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Meet our panel of expert judges for 2018...

The 2018 judging panel features executives from some of the leading corporate, NGO, media and academic institutions. Together, their combined wealth of experience will make for an in-depth judging experience to ensure we showcase the best responsible business strategies on the night!

Richard Ellis
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Richard Ellis

VP, Corporate Social Responsibility

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Richard has spent the past 35 years working for a range of Companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda.

The early part of his career was spent in Banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s. After this involvement he held CSR related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace and ran his own CSR consultancy for five years.

In 2003 he joined Boots and became responsible for all the Company’s CSR activities. Following the merger between Boots and Alliance UniChem and the subsequent Private Equity Buy Out he was appointed Director of CSR.

2014 saw the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance following the merger between Walgreens in the USA and Alliance Boots. He now has responsibility for CSR globally for this new enterprise.

Christine Diamente
Nokia

Christine Diamente

Head of Brand Strategy

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Christine Diamente is Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia, a role she has held since January 2016. Previously, she was Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent (2011-15) where under her leadership, the company was ranked “best in class” for its sustainability performance by key rating agencies including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, GeSI, EcoVadis and SocGen. The company was also the recipient of industry awards for its brand and digital communications.

Prior to this, Christine held other leadership roles including Director of Corporate Relations where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions.

Christine has served on industry boards including ex-officio member of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, founding member and Chair of the Telecoms Industry Dialogue for Human Rights (now GNI) and Board Member of European Internet Foundation (EIF). Today she is a Board member of Ethical Corporation advising them on their sustainability activities, chairing panels at their annual conference and presiding their awards judging since June 2015.

Graduating with a Master's in the History of Technology and International Relations and a B.A in History and International Politics from the University of Ottawa, Christine also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.

Oliver Balch
The Guardian

Oliver Balch

Journalist

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Oliver Balch is a UK-based writer and journalist, specialising on the role of business in society. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and has written for Ethical Corporation for over a decade. He is author of a number of travelogues and is currently studying for a PhD in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University.

David Grayson
Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University

David Grayson

Director

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David Grayson, C.B.E. is director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University. David joined Cranfield as director of the new Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007, after a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in more than 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and serving as a joint managing-director of Business in the Community.

David has an Honorary Dotorate of Law from London South Bank University and was a visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (2005-10);

He has served on various charity and public sector boards over the past 20 plus years. These have included the boards of the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales' Innovation Trust and the Strategic Rail Authority.

He chaired the National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board; in each case appointed by the Major Government and re-appointed by the Blair administration.

He is currently chairman of the national charity Carers UK championing the role of 6.5million Britons caring for a loved one; and is a former chairman of one of the UK's larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing 21(www.housing21.co.uk) during which the organisation made corporate history by becoming the first-ever not-for-profit successfully to acquire a publicly quoted group of companies. David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.

The Guardian has recently named David as one of the top ten tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook - CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook's COO and Kumi Naidoo - the Heed of Greenpeace International.

Aris Vrettos
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Aris Vrettos

Director of Open Programmes

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Aris is responsible for CISL’s open executive education programmes where he helps companies understand the implications and possibilities that sustainability creates for business. He is the global director for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) which trains approximately 150 leaders from some of the world’s most influential organisations on global sustainability trends every year. Aris also contributes to CISL’s work on low-carbon transition, resource security, sustainable finance and new business models.

He was previously a senior advisor at the pioneering think-tank AccountAbility working at the forefront of strategy, engagement, governance and innovation for sustainable business. He has collaborated with the IFC and the UN Global Compact to promote sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets, with particular focus in Brazil and India.

He is a trained economist and journalist and began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social tensions in Greece.

Natalie Chan
PIE Strategy Limited

Natalie Chan

Director and Principal Sustainability Consultant

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Natalie Chan is Director and Principal Sustainability Consultant of PIE Strategy Limited, a boutique consultancy that specialises in helping companies develop and integrate bespoke sustainability strategies and implementation frameworks that align with their businesses and brands.

Natalie has close to 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability management. She worked at the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels where she led the Group’s global strategy on corporate responsibility and sustainability. Reporting to the CEO, Natalie worked with HSH’s management teams around the world in setting up the sustainability function and devising the Group’s long-term vision for sustainable luxury. In her five-year tenure with HSH, she led the Group to become a Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Pioneer and part of CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the region in 2014.

Prior to HSH, Natalie was with Swire Pacific Group, managing group‐level corporate responsibility policies and strategies. Swire is one of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies, with diversified interests in five operating divisions: Property, Aviation, Beverages, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial. She also served as Hong Kong staffer at APEC Business Advisory Council during her tenure with Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a quasi-government body promoting external trade for Hong Kong.

Krina Amin
Ethical Corporation

Krina Amin

Head of Strategy

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Krina Amin is Head of Strategy at Ethical Corporation, a role she has held since March 2014. She has been spearheading EC’s flagship Responsible Business Series in New York, London and California and has worked with the CEOs from Nespresso, Telefonica 02, Virgin Atlantic, Steelcase, KEMET Corp, Odeon Cinemas, Heathrow, Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Krina is currently leading the US expansion of the business to grow the EC brand presence, increase its customer base and diversify its product portfolio.

