Invitation to join the ESSA 2021 Selection Panel

The European Social Network (ESN) is launching the third edition of the European Social Services Awards and is delighted to invite you to express your interest in joining ESSA 2021 panel of judges. The European Social Services Awards recognise innovation and excellence in social services in Europe, shining a spotlight on successful new approaches and the extraordinary ongoing work done by public social services across Europe.

Its aims are:

  •            To identify and promote best practice in social services
  •            To recognise excellent work done in the field
  •            To encourage peers to work with and support each other in improving their practice
  •            To promote innovation in social services in Europe

In 2021, the Awards are granted in six categories, under the theme of ‘Building Resilience in Social Services’.

Selection Panel

To reflect the nature of the European Social Network as a network of social services, the Awards will be community-driven, with a panel of experts from across the social service community evaluating entries and selecting a shortlist, which is subject to a public vote for final awards. The European Social Services Awards are a unique recognition of the achievements of social services at international level. Contributing to them as a panel member is a valuable opportunity to consider and learn about best practice, promote innovation and decide which efforts should be highlighted and amplified across Europe.

The shortlisting of projects will take place in September, and panel members are invited to join the award ceremony in December. Applications are welcome from social services managers, funders, planners, providers, and members of the academic community.

Criteria and appointment

ESN hopes to select a panel of experts, seeking to create a pool which is balanced across countries, sectors and areas of expertise. Panel members are invited based on their expertise in all aspects of social services resilience. Panel members would be confirmed the last week of June.


We hope that this proposal will be of interest to you and you will be pleased to work with ESN on this new initiative.

We remain at your disposal for any information and we look forward to hearing from you at

Meet the ESSA 2021 Judges!

Christian Fillet

Vice general director of the city of Bruges in Belgium and Chair of the European Social Network
Christian Fillet is vice general director of the city of Bruges in Belgium and Chair of the European Social Network. He is also responsible for all social services and nine local public welfare associations in Bruges covering services for children, disabled people, elderly, and youth. In addition, Christian sits on the Board of EXELLO, the Flemish association of city directors.

Delphine Chilese-Lemarinier

Head of EU Affairs of Edenred
In addition to being the Head of EU Affairs of Edenred which operates in more than 40 countries worldwide, Delphine Chilese-Lemarinier has held successive positions within the private and public sectors as well as NGOs. These include project manager and editor for the Jean Monnet Association (1999-2002), project officer at the private office of the French European Affairs Minister (2004-2007) and senior consultant for Publicis Consultants (2007-2010). Delphine graduated in Political Sciences (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, 1999) and additionally specialised in communication (DEA Paris IX Dauphine, 2001) and in European Policies (Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Bruxelles, 2003).

Hector Upegui

Worldwide Market Development Executive & Chief Health Officer, GHHS-International IBM Watson Health
Within IBM Hector holds worldwide responsibility for research, strategy and market development in Watson Health for Long Term Care, disability management and coordinated Health & Social Outcomes. He is responsible for strategic initiatives, identifying new and innovative best practices, developing them into business models and then promoting their success and usage around the world, especially in the field of industry solutions, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing in health care and social areas.

Cornelia Walther

Creator POZE Space, Author and Advocate
Cornelia C. Walther, PhD combines praxis and research. As a humanitarian practitioner, she worked for nearly two decades with UNICEF and the World Food Program in large scale emergencies in West Africa, Asia and Latin America. As lecturer, coach and researcher, Cornelia collaborates with various universities; including the Center for humanitarian leadership at Deakins (Australia), the Fachhochschule Muenster (Germany), the University of Palermo (Argentina) and Aix-Marseille’s Law faculty (France). Cornelia holds a doctorate in Law and is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.
Aside from her interest in the multiple shapes of influence, Cornelia's focus is on social transformation from the inside out, looking at individual aspirations as the point of departure. Her objective is to refine a methodology that influences people towards wanting to get involved in social change processes, rather than obliging them to act for the sake of others. In 2017 she initiated the POZE (Purpose – Optimization – Zenith – Exposure) dynamic in Haiti, offering individuals tools to identify and pursue their aspirations. The network is now expanding into the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Enrique Delamonica

