Liveable Cities Awards

  • Giles Bristow

    Director of Programmes at Ashden

    Giles was previously in charge of the delivery of “system innovation” strategies in Food and Energy at Forum for the Future - a sustainability non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to solve tricky sustainability challenges. Giles was also responsible for fundraising at The Forum. Prior to joining Forum for the Future in 2012, Giles was Chief Executive Officer at Carbon Leapfrog, and was a senior environmental lawyer for Slaughter and May. Giles has a Masters in Energy Policy and Sustainability from the University of Exeter and completed a thesis on financing renewable energy. He has recently joined Ashden as the new Director of Programmes.

  • Sarah Butler-Sloss

    Founder Director, Ashden

    Sarah has been an internationally recognised leader in the field of sustainable energy for the past 20 years. She is best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy – now renamed Ashden – in 2001. As Director of Ashden, Sarah is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and an active member of the UN’s International Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network. She is also a trustee of the sustainability charity Forum for the Future.

  • Emma Jones

    CAG Consultants

    Emma has an MSc in Environmental Technology and 18 years’ experience in the field of sustainable energy.  Her specialism is the role of local authorities, housing providers and community organisations in reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty.  She is currently a partner at CAG Consultants where she leads a number of projects for clients including BEIS, the Local Government Association and UK Power Networks.

  • Professor Matthew Leach

    Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems, the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

    Matthew is a chartered mechanical engineer, with an MSc and PhD in Energy Policy from Imperial College London. He has previously been Vice President of the Energy Institute and Chair of Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics. Matthew has thirty years’ experience of the challenges in delivering secure and sustainable energy services. His research has focused on decentralised energy supply systems and the role of demand-side management, exploring the environmental and economic performance of emerging technologies, and the roles for policy, in long term transitions to a low carbon economy.

  • Ian Simm

    Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management

    Ian has been responsible for building Impax since its launch in 1988, particularly the firm’s listed equity and infrastructure teams and investment products. In addition to his role as Chief Executive, Ian heads the firm’s investment committees. Prior to joining Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. in the Netherlands, where he led teams to provide advice to clients in a range of environmentally sensitive industries.

  • John Whitelegg, Sustainable Mobility Judge

    Visiting professor at Liverpool John Moores University

    John Whitelegg is a visiting professor at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of the Built Environment and an associate at the Zentrum Für Mobilitätskultur in Kassel, Germany.  He has had a long career specialising in sustainable development and transport. His latest book “Mobility” calls for the abandonment of what he calls the mobility paradigm and its replacement by an ethical, sustainable, child-friendly accessibility paradigm which supports the local economy, increases quality of life and is less costly than the current approach.

  • Beverley Gower-Jones

    Founder and CEO at Carbon Limiting Technologies

    Beverley is an innovation professional with over 30 years experience in the international energy sector. She specialises in accelerating innovation to market and scaling companies by providing strategic insights, developing industry partnerships and identifying novel ways to overcome barriers to entry. Beverley is a thought leader in the commercialisation of sustainable technologies. In 2006 she established CLT whose mission is “scaling transformative technologies for clean growth, sustaining our planet”. Her ambition is to create a better, sustainable world and she firmly believes that this will be achieved through innovation playing a transformative role in our economy.   

  • Darren Shirley, Clean Air/Sustainable Mobility Judge

    CEO of Campaign for Better Transport

    Darren Shirley is Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, a leading charity that promotes sustainable transport policies. He leads the organisation's work influencing national, regional and local policy, and sits on a number of government transport working groups and the editorial board of two transport publications. He previously lead Which?’s campaigning on regulated and retail markets, including establishing its work on rail and aviation markets. Prior to this he worked for WWF-UK, Greenpeace and National Energy Action on sustainable energy policy and campaigning. He is also a Fellow of the RSA.  

Sustainable Energy for International Development Awards

  • Sarah Butler-Sloss, Chair of International Judges

    Founder Director, Ashden

    Sarah has been an internationally recognised leader in the field of sustainable energy for the past 20 years. She is best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy – now renamed Ashden – in 2001. As Director of Ashden, Sarah is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and an active member of the UN’s International Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network. She is also a trustee of the sustainability charity Forum for the Future.

