Jury members come from different countries, continents, professions and fields of experience. They have wide experience of international affairs and, in particular, of global justice and environment issues. They serve independently and in their personal capacities; institutional affiliations in the list below are given only for purposes of identification.

Board members usually serve as Jury members. Additional Jury members are invited by the board on an annual basis. Membership changes over time in order to ensure the broadest possible scope of expertise, perspectives and issues.

Please note: All communications about the Jury should be addressed to our office in Stockholm, not to its individual members.

 2018 Jury

Sima
Samar

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Afghanistan

Sima is the Founder of Shuhada Organization, which is dedicated to providing education and healthcare to, in particular, women and girls in Afghanistan. She served in the Interim Administration of Afghanistan and established the first-ever Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Since 2004, she has chaired the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission that holds human rights violators accountable.

Sima received the Right Livelihood Award in 2012.

Nnimmo
Bassey

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Nigeria

Nnimmo is the Executive Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, an environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation. He co-founded Environmental Rights Action (ERA) to deal with environmental human rights issues in Nigeria, serving as ERA’s Executive Director for two decades and a member of its Advisory Board until today. ERA is also known as Friends of the Earth Nigeria, and is the national chapter of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI).

Nnimmo received the Right Livelihood Award in 2010.

Amelie von
Zweigbergk

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Board Member

Amelie is a former politician for the Swedish Liberal Party. She was State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Research (2007-2010) and the Prime Minister’s Office (2010), and Deputy Minister for Education at the Ministry of Education (2010-2012). She was the Swedish representative in the UNESCO Executive Board.

Paul
Ekins

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Vice-Chair of the Board

Paul is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, at University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and the UKERC Co-Director leading on its Energy Resources theme, with research on low-carbon futures, fossil fuels and hydrogen. In addition, he is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Paul is the Vice-Chair of the Board. He was Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation (1987-1990) and has been a member of the Board since 1995.

Jamila
Raqib

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USA

Jamila Raqib is the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She worked closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the world’s foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action. In 2009, she collaborated with Dr. Sharp to create a new curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression, which has been translated into Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Italian. She was a nominee for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Monika
Griefahn

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Chair of the Board

Monika is a former Member of the German Parliament (1998-2009) and former Minister of Environmental Affairs in Lower Saxony. In 1980, she co-founded Greenpeace Germany, of which she was the first Executive Director and later Member of the International Board of Directors. Today, she is a consultant for various institutions and companies via the Monika Griefahn GmbH Institute for Media Environment Culture.

Monika is the Chair of the Board of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. She has been on the Board since 1986.

Juliane
Kronen

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Board Member

Juliane Kronen is a consultant and entrepreneur. She built a career in strategy consulting, working with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on worldwide assignments from 1994 to 2010, and from 2002 onwards as a partner and managing director. She was the global sector head for information technology in the telecommunications industry, and served as the European head of BCG’s global women initiative from 2004 to 2007, which aimed to sustainably increase the share of female consultants by improving recruiting and retention measures.

Juliane served as an advisor on strategic and organizational issues to the Board of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation from 2007 until 2010, when she was appointed as a Trustee.

Anne
Rüffer

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Switzerland

Anne has many years of experience in communications and journalism, writing for newspapers and television productions. She is the co-founder and publisher of rüffer&rub, a non-fiction publisher based in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2008, she also founded Manuskript-Oase to help writers publish their work.

Anne is a Board Member of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation Switzerland.

Ole
von Uexkull

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Executive Director

Ole leads the work of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, and has been actively involved in the research and evaluation of candidates for the Right Livelihood Award in more than 35 countries. Prior to his leadership role at the Foundation, he worked at the German Parliament in Berlin, the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, and the European Parliament in Brussels. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin.

Agneta
Johansson

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Board Member

Agneta is the Executive Director of International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), an umbrella organisation for a number of international associations of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, with the objective of resurrecting judicial systems in post-conflict countries. As a lawyer, Agneta specialised in international law and human rights law. She has worked at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Red Cross. She was a board member of Kvinna till Kvinna, which received the Right Livelihood Award in 2002.

Past jury members include:

Tani Adams, Guatemala

Founder and former Director, Greenpeace Latin America

Frank Bracho, Venezuela

Former Ambassador to India

Rodrigo Carazo, Costa Rica

Former President

Jakob von Uexkull, UK

Founder of the Right Livelihood Award

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Diana Cohn

Senior Program Officer, Panta Rhea Foundation

James George, Canada

Former Ambassador, Member of the UN Disarmament Commission

Birgitta Hambraeus, Sweden

Former Member of Parliament

Sven Hamrell, Sweden

Senior Adviser, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Thor Heyerdahl, Norway

Author and Explorer

Sir Richard Jolly, UK.

Honorary Professor, University of Sussex, former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Doris Kareva, Estonia

Former Secretary-General, Estonian National Commission for UNESCO

Luis Lopezllera, Mexico

President, Promocion del Desarrollo Popular (PDP)

Josh Mailman, USA

Founder, Threshold Foundation

Rama Mani, India/France

Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies

Anuradha Mittal, India/USA

Executive Director, Oakland Institute

Thandika Mkandawire, Malawi.

Director of UNRISD

Robert Muller, France.

Former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, Mauritania

Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Somalia

Vithal Rajan, India

Chairman, Confederation of Voluntary Associations

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Germany

Founder and Chairperson, Grassroots Foundation

Kristina Svensson, Sweden

Former MP and Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Zambia

Albert Tevoedjre, Benin

Former Assistant Director-General of the ILO

Michaela Walsh, USA

Founder and past President of Women’s World Banking

Ponna Wignaraja, Sri Lanka

Former Secretary-General of the Society for International Development (SID)

Marianne Andersson, Sweden

Former Member of Swedish Parliament

Thais Corral, Brazil

Co-founder, Women’s Environment and Development Organization

Rami Mani

Peace and Security Specialist

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