IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity // Villanova University, USA / October 23-26, 2024

Judges 2013


Jeff Beaumont Jeff Beaumont photo


Jeff is Director, Photographer and Editor. The main focus of his recent work has been humanitarian and community development projects in the developing world. 

He has traveled extensively in Africa (Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi) and Latin America (Guatemala, Brazil and the Dominican Republic) in my most recent staff position at Willow Creek Community Church, to bring back stories of local partner organizations involved in building clean water systems, health initiatives and sustainable agriculture.

In addition, many of Jeff’s photographs from these trips were used in print, signage and on the web in fund raising efforts for these projects.

In 2005 he was also involved in documenting relief and rebuilding efforts in Waveland Mississippi in the wake of a Hurricane Katrina.

For more information about Jeff’s work, please go to .

In the photograph, Jeff is with microphone boom pole and camera, 2007 in Chitipa Malawi.


Gemma BradleyGem Black and White photo

Gemma is a freelance photographer and citizen of the world. She has traveled around the world and is currently touring South America. Her humanitarian work is mainly focused on indigenous tribes, but she is also a strong supporter of the Sea Shepherds.

She won 2nd place in GHTC Photo Contest 2012. Gemma has taken photos for the Ministry of Culture in Ecuador and Be Latino Corporation and International Living.

Gemma is expecting her first child in September 2013. The new addition to her family has inspired her to start writing children books. Gemma hopes to use her photography along with her books, in hopes children will enjoy and pursue a humanitarian lifestyle.


Jay PearlmanJay P informal Seville DSC_4167 email

JAY PEARLMAN, until his recent retirement, was Chief Engineer of Network Centric Operations Capabilities (C&EM) at Boeing and was a Boeing Technical Fellow. Dr. Pearlman has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology. His background includes sensors, optical systems, remote sensing and information systems.  

Dr. Pearlman is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was Chair (2007-09) of the IEEE-wide Committee on Earth Observation. In this role, he coordinated IEEE activities in GEOSS, addressing international capacity building in Earth observation applications, societal impacts and outreach. He was co-lead on a smart water-harvesting project in Melva, Rajasthan, India, working with in-country volunteers. Jay has worked with the GHTC since its initial conference as an advisor and session organizer.

Jay is an amateur photographer who carries his camera wherever he goes. He loves to attend photographic exhibitions as he travels the world.


Inessa PearceApril-May 2011 048

Inessa has an engineering degree in Chemical and Electrochemical Technologies and professional experience with Siemens Medical Systems (medical device R&D) and Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Electrical Technology Group).

She has been involved in several humanitarian fields for many years. She financially supports the education of two orphaned children in Africa through Childcare Worldwide ( She is also a member of a local nonprofit group that benefits community and low-income people. It promotes environmental responsibility by reducing waste.

Inessa is an amateur photographer with special interest in water, nature, animals and children.