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Judges & Mentors


The WMGIC x NATO Countering Disinformation Challenge was held on November 3, 2023.

Judges & Mentors

Judges and mentors are our invaluable assets. As professionals in the real world, our judges and mentors bring their diverse perspectives and experiences to the competition, and help our participants further consider the feasibility, creativity, and other aspects of their proposal. Every year, our participants gain insightful feedback when interacting with the judges and mentors, and our judges and mentors also obtain valuable experience while they volunteer their time to inspire the next generation of international leaders. WMGIC also connects them with like minded-professionals in their fields throughout the event as they support the emerging talents.

2023 Judges & Mentors

WMGIC x NATO is pleased to announce the following distinguished judges and mentors for the 2023 Countering Disinformation Challenge


Judges and Mentors for the 2023 WMGIC x NATO Countering Disinformation Challenge
alex-anvari.jpg Alex Anvari
col-fabio-biondi.jpg Fabio Biondi
Lieutenant Colonel ITA Air Force,
eric-brown.jpg Eric Brown
Senior Research Scientist,
Global Research Institute,
William & Mary
mateusz-buczek.png Mateusz Buczek
Crypto SME
chris-burdett.png Dr. Chris Burdett
Associate Professor,
Department of Political Science,
Virginia Commonwealth University
nathan-colvin-ltc.jpg Nathan Colvin
U.S. Army Strategist / Public Policy Fellow,
William & Mary
mike-descher.jpg Mike Descher
Founder & CEO,
michael-dick.jpg Michael Dick
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.),
Visiting Professor of the Practice,
Director of Military and Veteran Affairs,
Assistant Director, Center for International Law and Policy,
Co-Director of the Puller Clinic, William & Mary Law School
charlie-foster.jpg Charlie Foster
Director, Office of Student Veteran Engagement,
William & Mary

jacob-galbreath.png Commander Jacob P. Galbreath
Strategy Branch Chief,

Commander Davide Giovannelli
Law Researcher,


Wlodzimierz Gogolek
University of Warsaw

colell-guillermo.png Guillermo Colell
Executive Director of Strategy & Roadmaps, Innovation & Capabilities Office,
ManTech International
sean-hearne.jpg Dr. Sean Hearne
President and CEO,
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)
vladka-hladikova Vladimira Hladikova
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Mass Media Communication,
University of SS. Cyril and Methodius

Anna Hurajová
Faculty of Mass Media Communication,
University of SS. Cyril and Methodius


John G.L.J. Jacobs
Atlantic Forum

katharine-jennings.jpg Katharine Jennings
Senior Manager,
robin-el-kady.png Robin El Kady
International Staff,
bernie-kaussler.png Dr. Bernie Kaussler
Professor, Political Science,
James Madison University
john-linantud.jpg John Linantud
Professor Political Science,
Degree Coordinator of Political Science,
University of Houston Downtown
birgy-lorenz.jpg Dr. Birgy Lorenz
Tallinn University of Technology
elizabeth-losh.jpg Elizabeth Losh
Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of English & American Studies,
William & Mary
keith-masback.png Keith J. Masback
Principal Consultant,
Plum Run LLC

Colonel Ben Miller
CWMD & CBRNE Senior Manager,


Beatriz Molina Sanchez
Research Analyst, Strategic Communications Unit,
Public Diplomacy Division,

dani-madrid-morales.png Dani Madrid-Morales
Lecturer in Journalism and Global Communication,
University of Sheffield
dobril-radoslavov.png Dobril Radoslavov
State Expert, Defense Policy Directorate,
Ministry of Defense

Micaela Rodrigues-Rafael
Public Diplomacy Support,

david-rowe.png David Rowe
Professor of Political Science,
Kenyon College
john-scherpereel.png John Scherpereel
Professor of Political Science,
James Madison University
daniel-shin.png Daniel Shin
Cybersecurity Researcher,
Center for Legal and Court Technology's (CLCT),
William & Mary Law School
jay-walker.png Jay Walker
Managing Partner
roger-yee.jpg Roger Yee
Managing Partner,

Judge Testimony

"WMGIC is a place to see bright minds tackle wicked problems with creativity, empathy, and wit. I consistently leave WMGIC inspired by the talent, hard work, and passion of the participants."

- Meredith Perry (USAID)
WMGIC I, II, IV, V, VI, & VII Judge


Mentor Testimony

"As a development professional who works at the intersection of innovation and social impact financing for some of our world's biggest development challenges, I am continually blown away by the level of professionalism, informed and thoughtful problem-solving, and the creative and implementable solutions that the students at WMGIC come up with and present each year."

- Heather Lane Chauny
WMGIC III, IV & V Mentor