The European Social Innovation Competition selects 12 Judges every year to sit on the Judging Panel. As a group, these Judges offer a wealth of experience and insights, covering social innovation and entrepreneurship as well as technical expertise addressing the year’s theme. Through their collective voice they review applications and determine which entrants are taken forward to later stages of the Competition, firstly as Semi-Finalists, then as Finalists, and ultimately as winners. This year is no different and we are again excited to be working with an excellent panel of judges, all of whom are leaders in their fields, offering vital expertise that covers all aspects of our Challenging Plastic Waste theme.

The 2019 Judging Panel came together for the first time this week to choose this year’s 30 Semi-Finalists.

Our 30 2019 Semi-Finalists will be announced soon, make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter to receive the announcement.

Read more about the Judges below:

Antonia Gawel

Antonia is an expert on clean energy and environmental and sustainability policy. She has previously worked for the International Energy Agency (IEA), as well as in Bhutan, where she advised on clean energy programmes. She now heads up the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economic Initiative.

Carolien Kernkamp

Carolien is Founder and Director of Finest Ventures Holding and Just Strategies Consultancy. She supports sustainable development by providing impact finance and strategies for businesses across a variety of sectors.

David Bustabad

David is a founder and director of Plastic Energy. His company has developed a revolutionary technique that can transform previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. He has a significant experience in waste treatment and has been a sustainability entrepreneur for more than 20 years.

Esra Tat

Esra leads the Zero Waste Cities programme that brings together civil society organisations, local authorities and businesses for a transition towards Zero Waste. In a former role, Esra co-funded and co-directed a social enterprise promoting energy efficiency and co-housing programmes in France.

Ladeja Godina Košir

Ladeja is Founder and Executive Director of Circular Change, an organisation that promotes circular economies through conferences and networking events. In her work as an entrepreneur, marketing-communications professional, speaker, moderator and lecturer, Ladeja is empowering a new narrative around circular culture.

Johannes Kisser

Johannes is Technical Director of alchemia-nova, a research institute that is renowned for unconventional thinking in the pursuit of circular systems. A chemical engineer by training, Johannes brings a high level of expertise in circular economies.

Milena Glimbovski

Milena is founder and owner of Original Unverpackt, a supermarket free from disposable packaging. She is also founder of Ein guter Plan, a publishing house that focuses on books and calendars about mindfulness and healthy lifestyles.

Luis Amado

Luis is Executive Director of B Lab Portugal, an organisation that recognises businesses for their sustainable practices. He is also founder & Managing Partner of Less, Lda, a consultancy that supports companies to manage their activities with fewer resources.

Fabrizio Barbiero

Fabrizio is the Public manager of the Innovation European Funds Department for the Municipality of Turin. In his role he supports the city’s thriving start-up and social innovation community.

Mircea Ilie

Mircea is Sustainability Leader at IKEA Romania. In his role, he focuses on reducing waste in the supply chain and other business processes. He also co-founded ViitorPlus, an association that promotes sustainable development.

Niall Dunne

Niall is CEO of Polymateria, a company that is developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastic to help nature deal with plastic pollution. He is an advocate of businesses aligning behind an inspiring purpose.

Dr. Sarah MillerSarah is an environmental scientist and experienced social enterprise development manager. As CEO of the Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy, Sarah has overseen the development of a creative national movement connecting people, ideas and resources to support sustainable living.