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.
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.
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.
Wrigley Company Foundation and Corporate Citizenship
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.
Constant CJ Brand is a journalist with nearly 20 years of experience in communications currently working as a Press Officer at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. During his two years at the EEA, he has helped to improve media coverage of key Agency work on climate change impacts and adaptation, air pollution and the circular economy as well as bolster the Agency’s profile on social media. He previously worked as a Press Officer at NATO in Brussels and prior to that was a staff reporter for the Associated Press and The Economist Group’s the European Voice covering European Union, NATO, UN and other news events across Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg based in Brussels. Constant Brand holds a Master’s degree in European Studies, Politics and Administration from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science (Honours) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Garrette Clark leads UN Environment's activities to support a shift to sustainable lifestyles and education. No matter how we make lifestyle choices, the lifestyles we live meet our needs, determine our well-being and quality of life AND have a profound impact on the planet and the people around us. Our consumption habits increasingly are putting natural resources at risk - polluting the air we breathe, emitting greenhouse gas emissions and not necessarily meeting our needs nor making us happy. The sheer amount of stuff we use everyday in many parts of the world has shot up, while in other areas, many people still struggle to meet basic needs. As populations grow, the middle class expands and incomes rise, these trends will continue. We need to find a way to live well and live light. Living sustainably is also about governments and businesses enacting policies and designing goods and services that guide and offer more (or only) sustainable options. In most cases, the highest environmental impacts happen at points in the life cycle stages of design and production - long before they reach the consumer. In the face of marketing that promotes a ‘more is better’ model, our activities also look at providing real aspirational messaging that is aligned with people’s needs and desires, within the carrying capacity of the planet. UN Environment carries out research, pilot projects and campaigns to promote and make sustainable lifestyles more actionable.
Garrette has over 20 years of experience of working in developing and emerging economies with the private sector on issues such as sustainable product design and eco-innovation. She has a Public Policy Masters Degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Smith College.
Sasha Karajovic has been a member of the non-governmental organization "ECOM – Environmental Consultancy of Montenegro" since 2001, and at the end of 2002 he became the coordinator of international projects in this NGO.
Sasha started Blue Flag in 2003 and YRE in 2008. The last two years he has been engaged in launching the Green Key programme. In addition, Sasha is executive director of ECOM.
Parallel to activities in the NGO, he is also a journalist - an associate of the local public radio service Kotor.
Sasha is working for ECOM on a fully volunteer base and in his professional life, as an expert, he has more than 25 years of experience in spatial and urban planning; environmental, nature and cultural heritage protection and coastal area management.
Sasha is also a multi-year consultant to ministries and several municipalities in Montenegro for the field of planning and environmental protection, as well as international organisations UNDP, GIZ and ERM.