The Katerva Awards Council is comprised of some of the world's best thought leaders who bring global perspective to the final deliberation process to choose the annual Katerva Award winner.
The Council's job is not easy as each category winner represents a breakthrough idea in that category. Their goal is to thoroughly understand the potential of the Awards in the context of our global challenges, and potential for shift and chose the finalist with the greatest potential for impact and scale.
Presenter on Panorama
Adam Shaw is a British business journalist and presenter, who has worked for the BBC and ITV. Until October 2008, he presented Working Lunch, BBC Two's main lunchtime economics programme. He also formerly presented Business Breakfast and World Business Report. He is the presenter of BBC World News series called Horizons, which looks at the emerging new business ideas around the world. The first two series in 2009 and 2010 took him to over 30 different countries visiting places such as the Amazon Jungle and Inner Mongolia, as well as usual destinations such as New York City, Paris, and São Paulo.
<p>David Miller is president and CEO of WWF-Canada, the Canadian division of the international World Wildlife Fund. Before joining WWF, David was Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, he advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies. David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer.</p>
Founding Member Grameen Technology Advisory Board
David Stehphens is an Advisor to various individuals and organizations including, Professor Muhammad Yunus, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Founding Member of the Grameen Technology Advisory Board, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (iCircle) and other organizations who are focused on ending poverty and the creating social business solutions for the base of the pyramid, and as the UNHCR says, "basement of the pyramid" which includes the 43,000,000 displaced people who are refugees. Currently building the Poverty Museum. A virtual place for mankind to see how individuals, families and communities got out of poverty and different ways individuals and organizations helped to end poverty.
Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics
Fatih Birol is a Turkish economist and energy expert, who has been the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency since 1 September 2015. Fatih has been named by Forbes magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene. He is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and a member of the UN Secretary-General's 'High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.'
Former Chairman of Rabobank
Herman Wijffels is a Dutch economist and politician for the CDA. From 1981 to 1999 he worked for the Rabobank ultimately as chairman of the board of directors, and from 15 March 1999 until 1 April 2006 he was chairman of the Social-Economic Council. From 2006 to 2008 he was the Dutch representative at the World Bank. For the 2006-2007 Dutch cabinet formation, Wijffels was recommended by informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra to lead the negotiations between the CDA, PvdA and ChristianUnion. On 22 December 2006 Queen Beatrix appointed him as Hoekstra's successor as informateur. He has been referred to as "the best prime minister the Netherlands never had".
<p>James Cameron is non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital. In addition to his role at CCC, James is the chairman of the Overseas Development Institute and a member of HM Treasury’s Infrastructure UK advisory council. He also serves as a member of GE’s ecomagination board, Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability and their Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Index, and served as a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. James is also a senior advisor to the Climate Group and chairman of China Dialogue.</p>
Founder and CEO
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius that surrounds us. Her favorite role is Biologist-at-the-Design-Table, introducing innovators to 3.8 billion years of brilliant, time-tested solutions.
Founder and CEO
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father, Jacques Cousteau, at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean realm. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. The non-profit marine conservation and education organization, serves as a “Voice for the Ocean”.
<p>Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of several books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. Jeremy has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. He is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy. Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.</p>
Lord Michael Hastings
Global Head of Corporate Citizenship
Lord Michael Hastings is KPMG’s International Head of Citizenship. Previous to this he was the BBC’s Head of Public Affair. Lord Hasting also is a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. He represented KPMG on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum. In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent. In 2005, Lord Hasting was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. In the same year he received the UNICEF award. In 2014, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in civil law from the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Brazilian environmentalist and politician
<p>Maria Osmarina Marina Silva Vaz de Lima is a Brazilian environmentalist and politician. Silva was a colleague of Chico Mendes, who was assassinated for defending the Amazon environment. She was a member of the Worker's Party and served as a senator before becoming environmental. In 2007, the UN Environment Program named her one of the Champions of the Earth. In 2010, Maria was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. In April 2014, Eduardo Campos announced his candidacy for the October presidential election, naming Silva as his vice presidential candidate. In December 2014, she was elected by the British newspaper "Financial Times" as one of its Women of the Year.</p>
President Emeritus and Director of R&D
Dr. Apple served as CEO & President of the Council of Scientific Soc. Presidents (over 1 million scientists in 150+ disciplines). He lived and worked around the globe--e.g: Philippines, Nigeria, Malaysia, Kenya, France, Greece, Australia, Peru, Columbia, Egypt, Mexico -- and worked both in the fields and with top government officials. He co-chaired the 1st World Scientific Summit on Climate Engineering in 2014. He has mentored over 1000 presidents on becoming an effective change leader. He has won many awards for leadership. Dr Apple has pioneered many areas of biochemical and pharmaceutical science, agriculture, artificial intelligence, teacher education, cybersecurity, and medicine. He initiated the first International Network of Asian Women Entrepreneurs.
Founder and Chair
Mary Robinson is Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Mary Robinson Foundation. She was the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010). She was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship in 1967. In 1988 Mary Robinson and her husband founded the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College, and ten years later she was elected Chancellor of the University.
Russel William Norman is a New Zealand politician and environmentalist. He was a Member of Parliament and former co-leader of the Green Party. Norman resigned as an MP in October 2015 to work as Executive Director of Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand.
Stuart P.M. Mackintosh is the Executive Director of the Group of Thirty. Previously, Dr. Mackintosh was a Washington-based economist and country risk manager for Mitsubishi International Corporation. Before locating to the United States, Dr. Mackintosh was Chief of Staff and principal speechwriter for leading politicians in the European Parliament. In 2015 Dr. Mackintosh was elected Vice-President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He serves on the advisory boards of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, and the World Affairs Council, and is a past Chairman and President of the National Economists Club of Washington, D.C.
Accenture Managing Director
Louise James runs Accenture Development Partnerships , a not for profit unit in Accenture that provides consulting to the international development sector including iNGO’s, Donors and Foundations. Louise has a particular focus on cross-sector partnerships between the private sector and civil society
Prior to Accenture Development Partnerships, Louise consulted within Accenture’s supply chain practice across a number of industries including chemicals, consumer goods and retail.
Louise has held a number of positions including:
Board member of Bond (co-opted 2011 – 2014)
Voted one of Devex’s top international development leaders in London under age of 40 (2011)
Independent Review Panel Member for INGO Accountability Charter (appointed 2012 - ongoing)
Blueprint for Better Business Initiative: Steering Committee member 2013/14. Currently NGO Working Group co-chair
Advisory Council for iNGO Techo (2014 - 2016)
Trustee for ADD: Action on Disability and Development (2015 – ongoing)
<p>Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, founder of Ethical Markets Media, a Certified B Corporation. She is a world-renowned futurist, syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006), The Politics of the Solar Ave (1981) now in 800 libraries in 20 languages and eight other books. Ethical Markets TV series distributed globally at www.films.com. She created the EthicMark® Awards, the Green Transition Scoreboard®, EthicMarkGEMS®.com and co-created Ethical Biomimicry Finance®. As science advisor to the US Office of Technology Assessment, the National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering. She has many honorary degrees. Articles in Harvard Business Review, New York Times, LeMonde Diplomatique, and journals in Japan, Venezuela, China, France, Australia.</p>