Jury 2017

Abu Musuuza

Abu Musuuza

Abubaker Musuuza is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Village Energy Limited a social enterprise that is building a network of rural solar shops that deliver quality products and ensure effective access to skilled solar technicians, repairs and solar parts within 48 hours. A graduate of Makerere University Kampala. Abu has worked in the social...

Bernard Brès

Bernard Brès

Bernard is  Director at 2iE-Technopôle, based in Burkina Faso. Bernard BRÈS is an engineer and aggregated professor in electrical engineering, post-graduate in international relationships. As a specialist of training engineering and employment-education relationship,  Bernard BRÈS spent more than a half of his career in sub-Saharan Africa managing projects...

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...

Crispin Rapinet - Chairman

Crispin Rapinet - Chairman

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...

Donna Katzin

Donna Katzin

Executive Director at Shared Interest, Shared Interest

Donna Katzin is the founding executive director of Shared Interest, a social investment fund that mobilizes the financial and human resources of South Africa’s lowest income communities of color.  Since 1994, Shared Interest has helped to create more than 180,000 new small and micro-enterprises, 1.9 million jobs, and 120,000 affordable homes – benefiting 2.3...

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...

Jovin Hurry

Jovin Hurry

Strategist for SMEs, Mauritius/Singapore Jovin Hurry has spent the last 15 years studying, living and working in Africa (Mauritius), Asia and Europe in the field of sustainability, business and learning and development. 

As a strategist, he is enthusiastic at probing entrepreneurs, in life-size simulations, at how they negotiate around core sustainability...

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...

Karan Sawhney

Karan Sawhney

Karan is an Investment Officer with Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) in Africa. Karan has been with GBF for the last 4 years working in Asia and Africa, investing in SME's. During this period he has screened over 100 companies operating in sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, education, energy and artisanal across Africa and India, conducted due...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Sophie van den Berg

Sophie van den Berg

Solid Waste Expert and Recycling Business Developer - WASTE, The Netherlands Sophie van den Berg is a Solid Waste Expert and Recycling Business Developer at WASTE. Sophie has more than 25 years of international experience in assessment of solid waste management systems, economic and environmental viability analysis of resource recovery systems, and marketing...

Wayne Miranda

Wayne Miranda

Wayne’s passion is to grow companies that generate a social and environmental impact in sub-Saharan Africa. He currently leads Growth Mosaic Ltd. which identifies early-stage impact businesses, builds them to be viable for scale and investment-ready, and matchmakes them with the best investors. Growth Mosaic is based in Ghana and works in agribusiness, healthcare,...

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