Submissions were pre-evaluated by former and current journalism students of the VUB Vesalius College, IHECS Brussels and Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, under the direction of Dr. Georgios Terzis, Communication Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A final pre-selection of nominated pieces of journalistic work was put forward for further evaluation by the Grand Jury.
Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide.
An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National. His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future
Mary Harper is a journalist and writer, specialising in Africa, especially Somalia. She has reported on events on the continent since the early 1990s. She is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State, published by Zed Books.
She writes for academic journals and publications including The Economist, Granta, The Guardian, The Times and The Washington Post. She has worked for, amongst others, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the United Nations. She writes expert reports for Somali-related legal cases.
Maroun Labaki has had a long career as a journalist. His latest position was Foreign Editor at Le Soir, one of Belgium's leading daily newspapers. He is currently President of the Press Club Brussels Europe, which brings together the associations of international journalists based in Brussels. He is the author of the book "Trump, tu ne nous auras pas!" (La Boîte à Pandore, 2017).
Isabel Recavarren is founder of CEFIAL-UE and Panorámica Latinoamericana. She is also founder and coordinator of the Euro-Latin American Women's Forum.
Isabel graduated in law from the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. She then completed her masters in Regional and International Development Organisations at the Universidad de Piura, Peru and Law and Economics of the European Union at the University of Milan. She obtained her PHD in Law and Economics at Bocconi University, in Milan, Italy.
Dagmar Schumacher is the Director of the Brussels office of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women). The office in Brussels is responsible for liaising with EU institutions on joint advocacy, policy dialogue and joint programming. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Schumacher worked at the Headquarters of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bonn as Chief of the Partnerships Section. From 1998 – 2002 she was working with UNDP in Hanoi, heading the Poverty and Social Development Unit. Prior to that she was working with the United Nations in Latin America and New York. Ms. Schumacher is a German citizen. She holds a Master Degree from Kiel University.
Mahendra Ved is a New Delhi-based writer and columnist, writing for The New Straits Times. He is President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. Mahendra Ved co-authored with Sreedhar, « Afghan Turmoil: Changing Equations »(Himalayan Books, 1998) and « Afghan Buzkashi: Great Game and Gamesmen » (Wordsmiths, 2000, 2 volumes).
Rana Sabbagh is founder and executive director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). She has dedicated the last 35 years of her career as a journalist, columnist and media trainer to support free speech, independent media and human rights. She helped set up ARIJ media support organization in 2005, spreading the culture of "accountability journalism" in newsrooms and among media professors and students in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain and Tunisia. Sabbagh, the former chief editor of The Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. In addition to her post at ARIJ, she is the representative for the Middle East and North Africa on the first elected board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).