Jury 2014

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.
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...

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...

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...

Valerie Geen

Valerie Geen

Valerie Geen is Head of the National Business Initiative’s Energy programme in which she heads the NBI’s Energy Leadership Network with Big Business. She also manages strategic partnerships between Business and Government and is responsible for Stakeholder engagement, Marketing and Communications of the nationwide rollout of the NBI’s nationwide Private Sector...

Saul Levin

Saul Levin

Saul has a Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Witwatersrand, with his thesis on small business development. He was previously a chief director in the Economic Development Department (EDD) with oversight of the Development Finance Institutions reporting to EDD, including the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Finance...

Scott Overdyke

Scott Overdyke

Senior Programs and Planning Manager - Root Capital  Scott is the Senior Programs and Planning Manager at Root Capital where he supports the organization's lending, advisory and field building research and development. Prior to Root Capital, Scott was a consultant with FSG where he helped companies design shared value strategies to drive financial, social and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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