the student during their course time by polishing the skill and henceforth the path to their destination.
SENIOR ANIMATION MENTOR
Asia Skills Jury Member
He is a Design and Animation Professional with over 18 years of Industry Experience. He has been simultaneously active both in production and education/training since the onset of his career. During his career, apart from successfully handling countless Animation and Design projects for clients around the Globe, he has mentored and trained thousands of students to build successful career in creative fields. For education management also he has been rewarded at National level.
His most enjoyable venture has been the attempt to bring feature quality 3D character animation training to North India on the lines of International Schools very early on before 2010. His experiments with the training of high end 3D character animation were highly acknowledged, his students were directly picked by the top employers of India including Xentrix, Technicolor, MEL, DQ entertainment, Prime Focus, Pranas. Technicolor even awarded the best learner’s award to one of his student among all the freshers they hired.
Director at SXILL
India Skills Jury Member
She has been totally immersed in bringing Skill based education to the masses since 1996 with single-minded dedication. She understands the ins and outs of franchise model of business and its shortcomings when applied to the business of education. Keen to take bigger challenges that face the Indian Education while keeping abreast of changes in education pedagogy across the world.
SXILL is the culmination of her decades of work in the field of Skill based Education. It tries to overcome every hurdle and constraint that she met during delivering education under a franchise system (which is tweaked to never go above a threshold as it is meant for mass consumption).