Jury 2013

The SEED Initiative is extremely grateful to the SEED International Jury – an independent panel of experts in various fields of sustainable development, who have kindly given their time to help identify the most promising partnerships from the many applications received each year. To ensure consistency of approach, the Jury always contains several Jurors from previous years.
Helmy Abouleish

Helmy Abouleish

Managing Director, SEKEM Holding, Egypt Helmy Abouleish - Graduate of Faculty of Commerce, Major in Business Administration of Cairo University and Marketing Diploma of American University in Cairo - is deeply involved in the development of SEKEM - an initiative started 1977 in the Egyptian desert striving for sustainable development in the fields of economy, culture...

Rachid Amrani

Rachid Amrani

Programme Manager of Business Advisory Services, EBRD, Morocco Rachid Amrani is the Business Advisory services Programme Manager in Morocco (an EBRD programme funded by EU in Morocco). He is an industrial engineer with a higher degree in management. He worked as banker for 13 years  at the Popular bank group and specialized in financial markets, SME advisory and...

Seema Arora

Seema Arora

Executive Director, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, India Ms. Arora catalysed the establishment of the Environmental Management Division in CII and then transformed the activities of the Division into the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. Ms. Arora initiated the creation of Corporate Sustainability Management framework for...

Lucy Aviles

Lucy Aviles

Independent Senior Advisor on Rural Development, Gender Mainstreaming and Social Impact Assessment, Bolivia / Germany Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola was born in Bolivia and obtained her Doctoral degree on Development Studies in Bonn, Germany. Her academic education and more than 13 years of work experience include agricultural, environmental and political sciences and...

Srey Bairiganjan

Srey Bairiganjan

Head of Research and Enterprise Engagement, New Ventures India Sreyamsa heads the research and enterprise engagement for the New Ventures Program in India. He is currently responsible for environmental enterprise evaluation for New Ventures India and has authored reports focused on clean energy for BoP markets such as “Power to the People: Investing in Clean Energy...

Phillip Bohwasi

Phillip Bohwasi

Executive Director, Zimbabwe Opportunities Industrialization Center, Zimbabwe Phillip BOHWASI is an accomplished Senior Social Worker, Business Enterprise and Community Facilitator, Trainer and a Development Consultant. He has worked with a number of international NGOs including the Redd Barna, Otto Bennecke Foundation, the EU and HIVOS Foundation as a Development and...

François Bonnici

François Bonnici

Director, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dr François Bonnici, Director, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa François is the founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, the leading university and business school in...

Nancy Chege

Nancy Chege

National Coordinator - GEF Small Grants Programme, Kenya Ms. Nancy Chege is currently the National Coordinator of the Kenya GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) of UNDP; a position she has held since 2006. Prior to joining the team at the GEF SGP, Nancy worked for a range of environmental organizations in the US and in Kenya; these include the Worldwatch Institute -...

Julie Clarke

Julie Clarke

Programme Manager, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa Julie Clarke has 20 years experience in human and earth rights. She has studied in environmental management, water resource management and NGO management through Wits University in SA and London University Wye and Imperial College in the UK. She has been involved in lecturing in several academic...

Thais Corral

Thais Corral

SEED Winner 2008; Director, Adapta Sertao, Brazil Thais Corral, a social innovator and entrepreneur. She has been a leader in the global movement for sustainable development for the last 25 years. Co-founder of internationally recognized organizations such as WEDO (Women, Environment and Development Organization) and REDEH. She is also the initiator of social...

Saliem Fakir

Saliem Fakir

Head of the Living Planet Unit, WWF, South Africa Saliem Fakir is the Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa. The Unit's work is focused on identifying ways to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy. He was previously (2007-2008) a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and associate Director for...

Jeff Felten

Jeff Felten

Managing Director Tanzania, Camco Clean Energy, Tanzania Mr. Felten is a specialist in climate change, in designing and implementing business and industry development interventions, particularly in the “clean” energy sector (renewable energy and energy efficiency). He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of new technologies into different markets...

Andrew Gamble

Andrew Gamble

Partner, Hogan Lovells, UK Andrew Gamble is the London Regional Managing Partner in the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked within the banking and corporate finance area.  Over the past 25 years he has been heavily involved in international finance, acting both for borrowers and bank syndicates.  This work has...

Leticia Greyling

Leticia Greyling

Senior Lecturer Rhodes University: Grahamstown, South Africa (responsible for sustainability integration) Having graduated with two M.Sc. degrees before completing her MBA, her professional experience has been in the corporate environment.  Until 2010, she was based in Johannesburg with South Africa’s ports authority head office, heading up the national...

Douglas Kativu

Douglas Kativu

Head of Global Reporting Initiative Focal Point South Africa Douglas heads the Global Reporting Initiative Focal Point South Africa responsible for advancing GRI's mission in southern Africa and other key target markets on the continent. Before taking up the substantive position with GRI, Douglas served on the GRI Stakeholder Council for 5 years. Douglas has more than...

Jane Kisakye

Jane Kisakye

Independent Senior Advisor on Environment Conservation and Community Development, Uganda Jane Kisakye is a freelance consultant in environment conservation and community development.  In the past, she worked with the following grant-making programs:  the environment project of the Nile Basin Initiative; the Public-Private Alliance Grants Program for Land...

Paul Laird

Paul Laird

Corporate Partnerships Manager, Earthwatch, Oxford, UK Paul Laird joined Earthwatch Institute (Europe) in November 2005 and works with Earthwatch’s corporate partners in the agriculture and forestry sectors, managing programmes with British American Tobacco and Syngenta in particular. As part of Earthwatch’s increasing focus on supporting organisational change in...

Tanya Lobel

Tanya Lobel

Director, Actis, UK Tanya Lobel joined Actis in 2010 to lead Actis’ philanthropic and community outreach division which focuses on social entrepreneurship, education and leadership. Actis uses its financial capital through a grant giving programme and its human capital through a mentoring programme to work with partners throughout the emerging markets.  Tanya is...

Nguy Thi Khanh

Nguy Thi Khanh

Executive Director, Green Innovation and Development Centre, Viet Nam Ms. Khanh is currently GreenID Executive Director and also in charge of advocacy under the Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN). She has 13 years experience in integrated community development, participatory training, networking, advocacy related to environmental governance, river protection and sustainable...

Bert van Nieuwenhuizen

Bert van Nieuwenhuizen

Chief Technical Advisor - African Biogas Partnership Development Programme, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Nairobi, Kenya. Bert has worked in finance and enterprise development for more than 30 years in both advisory and management positions in East and Southern Africa, the Balkans, and the Netherlands. He has been involved in a wide range of capacity...

Shrashtant Patara

Shrashtant Patara

Shrashtant Patara, Chief Executive Officer of Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), is an architect by training.  He has been with the Development Alternatives Group since 1988, providing research expertise, management capability and strategic direction to teams of up to 60 persons engaged in the promotion sustainable technology, creation of green...

Tamzin Ractliffe

Tamzin Ractliffe

Chief Executive Officer, Nexii, Cape Town, South Africa Tamzin is widely regarded as creating the first social investment exchange in the world and has been a visionary leader for GreaterGood South Africa – an African online social development networking platform – and its related impact investment advisory business Greater Capital over the past 12 years. Qualified...

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