Judge Criteria

We are always seeking industry experts and investment professionals who are experienced in helping U.S. companies expand into China. High-quality judges are needed to help us select the best companies throughout the InnoSTARS Preliminaries, industry finals and grand final.


We are seeking judges in the following industries:

Energy | Information and Communication Technology | Materials | Advanced Manufacturing | Medical Devices | Digital Health and Diagnosis | Environmental Technology | Biopharma 

Judge criteria

Industry experts

  • Senior R&D managers of large enterprises in the industry.
  • Professors and researchers from universities or other research institutions in the relevant field.

Investment professionals

  • Minimum 3 years of venture investing or management experiences.
  • Deep expertise and acumen in industry trend, market, business model, technology, finance, etc.

Current Judges

Jim Hurd
Consultant at OneSight Eyeglasses
Bill Liu
Executive Director, Hurun Report
Shawn He
Multi-culture/-industry entrepreneur-innovator, partnership/alliance builder, educator/mentor
James (Jim) Reiman
Arbitrator | Mediator | Board Director | CEO (Retired) | Executive Educator
Jerry Strub
Global | Strategy | Growth | Consulting | VP | EVP | M&A | Interim CEO | B2B
Jonathan Egan
China Manufacturing & Egan’s Whiskey
Daniel Wang
CEO, Jexet Automation LLC
Dave Rank
Senior Advisor at The Cohen Group
Chris Wu
Associate at Impact Engine
John Hackett
China Market Entry Specialist
Mengmeng Fu
Managing Partner at Tamarack Advisory
Suzy Zeng
President & Founder
Z-Choice International
Praful Shah
Bo Lee
Investor, Entrepreneur
Heather Potters
Entrepreneur / PE fund manager
Co-Founder of PharmaJet
Cyril Yee
US Cleantech Lead
IP Group
Ed Williams
Technology & Energy Industries
Ken Gordon
Gordon Pacific
Trent Yang
Director, Private Equity
AMG National Trust Bank
Terry Opgenorth
VP & Director of Launchpad
CSU Ventures
Jeff Sloan
CEO of Startup Nation
Monica Wheat
Managing Director of Backstage Accelerator
David Bloom
University of Michigan Professor
Serial Entrepreneur
John Robinson
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Mazarine Ventures
Milan Stevanovich
V.P. Global Strategy at Detroit Chinese Business Association
John Carney
Managing Director at China IP Exchange, LLC
Shawn He
Multi-culture/-industry entrepreneur-innovator, partnership/alliance builder, educator/mentor
Tiefei Dong
Assistant Director
Research Partnerships China
Timothy Veith
Business Attorney/co-inventor
Yun Chen
Senior Director of technology of LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Charles D. Ganz
Senior Counsel Atlanta
Zhe Huang
Investment Manager
Corporate Ventures at DENSO
Tyler Johnson
Global Fortune 50 Executive
Fred Apple
Entrepreneur / Consultant
Dale Sizemore
Co-founder of Voterworkz Director of Operations for Tech Alpharetta
Carolina Ramon
Director of the Office of Minority Business Development

Previous Judges

Chris Bhatti
Assistant Dean University of Texas at Dallas
Jinfeng Bo
President and General Manager Heilongjiang Keli Capital Co., Ltd.
Bryan Chambers
Director Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas
Brian Magierski
Managing Partner & Co-Founder Pacific Springboard
Cangshan Dong
Managing Director of Prospect Investment (Asia) Co., Ltd, Managing Director of ICID, Chairman of International Innovation City Committee of ITTN
Xu Huang
General Manager China Fortune Land Development Co Ltd.
Yanan Liu
CEO and Executive Director Giant Med-Pharma Services, Inc.
Lisa McDonald
Managing Director Endura Ventures
Ying Mcguire
Vice President Technology Integration Group (TIG)
Mike Mueller
Acceleration Director Houston Exponential
Matt Myers
Vice President EARTHx
Andrew Nerlinger
Venture Partner China Center for Food and Vesalius Ventures
Huihong Ren
CEO Songshan Technology Innovation Fund Management Co., Ltd.
John Robinson
Principal Consultant Mandarin Environment
Richard Seline
Executive Director & Senior Advisor AccelerateH2O
Dale Sizemore
Director of Operations Tech Alpharetta
Seth Williams
CEO Zhongmen Group
Tao Xie
General Manager Haier’s Global R&D Centers Operation
Qi Yang
Chairman and CEO Interstellar Firefly (Beijing) Consulting Co., Ltd.
Hubert Zajicek
CEO & Co-founder Health Wildcatters
Bing Zeng
Executive Director Association of Chinese Professionals
Bin Zhang
Managing Director Tianyi Capital
Yang Zhang
Executive Director Hong Kong Fengyi International Cultural Investment Co., Ltd.
JP Giometti
Executive Director, Global Strategy and Business Development, HCSS