Erick Gonzalo Palomares Rodríguez is the coordinator of the evaluation process 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.
David Ngige Muguro is the Group Secretary of Dajopen Waste Management, which was incubated by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural and Technologies. He is also a Manor House Agricultural Centre short courses trainee. He has vast experience in Organic farming, Agro ecology farming, Agroforestry farming and waste recycling. A social enterprise trainer in charge of community Research, production and Marketing of Agricultural recycled products in Kitale Kenya, he is also a member of North Rift Regional centre of expertise headquartered at University of Eldoret. He a member of Africa Centre of Regional Expertise and Global Regional Centre of expertise, and has won several Agricultural and Environmental Awards in the past 8 years. Lastly, David is a practicing organic kitchen gardening farmer who trains other small scale farmers.
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.
Akinbode Matthew Oluwafemi is part of the evaluators team appointed by Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FOEN), the organisation that won the water category in the 2019 edition of the Transformative Cities Award.
Akinbode is a consummate grassroots campaigner and media strategist with over two decades experience in journalism, social justice, environment, development, public relations and social marketing. He is currently the Deputy executive director of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) — Nigeria’s foremost environmental rights advocacy group. Among other campaign roles, Oluwafemi heads ERA/FoENs Tobacco Control and Water Campaigns. He has been involved at various capacities in tobacco control initiatives nationally and internationally.
Oluwafemi is a premier winner of the Bloomberg Award for Global Tobacco Control. He currently leads the Our Water, Our Right movement challenging water privatization plans in Lagos and across Nigeria. Before joining ERA/FoEN, Oluwafemi was a journalist with The Guardian, Nigeria’s leading national newspaper. As a journalist, he participated actively in the press freedom struggles during the despotic rule of the late General Sani Abacha.
Marcela Olivera is a water commons organizer based in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Since 2004 she has been developing and consolidating an inter-American citizens’ network on water justice named Red VIDA. She sits on the coordinating committee of the Platform for Public and Community Partnerships of The America (PAPC). Since 2019, she has been working as the regional coordinator for the Blue Planet Project.
Adriana Allen is the President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL). Originally from Argentina, Adriana has over 30 years of international experience in research, pedagogy, activism and advisory and capacity-building undertakings in over 25 countries across the Global South. Through the lens of land, housing, risk, water, sanitation, food and health, her work adopts a justice and feminist perspective to look at the interface between everyday city-making practices and planned interventions and their capacity to generate transformative spaces, places and social relations. Her most recent collaborative books include: Untamed Urbanisms (2016), Environmental Justice and Resilience in the Global South (2017) and Urban Water Trajectories (2017) and Handbook of Urban Global Health (2019).
Yolande Hendler is the incoming Secretary General for the Habitat International Coalition. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and an MA in Global Studies from Leipzig University, Germany, focusing on organising approaches in transnational social movements. From 2014 to 2019 she worked with the Community Organisation Resource Centre and the South African Alliance of Slum Dwellers International, supporting the organising, learning and advocacy strategies of women’s habitat collectives and informal settlement networks in South Africa and beyond.
As scientific coordinator of the TRANSIT project Flor Avelino was one of the initiators of the Transformative Social Innovation Manifesto. As the academic director of the Transition Academy, Flor strives to co-create new learning environments to challenge people to think and act for radical, transformative change.
Álvaro Puertas, Architect and Master in Sustainable Development with a focus on habitat rights and the social and environmental aspects of sustainable development. Carer oriented to promoting public awareness of habitat issues and the impacts of sustainable development processes on urban and rural environments and the habitat rights of local communities and disadvantaged groups. Current General Secretary of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) the global network for rights related to habitat. Through solidarity, networking and support for social movements and organizations, HIC struggles for social justice, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and works in the defence, promotion and realization of human rights related to housing and land in both rural and urban areas (http://www.hic-net.org/).
A TNI Fellow since 1986, Hilary Wainwright is a sociologist who earned her BPhil from Oxford University. She works as an independent activist-researcher and journalist. She is a founding editor of Red Pepper.
A socialist feminist activist, with strong connections to the labour movement, Hilary has been a long-time advocate of participatory democracy. She served as Deputy Economic Advisor to Ken Livingstone at the Greater London Council from 1982, where she founded the Popular Planning Unit of the Greater London Council. In 2017, she was invited to join the UK Labour Party’s ‘Community Wealth Building Commission’, involving inter alia trade unions, cooperatives, community organisations and progressive municipal representatives. Its mission was to build on the positive experience of Preston Council using public procurement to protect and improve local jobs, advance community well-being, and strengthen democratic control. Participatory democracy for community wealth building has been the red thread throughout Hilary’s activist life. She has documented resurgent democratic movements in many countries, analysing the lessons for progressive politics.