Judging Panel


soffia alarcon-diaz

Soffia Alarcon-Diaz is currently Director of Carbon Trust Mexico, where she leads the expansion of the Low Carbon States Programme as well as the ongoing work on climate finance, sustainable transport, MRV and carbon markets. Previously, she served as Director of Climate Change Mitigation Policy at Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). She is also a LEAD fellow and Lecturer of International and Domestic Climate Change Policy at Mexico’s Autonomous Technological Institute (ITAM).

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dan hamza-goodacre

Dan Hamza-Goodacre is Executive Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program. Dan has worked on sustainable development in the public and private sectors across the globe for over 20 years. Prior to K-CEP, Dan was Director of Buildings and Industry at ClimateWorks. Before working in philanthropy, Dan was with PwC, where he served as Deputy CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, a multilateral aid programme to help developing countries respond to climate change. Dan has held various posts with the U.K. Environment and Agriculture Ministry and worked for the UK Foreign Office as a Climate Attaché.

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Anjali Jaiswal is a senior director with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s international programme and founder of its India initiative on climate change and clean energy. She is a leading expert on advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean air, as well as efforts with key cities to adopt cool roof programmes focused on slum communities. Previously, she was a member of NRDC's litigation team, fighting for stronger efficiency and clean water standards. In 2005, Anjali was selected as fellow in the Nehru-Fulbright Indo-American Environmental Leadership program and has received several leadership in sustainability awards.


Hashem Akbari

Hashem Akbari is a Professor at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). During the last 35 years, he has led the international efforts to investigate the energy conservation potential, environmental, climate, and health impacts of modifications of urban surface albedo (roofs and pavements) and increased tree planting. He is the founding organizer of GCCA and CRRC and member of the Board of Directors; and an active member of ASHRAE, ASTM, and ASME. He is currently coordinating the “100 Cool Cities” initiative to cool urban heat islands and counter global warming.


nick virr

Nick Virr is Programme Director at BRAC UK. Nick combines over 25 years of global business development and management in the private sector with 8 years’ experience in international development, including an MSc in Sustainability. Nick has built and run development programmes in Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Nepal and Bangladesh with a critical focus on sustainability, agricultural value chain development and renewable energy provision for the poor.


Kizzy charles-guzman

Kizzy Charles-Guzman is a Deputy Director at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, leading efforts to strengthen NYC neighbourhoods, community-based organisations, small businesses, and social infrastructure so that they are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. Kizzy has worked with advocacy organisations, City and State government agencies, and policy makers to spearhead the passage of several city and state laws and to advance citywide sustainability and climate adaptation planning initiatives.


james l. wolf

James L. Wolf is an independent consultant who specialises in the energy and environmental fields, with an emphasis on climate issues. Previously, Mr. Wolf served as Vice President, Energy and Environmental Markets for Honeywell in its business development office. Prior to Honeywell, Mr. Wolf served as Executive Director of The Alliance To Save Energy, a nonprofit coalition of government, business and environmental leaders that conducts research, demonstration projects and policy advocacy.


Glenn pearce-oroz

Glenn Pearce-Oroz is the Director for Policy and Programmes of Sustainable Energy for All. He began this position in September 2018 after 15 years with the World Bank. Most recently, he was Lead Water & Sanitation Specialist for the Water GP in the Africa Region, based in the Nairobi Country Office, and previously managed the Water & Sanitation Program in Africa and Latin America for the World Bank. Over the past 18 years he has been working from country offices in Latin America, South Asia, and Africa. Glenn is now based in Vienna, Austria, where he leads the global policy engagement and programmatic strategy for SEforALL.


Lisa Bate

Lisa Bate is regarded as one of Canada’s global ambassadors for sustainable design. A former Director and Board Chair of the Canada Green Building Council, Lisa is the Chair of the World Green Building Council and was a representative to the United Nations’ Environmental Protection—Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. In 2018, Lisa was named the winner of Canada’s Clean16 for the Building sector at the Clean50 awards celebration. She previously served as Global Sustainability Lead at B+H Architects, overseeing a number of leading sustainable design projects.


Walid chakroun

Walid Chakroun is a full Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Kuwait University. His research interest has been in experimental and numerical thermal and fluid sciences in general and in residential air-conditioning and IAQ in particular. He served earlier as Director for Region At Large and as Vice President for ASHRAE society. He is currently serving as a Liaison coordinator between ASHRAE and UNEP.