The Baltic Sustainability Awards team is blessed to have knowledgeable professionals from all over the world on board. The Jury has been working hard to determine the finalists, with the moment of the finalists' announcement being just around the corner - November 16. While all submissions are thoroughly evaluated, you can get to know people without whom the awards ceremony's category IMPACT would not be possible.
For this category, our professionals and experts are looking for groundbreaking and impactful solutions in such areas as renewable energy, sustainable resources, supply chain, sustainable cities & mobility, and social initiatives.
IMPACT Jury Lead
Let's meet Agnese Alksne - Bensone, INNOVATION category jury lead. Agnese is the Chairwoman of the board at CSR Latvia and the Owner of Sustainability Partners. She has worked in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility for more than 14 years. Agnese is also convinced that maintaining a balance between profit, ambitions, environmental and social impact in the business model is a challenge that everyone can handle.
Jury members for the IMPACT category
➔ AGNESE ALKSNE - BENSONE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Chairwoman of the board at CSR Latvia, Owner of Sustainability Partners
➔ RYTIS KĖVELAITIS (Lithuania 🇱🇹), Founder & CEO at Energy Unlimited
➔ ELZA ŠTRAUSA (Latvia 🇱🇻), Programme Manager at Pasaules Dabas Fonds
➔ AUSTĖ VALIKONYTE (Lithuania 🇱🇹), Managing Partner & Sustainability Consultant at Sustain Advisory
➔ GUNITA KUĻIKOVSKA - ĶIESNERE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Sustainable Construction department director at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
➔ JULIE VERDUGO (United States 🇺🇸), Director of Sustainability and Social Impact at URBN
➔ AUDRONĖ ALIJOŠIUTĖ - PAULAUSKIENĖ (Lithuania 🇱🇹), Managing Director at Sustainable Business Association of Lithuania (LAVA)
➔ AIJA CAUNE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Project director at SIA Zaļā josta, Chairwoman of Coalition Clean Baltic
➔ KRISTINA SERMUSNYTE - ALESIUNIENE (Lithuania 🇱🇹), Coordinator at Agrifood Lithuania DIH
➔ JĀNIS KAULIŅŠ (Latvia 🇱🇻), Partner at EY, Leader of Climate Change and Sustainability Services in the Baltics
➔ NATĀLIJA CUDEČKA - PURIŅA (Latvia 🇱🇻), Senior Consultant at EY – Climate Change and sustainability Services
➔ YOOBIN JUNG (South Korea 🇰🇷), Venture Associate in Sustainability-Fashion at Plug and Play tech center
➔ ZANE VALUJEVA (Latvia 🇱🇻), Corporate Sustainability Solutions Strategist
➔ GIEDRĖ PADAIGIENĖ (Lithuania 🇱🇹), Independent Expert at Lithuanian National Contact Point (OECD)
➔ ALINA DOLMATE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Hub Manager at EIT Food Riga Technical University (RTU) Science and Innovation Centre
➔ LIENE DUBAVA (Latvia 🇱🇻), Vice President at AmCham Latvia
➔ LĪVA PĒRKONE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Founding Partner at Helve
➔ ZANDA ŠADRE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Corporate Responsibility and Communications Director at Rimi Baltic Group
➔ SANDRA GHAOUI (United States 🇺🇸), Co-founder at Blue Dot Project
➔ NORA PASTORE (Latvia 🇱🇻), Signet Bank Sustainability Officer
The Awards Ceremony
Three finalists in each Baltic country will be selected based on the Jury evaluation and publicly announced on November 16. Afterward, the public vote in each of the Baltic countries will determine the winner of each country. The winners will be announced during the Baltic Sustainability Forum & Awards, which will be held on November 30.