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European Social Innovation Competition Jury

Mario Calderini

Mario Calderini

 

Mario Calderini has an MSc in Engineering and received a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester. He is Full Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at Politecnico di Milano. He sits in the G8 Task Force for Social Innovation and as a senior advisor to the Minister for Research and Innovation of the Italian Government contributed to promote the social innovation agenda in Italy. Mario is now managing the Smart Cities & Communities Committee of Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale. He is a consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and several Italian Ministries. He is also a member of the European Patent Office Academy Advisory Board.

 Maurizio Carrara

 

Maurizio Carrara

 

Active in the non-profit and international cooperation sector, Maurizio Carrara obtained a degree in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano University. In 1985 he founded Cesvi, today the Cesvi Foundation, a non-profit organization, of which he served as executive chairman until 2005. Until 1998 he was a member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Lombardy Region for International Development Cooperation interventions. In 1988 he became part of the National Executive Board of Cocis, the Coordination of Non-governmental Organizations for International Development Cooperation. In 2000 he became a member of the Board of Directors of Vita, editor of the weekly Vita non-profit magazine.
From 2005 to 2010, he was the managing director of Vita Publishing Company and sole administrator of Vitaconsulting. On 22 April 2010 he became Chairman of UniCredit Foundation.

 Alberto Cottica

Alberto Cottica

 

Alberto Cottica is an economist and an expert on collaborative public policies and online participation. He works with the Council of Europe and University of Alicante. Committed to make government smarter and more open, using the Internet to tap into the citizenry’s collective intelligence. He has been a reasonably successful rock musician but he is trying to quit.

Gorka Espiau

 

Gorka Espiau

 

Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is a Senior Fellow at the “Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies” (Columbia and Basque Country Universities) and at the Young Foundation. He is also Director of Social Innovation Laboratory Koop and Social Innovation Exchange country ambassador. Previously he was the Head of International Programmes at Innovalab and served as Senior Adviser to the Executive Office of the Basque President.

Kristina Mand

Kristina Mand

 

Kristina Mand has more than 20 years of working experience in non-profit organisations, public sector institutions, together with international agencies, universities and private businesses. She currently works for the Network of the Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO) and manages their development program. In addition, she is preparing a handbook for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on how to analyse and manage their organisational development. She also advises various CSOs on their organisational, managerial and governance practises. Until recently she was Director of the Praxis Academy aimed at transferring knowledge from research and Estonian public sector to local and international audiences. In the past she worked in the Estonian AIDS Prevention Centre, for the Estonian Ministry of Finance, Parliament of Estonia and Stockholm Environment Institute – Tallinn office.

 Isabel Mota

Isabel Mota

 

Isabel Mota has been a member of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Board of Trustees since 1999. She was director of Partex Oil and Gas Corporation (until 2007) and currently sits on Partex Oil and Gas (Holdings) Corporate Supervisory Committee. She acted as Assistant Lecturer at the Higher Institute of Economics (1973-1975). She became general sub-director in the Office for External Economic Cooperation, of the Ministry of Finance (1978-86) and Councilor to the Permanent Representative of Portugal to Brussels (1986). She served as Secretary of State for Planning and Regional Development in the 11th and 12th Constitutional Governments with responsibility for negotiations over European Union Structural and Cohesion Funds for Portugal (1987-1995). Director of the Executive Training Institute for Nova University of Lisbon (1977) and a member of the Telecel Vodafone General Council (2001-2003), she also sat on the Strategic Commission of the Oceans (2003-2004) and coordinated the drafting of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (2004). Currently she is member of the Prize Juries of the Jacques Delors Award, COTEC-BPI Innovation, European Social Innovation Competition, as well as the Lisbon Catholic University of Portugal Career Award Jury. She also serves as an advisor to the Economic and Social Council of Portugal and is a member of the expert panel, of the Ministry of Regional Development. She is also a member of the Portuguese Honorific Orders Council.

Sara Piteira

Sara Piteira

 

Sara Piteira leads the Dialogue Café Executive Team. She has considerable experience of project management and overseeing collaborative networks, having developed the global Social Innovation Exchange, a network of 5000+ organisations and individuals involved in social innovation around the world. Before that, Sara was responsible for managing pioneering e-democracy and e-voting projects with the Portuguese Government. Sara has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Democracy and Participation.

Florian Pomper

Florian Pomper 

 

Florian Pomper works as Head of Innovation at Caritas Vienna, one of Austria´s leading Social Services providers. He has a business background and has been specialising in the field of social innovation and impact measurement for many years. Florian has been jury member in several other social innovation awards like the Social Impact Award (SIA), the Erste Foundation Award for Social Integration or the Social Business Award.

Eva Varga

Eva Varga 

 

Eva has been the Operations Manager of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust since January 2014. HWDT is a Scottish charity dedicated to the conservation of cetaceans in the Hebridean waters.
Up to the end of 2013 she was the Director for Portfolio Performance at NESsT, leading the development and implementation of new strategies for a portfolio of social enterprises, capacity building, financing and performance tools/mechanisms. Eva spent over 10 years at NESsT, developing social enterprises in Central European and Latin American countries. Before joining NESsT in 2003, Eva worked in the field of microfinance, as a Branch Manager of the Micro Finance Bank of Yugoslavia. Prior to that, she was an internal management consultant at ABN-Amro Bank in Hungary.
Eva is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES). She has a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Nicola Villa

Nicola Villa

 

Nicola Villa is a senior director working in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) and Global Director of the Public Sector Practice. Nicola’s group engages with globally innovative public sector organizations on Open Innovation programs in the central government, local government, education and public safety spaces. Prior to that, Nicola managed Cisco’s Connected Urban Development program. The program was part of the commitment Cisco provided to the Clinton Global Initiative, and it aimed at developing innovative ICT & Broadband solutions in large metropolitan areas to stimulate CO2 emissions reductions. Nicola is also an Executive member of the board of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urbanization program. He is also an advisor to Metropolis, the global network of metropolitan regions, through its Partnership for Urban Innovation commission. Prior to this, Nicola worked as Head of Local Government and Broadband within Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, being in charge of local government consulting activities across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He also set up the Internet Business Solutions Group’s consulting operations in Southern Europe.

Simon Willis

Simon Willis

 

Simon Willis is the Young Foundation CEO. Previously he worked with Purpose.com and Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). IBSG works with many of the world's leading companies and governments to help them become more effective through changed business processes and intelligent technology deployment.
Willis went to Cisco after 15 years of work in government and ebusiness. He has held various senior management and policy positions in the UK government including private secretary to Minister of State, head of operational reform at the Department of Social Security, head of pensions equalization and Chief Executive of a national disability agency. He ran the Financial Crime Branch at the UK Treasury and also headed numerous UK delegations to the EU, UN and OECD. After leaving government he worked for a large systems integrator where he worked mainly on transformational ebusiness projects in the financial services area.

Kuba Wygnański

Kuba Wygnański 

 

Kuba Wygnański is President and Board Member of Unit for Social Innovation and Research Shipyard. He has started several NGOs including KLON/JAWOR Association (main support, research and information centre for Polish non-profit centre) and Forum of Nongovernmental Initiatives (FIP) which plays key role as representative of Polish Third Sector. FIP has initiated series of sector wide debates and meetings including six national forums of several hundred organisations. Kuba is also involved in numerous activities outside of Poland including work in Romania, Sarajevo, Kosovo and Kazakhstan. In 2003 he was Yale University – World Fellow.

 

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