Judges

Our 12 judges are from a wide spectrum of movements representing regenerative design, permaculture, food sovereignty, transition, biomimicry and eco-village networks. We aim for a gender mix, and representatives from around the world. Each prize cycle a ‘Lush Customer Judge’ and ‘Lush Staff Judge’ are also selected to act as additional independent members of the judging panel.

For 2021 we also have 5 judges for the Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Award, and 5 judges for the Youth in Permaculture Prize.

Million Belay

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Million Belay has worked for over two decades on issues relating to inter-generational learning of bio-cultural diversity, sustainable agriculture, the right of local communities to seed and food sovereignty.

He currently coordinates the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa – a network of major networks in Africa – and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Million is a founder of ‘MELCA – Ethiopia’, an NGO working on issues of agroecology, inter-generational learning, advocacy and livelihood improvement of local and indigenous peoples.

Million’s main interest is now advocacy around food sovereignty, learning among generations, knowledge dialogues and the use of participatory mapping for social learning, identity building and mobilization of memory for resilience.

He has a PhD in environmental learning, a MsC in tourism and conservation, and BsC in Biology.

Jessie Doyle

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Jessie Doyle is a member of the Lush UK Customer Care Team and will act as a 2021 Lush staff judge on the Spring Prize panel.

Based in Ireland, Jessie has been involved in environmentalism in various forms for several years – having graduated with a Masters degree in Climate Change, Politics and Media in DCU and having been involved in climate activism with Young Greens in her city.

Jess is particularly interested in research methods and media communications, specifically around how environmentalism is communicated to a wider audience.

I am very honoured to be a part of the Lush Spring Prize judging panel and look forward to this amazing event!

David Holmgren

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David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in 1978.

David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, writer and speaker promoting permaculture as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism.

His other key publications include

  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002)
  • Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009)
  • RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018)
  • Our Street (2020)

Claire Janisch

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Claire Janisch is the founding Director of BiomimicrySA and LearnBiomimicry.

As a Biomimicry Professional, Claire spends her time exploring nature’s genius in diverse ecosystems and shares this new way of viewing and valuing nature through biomimicry expeditions and coaching– teaching and training professionals, students and scholars.

She also dives deeper into research for companies and organisations – translating nature’s innovation and sustainability principles for the design of new products, processes and systems.

Claire has a MSc Chem-Engineering in Industrial Ecology and is both a graduate of and has been a lead trainer for the Biomimicry Professional Certificate Program offered by ‘Biomimicry 3.8’.

Tomás de Lara

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Tomás de Lara is the co-founder and co-lead at Ciudades+B / Cities CAN B – an international movement of citizens committed to the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is a board member of Sistema B Brasil (B Corps Movement); an advisory board member of CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council For Sustainable Development); a board member and chief sustainability officer at Estância do Chalé (Agribusiness located in the south of Brazil); and a co-founding curator of Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre’s Hubs of Global Shapers Community from the World Economic Forum.

Tomás is a Responsible Leader at BMW Foundation global network and a member of Well Being Economy Alliance (WE All).

He is a specialist on collaborative, circular and sustainable economies, and an invited speaker and teacher at many universities and schools on the topic of sustainable development.

Dr Georgina McAllister

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Dr Georgina McAllister has worked in the humanitarian and development sectors in Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa since the early 1990s.

Co-founding UK NGO GardenAfrica in 2001, she has been co-designing and co-developing social-ecological programmes with civil society organisations and family farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This work has incorporated a focus on promoting regenerative agroecological farming practices and processes for human and agroecosystem health in politically, socially and ecologically fragile environments.

She has a particular interest in promoting more inclusive forms of community engagement and voice, within which the relationship between people and their environment is central to co-creating more durable and equitable outcomes.

George is an assistant professor in Stabilisation Agriculture at the Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (Coventry University).

Precious Phiri

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Precious Phiri is a training and development specialist in regenerative agriculture issues, an educator of Holistic management and a seasoned community organizer from Zimbabwe. She is a founder of EarthWisdom and IGugu Trust in Zimbabwe where she continues to inspire change.

She recently co-authored a miniguide book on how to create whole landscapes and whole communities using regenerative agriculture. This book will be used in the agroecology training series in Southern Africa through a regional partner; Seed and Knowledge Initiative.

Precious is a steering committee member and African Coordinator for Regeneration International. Her work currently focuses on training, network and awareness building on regenerative agriculture and its role in rejuvenating soils, reversing climate change, rebuilding communities and replenishing the fast dilapidating wealth of society values. She is also involved in inspiring policy change in the African continent through regional networks.

