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Ola Serneke is the founder and CEO of the Serneke Group contracting company. Serneke was established in 2002, and Ola had a vision. Through tireless optimism, sharp business acumen and visionary partners, he created a construction group that has been one of the fastest growing companies in Sweden in recent years. Ola is also the person who initiated the Karlastaden project, the mixed district to be built in Gothenburg and crowned by Karlatornet, the tallest building in Scandinavia. Karlastaden is being developed by Serneke and the goal since the start has been to create a neighbourhood that is future-proofed, in terms of both innovation and sustainability. The district will therefore be certified according to BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects.
Johanna has been a member of the jury since March 2010. She is one of the owners and Editor-in-chief at Camino – a magazine that focus on telling stories about a more sustainable future. She also gives lectures on sustainable trends and design, food of the future and sustainability connected to quality of life. Johanna, together with the designer Kerstin Sylwan, is the author of the book “Energy – How Design Can Make a Difference” and “The Magic of Materials”, and wrote, together with Naturvårdsverket, the book “A Sustainable Life – 365 Advices”. Johanna has a degree in Political Science, with a specialization in international politics and environmental issues. She has studied and worked in the USA, Peru and Chile. Johanna and Camino have won several prices and awards for their work to promote a brighter and greener future
Emma Dalväg joined the jury in 2013. She is currently working at the Coest AB business development firm, where she helps organisations to integrate sustainability into their strategies. Emma is strongly committed to the idea of a circular economy and value-driven enterprises. From 2010 to 2015, she ran her own sustainable business consultancy firms and worked in Sweden as part of the European consultancy network Terra Institute. Emma has a past as a sailor and has led projects and teams worldwide. She holds a great understanding of the statuesque of nature and the situation of societies around the world. With her experience of living afloat with limited resources and the vulnerability of living close to nature, she has in recent years worked actively to contribute to a sustainable future.
Björn Siesjö has been a member of the jury since 2016. He is an architect with a degree from Chalmers University of Technology obtained in 1992. Björn was born and raised in Lund, but has lived in Gothenburg since 1983. He worked as an architect for 20 years in the private sector, with assignments both in Sweden and internationally, comprising projects ranging from product design to city planning. He started Kanozi Architects in 2001 and ran the business for 10 years, as partner and CEO, with offices in Gothenburg and Malmö. He has served as City Architect of Gothenburg since 2012.
Sverker C. Jagers is a Professor in Political Science and the Director of the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) at the University of Gothenburg. His research includes survey- and experimental studies of environmental public opinion and drivers of pro-environmental behavior and comparative time-series analyses of countries’ environmental performance. Among various commissions, he is the board member of the Institute for Futures Studies, the Forskraft foundation and the steering committee of KLIMAFORSK (the Norwegian Research Council).
Elin Eriksson is director for sustainable products, processes and organisations at the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. She was an early pioneer in system analysis of the environmental performance of products and services. As the leader of projects commissioned by industrial companies and authorities in Europe, Asia and the US since 1990, she has conducted studies in several major industrial sectors, including assessments of potential environmental improvements. She was the CEO at CIT Ekologik, a technology consultant firm within Chamers Industriteknik, based at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, which in 2005 merged with the internationally acknowledged IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. She has a broad network of contacts that includes industry leaders, academic environmental researchers and authorities in several countries.