DBACE 2020: Judges announced

We have the pleasure to announce that the following leading professionals in social entrepreneurship and the creative industries will be joining us on June 30, 2020, to judge the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 2020 finalists and select five winners.

As part of the programme, which is one of Deutsche Bank’s CSR Made for Good social enterprise flagships and delivered in partnership with MeWe360, winners will receive funding from a £50K prize pot and 12 months of bespoke business support to help achieve their next milestones.

All the panel members draw on extensive professional experience across the creative industries and have many years of experience in setting up and supporting new businesses.


Farooq Chaudhry OBE, co-founder and Producer, Akram Khan Company

Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and Producer of Akram Khan Company, plays a key role in forming innovative business models to support Akram Khan’s artistic ambitions as well as offering creative support during the development of Khan’s projects. Chaudhry is a witness of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and on the advisory board of Global Future. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged him in a list of the world’s top hundred cultural actors and entrepreneurs in 2008. In addition to his work for Akram Khan Company, Chaudhry is also International Creative Producer for China’s national dance icon Yang Liping since 2016 and was Producer for English National Ballet 2013-2017. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University for his services to dance in 2014. In 2018 Chaudhry became the Course consultant for the new MA Dance Producing and Management at London Studio Centre and Goldsmiths University. In Sept 2018 Chaudhry became the Co-Artistic Director of PECDA (Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards) in India. In 2019, Chaudhry was awarded an OBE for his services to Dance and Dance Production and was appointed a Tate Artist Trustee.

Jude Kelly CBE, Founder and Director, The WOW Foundation

Jude Kelly is the Founder and Director of The WOW Foundation, which runs WOW – Women of the World Festivals across the globe to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and confronts global gender injustice. Starting at London’s Southbank Centre in 2010, where Jude was Artistic Director for 12 years, the festival now takes place in 30 locations across six continents. In 2018 Jude established The WOW Foundation as an independent charity dedicated to building the WOW movement as a force for change. Jude has directed over 200 theatre and opera productions, is the recipient of two Olivier Awards, a BASCA Gold Badge Award for contribution to music, a Southbank Award for opera, an RPO award for her festival The Rest is Noise, Women’s Hour’s one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in 2013, Red Magazine’s 2014 Creative Woman of the Year, CBIs 2016 First Woman Award for Tourism and Leisure and in 2017 the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year Social Purpose Award. She was also headhunted to join the bidding team for the 2012 London Olympics and create the programme for culture and ceremonies, she subsequently advised both Rio and Tokyo on their successful bids. Jude has founded a range of arts institutions and has commissioned and supported the work of hundreds of female artists across all genres. 

Kevin Osborne, CEO and founder, MeWe360

Kevin has 27 years’ experience as leader, producer and developer in the arts & creative industries. After 11 years as Executive Producer in the music industry with clients including Warner Brothers and EMI, Kevin set up and ran Tribal Tree, a charity providing music industry related development artists, producers and song writers. Tribal launched the careers of Plan B, Fazer (from N-Dubz) and Andrew Hughes (Lilly Allen Producer). After completing the Clore Leadership Programme and and MSc in Business and Responsibility he founded MeWe, a business incubator for the creative industries.

Lareena Hilton, Managing Director, Global Head of Brand Communications & CSR, Deutsche Bank AG

Lareena works within the Communications & CSR department and has global responsibility for setting strategy for the Brand & CSR functions. She has worked at Deutsche Bank since 1995 and is based in London. She joined Deutsche Morgan Grenfell to implement a new identity for this developing brand. During her tenure, she has had various regional and global roles across marketing, communications, events, brand and CSR. In her current role, she is focused on developing an integrated approach to build profile, engage multi-stakeholder audiences and deliver sustainable impact for the bank to enhance reputation and trust. She has a post-graduate degree in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Liv Little, Founder and CEO, gal-dem

Liv is the Founder and CEO at gal-dem, an online magazine and media platform run by women and non-binary people of colour. Liv has spent time working within TV, most recently in commissioning in the factual department at the BBC where she developed a new strand focused on the history we aren’t taught in schools. She also has experience working on a range of shows as researcher, producer and art director and in 2018 produced her first audio documentary for the Migration Museum. Liv has been voted as a Future Leader, a rising star at WOW and included in the inaugural BBC’s 100 women series.  Before this, she spent time working in a range of third sector organisations including Women for Refugee Women and the Simon community in Dublin. Liv is obsessed with storytelling and has written for a range of outlets including Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, The Guardian, Wonderland and Elle Magazine. She has spoken to audiences of up to 10,000 people and been recognised as one of the top women speakers in Britain by the Dots.  

Stay tuned for the winner announcement on June 30, 2020. You can sign up to the mailing list here or catch it on our socials @mewe360.