Jury 2015

SEED 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.
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...

Catalina Alvarez Morato

Catalina Alvarez Morato

Catalina María ALVAREZ has a BA in Finance and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia, in Bogotá, and an MBA in Business Administration, from United Business Institutes, in Brussels, Belgium. She is currently the sub director of the "Colombia Clean Energy Program”, implemented by Tetra Tech Es Inc. with funding from the Agency for...

Crispin Rapinet

Crispin Rapinet

Commercial litigation partner at Hogan Lovells

Crispin is a commercial litigation partner at Hogan Lovells, based in London with particular expertise in international and cross-border litigation arising out of insolvency, fraud and asset recovery situations. From 1998 to 2003 Crispin was based in the firm's Hong Kong office as one of the resident commercial litigation partners there and Managing Partner of the...

Daisy Kambalame-Kalima

Daisy Kambalame-Kalima

Country Coordinator - IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Malawi and Mozambique Daisy is a trained economist and business counseling expert with more than 15 years’ experience in strategic program development for sustainable development. Currently working as the Country Coordinator for the IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative in Malawi and Mozambique. Daisy joined...

David Sher

David Sher

David Sher is the Investment Director at ERM’s Low Carbon Enterprise Fund, a mission-driven venture capital fund focused on for-profit companies with strong environmental impact. At the LCEF, David is responsible for originating and structuring investments in early stage ventures and supporting our portfolio across South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. David...

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...

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...

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...

Joyce Kyalema

Joyce Kyalema

Founder and CEO - JOSMAK International (U) Ltd, Uganda Joyce Kyalema is a gender activist and woman entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of JOSMAK International (U) Ltd, a 2013 SEED Winner from Uganda. Joyce further serves as Executive Director of the Rural Women and Youth Development Organization (RWYDO), an organization she founded to organize vulnerable youth...

Juha Miettinen

Juha Miettinen

Juha Miettinen, Chief Technical Advisor and Team Leader of Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme, has close to 20 years of experience in innovation systems development and innovation support, technology transfer, business development and methods in public-private collaboration regionally, nationally and internationally. Before joining SAIS in 2011, he has...

Kaarin Taipale

Kaarin Taipale

Kaarin Taipale was on the jury for the first SEED Awards in 2005; celebrating 10 Years of SEED Awards, she joined the SEED International Jury again in 2015. She is a local politician in Helsinki, Finland. In recent years as a freelance columnist, lecturer and urban researcher, she has focused on sustainability and urban development, as well as local and global energy...

Karon Shaiva

Karon Shaiva

Karon Shaiva, Chief Impact Officer & Managing Director, Idobro, India Karon Shaiva is a social entrepreneur, columnist, writer, lecturer, speaker and trainer. As Chief Impact Officer & Managing Director of Idobro, she has committed to take Action that enables Women, Social and Green enterprises to access markets, build capacity, create linkages and deliver...

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...

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 -...

Olivia Vent

Olivia Vent

Olivia Vent is one of the initiators of A Global Marketing Partnerships for SRI Indigenous Rice, one of the first five SEED Winners in 2005. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Olivia worked almost 20 years as a communications specialist with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), before becoming Director of...

Patricio Sande

Patricio Sande

President, Scientific Research Association of Mozambique Patricio Sanders is an engineer by profession and is the president of the Scientific Research Association of Mozambique (ACIMO). He holds a master degree in Engineering specializing in Computer Complexes, Systems and Computer Networks at the Technical University of Civil Aviation of Latvia. He is involved with...

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...

Pieter van Heyningen

Pieter van Heyningen

Pieter obtained his Bachelors degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter, he completed an honours degree in Philosophy, and began studying an MPhil at the Sustainability Institute also part of Stellenbosch University. He left for Taiwan to study Chinese, and Tai Chi and teach English, where he spent almost three years. After...

Saphira Patel

Saphira Patel

Saphira’s areas of expertise lie in sustainability reporting, development evaluation, environmental resource management and the provision of environmental, social and sustainability risk advisory services to the development finance sector.  She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning as well as an Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical...

Sarah Timpson

Sarah Timpson

Senior Adviser on Community-based Initiatives, UNDP, New York City, USA. Sarah Timpson currently serves as Senior Adviser to UNDP on Community-based Initiatives, working with several UNDP programmes which support community action, including the Community Water Initiative and the Equator Initiative, where she chairs the Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to this,...

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