Global Enterprise Challenge News

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 07:00

About the Judges for GEC 2015

Here are the three judges that will be making a decision about the winning team for the 2015 GEC.

 mandeep  merlin  mark

Mandeep Atwal, was appointed in 2012 as the UK Teacher Business Manager for Microsoft Education. She is a teacher by nature and was a secondary RE teacher for six years, where she developed ‘Young Voices’, a school based project focused on how young people could use technology to encourage open debates between pupils from different ethnic and religious backgrounds; from anywhere in the world. This project was recognized by Microsoft Partners in Learning, and awarded both the Microsoft UK and European Innovative Teacher's Award in 2009. Young Voices then went on to achieve first place at the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum Award in 2009 for the category ‘Community’.

Merlin John is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant who runs his own website,, which focuses on learning with technology, and works with a number of organisations and publications. He was given a BETT Outstanding Achievement for ICT in Education Award in 2012 for “exceptional journalism and recognition for the need for discussion”.

Merlin was on the judging panel in Barcelona in 2014 where the start-up funds were awarded for the Global Enterprise Challenge.

Mark Sparvell has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, coordinator, national project coordinator, principal and university course designer/lecturer. For the past three years, Mark worked at the Principals Australia Institute, designing and delivering professional learning for school leadership audiences across Australia and Asia-Pacific. Sparvell has supported Microsoft in Education for a number of years as a Global Innovative Teaching judge, Mentor School Coach and facilitator. Today, he is an integral part of the Microsoft in Education team, focusing on school leadership strategy, and supporting the Showcase Schools program.