Chesney Bradshaw is head of sustainability at ABB South Africa. He has been involved in sustainability for the past five years, with a focus on corporate social investment, energy efficiency and the industrial environment. He manages ABB's corporate social investment programme.
His career has involved journalism, public affairs, corporate communications and fast-moving consumer goods marketing. His interests include organisations and society, communications, the marine environment and energy efficiency. He has a BA degree from the University of South Africa and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Irvan Damon is co-founder and partner of Carbon d' Afreeque, an eco-entrepreneurship venture that specialises in upcycling. He created, hosted and produced Hybrid Living, an eco-lifestyle guide TV show, and is also the executive editor and a regular contributor to eco-lifestyle consumer magazine Green Home.
A former ambassador for the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa, he is currently chief executive of CarbonTrack South Africa and commits a lot of his time to raising the profile of low-carbon technologies. He has an MA SocSci degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a petroleum policy economics diploma from Wits Business School and an MPhilEng from UCT with an open thesis.
Suraya Hamdulay is executive head of division: sustainability at Vodacom Group. She joined the group in 2010 after completing a two-year contract with the Resolve Group. She previously worked at the provincial department of environmental affairs and development planning in the Western Cape.
Suraya's current portfolio at Vodacom Group focuses on sustainability, corporate social investment and overseeing the communication related to these fields. She obtained her BSocSci degree (political science and philosophy) in 1994 and her LLB degree in 1998 from the University of Cape Town.
Karin Ireton is director: group sustainability management at Standard Bank South Africa. She advises the group on the global sustainable development agenda and the risks and opportunities it presents to the group. Her focus is on the integration of sustainable development principles and thinking into the way the group conducts its business.
A member of the Greening the Future judges panel since 2003, Ireton was head of sustainable development: markets and economics at Anglo American for eight years before joining Standard Bank. She was previously sustainable energy adviser at Eskom and manager of the Industrial Environmental Forum.
Dr Andrew Kaniki is executive director of Knowledge Fields Development at the National Research Foundation. The initiative is responsible for research funding programmes and has strategic oversight and development of the Centre of Excellence Programme.
Prior to taking up the post as executive director of Knowledge Fields Development, Kaniki was executive director for Knowledge Management and Strategy at the foundation from November 2002 to June 2008. He was president of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association from 2003 to 2005.
Fiona Macleod is founder of the Oxpeckers investigative environmental journalism unit, which uses data analysis and geo-mapping tools to tell environmental stories. An award-winning journalist, she was previously environmental editor at the Mail & Guardian for 10 years and was awarded the prestigious Nick Steele award for environmental conservation. She is editor of the M&G Greening the Future and Investing in the Future supplements.
She served terms on the judging panels of the SANParks Kudu Awards and the Green Trust Awards. She is a former editor of Earthyear magazine and editor-in-chief of HomeGrown Magazines in Mpumalanga. She has also edited several books, including Your Guide to Green Living, A Social Contract: The Way Forward and Fighting for Justice.
Rosemary Noge majored in international relations at Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked in the mining industry for nine years and has extensive experience in the formulation of sustainable business strategy and practices for the industry. She works independently and is a member of the National Business Initiative's sustainable futures advisory committee and the United Nations Global Compact advisory committee.
Ngcali Nomtshongwana is executive director of Resource Africa and has more than 15 years' experience in natural resource management and community-private-public partnerships. He currently manages a huge programme that supports 30 national and provincial parks across the country. While previously working for the national departments of water affairs and forestry and of environmental affairs and tourism, he championed the development of national policy guidelines for participatory forest management and community-based natural resource management.
He also contributed to the design of the environment department's social responsibility policy programme. Ngcali is a former South African national co-ordinator for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification as well as various overseas donor-funded programmes. After leaving the government in 2004, he led teams that reviewed three of the major environment-based programmes in the country — LandCare, People and Parks, and community-based natural resource management.
Dr Crispian Olver is founder and chief executive of Linkd Environmental Services, a Johannesburg-based public policy and research company. He has been actively involved in developing climate policy in South Africa and initiating actions by businesses and local government to address climate mitigation and adaptation.
From 1999 to 2005 he was director general at the department of environmental affairs and tourism, in which role he initiated most of the current environmental legislation in South Africa. Prior to this, he was deputy director general in charge of local government in the department of constitutional development, and chief director for the reconstruction and development programme in the office of the president. He holds BSc(Med) and MbChB degrees from the University of Cape Town, and worked as a senior medical officer at Cecilia Makiwane hospital for five years prior to joining government in 1994.
