Selection Panel 2020

In order to bring in a wide range of expertise and connections to ESN, the head judges’ panel is selected based on a call for panellists. Panellists are selected based on their strong experience in social service management, planning, funding, provision and research.
The panel composition also aims to reflect the diversity of the ESN community by achieving a balance of:
  • Countries
  • Areas of social service
  • Sectors
  • Levels of government and delivery
  • Seniority and expertise of the theme

Meet the ESSA 2020 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.

Ann Buchanan

Emeritus Professor of Social Work, and Senior Research Associate, at the University of Oxford
Ann Buchanan MBE, FAcSS, Ph.D. CQSW is Emeritus Professor of Social Work, and Senior Research Associate, at the University of Oxford. Before entering academic life she spent 10 years working in the field as a social worker. At Oxford, Ann set up the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children and her research has informed local, national and international, social work. Her latest book: Brothers and Sisters: Sibling Relationships across the life course (Palgrave Macmillan) is due out later this year.

Veerle Miranda

Senior Economist in the Social Policy Division of the OECD
Veerle Miranda is a Senior Economist in the Social Policy Division of the OECD. She leads the teams working on youth policies and diversity policies, and has written extensively on a wide range of social, employment and education policy issues. Veerle Miranda is Belgian and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven.

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).

Chiara Crepaldi

Head the European Social Policies Research Unit and project leader at the Italian Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale
Chiara Crepaldi is Head the European Social Policies Research Unit and project leader at the Italian Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale. She carries out research, evaluation and monitoring of social and health policies and services at national and EU level on poverty and social exclusion, and on vulnerable target groups such as migrants, Roma and homeless people. Over the years Chiara has been project coordinator or a policy expert in several studies for many EU institutions. The most recent (2020) included the EU Parliament study on Social sustainability and the EU policies, the Caritas Cares! Comparative Study for Caritas Europa on the access to services by people in a condition of poverty or social exclusion, and third-country social and care service professionals: unlocking the job creation potential of Social Services, a study realised for Social Services Europe. She has been involved in several peer reviews for the European Commission on Minimum Income, Long-Term care and homelessness and on housing exclusion. Chiara has also been involved several times as external expert for the European Commission in the evaluations of project proposals for Horizon 2020 and the 5th and 6th Framework programmes.

Andreas Gollner

Global Public Employment Service Leader at IBM Watson Health
Andreas Gollner is Global Public Employment Service Leader at IBM Watson Health. His responsibility is within Global Strategy and Market Development of ``Government Health and Human Services`` in IBM's Watson Health business area. Andreas has a long history of working with social security organizations, focussing on innovation and how to transform businesses and organizations through leveraging IT and digitization. A major area of interest for him within Social Services is Public Employment Services and he is the IBM Watson Health Global Public Employment Services lead. His experience includes being a member of IBM's Global Center of Competence for Government and as the expert on Social Services in IBM's dedicated EU team.


World Bank Lead Economist and Program Leader for Human Development
Aleksandra Posarac is World Bank Lead Economist and Program Leader for Human Development, based in Pretoria. She oversees the World Bank program in Health, Education, and Social Protection and Labor in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. Prior to this she had held various positions at the World Bank, including: Lead Economist in Europe and Central Asia Social Protection Unit; Program Leader for Human Development, Poverty and Social Development in the Philippines Country Management Unit; World Bank Advisor for Disability and Development and Country Sector Coordinator for Human Development in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. During her tenure as the World Bank advisor for Disability and Development, she was a co-executive editor of the World Report on Disability published in 2011 by the WHO and the World Bank. She has provided high level policy and strategic advice and led lending projects and analytical studies in more than 20 countries across the world, including Russia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Fiji, Ecuador, Argentina, Seychelles, Mozambique, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Her areas of specialization include poverty, human development, social security, social assistance, social protection, and public expenditures.


Founder and Director of Fresno, the right link
José Manuel Fresno is the founder and director of Fresno, the right link, an international consulting firm specialised in social policy based in Madrid. From 2012 to 2018 he was a member of the FRA Scientific Committee, and is also member of a European Commission network of experts called Team Europe.

Mr Fresno has 25 years of working experience in positions as Executive Director of major civil society organisations, such as the Fundación Luis Vives and Fundación Secretariado Gitano. He was a member of the ECRI and promoter of the EAPN Europe and has a long track record of working with different UN agencies. He has acted as advisor to various social inclusion projects of different European Commission Directorates and the Council of Europe. He has conducted major research projects on social inclusion and social protection, social services, investing in equality and non-discrimination, minimum income schemes, and demonstrating the positive impact of social investment.

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 ?. Tomczyk; Pedagogical University of Kraków, 2017), “Between Successful and Unsuccessful Ageing: Selected Aspects and Contexts” (co-edited with ?. Tomczyk; Pedagogical University of Kraków, 2019), and “Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population” (co-edited with ?. 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).