Meet our jury

An independent Jury of experts will discuss the shortlist and select one single award winner. Our Jury members come from the fields of social development, social entrepreneurship, academia or civil society. The composition of the Jury takes into consideration the geographical diversity of CEB membership as well as gender balance.

Snežana Samardžić-Marković
Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe, President of the Jury

Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković is the Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe since 2012. Under her responsibility, the Directorate General works to help the member states in creating a favourable environment for genuine democracy and democratic security in Europe.

Three directorates, 32 intergovernmental structures, seven monitoring mechanisms and nine partial agreements under her responsibility are providing multilateral framework to reinforce democratic institutions and citizen’s trust in them; to build inclusive societies free from discrimination, hate and violence; to empower people to be engaged and confident in a common European future. 

Previously, Ms Samardžić-Marković has held numerous positions in the Serbian Government including as Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Neighbouring Countries; Assistant Minister of Defence (2005-2007) and Co-President of the Serbia-NATO Defence Reform Group; member of the Foundation Board of WADA, Minister of Youth and Sports (2007-2012) and President of the Fund for Young Talents.

Tomas Bocek
Tomáš Boček
Vice-Governor for Target Group Countries, CEB

Mr Boček, a Czech national, served as  Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees. His mandate included gathering information on the steps that Council of Europe member states were taking in order to protect the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees, and proposing appropriate action at national and European level. 

From 2010 until the end of January 2016 he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, in which capacity he also represented the Czech Republic to the CEB Governing Board. During the period 2013-2015, he was Vice-President of the Governing Board of the CEB. He has previously served as Deputy Minister for International Relations and EU Affairs at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic and has held senior posts in the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Eva Maydell
Member of the European Parliament/President of European Movement International

Eva Maydell is a Member of the European Parliament. She is President of the largest organisation of associations and civil societies in Europe - European Movement International as well as vice-president of SME Europe.

Maydell´s priorities focus on the use of innovation and technologies, supporting education, entrepreneurs and investments in Europe. Eva Maydell was the main Parliament rapporteur on the Regulation on cross-border payments as well as rapporteur for the EPP Group on the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments and a Fintech report.

Her work has been recognised by the Financial Times, Forbes, Politico. Eva Maydell was awarded the MEP of the Year Award twice.

Guillaume Capelle
Founder of SINGA and CALM

Guillaume Capelle is the founder of SINGA and CALM. He contributes to building inclusive societies through educational and technological tools. His social network has enabled more than 40.000 people from 10 countries to open up locally to the world’s wealth.

He has also set up innovation incubators on migration in 8 European cities which have supported more than 300 inclusive companies. Finally, he has created a platform for welcoming refugees into the homes of local residents, which now accounts for over 5.000 beneficiaries.

He is considered as one of the « 26 most talented young French people” (GQ, Ouest France) and a “discreet heir of Abbé Pierre” (La Croix).

Christine Whitehead
Christine Whitehead
Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics

Professor Christine Whitehead is an internationally respected applied economist working mainly in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy. She has worked with a wide range of international agencies as well as regularly for the UK government and Parliament. Major themes in her recent research have included the relationship between planning and housing; regulation in the private rented sector; barriers to increasing housebuilding; financing social housing in the UK and Europe as well as the evaluation of particular housing, urban and social policies and initiatives in the UK and Europe.

She was awarded the OBE for services to housing in 1991.