The 2011 Katerva Awards will award sustainability initiatives in 10 categories. The following experts will be reviewing finalists and selecting a winner and runner up in their category.
A global human population of 7 billion demands large strides in food production and security. This category involves those efforts made to improve output and efficiency of farmland and fisheries and reduce their effect on environmental systems. As well, this category covers innovations involving efficient water use and sustainable and safe alternative food supplies.
Anthony is Senior Policy Adviser on Sustainable Business and Economics at WWF, the Founder of Here Tomorrow Ltd., and an expert on sustainable production and consumption. He is the author of several influential publications, including “Let Them Eat Cake” (WWF, 2006) and “Deeper Luxury” (WWF, 2007). He also works with a range of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors to understand how humans – and businesses, in particular – can thrive in harmony with nature.
Kathleen Frith is dedicated to finding innovative ways to foster social change and create a healthier, more sensible world. As the Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Kathleen plays a leadership role in all the Center’s activities, providing expertise on science communication and education and helping the Center achieve its mission to further understanding of human health and global environmental change connections. Kathleen’s topics of expertise include how human health depends on the ocean and how food affects our health and environment.
Thomas is an agronomist with 23 years of experience in research, entrepreneurship and more. He is the Founder of Vipani. During the last eight years, he researched and developed an approach for building trustworthy markets from the bottom-up. This approach enables poor farmers to acquire and practice technologies and know-how profitably and sustainably while adhering to good agricultural practices benefiting entire communities.
Dr. Sharadini Rath has a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the Institute for Plasma Research, India and went on to do post doctoral fellowships at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in USA and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. After several years of research in the field, she shifted to field based research in economics. Her active interests include the connections between household level productivity and food intake, along with labour organisation and poverty in rural India. She has done extensive work in the study of governance with special focus on local institutions in urban and rural contexts, to create usable and intuitive data analysis to foster logical decision making. She has led research and outreach projects funded by Ford Foundation, Google.org, Results for Development and The Asia Foundation.
For five years, Tom Philpott served as a columnist, food editor, and senior food writer for the online environmental site Grist. He’s a cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Before moving to the farm in 2004, Philpott worked as a financial journalist in Mexico City and New York, most recently writing daily dispatches on the stock market as equity research editor for Reuters.com. His work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian. Maverick Farms has been featured in Gourmet and the New York Times, and in September 2008, Food & Wine named Philpott one of “ten innovators” who “will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years.”