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All nominations that comply with the application requirements are being reviewed by a committee consisting of the jury chairman Bernward Geier, jury member Joseph Wilhelm and an organisation team. Out of the applications five finalists will be selected, that are automatically prizewinners. Each of the five selected persons will receive a certificate as well as 2.000 Euro price money.

The jury chairman visits the five finalists and their projects and writes a report about every finalist with very detailed information for the jury. The report serves as a basis for the final decision. The five finalists are selected at the end of February. The on - site visits to the finalists will be scheduled in April/May.

The OWA jury has to make a decision on the OWA winner. The jury makes this decision based on the available documentation and the report about the visit. This ensures that a wise and sound decision can be made. The jury chairman is not part of the decision making team to avoid possible conflicts of interest.

Vandana Shiva | India

Vandana Shiva was born in 1952. She studied in Canada where she received a doctorate in physics. After returning to India, she set up her own research lab (in her mother’s cowshed). Since the 1970s she has been an environmental activist and eco-feminist. She sees her work and struggle for the poor in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and was headlined in an interview on globalization in the leading German magazine Stern as the “Voice of the Poor”. She is a world wide authority on issues like biodiversity, seeds, genetic engineering, globalization and climate change.

Vandana Shiva is a member of the Club of Rome, one of the presidents of the International Forum on Globalization, president of the Future of Food Commission and Vice President of Slow Food. The Time Magazine named her one of the five “Heroes of the Green Century”. She has received numerous international awards and recognitions among others also the Right Livelihood Award.

Nnimmo Bassey | Nigeria

Nnimmo Bassey is a Nigerian environmentalist activist and poet, elected chair of Friends of the Earth International and Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action. He is one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2009. In 2010, Nnimmo Bassey was named co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize).
He was born on 11 June 1958. He qualified as an architect and practiced in the public sector for ten years. He became active on human rights issues in the 1980s as a member of the Board of Directors of Nigeria’s Civil Liberties Organisation. In 1993, he co-founded Environmental Rights Action (ERA), a Nigerian advocacy NGO, to deal with environmental human rights issues in the country.

His work as Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action in Nigeria and Chair of Friends of the Earth International (served as chair FoEI 2008-2012) has turned him into one of Africa’s leading advocates and campaigners for the environment and human rights. Indefatigably, Bassey has stood up against the practices of multinational corporations in his country and the environmental devastation they leave behind destroying the lives and ignoring the rights of the local population.
Since 1996, Bassey and Environmental Rights Action have led Oilwatch Africa and since 2006 have led also the global South network, Oilwatch International, through which they seek to mobilize communities in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville), Ghana, and Uganda as well as South America and South East Asia to
resist destructive oil and gas extraction activities.

Roberto Ugas | Peru (OWA 2010)

Roberto Ugas is a Peruvian agronomist and horticulturalist who studied in Peru, the Netherlands and Japan. He lectures and researches at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (National University for Agricultural Science in La Molina) and works as a consultant in rural development, agroecology, agrobiodiversity and organic agriculture. Roberto Ugas is main advisor to Peru‘s National Association of Ecological Farmers (ANPE ) and is a member of the National Commission for Organic Products (CONAPO), the advisory board that drafted the first organic regulation in the country. He represents La Molina in several national and international committees including a committee with ANPE and Slow Food. Roberto Ugas is a member in several scientific societies such as ISOFAR, SOCLA and EducAndes, an association that promotes education for sustainable development. Additionally he has served on the board of SEP IA, a think tank dealing with small-scale agriculture and economy.

Ugas is a member of GALCI, IFOAM‘s regional group in Latin America and for 15 years was involved with IFOAM‘s Accreditation Program. Together with IOAS, he presided the Accreditation Committee for several years. Roberto Ugas was also a member of the task force that drafted the principles and the definitions of organic agriculture.

Joseph Wilhelm | Germany

The organic pioneer and activist is founder and Managing Director of RAPUNZEL Naturkost INC in Legau/Germany. Joseph Wilhelm started his agricultural career on his parents’ farm in the Swabian village of Großaitingen. Already as a teen he started travelling abroad. In 1974, after completing a bio-dynamics training, he and Jennifer Vermeulen opened one of Germany’s first organic food stores with an organic market garden and organic wood stove bakery. In 1976, they founded the food processing and wholesale company “RAPUNZEL “.

Today, RAPUNZEL has become one of the biggest German organic food manufacturers that exports into more than 30 countries. With the RAPUNZEL Turkey project, Joseph Wilhelm established one of the largest organic cultivation and food processing projects in Turkey. The combination of fair trade and organic cultivation is another major concern of his activities. Numerous projects around the world have been supported with funds from the HAND IN HAND foundation that was built up by Joseph Wilhelm. Joseph Wilhelm has committed himself to the struggle against genetic engineering, e.g. with his 2007 “Genfrei Gehen” march across Germany and a second march in 2009 from Berlin to Brussels.

Bernward Geier | Germany

Bernward Geier was born 1953. After a peace service as war resister in the ghetto in Washington D.C. he studied cultural history in Mexico and agriculture at the University of Kassel/Germany, where he worked in the field of organic agriculture as a scientist and lecturer for 5 years. From 1986 onwards he served for over 18 years as Director in the global umbrella organisation of organic farming IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements).

He is, among other things, journalist, political activist and member of the Future of Food Commission and involved in Slow Food. He lives on a small organic farm and is today Director of the consulting agency COLABORA-let´s work together. He coordinates the award initiative and serves the One World Award Jury as (non-voting) chairperson. “Think globally and act locally??....this is by far not enough. We live in a ‘glocal’ world and thus need to think and act globally as well as locally.”

Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher | Ethiopia (Member of the OWA Jury until 2010)

Tewolde Berhan was born in 1940. After graduating from the University of Addis Abeba he took a doctorate from the University of Wales. After he finished his studies, he became Dean of the Faculty of Science in Addis Abeba and served for 8 years as president of the Asmara University. Today Tewolde Berhan is Director General of the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency which is effectively the country´s Ministry of Environment. He is a world-leading expert and authority on issues such as biodiversity, seeds, patents on life and intellectual Property Right (TRIPS) and has centrally influenced the Convention on Biological Diversity and the bio safety negotiations. Outstanding among his many international recognitions is the Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Nobel Price”.

“I am a local, rural and communal citizen and I believe that the whole world is a community. We have made huge progress in asserting local community rights around the world and we shall continue to do so.”

Alberto Pipo Lernoud | Argentina (Member of the OWA Jury until 2008)

Alberto Lernoud is a journalist, poet, activist, trader and true pioneer of the organic movementin Argentina and who already started to farm organically in1983. In 1989 he and his wife founded with El Rincon “Organico”, the first organic shop in Argentina with a home delivery and catering service. The shop is still running well and opened an export department in 2000. Until the end of 2007 Alberto Pipo Lernoud was president of Fundación Cocina de la Tierra, an NGO committed to indigenous foods development and small markets in Latin America.

As an ecological activist he founded the first organic consumers cooperative “Al pan, pan” in 1982, co- founded 2 years later the first organic NGO in Argentina (CENECOS), and in 1995 the umbrella organization MAPO. He has served on the IFOAM World Board since 1998 and has also been its vice president for the past 7 years. As a journalist he edited various magazines on music and ecology and several books on alternative culture. As a poet he wrote rock song texts and has recently edited an anthology of his work (“Sin tiempo, sin memoria” 2006). He gives poetry readings and conferences around the country. He represents the OWA patron IFOAM in the jury.

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