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.
Amine Ahlafi is an architect, an expert in Environment and sustainable development fields, a coach and auditor in Eco labeling and sustainable tourism. He has over 15 years experience in this domain.
In 2010, he founded “2D dama” his consultancy company for international and national organisations (public, private and NGOs). He is also a development Adviser for FEE Morocco The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, and a member of the national steering committee of FEE programmes in Morocco.
Since becoming a member of the FEE Board of Directors in 2012, Amine has tried to introduce a different approach fed by his Moroccan multicultural context and inspired by a mix of Mediterranean, Arabic and African cultures and to consolidate the action and the development for the YRE programme. He is the president of the YRE International Jury.