Professor Coleen Vogel is currently an independent scholar. Her current research interests include transformative education on global environmental change, urban risk reduction, and climate change and development issues. Until recently she held the BMW Chair of Sustainability at the University of the Witwatersrand and also chaired the international scientific committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme dealing with environmental change issues.
She is the recent recipient of the Burtoni Award, an international award given by peers for recognition in adaptation and climate change and climate change diplomacy. She was also part of a cohort of scientists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report.
Joanne Yawitch has been the chief executive of the National Business Initiative since March 2011. Prior to this she was a deputy director general at the department of environmental affairs with responsibility for environmental quality and protection as well as for the department's climate change work.
Yawitch worked for the Gauteng environment department from 1997 to 2004 and prior to that was special adviser to the then minister of land affairs. She was involved in the land sector for many years and was a director of the National Land Committee in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and a fieldworker for the Transvaal Rural Action Committee before that.
Winners in the past decade
2003 — Berg River Textiles, Hillside Aluminium, Oasis Association, Sasol Safety, Health and Environment Centre, Arabella Country Estate.
2004 — Anglo American plc, Richards Bay Minerals, the National Ports Authority of South Africa, South Durban Basin Multi-point Plan, Sasol Wax, the Urban Greening Fund, the South African Readymix Association, the South African Fine and Industrial Chemicals (Safic), the South African Scout Association's Environmental Education Project in North West, Piet N Aphane Secondary School.
2005 — The South African National Roads Agency Limited, Toyota South Africa, EnviroServ Waste Management, Safic, Nedbank Group, the Botanical Society of South Africa, the Gauteng Conservancy Association.
2006 — The Thorntree Conservancy, Gregory Knitting Mills, Johannesburg Zoo, Vergelegen Wines, the BP Waterfront Building, Delta Environmental Centre, Somerset West site clean-up, SAFIC, Piet N Aphane High School's Enviro-permaculture Project, Nedbank Group.
2007 — Endangered Wildlife Trust Poison Prevention Group, Duikersvlei Project, Beyond Expectations Environmental Project, Anglo Coal Emalahleni, Apiesdoorndraai Mine Closure Project, National Business Initiative, South African Scouts Association Climate Change Programme, Weston Agricultural College, EnviroServ, National Association of Conservancies of South Africa, First National Bank, Sizanani Permaculture Project, Endangered Wildlife Trust EIA Toolkit, Delta Environmental Centre.
2008 — Woolworths, EnviroServ Polymer Solutions, Out-of-the-Box, EnAct International, the Gauteng Conservancy Association, Wesbank, Omnia Fertiliser, Coca-Cola SA Leak Repair Project, Warriors for Water, Backsberg Estate Cellars, Makana Meadery, Sasol One Waste Remediation Project, N2 Upgrade, the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative, the Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group.
2009 — The National Business Initiative, Food & Trees for Africa, Woolworths, 50/50, Backsberg, the Birches Pre-primary School, Khomanani Primary School, Southern Cross Schools, the Delta Environmental Centre, EnviroServ Waste Management.
2010— Collect-a-Can, Save the Flamingo, Wessa/WWF-SA Eco-schools Programme, Youth Engineering the Future, Midlands Meander Association, Pick n Pay, Tapologo Centre, Bishopscourt Village Residents' Association, Afrox, AECI, Cullinan and Associates, &Beyond, Xstrata Coal South Africa, SAB Miller, Greening Durban 2010 Programme, SouthSouthNorth Projects Africa.
2011 — Vital Health Foods, AfriSam South Africa , Imperial Logistics, PET Plastic Recycling Company, Pick n Pay on Nichol Store, JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre, Girls and Boys Education Movement Clubs, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, All Hands on Waste, Endangered Wildlife Trust's Knowledge Management System, Free Trees to Schools, South African Breweries, Avis Rent A Car.
2012 — Treasure Karoo Action Group, Greenpop, NOAH Soap, Project 90 by 2030, eThekwini Municipality, Indalo Yethu Climate Train, Johannesburg City Parks, WWF Sanlam Living Waters Partnership, Exxaro's Water Management Programme, Woolworths, the South African Scout Association, the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Riverine Rabbit Programme, Renu-Karoo Veld Restoration, the Ingula Partnership, Anglo Platinum Mogalakwena Mine, Pick n Pay Group, Cape Town International Convention Centre, CCBC Green Economy Joint Venture, Rocking the Daisies Music & Lifestyle Festival, Absa Bank, GLH Associates and Architects, the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Wildlife & Energy Programme, the Coca-Cola Company.
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