Our judging process


Our judges are a diverse and international group of foresight experts, activists, users, innovators and commissioners. They have been invited to join the judging panels due to their deep committment to the values of the Awards, and beacuse of their sense of adventure in supporting the next generation. You can read more about individual judges below.

We have a three-stage process for judging.

  • Step 1 – Sifting. All applications are sifted by a team from SOIF to ensure that they are complete, meet the basic criteria (word length, length of video) and to make sure that we have everything we need to assess the application.
  • Step 2 – Round 1 of judging. Next, all applications that pass the sift enter into a first round of judging. Each award is judged by a minimum of five judges. We ask judges to declare where they know applicants to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. Scores from the judges are normalised and the top applicants are taken through to Round 2 of judging.
  • Step 3 – Round 2 of judging. A second round of judging takes place where entries are judged by a new set of judges. Each application is judged by a minimum of seven judges. At this stage we may take up references for shortlisted applicants, and/or invite applicants to a short interview. The latter would only take place where the scores are incredibly close.
  • Optional Step 4. Where necessary, a final review panel may be convened for each of the Main Award categories, or for the Walkabout Prizes.

Winners and awardees will be notified when judging closes in July and prior to public announcement.

All applicants will receive feedback on their application. However, the level of feedback will depend on how far through the judging process the application progresses, and how much feedback is shared by individual judges.

Our judges

We're working hard to get our judging panel ready for this years' awards. Stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, we would like to say a massive thank you to our fabulous and supportive panel of judges from 2019.

Aarathi Krishnan

Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Anita Sykes-Kelleher

Co-Founder, The Centre for Australian Foresight

Arthur Muliro

Deputy Managing Director, Society for International Development

Banning Garrett

Faculty, Singularity University

Cat Tully

Director & Founder, School of International Futures

Daniel Dobos

Co-president of the gluoNNet association

Danièle Rechard

Head of Global Trends Unit and Member of ESPAS, European Parliamentary Research Service

David Snowden

Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Edward Walekwa

Strategic Communications and Systems Thinking Specialist

Fátima Azevedo

Advisor, Office for Economic Policy and International Affairs, Ministry of Finance

Geci Karuri-Sebina

Director, Southern African Node of the Millennium Project

Guillermina Benavides Rincon

Professor and Director of the master’s degree of Strategic Foresight at the School of Government and Public Transformation at Tecnológico de Monterrey

Jan Bezuidenhout

Senior Manager at EY Advisory

Jane Davidson

Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

John Sweeney

Assistant Prof. Narxoz University, Director QRIFS

Jose Manuel Roche

Head of Research, Save the Children UK

Marius Oosthuizen

Member of faculty, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Mathew Burrows

Director, Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative, Atlantic Council, Washington DC

Monica Mendez

Strategic thinker specialist in Mexican public sector

Moutaz Al Riyami

Executive Director in Petroleum Development Oman

Peter Glenday

Programme and Research Director, School of International Futures

Peter Bishop

Executive Director, Teach the Future

Peter van de Pol

Project Manager Joint Program Local Governance Somalia at UNDP

Puruesh Chaudhary

Founder and President AGAHI, Founder Foresight Lab

Prabhat Ranjan

Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Pune, India

Ricardo Borges de Castro

Adviser on Strategic Foresight, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Richard Sandford

Professor, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

Riel Miller

Head of Futures Literacy, UNESCO

Roger Dennis

Serendipity Architect

Rosemarie Forsythe

Former Director, International Strategy, Exxon Mobil Corporation; former Director, Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs, US National Security Council

Stuart Candy

Associate Professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design

Sultan Khair

Partner, Al-Bayan Investments Firm

Tom Burin

Strategic Foresight & Warning expert at Belgian Defense

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