Judging Panel

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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daniella henry

Daniella Henry is a Senior Policy Advisor for Social Resiliency at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency. Her focus is on advancing the City’s urban heat and climate change work, coordinating stakeholders on community-based climate preparedness and planning, and developing and implementing resilience policy to protect New Yorkers. Prior to this, Daniella worked in Washington, D.C. where she oversaw U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass' legislative portfolio on energy and the environment. More recently, Daniella was a private sector advisor for Power Africa, President Obama's energy initiative on the African continent.

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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.

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SAURABH DIDDI

Saurabh Diddi is the Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling at Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). In his previous role as Director in Bureau of Energy Efficiency, India, his primary responsibilities were to provide strategic, technical, and operational guidance for the Bureau’s knowledge and policy program in the energy sector. He formulated and managed the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) under National Action Plan for Climate Change in India.

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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.

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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.