Judges announced for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the names of the six judges who will select the final winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize.

The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize of £5,000 will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market country or countries.

The six judges are:

  • Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director, TrustAfrica, Senegal
  • Ana Valéria Araújo, Executive Director, Brazil Human Rights Fund, Brazil
  • Shenyu Belsky, Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, China
  • Christopher Harris, independent consultant and former Philanthropy Bridge Foundation trustee, USA
  • Kavita Ramdas, Representative, Ford Foundation India
  • Larissa Zelkova, CEO, Potanin Foundation, Russia

Our judges possess a rich knowledge of social change philanthropy – particularly in developing and emerging contexts. Their task will be to review a shortlist of nominations and to identify the very first winner of the £5,000 Prize, who will be an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market / developing country or countries.

A shortlist of up to eight finalists will be developed by the following on behalf of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Fund: Maria Chertok, Director, CAF Russia and former PBF trustee; Caroline Hartnell, Editor, Alliance magazine and former PBF Chair; Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations and former PBF adviser.

Profiles of the shortlisted finalists will be featured in a special supplement to accompany the March 2013 edition of Alliance magazine, which will focus on emerging markets philanthropy. We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Charities Aid Foundation, who are sponsoring this supplement in tribute to Olga Alexeeva, who worked with them for many years.

Members of the public will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate through an online vote and a final decision will be made by the panel of judges and announced in April 2013.

The winner will be invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Emerging Markets Philanthropy Forum ‘Emerging Societies – Emerging Philanthropies’ which will take place in St Petersburg, Russia on 1-2 July 2013. In addition, all shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Forum as special guests.

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM The closing date for applications is 1 December 2012.

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