chief executive officer

Yuval is the CEO of Socialbakers, the leading unified social media marketing platform. He works with CMOs and marketing executives from major Fortune 500 enterprises to SMBs and NGOs, working to ensure their social media investments are helping their business grow and succeed.

He took the helm of Socialbakers in 2017, and has over 20 years’ experience managing tech companies. A technologist at heart, as CTO of AVG Technologies he was instrumental in taking the company public in 2012. His advertising and marketing experience started in his time as CTO at Outbrain, the ad tech platform, and now as Socialbakers’ CEO, he loves to get involved with the company’s marketing efforts. Yuval regularly shares his insights on social media trends and innovations with international media like Reuters, The Financial Times, and the BBC.

Bringing together his technology experience and passion for good marketing, Yuval is always on the lookout for new innovations and creative uses of data on social media. He knows that data and technology are the critical component for brands to create campaigns that get people talking and, most importantly, buying. For Yuval, the key to a good campaign is knowing when to let data do the talking – and when the human touch is needed most.

Judging panel

Joseph Pek

head of social media

Smith Leong

social media trainer
National Trades Union Congress

Wenen Tang

social communications lead, APAC

Alexis Nelson

social media manager

David Wilding

director of planning
Twitter UK

Elfried Samba

head of social content

Will Harvey

Global digital innovation manager, GB & IOI

Lisa Hale

head of social media

Yuval Ben-Itzhak

chief executive officer

Makeda Smith

chief executive officer
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Kineta Kelsall

global social media training director

Ellen Stewart

social content lead
Condé Nast

Steven Moy

global chief executive officer

Katy Howell

chief executive officer
immediate future

Tim Armoo

chief executive officer

Sinead Gray

joint managing director

Beth Carroll

head of social
iris Worldwide

Jenny Sprackling

senior digital marketing manager
Ordnance Survey

Kristin Maverick

vice president, social & influencer marketing

Christina Ahmed

paid media performance director
Greenlight Digital

Shawn Tan

head of search & social
M&C Saatchi Performance

Rachel Clay

head of social media & influencer marketing

James Whatley

strategy partner
Digitas UK

James Gregson

director, head of social studio
LEGO Group

Ishbel Macleod

marketing manager
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Jinal Shah

vice president of marketing

Matt Navarra

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Laura Hopes

global social media lead
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Jack Koch

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James Kirkham

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Victoria Taylor

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Neil Harrison

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Chaseedaw Giles

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