Before joining Ethical Corporation, Krina worked for the legal arm of Thomson Reuters and various law firms. She has a degree in Law and German from Queen Mary, University of London and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Outside of work, Krina is a figurative artist. Her website is www.krinaamin.com

Liam Dowd
Ethical Corporation

Liam Dowd

Managing Director

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Liam is the Managing Director at Ethical Corporation and has spent the past 7 years working across multiple functions within the Ethical Corp team and parent company FCBI.

Liam is a fully qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has over 10 years’ experience working within the marketing profession. The first few years was spent working in a medical organisation, assisting in the execution of the membership marketing and PR communications.

In 2010 he joined Ethical Corporation to head up the marketing and management of the Ethical Corporation Magazine. Over the years Liam has assisted in the development of ‘Sister-Brands’ within FCBI that have become $1 million businesses within 3 years of being established.

As the Managing Director of Ethical Corporation he’s helped oversee 3 of the most successful events in Ethical Corp's history - including the relaunch of the global Responsible Business Series in the US. He's tasked with ensuring Ethical Corporation becomes the platform where companies can learn and showcase how to transform to new a purpose and impact driven business strategy.

Liam has a passion and belief that brands have the power and means to create a more responsible and sustainable environment – both in business and society.

Terry Slavin
Ethical Corporation

Terry Slavin

Editor

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Terry Slavin is editor of Ethical Corporation. Previously, she had worked on business and sustainability issues for many years as a freelance writer and commissioning editor on Guardian Sustainable Business and Green Futures magazine. She has a special interest in climate and energy, water and development issues.

Javette Hines
Citi

Javette Hines

Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability

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IlLonka (Javette) Hines is Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability at Citi. Javette leads Citi’s efforts to ensure the consideration and inclusion of diverse firms within Citi’s sourcing practices. Additionally, she is responsible for working across the firm with sourcing and business units to align supplier selection efforts with Citi’s 10 year $100B Climate initiative and 5 year Sustainability Strategy.

Supplier Div Citi

Javette has over 20 years of experience in procurement, leadership, diversity, contracts, and management. Prior to joining Citi, Javette worked at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) where her responsibilities included: recruitment of supply chain talent, management of US and global sourcing activities, globalization of the supplier diversity program, strategic planning, and software & technical services sourcing.

Javette is passionate about her work in the supply chain, as well as her efforts to focus on leadership development and capacity building. She continues to work with peers and various organizations to develop capacity among MWBEs and works with several HBCUs and the Institute of Supply Management to mentor students currently in the supply chain area and legal field. She also supports mentoring excellence via high school students associated with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s ASCEND  as well as the L.I.F.E. Program via The Links, Incorporated.

Javette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Javette is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) and a member of the New York and GA State Bar Associations. She represents Citi on several Boards, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women Presidents Educational Organization (WPEO). Javette is Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a number of other civic and community organizations who support and encourage a more strategic plan and path to global sustainable living and inclusion. 

Chris Thomas
Sierra Club

Chris Thomas

Chief Strategy Officer

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Chris Thomas is Chief Innovation Officer at the Sierra Club. His main focus is on engaging the Club’s current and future members and supporters through technology, and on how interactive virtual environments enable real-world change. Before this, he ran the Digital Products Program at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. Chris has held leadership roles in both tech startups and Fortune 500 companies including Elle Magazine, The International Herald Tribune (now The International New York Times), Alstom, Joost, Oracle, and Eurovision. A dual American/French national, Chris has extensive experience in technology, media strategy and production in both the United States and in Europe.

Francis West
Shift

Francis West

Business Learning Program Director

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As the Director of Shift’s Business Learning Program, Francis oversees our work providing expert advice to a select group of companies that are serious about human rights. Shift is committed to using the knowledge that we help generate to build broader understanding of the practical application of the UN Guiding Principles and this is a key area of Francis’ responsibilities.

Prior to joining Shift, Francis helped establish Unicef UK’s Child Rights and Business Unit. His role included providing strategic advice to businesses to integrate child rights into their human rights due diligence processes. A major project involved working directly with a multinational hotel chain to support a human rights impact assessment in Mexico, including interviews with over 300 hotel employees and their children.

Francis also led Unicef UK’s advocacy towards the UK Government on the application of the UN Guiding Principles into law and public policy. A central part of this work was policy development and advocacy related to the UK’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights and on the Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Transparency Requirement.

Having worked at Save the Children and Malaria Consortium, Francis has experience of partnering with businesses in the international development context and particularly with those within the pharmaceutical sector. At the UK’s technology trade body, he worked alongside major UK tech firms to design and deliver public affairs strategies targeting both parliament and the civil service and helped develop industry consensus on relevant standards and practices.

As a member of the FTSE4Good Criteria Committee, a Board Director at the CORE Coalition (the leading UK civil society network on corporate accountability) and formerly a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative’s NGO caucus, he has experience working in coalition with a variety of sectors.

Francis is fluent in Spanish having worked in Colombia for more than three years with teenagers from contrasting ends of the economic spectrum, at a bilingual school and at an NGO that housed and educated teenage orphans. His experience in Colombia stimulated his interest in the effects of insecurity and inequality in emerging economies and particularly of the variable role of the private sector in these contexts. During a subsequent MSc in International Security and Development, he wrote his thesis on the role of corporate social responsibility in post-conflict zones. Francis also has a BA (Hons) in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a British national.

Helle Bank Jørgensen
B.Accountability

Helle Bank Jørgensen

CEO

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Janice Lao
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Janice Lao

Director - Corporate and Sustainability

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