2018 Judges


Gabriella Rowe
Managing Director, Station Houston

Gabriella “Gaby” Rowe is the CEO of Station Houston, a growing hub for startup technology companies, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship in Houston, Texas. Station Houston has emerged as a leader in the city’s startup ecosystem, its membership now includes over 180 startups, 350 members, 130 mentors, and dozens of high-impact strategic partnerships with corporations that represent the key industries driving Houston’s economy.

Gaby is responsible for taking Station Houston to the next level as a dominant global innovation hub and an important partner in the development of Houston’s much-anticipated innovation district.

Prior to Station Houston, Gaby was an education executive, investment banker and management consultant in New York City for more than 25 years. Gaby received her Bachelors of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and all coursework for a Masters from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, New York.

Gaby and her husband, Kenny, have four children. She is an avid runner and an football fan and can be found practicing her “pitmaster” skills on her family and friends most weekends.

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Samina Farid
Entrepreneur & Investor

Samina Farid is a business leader with a history of a successful corporate career and the entrepreneurial achievement of building a recognized global energy technology firm from startup. She is currently completing a one-year Advanced Leadership Fellowship program at Harvard.


Barbara Burger
President, Chevron Technology Ventures

Barbara Burger is president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), a role she has held since June 1, 2013. CTV addresses Chevron’s business needs through the identification and integration of innovative externally developed technologies that strengthen Chevron’s core business operations.

Barbara joined Chevron in 1987 as a research chemist at Chevron’s Richmond Laboratory. After several technical assignments, she held a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in International Marketing, Chemicals, Technology Marketing and Lubricants. During her time in Lubricants, Barbara held the positions of vice president of Base Oils; vice president of Europe, Africa, Middle East, based in London; vice president of Global Supply Chain and vice president of Supply Chain and Base Oils.

An active alumna of the University of Rochester, Barbara joined the University of Rochester Board of Trustees in 2015 and is a member of the university’s River Campus Libraries National Council and the George Eastman Circle, the university’s leadership annual giving society. In 2012, she established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences to support students pursuing degrees in the natural sciences. In 2015, she founded the Barbara J. Burger iZone, a center where students go to generate, refine, and communicate ideas for social, cultural, community, and economic impact.

Among her many civic and industry affiliations, Barbara serves as governing director and vice chair for Houston Exponential and is a governing board director, member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Finance Committee of the Houston Symphony Society. She is also a member of Houston’s Committee of Foreign Relations and serves on the external advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as the governing board of the MIT Energy Initiative and is a member of MIT’s Visiting Committee. She served as non-executive director for Caltex Australia Limited, an ASX100 company, from 2012 to 2015.

Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and an academic honor MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.


Juliana Garaizar
Angel Capital Association, Investment Committee at TMC Fund, Kauffman Fellow

Juliana is a Board Member of the Angel Capital Association, a Senior Advisor of the Portfolia Consumer Fund and Rising Tide Fund, an Investment Committee Member of the Texas Medical Center fund and a Kauffman Fellow. Juliana was the Managing Director Houston Angel Network (most active US network in 2015-2017) and of the Sophia Business Angels network (best European network in 2010). Previously Juliana managed Antipolis Innovation Campus, the Business Innovation Centre in in the French Riviera, as well as several International Projects funded by the European Commission. She started her career in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at international level in Europe, Latin America and Japan. 

Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, specializing in Entrepreneurship. She is President of one of Sophia Business Angels sidecar funds SBA ISF Holding, Expert Committee Member of Success Europe Fund and a member of the UT Horizons Fund External Advisory Committee. Juliana is a member of the Angel Capital Association Marketing Membership Committee and of Ignite, a health-focused women investment group as well as the Early Stage Investing Education Chair for of Houston Exponential’s Steering Committee.  International Founding Member of Istanbul’s Galata Business Angels Juliana also helped WEangels get started, focusing on investing in Latin American Women Entrepreneurs.

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Stephanie Campbell
Managing Director, Houston Angel Network

Stephanie Campbell is the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network (HAN), one of the most active early stage investment networks in the nation. Stephanie is a recent graduate of the Rice University Graduate School of Business with concentrations in entrepreneurship and healthcare. Stephanie is also a board member of the Rice Entrepreneurship Organization.


Amanda K. Edwards
Houston City Council, At-Large Position 4

Amanda K. Edwards serves as the Houston City Council Member in At-Large Position 4.  She is also an attorney and native Houstonian with a passion for building communities through public service. Currently, Amanda serves as Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Economic Development Committee and the Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Amanda strives to innovatively address the city’s fiscal challenges and its urban core needs to move all of Houston forward so that it can be the place where the Gulf Coast and the world’s future meet.

Since joining City Council, Amanda initiated and led the Mayor’s Technology & Innovation Task Force to build a more robust innovation economy in Houston, and now sits on the Houston Exponential Board of Directors. She also serves on the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council, where she serves as Co-Vice Chair of its High Capacity Transit Task Force in an effort to address the region’s mobility needs via multi-modal transit options. Amanda has championed the City’s Complete Communities Initiative; promoted public art through her Super Bowl Community & Youth Public Art Mural Project; and launched the Council Member Edwards’ Community Empowerment Signature Series to empower Houston teens, adults, and seniors to be the solution in their respective communities.

Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University, where she served as president of the undergraduate student body and was later inducted into the Emory University Hall of Fame. Amanda completed her education by earning her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Amanda has served on a litany of boards, and remains active with service organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc., and the American Leadership Forum. She resides in Midtown and attends St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes.


Diana Murakhovskaya
Co-Founder at Monarq / Investor / Advisor / Entrepreneur

Diana co-founded Monarq, an incubator for funding women-led startups in New York.  Monarq's mission is to build diverse networks, accelerate revolutionary ideas & fund women-led startups. Diana is also making direct investments as part of the Houston Angels Network and works as an advisor to companies and startups.

For Diana, a decade in tech investment banking M&A and institutional commodities sales company led to a desire to improve the lives of women. After building and launching the first women-only iPhone app for new friends and networking, Diana became compelled to solve the difficulties women founders faced rather than build only one company and solve only one type of problem. Diana has grown her network in NYC/Houston through high impact events including #SheHacks hackathons, #MonarqMoguls Investor + Founder events and the #MentHERnyc summit bringing together the most promising women-led companies with the most active investors/advisors in the NYC area.

Diana is also a mom, global traveler, eater, hiker, climber, entrepreneur, and forever a kid at heart!