Meet the Judging Board

With only a few days left before the end of 4th annual Pause Awards 2021, we think you should meet our Judging Board who will be making the final decision who wins.

The Late Entry ends on Friday 1st October, so make sure you get in before the time escapes you. You can check the full list of judges but here are the five to be aware.


Lee Tonitto, Managing Director at Tonitto and Partners

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Lee is Managing Director of Tonitto and Partners, a boutique consulting firm helping clients with business and marketing strategy development and operational improvements.

She is inspired by working with passionate people who share a commitment to achieving results with a focus on values, ethics, ESG concerns reconciled with commercial goals. Lee has successfully held C-suite and director-level roles over the past 20 years, spanning Australia and New Zealand representing major brands such as Unilever, Revlon, AMP and the Commonwealth Bank’s Count Financial.

A specialist in identifying and solving complex enterprise-wide business issues, Lee is a transformation catalyst. Lee’s significant capability includes strategy, brand, marketing, distribution, operational performance improvement, coaching, mentoring and business transformation.

Ben Ford, Head of Growth at Frollo

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Frollo is a purpose-led Australian Fintech comprising a consumer Personal Financial Management (PFM) app with over 100,000 users, and a B2B business specialising in providing Open Banking & data solutions to banking & finance customers.

Prior to joining Frollo, Ben spent three years with Yodlee, where he established the APAC headquarters in Sydney, and enjoyed a stint at illion Open Data Solutions (formerly Proviso).

A fierce advocate and supporter of the Fintech community, Ben has spent time as an advisor and mentor at Antler, the Yodlee Incubator in Silicon Valley, Startup Bootcamp, and Inspiring Rare Birds, as well as various individual start-ups. He is also the Fintech Editor for IdeaSpies.

Prior to entering the Fintech world, Ben spent 10 years in product management and sales with Equifax (UK) and Dun & Bradstreet (Australia).

Christina Gerakiteys, Co-CEO at SingularityU Australia

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As Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia and Founder of UtopiaX, Christina is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and program designer, creating interactive educational Xperiences driven by design thinking, purpose, engagement, and play.

Christina is on a mission to educate, empower and inspire leaders to converge transformational technologies to impact and solve humanity's grand challenges. She has worked with Deloitte, IAG, Employment Hero and Entrepreneurs Organisation.

Christina writes for several publications, hosts the SingularityU Australia Webinar series A Future By Design, the podcast Inspire for 5, and speaks on radio about creativity and innovation. She is a contributor to the award-winning Front-End Innovation blog.

Christina is an advocate for innovation committees, she produced the annual Hunter Innovation Festival, and lectures in business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tom Leyden, Global Leader of IT at Woods Bagot

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Tom is a global leader of IT with a broad range of sector experience. Over a period of 20 years, he has worked in multiple industries including finance, business services and more recently architecture and design.

Recent work has included delivering technology aligned to the organisation’s strategic needs both in terms of cutting edge architecture design, and cost effective service delivery. Key to this has been getting the infrastructure into the cloud, developing strategies that connect technology with the next generations and driving technology innovation.

With the rise of consumer based technology Tom believes that technology is no longer the domain of the IT department – and in order to really unlock technology for an organisation we must enable people to bring technology to the game.

Sonia Clarke, Director, Future of Work, PwC

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Sonia is currently part of PwC's growing the Future of Work practice, working with the executive teams to shape and articulate what their organisation will look like in the future.

At PwC, she leads a team of communications strategists, content designers, digital producers, artists, animators and creative directors. The Creative Comms team works with clients during times of change to build strategies and design experiences that educate, engage and inspire employees and stakeholders.

Prior to joining PwC, Sonia spent more than a decade in PR, where she held senior agency leadership roles and directed award-winning campaigns which spanned consumer brand building to corporate reputation management.

This Friday as we closed the Standard Entries we hit the new milestone having received more entries than last year. And there is still time to get yours in, don’t miss out. You can enter from here.

Everyone is super excited to read all your entries!

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Filling out an entry form takes approximately 7 minutes, and you can do it here. For an awards overview please head to the awards page. Most answers to your questions can be found in the Pause Awards 2021 - Entry Kit which you should download from here.

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