The judges bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from the finance, policy, social investment, media, community and research sectors.
This year's judges are:
Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance
Bob leads Citi’s partnerships with global, national and local organizations to support inclusive finance and community development through economic empowerment, focusing on responsible and accessible finance; financial coaching and asset building; neighbourhood preservation and revitalization; access to college education; and small business and microenterprise development.
He also leads Citi’s commercial relationships with microfinance financial institutions, corporations, investors and municipalities, working across Citi’s businesses and geographies to expand access to financial services in underserved communities.
Since joining Citi in 1982, Bob has held a number of senior regional and global treasury, risk and corporate positions in Athens, Bahrain, Nairobi, London and ew York City.
Dr Vicki Belt
Enterprise Research Centre
Dr Vicki Belt is a Deputy Director at the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), a research centre based at the Universities of Warwick and Aston. The ERC provides independent, trusted expertise and insight into SME performance and growth, based on rigorous research and analysis. Vicki is responsible for communicating and maximising the value of ERC research to stakeholders, strengthening the evidence base upon which they can make decisions, allocate resources and build policy. Prior to joining the ERC she was an Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). Whilst at the UKCES Vicki directed and managed number of flagship research projects, and also directed the UKCES’s strategic research partnerships programme. She has over 20 years of experience of research in the business, employment and skills field. Vicki holds a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Lee is the Social Enterprise Correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s biggest news and information provider, where a global team of journalists covers under-reported stories on humanitarian issues, women’s rights, trafficking and slavery, property rights and climate change. He is the first dedicated Social Enterprise Correspondent to be appointed by a mainstream organization and oversees the Social Innovation section of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news website news.trust.org. All stories in this section are distributed via the Reuters news service to a network of publications reaching an estimated one billion readers daily.
After working in Financial Services for 10 years, Ben started ISO Spaces in 2012 with his business partner, Gregg Curtis. They have grown the business from the seed of an idea into a national brand.
ISO spaces converts recycled shipping containers into bespoke modular buildings, focusing on design, innovation and high quality finishes. Ben and Greg have worked with a range of large blue chip clients and are continuing to look at new ways to push design boundaries with container conversions.
ISO Spaces won the Growth Award at the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards 2016/17.