Chair of the Judging Panel
Dr Kirpal Singh
Chief Judge, Literarist
Poet, literary and cultural critic, as well as university lecturer, Kirpal is a powerful voice in Singapore’s creative and literary circles. He is the author of ‘Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans: Creativity across cultures’.
For over 20 years he taught Literature at the National University of Singapore and at the Nanyang Technological University, before being asked to join the Singapore Management University where he taught Creative Thinking. He has recently retired from his position as Associate Professor at the university.
A formidable presence in the local literary scene since the 1970s, Singh has written and published several collections of poetry and books and articles on creative thinking. He also has the distinction of being the first Asian director of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 and 1994.
Judge, TEDx Speaker, Bestselling Author
Two time TEDx speaker, Joanne has spoken for numerous associations including Asian Banker, corporations like Bank Julius Bär, Calvin Klein and KPMG and with personal development leaders Anthony Robbins and Success Resources.
She is the author and editor of five books on business, digital and human change, including 'The Success Healthcheck' (Wiley 2010) and editor of 'New Eyes ~ the Human Side of Change Leadership' (2013). Her latest two books, 'KARMA in Action ~ How to Use Karma and Kindness to Grow Your Business' and 'KARMA – How to Stay Calm and Productive through Coronavirus to the Recovery' were published in early 2020.
"The future will be defined by the intersection of logic and creativity, by our rationality and our Humanity" ~ Joanne Flinn
This is where successful leaders, businesses and industries with thrive. In time of disruption and digitalisation, new paths to decision making and success are required.
Joanne held senior roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers and DBS, a leading Asian bank and co-founded the Change Leaders at the University of Oxford and HÈC Paris in 2004. As an international artist, her work under the name, Booth Aster, is in collections in five countries and exhibited in numerous museums.
Rob Salisbury BCom., CSP
Judge, Writer & Speaker
As a writer and speaker, Rob has been involved with 18 books, numerous audio programs, DVDs and chaired over a dozen collaboration e books with hundreds of writers.
His articles on promotion, marketing, sales, teamwork, event hosting and global travel have featured in USA magazines, the Australian Business Review, MICE Australia, MICE Asia, Singapore Straits Times, Contact Singapore and Executive PA. His story, 'A Mothers Love' was published by Penguin Australia in a book entitled "There's More to life than Sex and Money" with over 100,000 copies sold in the late 1990's.
As a two year state President of the Professional Speakers Association of Australia and five year National Board Member overseeing over 290 members across Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle and Canberra, Rob was involved with over 130 PSA competency events to up skill members. As a professional speaker, L & D skills trainer, awards mc and panel host, he's been hired over 2350 times in 25 + countries to bolster team moral, keep events on time and increase client results.
Paolo von Schirach
Judge, President of the Global Policy Institute
He is the Founder and Editor of the Schirach Report, an online publication focusing on politics, economics and international security. He is a frequent lecturer, TV and radio commentator, on US foreign and domestic politics and global issues. For more than two decades he worked in emerging markets as a Team Leader and Senior Expert in investment and trade promotion projects.
Paolo holds higher degrees from Georgetown University where he was also a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow in the Government Department, the London School of Economics, the University of Pisa, Italy, and the Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. He was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, which was followed by filling the role of Director of Communications, and later on Senior Research Fellow, at the Atlantic Council. He was Deputy Director of the Global Security Project at Georgetown University, and Vice President for International Programs at Intelx, an institution focusing on international education.
More recently, he was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, (MSFS). He has been a frequent lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute, (FSI), the Federal Government's primary foreign affairs training institution.