Erick Gonzalo Palomares Rodríguez, he is the coordinator of the evaluation process of the 2nd edition of the Transformative Cities Award. He has a PhD in Government and Public Administration, Complutense University, Madrid, and Master in Development, Innovation and Change, University of Bologna, Italy. He is currently visiting researcher at the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Copenhagen and Research Associate for the Transformative Cities Award and the Atlas of Utopias, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam.
Meena Menon is an activist, researcher and writer. Meena worked as a full-time organizer with a left-wing party for 20 years. After leaving the party, she continued to work as a full-time trade union organizer, for 25 years. She was Vice President at GKSS union (Mill Workers Action Committee), Mumbai. She was India country coordinator with the Asian policy group Focus on the Global South, and briefly worked as a consultant with the UNDP. She was part of the core organizing team of the World Social Forum process in India. Meena is a Senior Consultant with Action Aid in India, as part of which she helped to set up an urban policy group, a network for labor organizations working with informal labor. She founded a policy practitioners school called Urban Action School. Meena’s areas of work include labour, urbanization, housing, alternative regionalisms, peace and security, and new politics. She is co-author of the book, One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices – The Mill Workers of Girangaon – An Oral History. The book was shortlisted for two national awards, and the Marathi version won two state awards.
Dr. Vivek Monteiro is a member of the executive committee of the All India People’s Science Network and worked on a number of science-related issues which have become important on the national agenda. He works as a principal advisor to Navnirmiti, a self-reliant social enterprise working for universalization of quality education for all. Navnirmiti has a special focus on mathematics and science education. Navnirmiti makes continuous innovations in educational tools, toys, puzzles, hardware, software. It works to implement the quality mandate of the Right to Education Act and the NCF 2005, of quality education ”for equality of outcomes”. Vivek obtained his B. Sc. in Physics and Maths from the University of Bombay after studying in Xavier’s College, Bombay (1966-68) and Dhempe College, Goa (1964-66). He obtained his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in 1974 and his masters in physics from the California Institute of Technology (1968-70).
Sam Cossar-Gilbert is the International Program Coordinator for Economic Justice and Resisting Neoliberalism at Friends of the Earth International. He is hosted by Friends of the Earth Australia. Before joining Friends of the Earth International, Sam worked in environmental and social justice movements for over a decade, as a trade union organizer, trainer in citizen media and an activist with the Australian Student Environment Network. He was part of the Take the Square media collective working with the Indignados and Occupy movements. Most recently Sam was an environmental justice campaigner with Friends of Earth Australia focusing on harmful trade deals. Twitter: @samcossar
Satoko Kishimoto is an activist researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI), a research and advocacy NGO based in Amsterdam. She is Japanese and was active as an environmental activist in the youth environmental movement in Japan in the 1990s. She has conducted joint research on the trend towards remunicipalisation in the water sector and other public services and published the book Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation (2015) and Reclaiming Public Services : How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation (2017). In 2016, TNI started the Public Alternatives project, for which she currently serves as a coordinator, under the Economic Justice programme. Transformative cities is one of the initiatives of the Public Alternatives project.
Eri Trinurini Adhi holds a bachelor’s degree from Bogor Agriculture University in Indonesia and a Doctoral degree in agriculture from Georg August University, Germany. She has more than 20 years experience working with international development agencies, NGOs and consulting firms as well as working with the community. Her strengths are community development, project design and project management. She is currently working for the Self-Reliance Foundation (Yayasan Bina Swadaya) in Indonesia, a social enterprise working on community development and poverty alleviation. Besides, she is a vice coordinator of the ASEAN Solidarity Economy Council in Indonesia.
David Fig is a South African environmental sociologist, political economist, and activist. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and specializes in questions of energy, the extractive industries, and corporate accountability. He chairs the board of Biowatch South Africa, which is concerned with food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture, and works closely with various environmental justice non-government organizations. Recent research on the South African sugar industry contributed to the announcement of a tax on sugary soft drinks in 2017. David was recently part of an international team advising the Vietnamese congressional committee on science and technology on the full costs of nuclear. He is a member of the steering committee of the African Uranium Alliance serving communities affected by uranium mining and the rest of the nuclear fuel chain. Recent publications include work on environmental rights, nuclear procurement, nuclear waste, shale gas, the Biowatch case against Monsanto, asbestos, and poverty/development in the Karoo region of South Africa.
Tom Henfrey is Senior Researcher at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems in Bristol, UK. His work combines research and practice on how autonomous human groups self-organize for sustainability, social justice, equity and resilience. He is active in permaculture and Transition, is a worker-director in several small enterprises supporting community-based action for resilience, and is an elected Council member for ECOLISE, the European network of community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change.