We are in the era of regeneration rising, and now more than ever do we need enabling platforms that will make this incredible vision soar. LUSH Spring Prize is one of the winds beneath the great wings of the regeneration movement globally

Filipa Pimentel

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Filipa Pimentel works for Transition Network – a small charity which aims to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities world-wide as they self-organise around the Transition model.

She is a Portuguese forest scientist by training. After 10 years working in EU Institutions and organisations related to sustainable development, she quit her job to dedicate herself fully to the Transition Movement.

Filipa now works as the International Coordinator of the Transition National Hubs, exploring with people all over the world how to develop the social infrastructure, collaborative culture and new forms of leadership capable of supporting a distributed movement for social change. She also acts as a bridge between Transition Network and the EU (and other Brussels-based organisations).

She is co-founder of a Transition Initiative in Portalegre, Portugal and initiator of AJUDADA, an experimental community empowerment international event, under the theme of gift economy.

I feel excited and interested to join the Lush Spring Prize judging panel, seeing this as an opportunity to contribute in a different way to the systemic change many of us are dreaming of.

Sarah Queblatin

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Sarah Queblatin is a regenerative design strategist – engaging in inclusive landscape leadership through awareness-based systems change.

For 15 years she has woven collective experiences in peace-building, cultural heritage, environmental education, and humanitarian assistance.

She is passionate about transforming the narrative of ‘disaster risk reduction’ (DRR) into a trauma-informed ‘design for resilience and regeneration’.

Sarah holds an advanced permaculture certificate with Aranya and Guilda Permaculture Institutes with a merit diploma from Blue Mountains Permaculture.

Sarah co-founded Green Releaf in the Philippines, serves as a regional representative for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) in Oceania and Asia, and is a member of Permaculture for Refugees, and Re-Alliance.

Asad Rehman

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Asad Rehman is the Executive Director of the radical anti-poverty and social justice charity War on Want, that works to achieve a vision of a just world, through their mission to fight against the root causes of poverty, inequality and human rights violations.

Asad is a leading climate justice activist whose work has helped to reframe the climate crisis as a crisis of neoliberal capitalism, inequality and racism, and is co-coordinator of the Global Green New Deal Project.

Over the last 35 years he has worked with many social movements (both globally and nationally), including the anti-racist movement, the alter-globalisation movement, and the anti-war movement.

Dr. Jeff Su

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Dr. Jeff Su is the Managing Director of nRhythm, a design and management firm that believes organizations are living systems that require a fundamentally different approach to the current mechanistic models.

Jeff has led a diverse and international career as an ecologist, academic, executive director, consultant and psychotherapist in the USA, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

Throughout his career he has applied systems thinking and holistic approaches to help organizations address the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time.

Jeff applies systems thinking to his own life experience and development through a dedicated Buddhist practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science and a graduate degree in Holistic Psychology.

Renata Yap

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Renata Yap will act as a 2021 Lush customer judge on the Spring Prize panel.

Renata is an aspiring city shaper who revels in taking part in projects that contribute to the liveability and sustainability of places.

Her passion has led her to a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, becoming a recipient of the Vision Environment award for environmental and coastal planning, whilst holding a key role in the first major expansion of Western Australia’s rail network, METRONET, and contributing to a wide range of local planning projects.

She is motivated to sustain our natural resources through innovation and is committed to achieving positive outcomes for current and future generations.

Ruth Andrade – Ancient & Indigenous Wisdom Award

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Originally from Brazil, Ruth grew up in a concrete jungle, amidst high-rise buildings, asphalt and pollution, witnessing first hand the destruction of the natural environment which prompted an early interest in the environmental issues and fueled a great passion for driving change.

Ruth started working for Lush in 2004 and soon became the head of environment at Lush, inspiring many environmental initiatives during that time. After a long hiatus, Ruth is now back to mainly work on three aims: lead brand strategy on regenerative impact, support organisational development based on living systems and help evolve our charitable giving strategies. She is passionate about how to transform business into a force of regeneration and to leverage the power of a global brand to do good.

Ruth has a masters in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. She is a Trustee and co-founder of Re.Alliance, a collective of practitioners bringing regenerative design to the humanitarian sector, a co-creator of Regenerosity, an initiative for finding, funding and learning from the planet’s most regenerative projects.

Ruth’s linkedin profile.

Simon Mitambo – Ancient & Indigenous Wisdom Award

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Simon Mitambo is an Earth Jurisprudence Practitioner and an expert of ancestral wisdom and cosmology.

He is a knowledge expert at the UN Harmony with Nature Initiative. He is a Co-Founder of the Society for Alternative Learning and Transformation and The Kithino Learning Centre; an emerging centre for animating, stimulating, awakening and nurturing regeneration of Nature and Culture in Kenya.

He is a Core Member of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives that seeks to create solidarity networks for alternatives. Simon works with African Biodiversity Network, coordinating program’s work across 12 African countries.

