In order to bring in a wide range of expertise and connections to ESN, the head judges’ panel is selected based on an open call for panellists. Panellists are selected by ESN with the aim of appointing panel members who have strong experience in social service management, funding, planning, provision and delivery.

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
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    Alexandrina JayChair, IICSA
    Alexandrina Jay, OBE is a British social worker and academic. She is chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde and the independent chair of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS).
    Jay is a former senior social worker. She was previously chief social work adviser to the Scottish Government and a former president of the Association of Directors of Social Work.
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    Christian BodewigProgram Manager, World Bank
    Christian Bodewig is the Program Manager of the Sahel Adaptive Social Protection Program (ASPP) at the World Bank which supports design and implementation of programs and policies in six Sahel countries to help poor and vulnerable households build resilience and reduce the impact of climatic change and other shocks. He is based in Washington, DC. Prior to his current engagement, he was the Program Manager for Southern Europe at the World Bank in Brussels where he oversaw the Bank’s operational, advisory and analytical programs in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Portugal.
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    Christian FilletChair, ESN
    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. He also sits on the Board of EXELLO, the Flemish association of city directors.
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    John BowisPresident, Health First Europe
    John Bowis, OBE is the President of Health First Europe and chairman of the Health Advisory Board, GSK. He also serves as special advisor for Environmental and Health Policy at FIPR, addressing sustainable policy change at the intersection of public and private interests. John is a former MEP (1999-09) and Member of British Parliament (1987-97). A graduate of Oxford University, John served as a London Borough Councillor & Chairman of Education and later became MP for Battersea. He went on to serve two terms in the UK Government as Minister for Health (1992-1996) and Minister for Transport (1996-1997), after which he worked as international policy advisor for the World Health Organisation, before being elected to the European Parliament (1999-2009)
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    Marie-Automne ThepotSocial Innovation, City of Paris
    Marie-Automne Thepot is in charge of social innovation for the City of Paris. Her current field of intervention is wide : social inclusion, housing, refugees integration, ageing &handicap and youth protection (DASES). She has worked for various local authorities, for a national network for social policies (UNCCAS) and for a national Lab on social experimentation for youth inclusion (FEJ). She was previously social inclusion adviser for French governement.
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    Willem AdemaSenior Economist, OECD
    Willem Adema is a Senior Economist in the OECD Social Policy Division. He currently leads a team of analysts of Family and Children policies and is responsible for the online OECD Family database and its Child well-being module. Working with colleagues across the OECD he is also project manager of the OECD Gender Initiative. He has written extensively on a wide range of social and family policy issues and was editor of the first issue of Society at a Glance: OECD Social Indicators in 2001. Previously, Willem was Head, Asian Social and Health Outreach working closely with the Joint OECD/Korea Policy centre.

Main deadlines:

Deadline for submissions: 4th October
Shortlisted nominees announced: 25 October
Online voting system open for five categories: 31 October
Ceremony: 6 December, Brussels, over three-course lunch, 12-5 pm