YRE International Jury
Christopher Slaney is a freelance journalist and television news producer with thirty-five years experience, much of it in the Middle East and Africa. He started out as a television news cameraman when stations shot film which needed processing in a lab, editing was a skill involving scissors and glue, and getting stories on air when satellites were still a novelty often meant finding airline crew who would carry a spool of film to London or Paris. In 1990 he covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison as a live transmission and thus began a new career producing live coverage of major news events. Notable credits include the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat returning to Gaza, US presidential elections and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Since 1998 he has worked mainly for the Associated Press, the world's global news agency but still welcomes the chance to use a camera and was recently in northern Iraq for PBS fliming a report on the Yazidi and Kurdish communities.
Mari Nishimura is an Associate Programme Officer in the Cities and Lifestyles Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE Paris Office). She supports activities relating to Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) including research projects on what constitutes a sustainable lifestyle through the lens of a city level intervention and targeting youth-today’s consumers and tomorrow’s decision makers. She leads the education part of the SLE activities, responding to the need for new cultural and educational models to foster a new generation of citizens that integrate sustainability in their personal and professional choices. She also works on developing innovative tools to educate, communicate and learn about sustainable consumption. Before joining UNEP in 2015, she worked in public policy and advisory at the European Union level covering issues related to Fluorinated gases such as HFCs as well as at the global level relating to Ozone Depleting Substances such as HCFCs regulated by the Montreal Protocol. She has lived in Japan, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and France and her languages include: Japanese, English, Spanish and French.
Julie Saito is a Programme Specialist of Communication in the Section of Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. She started her 20-year journalistic career as Television coordinator for Nippon Television in New York and NBC News in Tokyo, which brought her an Emmy Award in 1986 as Associate Producer of KNBC’s production “Ring of Fire,” a series of stories on earthquake preparedness in Japan. After receiving her M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, USA, she worked for Japanese daily, Asahi Shimbun, as staff writer for 16 years. She joined UNESCO in 2007 as attaché de Press for the Director-General. Ms. Saito was born in Tokyo and has lived many years abroad: Bangkok, Nairobi, New York, Lyon (France) and currently in Paris.
As a Copenhagen-based Nordic correspondent, Clemens Bomsdorf contributes to media as Focus, Sonntagszeitung and The Art Newspaper. From 2012 to 2014 he was employed at The Wall Street Journal as Denmark correspondent. Nowadays, he covers Denmark including Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well as Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Over the years, he has interviewed several heads of governments and states as well as CEOs of large corporations. Bomsdorf travelled to the arctic to report on climate change and visited the Biennale in Venice to have a look at Nordic artists’ representation. Clemens Bomsdorf, born in Cologne, Germany, attended the journalism school and the university in his hometown and got an MSc. degree from Stockholm School of Economics / Handelshögskolan i Stockholm. He has been a member of the correspondents’ network Weltreporter since its founding year 2004. In 2015, he received the Norwegian-German Willy-Brandt-award, which earlier had been given to Egon Bahr, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jostein Gaarder as well as Jan Garbarek.
Torvald Jacobsson is a senior advisor and expert with over 20 years experience from a multitude of areas within the sustainability field: business, science, film/TV production, art/entertainment, education and policy. He was Head of Scientific Research for the award-winning international documentary and TV-series “The Planet” on Earth System Science and Global Change. Since 2014, Torvald Jacobsson serves as the Founding Director of TheGoals.org, a new crowd-learning web platform for affordable mobile devices, covering the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals for young learners and distributed in collaboration with the World Organization of the Scouts Movement, FEE and other international and national partners. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ National Committee for Geography.
Pedro Marcelino is an award-winning Toronto-based documentary film producer and director, currently releasing his first full-length feature, When They Awake. Pedro's involvement with YRE started in 1995, as one of the first-ever students to participate in an international mission (Mission Antarctica). He later mentored students in Mission Azores and Mission Algarve, hosted by YRE Portugal. Over the last decade, he has collaborated with FEE and YRE in various events, and has produced the new YRE video tutorials and handbooks. Having started his career as a reporter in his school paper, he later became a photo reporter in Germany, and soon after an international correspondent and editor with a leading Chinese magazine, where he would focus on urban planning and the politics of urban space. A graduate in International Politics and International Development, he has worked all around the world with various governments, and with institutions such as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the International Organization for Migration, on issues related to identity, migration, and security. An author with a dozen titles to his name, Pedro is currently a full-time filmmaker.
Mayra is a Salvadoran photographer with an academic background in Civil Engineering, masters in Design and International Commerce. Her work close to indigenous communities in underdeveloped areas in Latin America and India, has made a tremendous impact on the career as a photographer by conveying the message through the human factor in her body of work. Her experience in photography helped her to present, more artistically, the work of artisans around Latin America, a path she chosen to follow becoming a consultant in artisan production and commerce. It gave her the opportunity to see her dreams of empowerment and development in small rural communities to become true. Her photographic journey started with her father, an enthusiast for photographic technology; still she was the one doing the experiments and going beyond the rules. She now works at her studio located in Copenhagen and exhibits her work focusing on women issues in Latin America, India and Denmark.
Boris Šušmak is currently employee of the company Luka Koper. He previously served as an assistant lecturer on Business Informatics at the Faculty of Management in Koper. In the year 2013 was nominated as the Slovenian CIO of the year. In his free time he is an enthusiastic National Blue flag coordinator for more than 15 years and a member of the DOVES-FEE Slovenia Management board. He is also a passionate dancer, but in a special field of folk dancing; He is active in the Folklore association VAL Piran and he is responsible for financial and entertainment part of the international folklore festival MIFF held in Piran, Slovenia, for more than 15 years. He has a Bachelor degree in Economics (Organization and Management) and a Scientific Master Degree on Business Information Management. He speaks Slovenian, Italian, English, Croatian and Serbian language. In the year 2015 was elected as a FEE Board Member.
Antti Kaartinen is a communications expert currently working as a Press Officer at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. During his five years at the EEA, he has developed a line of visual communication products, including infographics, for the Agency as well as managed its social media outreach. Before joining the EEA, Antti Kaartinen worked at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in Copenhagen and in New York, as a speechwriter for the Executive Director and in other functions. Antti Kaartinen holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Turku, Finland.