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Judges & Mentors


WMGIC x NATO is pleased to announce the following distinguished judges and mentors for this Countering Disinformation Challenge.

In a nutshell, mentors will rotate through several university teams to give expert advice, offer feedback, and answer questions. Judges will evaluate a series of presentations using the following criteria: feasibility & effectiveness, creativity, privacy, sustainability, and fiscal pragmatism.

It is an honor to have these judges and mentors with us.


Alex Anvari
Alpine Race Coach,
Stratton Mountain, VT


Fabio Biondi
Researcher and Director of the Operational Cyber Int. Course,

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Project and Business Manager, Military and Veterans Affairs,
William & Mary
eric_brown.jpeg Eric Brown
Senior Research Scientist, Global Research Institute,
William & Mary
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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael Dick
Visiting Professor of Practice, Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic,
William & Mary Law School

jd-due.jpg JD Due
Executive Director, Center for Military Transition, School of Business,
William & Mary
robin-el-kady.jpeg Robin El Kady
Data Scientist, Information Environment Assessment Team,
Public Diplomacy Division,
NATO Headquarters
amy-ertan.jpg Amy Ertan
Cyber and Hybrid Policy Officer,
NATO Headquarters

Kay Floyd
Director, Whole of Government Center of Excellence,
William & Mary


Kira Graves
Director of Critical Thinking Enterprise, G-2,
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

christine-hines.png Christine Hines
Vice President for Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Automation,
vladimira-hladikova Vladimíra Hladíková
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Mass Media Communication,
University of SS. Cyril and Methodius
margaret-hu.png Margaret Hu
Professor of Law and Director, Digital Democracy Lab,
William & Mary Law School
anna-hurajov.jpg Anna Hurajova
University Lecturer and Researcher,
University of SS. Cyril and Methodius
kathleen-jabs.jpeg Kathleen Jabs
Special Assistant for Military & Veteran Affairs,
William & Mary
john-g.l.j.-jacobs.jpg John G.L.J. Jacobs
Atlantic Forum
bernie-kaussler.jpeg Bernie Kaussler
Professor of Political Science,
James Madison University
john-linantud.jpg John Linantud
Professor and Coordinator of Political Science,
University of Houston-Downtown
teresa-longo.jpeg Teresa Longo
Associate Provost for International Affairs and Executive Director of 
the Reves Center for International Studies,
William & Mary
elizabeth-losh.png Elizabeth Losh
Professor, American Studies,
William & Mary
oana-lungescu.jpg Oana Lungescu
Principal Spokesperson,
NATO Headquarters
trish-martinelli-.jpg Trish Martinelli
Executive Director,
Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
keith-masback-.jpeg Keith Masback
Owner & Principal Consultant,
Plum Run LLC
robert-mcmath.jpg Robert McMath
Senior Analyst, Information, Intelligence, Cyber, Electromagnetic
Warfare, and Space (I2CEWS) Operations and Technologies,
Janus Research Group
ben-miller.jpg Ben Miller
CWMD & CBRNE Senior Manager, Defense Mission Area,
dobril-radoslavov.png Dobril Radoslavov
State Expert, Defense Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defense,

Paula Redondo
Programme Officer for Russia and Central Asia,
Public Diplomacy Division,
NATO Headquarters

john-ringquist-.png John Ringquist
Senior Defense Officer/Defense Attaché for Angola and Sao Tomé and Principe,
United States Army
david-rowe---headshot.jpeg David Rowe
Fulbright NATO Security Studies Scholar and Visiting Fellow,
German Marshall Fund
john-scherpereel.jpg John Scherpereel
Professor of Political Science, Coordinator of the Modern European Studies Minor,
James Madison University
john-scott.jpeg John Scott
COO and President,
Ion Channel
chris-shenefiel-.jpeg Chris Shenefiel
Adjunct Lecturer, Applied Cybersecurity, Computer Science Department,
William & Mary, 
Security Research Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems
daniel-shin.png Daniel Shin
Cybersecurity Researcher, Center for Legal and Court Technology's (CLCT),
William & Mary Law School
anthony-stefanidis.jpeg Anthony Stefanidis
Professor of Computer Science,
William & Mary
elis-vllasi-.jpeg Elis Vllasi
Simon Fraser University and NATO Field School
jonathan-ward-.png Jonathan Ward
Retired U.S. Diplomat,
U.S. Departments of State and Commerce
anna-wheeler.jpg Anna Wheeler
Strategic Initiatives Lead,
roger-yee.jpeg Roger Yee
Managing Partner,

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