MEET OUR JUDGES

These international judges have built businesses from the ground up in the US, St. Maarten, and Curacao. They know what it takes to succeed and we are honored to have them as our esteemed jury for the finals of iFOUNDED 2020. 

 
 
 
 
 
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ARUN JAGTIANI 

FOUNDER @

ISLAND REAL ESTATE 

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Arun's parents came to St. Maarten on a honeymoon from India in 1971 and never left!  He was born on this beautiful island, but also had the opportunity to study and live in New Jersey, London (England), and Miami.  Arun moved back to St. Maarten in 2003 after graduting from Florida International University (FIU) with a bachelors degree in Business.  He has been working in real estate ever since.  In 2009 he started ISLAND REAL ESTATE TEAM (IRE Team), which quickly became one of the leading real estate agencies on Dutch St. Maarten.  In 2018 he partnered with two other industry professionals to launch IRE VACATIONS which falls under the IRE Team umbrella and offers complimentary services to real estate sales such as vacation rentals and property management. Arun has been featured on HGTV and NBC several times.  

GINO JACOBS 

MANAGING DIRECTOR @

PROFOUND PROJECTS 

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Gino co-founded Profound’s offshoot agency Skempi with Boudino and has been a Managing Director at Profound since 2016. He has been a key factor in the agency’s immense growth and subsequent entrance into international markets in the ensuing years, providing a helicopter view on the different activities to optimize its services. 

Gino attended Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and immediately thereafter his master’s degree in Strategic Management, in which he graduated cum laude. 

 

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CHRIST BROWN 

PRESIDENT @

LAUNCHPAD2X 

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As a serial entrepreneur who has founded and exited 3 companies she founded.  As an executive leader, Christy has spent 20 years focusing on human capital services and technologies. In 2019 following her exit as a global executive in a global human capital technology company, she returned to her roots in entrepreneurship steering her interests towards venture capital investing in platform based startups with a focus on Finance & Technology.

 

In early mid 2020, Christy’s passion expanded into supporting the underserved founder focusing her efforts on female founders and founders of color and she transitioned into the President role for Launchpad2X who’s mission is to scale female founders into CEO’s focusing on education, resources and investment strategies. 

 

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TIANA 'TINA' SONGHA

CEO@

LONJEFF GROUP

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Tiana was born and raised on the dual nation island of St. Martin and  is an entrepreneur, wife, and mother to 3 wonderful boys. Tiana  graduated from Howard University’s School of Business in Washington DC and cultivated a hospitality career in addition to having her own businesses. Both Washington DC and St Martin are considered home.

Tiana's corporate career encompasses 20 plus years in luxury hotels and resorts. As a hospitality executive with a world renowned luxury brand, Tiana and her family were were afforded an unparalleled lifestyle. Over the years, deciding to join the entrepreneurial world with her husband has been a rewarding experience. They have owned and operated several businesses in the Caribbean and the US.

LOES VAN DER WOUDE - JANSSEN

MANAGING DIRECTOR @

SENIOR & CO

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Loes van der woude-Janssen is an experienced managing director who helps companies not only to adjust or change but also push for growth on several levels to increase revenue and profitability.

 

Loes, who is originally from The Netherlands, met her Curacao native husband and followed him to the Caribbean 25 years ago and they have two lovely daughters. She has worked for different companies from logistics to tourism, from manufacturing to marketing driven businesses.

Besides, holding an advisory position at Senior’s Curacao liqueur and Curaçao laboratories ltd., Loes is a board member at Children’s Museum of Curacao. Among other things, Loes enjoys supporting mainly starting entrepreneurs.