Meet the judges

Chesney Bradshaw is head of sustainability at ABB South Africa. He has been involved in sustainability for the past eight years, with a focus on health, safety and environment, supply chain sustainability, business continuity and energy efficiency. He manages ABB’s community investment and employee volunteer programmes. 

Irvan Damon currently manages Eldo Software’s, smart metering enterprise technology and is responsible for new business development. He has also patented a GSM-based energy control technology. He holds an MASocSci from the University of Cape Town, a Petroleum Policy Economics Diploma from Wits Business School and an MPhilEng from the University of Cape Town, thesis pending. His company was also the winner of the 2014 GAP ICT Innovation Hub Awards, was a finalist in the JHB Green City Start-up Challenge and is a past Swedish Smart Living Challenge participant.

Karin Ireton is a consultant on the global sustainable development agenda. Until late 2014 she was director: group sustainability management at Standard Bank South Africa, where her focus was on the integration of sustainable development principles. 

Dr Andrew Kaniki is executive director of the knowledge fields development directorate at the National Research Foundation which is responsible for funding of basic research in all fields and support for human capacity development. Prior to this, he 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 & Innovation Management Association from 2003 to 2005. 

Fiona Macleod is founder of the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism, which uses data analysis and geo-mapping tools to tell environmental stories. She was previously environmental editor at the M&G, and is currently editor of the M&G Greening the Future and Investing in the Future supplements. 

Rosemary Noge began her corporate career at Gold Fields and spent 10 years there working in sustainability, assisting the executive management with the group’s sustainability strategy across its global operations. She has spent the past five years as a social entrepreneur in sourcing and supplying local South African products to the corporate market. Noge is the owner of Bloom a Gift from Nature, and is the marketing director for Emfuleni Voerkrale, a lamb farm in the Free State.

Ngcali Nomtshongwana has more than 15 years’ experience in natural resource management and community-private-public partnerships. He manages a programme that supports 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.

Dr Crispian Olver is founder and chief executive of Linkd Environmental Services. He has been actively involved in developing climate policy in South Africa and initiating actions by businesses and local government to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. He was recently appointed to the board of South African National Parks. 

Professor Coleen Vogel recently re-joined the University of the Witwatersand as a distinguished professor, after spending time at the University of Pretoria. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosch working on climate change adaptation and transdisciplinarity. She is a climatologist by training, but has increasingly worked in the social dimensions of climate change.  

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, responsible for environmental quality and protection as well as for the department’s climate change work. She was recently appointed to chair the board of South African National Parks.