Senior Adviser Statistics and Monitoring (Child Poverty and Gender Equality), UNICEF
Enrique is an economist and political scientist educated at the University of Buenos Aires, the Institute for Economic and Social Development, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. He was a policy analyst at UNICEF’s Headquarters, the Social and Economic Policy Regional Advisor at UNICEF’s Office for Latin America and The Caribbean, the Chief of Social Policy and Gender Equality at UNICEF Nigeria.
He has written and co-edited books and articles on economic development, children’s rights, social protection, macroeconomic trends impacting on children, socioeconomic disparities, the green economy, quality of life, social exclusion and discrimination, and financing social services.
He has also taught economics, international development, policy analysis, statistics, and research methods at, among other places, New York University, Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and Saint Peter’s College (New Jersey). He was a Fellow of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty of the International Social Science Council between 2010 and 2018. Currently he is at the board of the Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy of the International Sociological Association

Jean Ayoub

Secretary General of The International Social Service (ISS)
With a beginning in the Red Cross as a volunteer, Jean Ayoub became operations director during the Lebanese civil war. He then served on several field missions for the Int’l Red Cross before relocating to Geneva to re-design and supervise Red Cross Red Crescent response to worldwide natural disasters as director of operations and IFRC USG.
Jean went off then to Paris as of DG for the French Telethon to refocus systems and teams on the main vision and mission of the Telethon umbrella association the AFM. Starting 2005 he worked several years as an independent advisor consulting mainly on turnaround management situations and leadership coaching.
Jean is currently and since 2010 the Secretary General and CEO of the International Social Service (ISS) driving with a dream team the full transformation of the organisation ahead of its 100th anniversary in 2024.
Jean has travelled to more than 130 countries, has a deep understanding of the world's humanitarian and social affairs. He is a strategic thinker and committed to organisational change and cultural diversity in the digital age.

Dorothy Adams

Former Chief Executive Officer, Social Well-Being Agency, New Zealand and Secondee at the OECD
Dorothy Adams served as the Chief Executive Officer, at the New Zealand Social Wellbeing Agency between 2020 and 2021. Prior to this, she was the Acting Chief Executive Officer at the Social Investment Agency, which she led from its inception in July 2015. Before that, she was a General Manager in the Ministry of Social Development, where she was responsible for their data, analytics and evidence hub. Prior to joining the Ministry of Social Development in 2008, Ms. Adams worked in local government for ten years specialising in policy and governance. She also held senior roles in the Department of Labour, NZL Employment Service and was an advisor to the Minister of Employment. Ms. Adams has a Master of Public Administration from Monash University and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Wellington. In May this year, Dorothy joined the OCDE to pursue projects focused on better use of data and evidence to improve policy and programme design.

Andrzej Klimczuk

Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Andrzej Klimczuk, PhD, a sociologist and public policy expert, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy of the Collegium of Socio-Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. He worked as the external expert of institutions such as the European Commission, URBACT III Programme, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme, and Fondazione Cariplo. Member of various scientific organizations such as the Polish Sociological Association, Polish Society of Gerontology, and European Sociological Association. Author of many scientific papers in the fields of gerontology, labor economics, public management, and social policy.
His recent monographs include “Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy” (the two-volume set, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 2017), “Generations, Intergenerational Relationships, Generational Policy” (17 languages; co-edited with K. Lüscher and M. Sanchez, Universität Konstanz, 2017), “Selected Contemporary Challenges of Ageing Policy” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk; Pedagogical University of Kraków, 2017), “Between Successful and Unsuccessful Ageing: Selected Aspects and Contexts” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk; Pedagogical University of Kraków, 2019), and “Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk; Frontiers Media, 2020). He is an editor of sections “Aging and Public Policy” and “Aging and Financial Well-Being” in the “Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging” (Springer Nature, forthcoming).