Main Jury

Bård Stranheim (Chair Judge)

Special advisor, Innovation Norway – Entrepreneurs and Startups

Bård Stranheim is a special advisor within entrepreneurship in Innovation Norway. His formal background is software development, but throughout his career he has always worked in the intersection between people and technology. 15 years in the Norwegian largest industry unit, former Norsk Hydro, both in Norway and abroad in different roles like supply manager, key account manager, and intrapreneurial development roles. 7 years as CEO in GAT Soft AS, a startup company changing personnel management within health sector achieving 30% yearly growth and today acquired by Visma AS. Involved and invested in various startups in Norway and Sierra Leone. 9 years as chair for a tech cluster, IKT Telemark, awarded one of top 5 European clusters. Last nine years in Innovation Norway, a public organisation assisting Norwegian companies to scale, with branch offices in 30 countries worldwide. During his time in Innovation Norway he has held various positions, including director for one of the district offices, HR director and director with responsibility to build up the current startup division. Today responsible for social entrepreneurship in Innovation Norway.

Emilios Kyriacou

Citi Country Officer Greece, Cyprus & Malta, Corporate Bank Head Greece

Emilios Kyriacou is a Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer of Citigroup, having joined Citi 29 years ago.
Before his current appointment as Citi Country Officer of Greece, Emilios has held various senior positions including Corporate Banking Head for Greece and Cyprus, a mandate he still retains. Most recently, Emilios acted as Corporate Banking Head for Greece, Cyprus and Central Europe, the latter consisting of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Balkan & Baltic NPCs.
Emilios joined the bank in 1990 and served in various positions in Credit Analysis and Relationship Management with Citibank Greece, while he managed as a senior banker numerous Greek Corporate clients across several industries. He has a depth of transactional experience having led a series of Greek Corporates to the international debt capital markets and introduced innovative financial solutions in the domestic market.
Emilios is a member of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Banking Association and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Greece.
He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Denison University, USA.
Emilios is married and has one daughter.

Clare Beavan

Foundation Manager, People Investment

I am the Foundation Manager and responsible for all things relating to the DWF Charitable Foundation, our schools programmes, social mobility, volunteering and supporting our community activities.
I joined DWF from LCVS | United Way a Merseyside based charity that promotes philanthropy and voluntary action where I worked primarily with businesses in engaging them in giving time or financial support to local charities.
I have worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 18 years, with local, national and international charities including Prince’s Trust, YWCA, Steps, United Way Worldwide and HMS WHIMBREL Project. My main areas of experience in mainly working with corporate partners, high net worth donors and events.
In November 2011 I successfully graduated from the United Way Worldwide Global Fellows Program, a one year development course in international leadership.
I like to give something back so as a volunteer I am a member of Institute of Fundraising Standards Committee, a trustee of a homeless charity in Liverpool, I am on the organising committee for a local Charity Beer Festival and an active member of the Association of Charitable Foundations as part of a working group on transparency in grant giving.
I live with my partner Dave and a cat called Figaro. I enjoy outdoor pursuits, including hiking, cycling and camping. I love to read, travel, experience new things and meet new people.
I love to get involved and get others involved in making a difference in their communities.

Oliver Sorby

Corporate Responsibility, Europe at Staples Solutions

Oliver is originally from the U.K and has worked in Corporate Sustainability for 10 years and now lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has gained varied industry experience ranging from supply chain, workplace, Technology and now Office Supplies / Retail for Global companies such as Cadbury, Unilever, CBRE and Microsoft. He is responsible for developing, leading and embedding the overall responsible business strategy for responsible sourcing of products, circular solutions, community and social engagement and corporate reporting. Oliver works closely with the country business entities to ensure alignment with corporate processes and strategy. Oliver’s passion and enthusiasm for all things sustainability and his drive to create solutions to problems often facilitates different and difficult conversations with employees, customers and suppliers which results in mutual benefits.

Bunny Nooryani

Director of Marketing and Communications at Lindorff

Bunny Nooryani is an award-winning communicator and journalist with almost two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, working for groups including Bloomberg, Reuters and the Norwegian wealth fund. She currently heads marketing and communications at the credit management services company Lindorff in Norway. Prior to that, she was a senior adviser at Storm Communications and also led communications, investor relations, marketing and CSR for five years as senior vice president at Aker Solutions. Bunny has extensive experience in strategic messaging and positioning, as well as crisis management. She has a deep knowledge of energy and financial markets and a passion for global sustainability issues and corporate responsibility. She studied international relations at the London School of Economics and media sciences at the University of Oslo.

Sylvie Laffarge

Director Philanthropies Europe, Microsoft