THE JUDGES

When an entry has advanced enough to fully pass through the VEC's technical review process and meet the tough criteria it contains, it will be put to the Judges for a final verdict. They are all world-leaders in their fields, and their decision is final.

  1. Tim Flannery

    Tim Flannery

    Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, conservationist and author lauded by David Attenborough as “one of the world’s greatest explorers” and Redmond O’Hanlon as “having discovered more new species than Charles Darwin.”

    He is recipient of Centenary of Federation medal for his service to science and in 2002 became the first environmentalist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation. His voice is familiar world-wide as writer/presenter on numerous ground-breaking series. Tim has previously been honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year as well as Australian of the Year and is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Climate Commission, an independent body providing information on climate change to the Australian public.

  2. James Lovelock

    James LovelockJames Lovelock has been independent scientist for more than forty years. He is Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, University of Oxford, was elected to the Royal Society in 1974 and was made a Companion of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. He has received ten international awards for his work as an environmentalist; including the Blue Planet Prize and the Wollaston Medal from the Geological Society in London.

    His most famous scientific work is the Gaia theory, a cornerstone of Earth System Science, and the discovery in 1972 of Ozone-depleting CFCs in the atmosphere. He is the inventor of the electron capture detector (ECD), which first alerted us to the ubiquitous distribution of pesticides and PCBs. He is the author of five books and over 200 scientific papers.

  3. Crispin Tickell

    Sir Crispin TickellSir Crispin Tickell is the Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University but is also associated with many other universities around the world. His main interests are in the fields of the environment and international affairs. His career spans politics, academia and business – all informed by strong environmental convictions.

  4. Al Gore

    Al GoreFormer US Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a partnership that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. He is also co-founder and chairman of Current TV, an Emmy Award-winning, independent cable and satellite television news and information network based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. In addition, Gore is a senior partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the board of directors of Apple and senior adviser to Google.

    Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit focused on solutions to the climate crisis.

    Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. During the Administration, Gore was a central member of President Clinton’s economic team. He served as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council and as the leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.

    He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

  5. Richard Branson

    Sir Richard BransonSir Richard Branson is a successful international entrepreneur and is Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group.

    In the same way he approaches starting a business, Richard works with partners on the frontlines to tackle tough social and environmental challenges with talented people and innovative approaches. In 2007, along with Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and Peter Gabriel, Richard and a group of wonderful partners announced the formation of the Elders, a group of global leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.

    Richard is also putting significant focus into Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people to tackle social and environmental issues in an entrepreneurial way. Virgin Unite supports a number of efforts ranging from the creation of sustainable healthcare models in Africa, to fostering young entrepreneurs through the Branson School of Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

    A seasoned adventurer, Richard has set many world speed records for crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans since 1985 in a variety of craft including sailing yachts, the fastest and largest hot-air balloons, powerboats, and even holds the speed record for crossing the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle. Richard also attempted an around the world balloon flight with the late Steve Fossett. As a child of the moon landing, Richard has dreamed that the experience of Space should be opened to all – so he founded his next big adventure, Virgin Galactic, offering Space Tourism to all. With the founding of Virgin Oceanic, Richard opens up his adventures to the last frontier of our own planet, the bottom of our oceans.