THE JUDGES

A panel of industry experts are on hand to assess the individual merits of each venue, drawing on their years of experience to narrow down the entries into a shortlist, before selecting their final winners in each category.

Todd Staszko

Editor
Mondo-DR

Chairman of the Judges.

Brad Maiden

CEO
Sentiate

Brad Maiden is the CEO and Founder of Sentiate, an AI-driven software
platform that understands sentiment and adapts building environments to
reflect and optimize this customer sentiment, through multimedia
activations.

The platform deepens connections between people and place,
leading to an increase in experience, dwell time and revenue. They
specialize in the entertainment, leisure, and culture sectors. He is also
the Managing Director of technical design consultancy Saber.

Rosani Gomes

Architect and Lighting Designer CEO
Illumine e Decore

An architect specializing in lighting design, she has been working in the area for over 13 years, recommending lighting products for nightclubs, concerts, events and high-end homes.

Also graduated in engineering, Rosani Gomes unites technique with the harmony of architecture to create beauty. Her specialty in pixel-by-pixel lighting makes her a differentiated professional in the market, making her known worldwide with her projects and lectures.

With the internet at her fingertips, Rosani also has her daily life show to her 40,000 followers on Instagram, making her a digital influencer, both as a Lighting designer and a consumer of luxury products.

Adam Bassett

Founding Partner/Principal Director
Woodroffe Bassett Design

Adam Bassett is principal designer and co-founder of Woodroffe Bassett Design, one of the best- known and most prolific lighting design brands operating in the world of entertainment and architecture today. Adam is well-known and respected for his sensitive and evocative storytelling approach to lighting design in the sectors of theatre, dance, concert touring, large- scale spectaculars and architecture. Adam’s broad design experience spans all genres and is underpinned by a rich and varied foundation in theatre lighting design. Today Adam is often in demand for his sympathetic and imaginative treatment of large-scale, arena-size theatrical presentations and special events. His extensive and varied experience in lighting has furnished him with a uniquely rich and varied design palette to apply to concert touring, theatre and large-scale events and performances.

Akari-Lisa Ishii

Lighting Designer and Principal
I.C.O.N

After studying Fine Arts and design, then training in pioneer lighting design firms (US, Japan, France), she founded I.C.O.N. in 2004.

She leads a wide range of international lighting design projects: urban, architecture, interior, event etc. (Yves-Saint-Laurent Museum Marrakech, Dior Perfumes boutique chain, Kabuki Theater Tokyo, Trouville Cure Marin hotel, the classified cloister of Tours Cathedral etc.)

She conveys new trend with an innovative touch in her projects and also giving conferences, writing articles and books.

Winner of numerous design awards, such as IES Award of Excellence for the diplomatic light and sound event on the Eiffel Tower in 2019.

Lauren Rogers

Senior Producer
Bild Studios

Lauren has extensive experience working with complex productions as an
executive and senior producer and project manager – managing senior
stakeholders, artistic talent, internal teams and external delivery
partners. She has worked across a range of large scale, high profile
projects in the UAE, including the Dubai 2020 Opening and Closing Ceremony
AR.

Her experience encompasses realtime-based live productions using
content pipelines involving Unreal Engine and Notch. With these
experiences she has a deep understanding of all aspects of highly
technical and creatively ambitious projects.

Brock McGinnis

Principal
Avitaas

Simon Fraser

Managing Director
Ptarmigan

Simon Fraser is the founder of the Ptarmigan group of companies, specialising in the design and implementation of complex entertainment technical systems for architectural, entertainment and cultural projects.

Having trained in theatre electrics in London, he has worked in the West End, toured on a wide variety of shows and events, and delivered a diverse range of museums, visitor centres and attractions.

Since its creation, Simon has overseen Ptarmigan Integration’s delivery of projects across Asia including, A Symphony of Lights, Expo 2010 in Shanghai, City of Dreams Macao & Manila, Universal Studios Singapore, Galaxy Macao, Paint the Night Parade for Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Resort, Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi and Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Ptarmigan is head quartered in Hong Kong and has offices in Macao and Singapore. Simon is an external advisor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and has also served as a board member of the TEA Asia Pacific Division from 2013 to 2015.

Becky Daley

Stagelighting Consultant
Charcoalblue

Becky has spent 18 years working in professional theatres, opera houses, concert halls and performance spaces around the world. Currently at Charcoalblue as stagelighting Consultant, Becky is involved in many design projects across the world. Prior to joining Charcoalblue, Becky worked as a Technical Solutions Manager and Primary Install Consultant with Enlightened Lighting. Managing projects, systems programming, design and specification for theatrical, events and performance spaces.

Cristina Martinez

Senior Lighting Designer and Architect
ACTLD

Born and raised in Venezuela, Cristina is a Lighting Designer and Architect based in Brussels since 2014. She is also the ambassador for Women in Lighting for Belgium since 2018.

Currently, Cristina holds the position of Senior Lighting Designer and Project Manager at ACTLD. Her work experience has immersed her in a great variety of projects, different typologies, and scales, teamed up with a highly international team.

In her experience, Cristina has been able to bring together projects of Lighting design in both the Architecture and Entertainment fields, taking care not only of the function, sustainability, and aesthetics of a project but also its intersection with art, show, innovation, and tailored-made solutions, to create experiences and experiential environments.