  • Christine Eibs Singer

    Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

    Christine Eibs Singer is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, focusing on the development of financing innovations to accelerate energy access and is Director of Global Advocacy for the recently launched Power for All Campaign. She is a Co-Founder of E+Co, a pioneer in the energy access and impact investment sector and was a founding member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. She is also an Ambassador of the C3E Women in Energy Initiative.

  • Dominic Brain

    Head of Programme Funding Division, Christian Aid

    Dominic has overall responsibility for Christian Aid’s strategy, business development, program design and performance with governments and foundations. He has worked across Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on development and humanitarian programming. Dominic introduced an environmental management system to Christian Aid, including carbon footprint and greenhouse gas reporting on agency operations, and is an internal sustainability advisor and energy champion.

  • Andrew Reicher

    Independent Investor in Renewable Energy and Energy Access

    Andrew Reicher is an energy access and renewable energy investor/adviser, with wide interests across business angle investment in early-stage African energy access and large scale renewable energy projects in Africa and Asia, based on contact networks in business, finance and government. He is also a trustee for the Global Village Energy Partnership, WWF-UK and Caius House.

  • Yacob Mulugetta

    Professor of Energy and Development Policy, UCL

    Yacob is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), where he worked as Senior Climate & Energy Specialist. He has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Energy Systems chapter of the IPCC, a member of the core writing team for the IPCC synthesis report, Steering Committee member of UNEP’s Emissions Gap Reports, and lead author in the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C. He served in the drafting team of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and continues to provide technical support for the initiative.

  • Adam Brett, Financial or Business Model Innovation and Powering Business Judge

    Founder Director, Fullwell Mill Ltd

    Adam Brett is a Director of Fullwell Mill Ltd, a business that markets the Tropical Wholefoods brand of Fairtrade and organic food products sourced from small farmers in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Ghana, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Zambia and Costa Rica. Fullwell Mill works directly with partners in these countries to produce a range of sustainably manufactured foods with a strong focus on sustainable and renewable energy and agricultural practices.

  • Eugene Amusin, Financial or Business Model Innovation and Powering Business Judge

    Senior Vice President, Citi Microfinance

    Eugene Amusin engages with microfinance institutions, social enterprises, non-profits, multinational companies and investors to structure banking solutions that enable low-income communities to benefit from essential products and services. Prior to joining Citi Microfinance, Eugene had product management, product development, and technology responsibilities at Citi.

  • Leslie Labruto, Financial or Business Model Innovation and Powering Business Judge

    Head of Global Energy, Acumen

    Leslie Labruto leads Acumen’s $20M Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative. Leslie is responsible for driving strategy, portfolio construction, and thought leadership across Acumen’s energy investing work in West Africa, East Africa, India, and Pakistan. Leslie joined Acumen from the Clinton Foundation, where she served as Director of Clean Energy. Leslie guest lectures at the London School of Economics, Imperial College, and Vanderbilt University, where she served on the Board of Trust from 2011-2015.

  • Dymphna van der Lans, Clean Cooking & Sustainable Energy and Healthcare Judge

    CEO of the Clean Cooking Alliance

    Dymphna van der Lans is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Cooking Alliance. Dymphna brings more than 25 years of experience managing and leading global development, energy, and climate initiatives in the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, she led international corporate engagement with the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate & Energy team. Previously, she worked with the Clinton Foundation as CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative. Dymphna has worked and lived in China, India, and Kenya and engaged with island nations in the Caribbean and the Indian and Pacific Oceans to support their transition away from polluting diesel fuels to renewable sources of energy.

  • Jem Porcaro, Clean Cooking & Sustainable Energy and Healthcare Judge

    Senior Director, Energy Access, UN foundation

    Jem Porcaro is the UN Foundations’ Senior Director for Energy Access. In this role, Jem leads the Foundation’s efforts to expand access to modern energy services in developing countries, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners, especially Sustainable Energy for All. Jem has 15 years of experience working on global development, energy and climate issues. Previously, he worked with Nexant, an energy consulting company, in its government clean energy practice in Asia, where it advised governments and multilateral development organizations on clean energy finance and policy. Jem also worked for four years in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helping to oversee its global energy portfolio and elevate clean energy access on the global development agenda. Jem received his master’s degree in international affairs, with a concentration in international energy policy and management, from Columbia University and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Tufts University.