a member of a small group of persons gathered for formal public discussion, judging, playing a radio or television game, etc.

1950–55; panel + -ist Unabridged
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panellist or (US) panelist (ˈpænəlɪst)
a member of a panel, esp on a radio or television programme
panelist or (US) panelist

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Word Origin & History

1952, Amer.Eng., from panel + -ist.
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Example sentences
As a panelist my recommendation is strictly advisory, the program officers make
  the funding decisions.
The authors clearly took the previous mail reviewer and panelist comments to
  heart and made huge improvements.
There are, in other words, many factors beyond the control of the panelist
Each panelist had approached the job market in slightly different ways.
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