He possesses a graduate degree in Sociology and Linguistics from University of Nairobi.

 

Francis Shomet Olenaing’isa – Ancient & Indigenous Wisdom Award

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Francis Shomet Olenaing’isa is from the Maasai indigenous community in Ngorongor district which is situated in the world famous Serengeti Ecosystem.

Born 1st January 1956 in the now Serengeti national park, Francis is now a rural social development specialist and expert; having worked in the field among the rural maasai communities for over 39 years on programs which were financed by Austrian and Belgian governments respectively.

Francis is a cofounder of the first maasai NGO (founded in 1991), which set in motion the empowerment of the maassi to fend for their rights as well as endogenous development situated within the Nassau cultural system.

He is one of the cofounders and directors of a Pan African indigenous organization called Pan-African Living cultures Alliance which seeks to create a space for African indigenous communities to meet and develop collective strategies to address issues decolonization of cultural spaces and climate and livelihood challenges.

Anne Rammi – Ancient & Indigenous Wisdom Award

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Anne Rammi is an immigrant woman, artist, activist and mother of three. Born in Brazil, she was a member of several activist communities and movements, focused on social and environmental regeneration as a result of participatory processes.

With solid background in mobilization, campaigning and culture hacking, Anne is currently living in the United Kingdom and leading the Communications & Community area of Be The Earth Foundation, an organisation that combines diverse types of funding into local and regenerative ecosystems that pave the way for planetary regeneration.

Once a child that had small animals, plants and rocks as inspiration for imagination and learned from nature the language of belonging, she now dedicates her adult life into creating resilient change, based on collaboration, trust and affection.

Kerexu Yxapyry – Ancient & Indigenous Wisdom Award

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Kerexy Yxapyry is a Mbya Guarani leader and the coordinator of the Guarani Yvyrupa Commission – an organization that acts in territorial defence of the Guarani people who live in the Atlantic Forest region southern and southeastern Brazil.

Kerexu Yxapyry is also one of the main female leaders of the National Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), Brazil’s largest indigenous movement. In her trajectory, she has worked vigorously for the ratification of the Indigenous Land Morro dos Cavalos and in the field of education and environment.

She is an environmental manager who graduated from the UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina) and the founder of the Tataendy Rupa Training Center.

Lucy Anyango – Youth in Permaculture Prize

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Lucy Anyango (22) was raised and educated at OTEPIC-Tabasamu children’s home. After she finished her high school education, she volunteered with OTEPIC (Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Center ) in which she learned permaculture.

Recently she founded youth group organization Youth C.R.E.W (Cultivating Respect for the Environment and the World) which is supporting permaculture for children in Kitale, Kenya. Lucy is a trained teacher for kids and recently participated in a Syntropic Agroforestry professional training on Kenya’sRusinga Island.

Jonathan Jenkins – Youth in Permaculture Prize

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Jonathan “Jono” Jenkins and his team at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden and Forest have recently accredited the first Botanic Garden in Kenya.

He seeks to use this as a springboard to catalyse ecological restoration efforts in the region.

Jono has an interest in supporting Botanic Institution with their ecological restoration work, removing barriers and creating opportunities for further engagement in the (unfortunately) growing field of ecological repair.

He and his team at Brackenology were winners of the 2019 Youth in Permaculture Prize.

Ola Tom Lakere – Youth in Permaculture Prize

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Ola Tom Lakere is a twenty-year-old from Kitgum, Northern Uganda, where he runs permaculture trainings and regenerative agriculture projects in post-insurgent communities.

Heads a youth-in-permaculture community based organization as part of the international Permayouth Network.

Ola believes that the youth shouldn’t wait for better and sustainable communities to be handed over to them, but rather collectively create it themselves.Ola Tom was a 2020 Youth in Permaculture Prize winner.

Sierra Robinson – Youth in Permaculture Prize

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Sierra Robinson is a 19 year-old permaculture designer, teacher, animal and plant lover, avid environmental and social justice activist and land protector.

She has been practicing and learning about permaculture since she discovered it at the age of 8. Sierra is passionate about food and water security in the Quw’utsun’ (Cowichan) Valley, on Vancouver Island, Canada where she lives with her family on their permaculture farm.

She is neurodivergent, queer, and the co-founder of the Chasing Change youth-led media project, with the intention of inspiring, uplifting, and empowering people to take action through sharing regenerative ideas and solutions.

Shanti – Youth in Permaculture Prize

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Shanti (21 years old) has grown up surrounded by permaculture, and have absorbed it into her life and choices as much as she possibly can.

She loves trying to combine permaculture with creative practices. She enjoys circus, creating questionable music, and harvesting the wild delights of the land and fermenting them.