Judges

Nicolás Gutiérrez
Nicolás L. Gutiérrez currently holds a position at the Marine Stewardship Council based in London, United Kingdom, where he conducts technical oversight of small-scale and developing world fisheries entering the certification program as well as policy and research projects designed to evaluate and improve accessibility and robustness of the MSC certification program. Gutiérrez has worked in management of both artisanal and industrial fisheries in Uruguay, U.S.A., Argentina, Galápagos Ecuador...
Monique Barbut
Monique Barbut, a French national, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson of the GEF since August 2006. She was appointed by a unanimous decision of the GEF Council on June 2006. During her tenure and following its fourth replenishment at a level of $3.13 billion, she has undertaken a revitalization of the GEF organization to make it a more effective, responsive and results-based institution. In November 2008, Barbut was reappointed by the GEF Council for another three-year...
Enric Sala
Dr. Enric Sala is a marine ecologist who fell in love with the sea growing up on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Witnessing the harm people do to the oceans led him to dedicate his career to understand and find ways to mitigate human impacts on marine life. After obtaining a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille, France, Sala moved to the United States for ten years, where he was a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2006, he moved back to Spain to hold the...
Eileen de Ravin
Eileen de Ravin is Program Manager of the Equator Initiative, a UNDP partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advances local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The Equator Initiative works at the grassroots and national levels to increase awareness of the importance of community-based action for sustainable development and achievement of the MDGs. The...
Ahmed Djoghlaf
An Algerian national, Executive Secretary Dr. Djoghlaf has pursued a distinguished diplomatic career that has included postings with the government of Algeria and UNEP. He assumed the position of Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on January 3, 2006. He was named to his previous position as Assistant Executive Director of UNEP in June 2003, following his success as Director and Coordinator of UNEP's Division of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), where he...
Carl Safina
Dr. Carl Safina is president of the non-profit Blue Ocean Institute, adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, and the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim fellowships. Dr. Safina co-founded Blue Ocean Institute in 2003. He now works mainly to help highlight and explain how the ocean is changing and what that means for wildlife and for people. Dr. Safina lectures extensively in the United States and is an award winning author of over one hundred publications. His...
Steve Gaines
Steven Gaines is Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. Dr. Gaines is a marine ecologist who seeks conservation solutions by building better pipelines between innovations in ocean science and effective marine policy and management. He has over 150 scientific publications, including four books. His scientific work has made extensive contributions to the design of marine reserve networks, our understanding of how climate change impacts ocean ecosystems, and more...
Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is a pioneer of the snowboard and ski community, having pushed the limits on some of the world’s most impressive mountains. He has been voted Best Big Mountain Rider of the Year by Snowboarder Magazine 10 years in a row and nominated as one of National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurers of the Year. After witnessing first-hand the impact of climate change in alpine environments, Mr. Jones founded Protect Our Winters, whose mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community in...
Henry Eder
Henry Eder is the owner and former CEO and President of Manuelita Holding, a multinational agriculture corporation with operations in Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Brazil. Under Mr. Eder’s leadership, the company has focused on sustainable business practices supporting and practicing the idea of “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations”. Mr. Eder formerly held the positions of Mayor of the city of Cali, Colombia and Director of the region’s authority...
Spencer Thomas
Spencer Thomas has been appointed by Government of Grenada as the Energy Economist and as Ambassador and Special Envoy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Mr. Thomas has previously served as Director of Finance for Grenada, as well as Vice President of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Bureau.
Christiana Figueres
Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010. Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations in many capacities, including as part of the Costa Rican negotiating team and as Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.
Ronald Jumeau
Ronald Jumeau is the roving Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues for Seychelles, a tropical island nation spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Witnessing first-hand the increasingly serious effects of climate change, Mr. Jumeau has become a globe-trotting activist for the survival of his country and other island nations.
Dr. Naoko Ishii
Dr. Naoko Ishii is CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Prior to this position, Dr. Ishii, as Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, was responsible for Japan’s international financial and development policies, and for its global policies on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity.
Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.” Her series on global warming, "The Climate of Man,” from which the book was adapted, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award.
Jeremy Grantham
Jeremy Grantham and his wife, Hannelore, established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment to protect and improve the health of the global environment. Mr. Grantham is a co-founder of GMO, an investment management firm in Boston, where he is the firm’s chief investment strategist, a member of the board and an active member of its asset allocation division.