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Meet Our Jury

Bo Frank, Lord Mayor of Växjö, Sweden, Vice-President of Energy Cities

With more than 45 years of experience in the field of environmental and climate change issues, Bo Frank is the Lord Mayor of Växjö, Sweden, the Greenest City in Europe, and Vice-President of Energy Cities. He is passionate about the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and fossil fuel free Växjö. In his free time, Bo enjoys listening to the Beatles and drives a Kia Hybrid.

Dr. Tom Mitchell, Chief Strategy Officer, EIT Climate-KIC

With 15 years’ experience of working on climate change policy and research, Dr. Tom Mitchell has a PhD in climate and disaster risk management and has published widely on climate resilience. Before joining EIT Climate-KIC, Tom led the climate change team at the Overseas Development Institute, supported UN policy on disaster risk reduction and served as a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Janet Nyamusi, Project Manager Kenya National Cleaner Production Center (KNCPC)

Janet is an environment, climate change and project management expert at the Kenya National Cleaner Production Center. She has implemented various climate and environmental projects for international organizations such as UNEP or UNIDO, in particular on the Switch Africa Green Initiative. Her area of expertise ranges from women focus climate change initiatives to resource efficient and cleaner production, sustainable finance, waste management, and chemical safety among others. Janet holds a Bachelor on Environmental Science and a Master of Climate Change and Sustainability of the Kenyatta University, Nairobi.

Margarita Parra, Board of Directors, Sustainable and Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT)

Margarita is an international expert on sustainable mobility with a focus on the Global South. Trained as an engineer with a masters in Environmental Engineering and a diploma in Sustainable Development, Margarita has worked for two decades in Latin America, China, India, and the United States to reduce local air pollution and global carbon emissions. Most recently, she was part of the Hewlett Foundation and managed the low carbon transport portfolio of their Global Climate Initiative. Currently she is an independent consultant and supports NGOs efforts in the integration of electric mobility and equity. Margarita also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable and Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT) and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.

Dr. Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Vera is the Head of Division International Cooperation on Environment, Energy and Cities, and Cooperation with OECD Countries in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Prior to this she held positions as the Head of Division of International Relations and Protocol in the Minister’s staff, as policy advisor and Personal Secretary to the Federal Minister of Environment. Before entering the Ministry, Vera worked inter alia as a lawyer in an international law firm, as a consultant for UNESCO in Paris and as a research assistant specialising in International and European Environmental Law at the Humboldt University in Berlin.