The Grand Jury

The Grand Jury

Entries were pre-evaluated by three journalism schools: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Vesalius College, École Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille-Montpellier, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, and supervised by Dr. Georgios Terzis, Communication Professor at VUB. A final pre-selection of nominated pieces of journalism will be put forward for further evaluation by the Grand Jury, composed of journalism experts working in different areas of development. 


Jeff BarrusJeff Barrus, Communications Director at Pullitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Jeff Barrus joined the Pulitzer Center as Communications Director in 2016​. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has 20 years of experience in communications, with a strong emphasis on international public policy and journalism.

Jeff began his career in 1998 at National Public Radio, and for 11 years he served in a variety of communication roles at Johns Hopkins University, including at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the International Reporting Project.

Prior to joining the Pulitzer Center, Jeff served as Deputy Director of Digital Communications at the Atlantic Council, where he led the Council’s digital communications team, and oversaw the Council’s editorial team, website, social media, and email platforms. He also spent time at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he managed digital marketing.


Una GalaniUna Galani, Associate Editor at Reuters Breakingviews.

Una Galani is Associate Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in Mumbai. Reuters Breakingviews is the world's leading source of agenda-setting financial insight.  

With thirteen years of experience, Una covers business, finance, and politics in South Asia and has worked across developed, emerging, and frontier markets for Reuters. Una previously spent three years in Hong Kong and three years in Dubai covering Middle Eastern economies in the immediate aftermath of the Arab Spring. Her assignments took her to Egypt, Northern Iraq, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf.

Una joined Breakingviews in 2006 in London. In 2016, she won Asia Pacific Best Editorial Comment at the State Street Press Awards and Reuters global analysis/commentary of the year. 


Julie MajerczakJulie Majerczak, Head of Brussels Office at Reporters Without Borders.

Julie Majerczak is the Reporters Without Borders Representative to the European Institutions. She has represented the international press freedom NGO at the EU level since May 2016.

Before joining RSF, Julie was a journalist for 17 years. She moved to Brussels in 2002 to report on EU affairs for the French daily newspaper Libération for which she worked for ten years.

She also reported for the French daily newspaper Le Parisien, RTL radio and the online media outlets Contexte and Novethic. Before that, Julie worked in politics as an MEP assistant and as a political adviser to a French environment minister. Born in Paris, she has a Master in Law and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.


Isabel RecavarrenIsabel Recavarren, Director of Centro di Formazione ed Informazione dell´America Latina (CEFIAL-EU).

Isabel Recavarren is an Italian-Peruvian lawyer who specialises in European Union and Latin American relations and holds a PhD in economic law. She is the Director of CEFIAL-EU, an organisation which studies bi-regional relations.

She is also a member of the EuroLat Women's Forum – a group working to strengthen relations between the two regions with the active participation of women, and is currently dedicated to the study of circular economy. She is the founder of Panorámica Latinoamericana, an Italian and Spanish media outlet which aims to use knowledge and information to bring people closer together.

Her background and expertise in relations between the EU and Latin America places her at a crucial position for understanding development issues.


Michel Touma, Co-Editor ​in Chief ​and Managing Editor of L'Orient-Le Jour.

Michel Touma is currently Co-Editor in Chief and Managing Editor of the Lebanese daily newspaper L'Orient-Le Jour. He has been working for the newspaper since 1978.

He has written hundreds of articles published in L’Orient-Le Jour and several articles published in the former French daily newspaper InfoMatin on the political situation in Lebanon and in the Middle Eastern region.

He has also been a part-time lecturer at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut since 2000 and has published several sociological studies on Lebanon.