Adam Vass 

Mentor 

ASEF Visual Arts Award

 

Adam Vass is an Artist and Educator. His studio work involves painting, drawing and installation using an archive of collected source material to form a language of signs that become ornament.

Having lived in Canada and the USA, Adam currently resides in London where he received a Foundation Degree in Art and Design, A First Class BA in Painting from University of the Arts, and a Masters Degree  in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University.  

Adam has taught Drawing, Painting and Portfolio Development for several institutions and has worked as a technician for many international projects including New York and Venice.

He is currently an associate professor at Wimbledon College of Arts as well as being a partner and tutor at London Paintbox Studios.

Ana Sáenz de Miera

Selection Panelist & Advisor , ESEF Sustainable Fashion Award (Spain)

 

Ana Sáenz de Miera is Contry Representative of Ashoka Spain and Leadership Group Member of Ashoka, an organization that aims to advance an Everyone a Changemaker world, where anyone can apply the skills of changemaking to solve complex social problems. Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society.

 

Recognized as one of the Top 100 women leaders in Spain in the last 5 years, Ana is clinical psychologyst and Masters Degree in Humanities, she has worked for 10 years in the social sector. She started leading a“Day Centre for Young people” in Entrevias, Director of the Department for Educational Projects for Development in the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FUNDESO), Founder and Director of the Centre for Hispano-African Integration and Participation for the Community of Madrid. Ana is oriented towards social entrepreneurship and project creation, new leaderhsip, system changing and focus in changing the paradygm of education. 

Gema Gómez

Mentor, ESEF Sustainable Fashion Award (Spain)

 

Gema is the Founder and Director of the Slow Fashion Next a platform which champions fashion, sustainability and business. After working with large fashion chains in Madrid and with the trend institute Peclers in Paris, Gema founded Slow Fashion Next in response to the social and environmental challenges facing the fashion industry in the 21st century.

Gema is based in Madrid. She has taught at many different Universities and Business Schools, including the IED (European Design Institute) where she is the Director of the "Circular Fashion Lab", a new Masters programme which will begin in January 2019, Le Centre Européen des textiles innovants in France and the Semillero de Moda Sustentable en Cuernavaca, Mexico. She has worked with companies including Línea Directa in Colombia, El Corte Inglés in Madrid and Gioseppo in Alicante.

 

Gema is a well known speaker both inside and outside Spain (Momad, Zincshower, Sustainable Brands BCN, Alternativas Verdes in Mexico, Beirut Design Week, etc). She is also the country coordinator for the Global Fashion Revolution Campaign in Spain.

Her passion is to help people grow by helping them create and deliver meaningful projects and companies. Her objective is to create a sustainable textile industry which provides an alternative to the current

industry of "fast fashion".

Jacqueline Brown (nee Shaw)

Selection Panellist and Advisor, ASEF Fashion Award

Jacqueline Shaw is the founder of AfricaFashionGuide. Jacqueline is a professional Fashion Designer by trade with a background working and designing for fashion companies PUMA, Russell Athletic, Ocean Pacific, Fila, Chilli Pepper in London to name a few, and Babylon Princesse (Talent in Shanghai) in China.

An eco-entrepreneur, owner of ethical designer wedding dress company Latibeau Ltd and with a large interest in Africa’s fashion and textile industry, ethical fashion, sustainability and even more for international development through trade.

Jacqueline holds a Ba (Hons) degree in Fashion from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and most recently a Masters Degree in Ethical Fashion. She has worked with the Ethical Fashion Forum representing African businesses at their Source Expo events and has written for the West Africa Trade Hub/USAid website and even for Dazed and Confused magazine whilst on placement with them during her BA (Hons) degree.

Melissa Menke

Selection Panellist and Artist-in-Residency Host

ASEF Visual Arts Award

 

Melissa Menke is a social entrepreneur based in Kenya working on sustainable, high-quality health care solutions in urban poor communities. Passionate about building creative social business models, she co-founded Access Afya to create a model that uses technology, design and community networks to deliver affordable health care services in underserved areas.

 

Access Afya is committed to providing quality primary care to communities in Kenya. Melissa’s experience combines economic development, finance and business in multiple countries.

Access Afya will host our winner of the visual Arts Award and host the Artist in Residency Award component.

Mònica Margarit

Selection Panelist & Advisor , ESEF Sustainable Fashion Award (Spain)

Mònica Margarit graduated in Literature from the University of Barcelona, where she was responsible for international relations from 1992, in various capacities. In addition to her responsibilities at the University of Barcelona, she was also a member of the Hispano-Moroccan and Hispano-Tunisian inter-university committees, promoted by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and of the working group created by the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) to develop the Ibero-American Academic Mobility and Exchange Program (PIMA). 

In 2008 she was commissioned to create the Foundation for the International Projection of Spanish Universities, based in Madrid, which she was director of until she joined the Princess of Girona Foundation in 2011 as director general. 

Niall Marriott

Selection Panellist, Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund

Music Award

 

Niall has worked as an environmental and corporate responsibility consultant providing advisory services to government agencies, non-governmental organisations and companies since 1998. He has worked on the BP-Fauna and Flora International Partnership, the Rio Tinto-Fauna & Flora International Partnership, the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership, the Hand In Hand South Africa - Royal Bafokeng Nation-Impala Platinum Micro-enterprise Partnership and the Hand in Hand International - Primark Micro-enterprise Partnership.  

 

Niall is a co-founder and Trustee of the Living Earth Foundation, a non-executive director of Oxford Index, and a director of The Helical Group. In 2010 Niall founded Carbon-Plus Capital LLP, a firm specialising in forest carbon financing and investment management. he is a Trustee of The Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund.

Pascale Revert Wheeler

Selection Panellist

ASEF Visual Arts Award

 

Pascale is the founder of the Perimeter Gallery in Paris, and the London Gallery 50 Goldborne. 50 Golborne’s mission is to investigate the convergence between contemporary art, design and craft. Breaking down the boundaries created by the artificial separation of creative fields, 50 Golborne supports and promotes some of the best creative projects developed by international artists, designers and makers. It especially supports those relevant to portraying and interrogating a world which is changing fast and in which the African continent plays a dynamic and significant role.

Philip Mould

Selection Panellist

ASEF Visual Arts Award

 

Philip Mould OBE is an English Art Dealer, Writer and Broadcaster. He has made a number of major art discoveries, including some of Thomas Gainsborough's earliest known works, the only known portrait of Prince Arthur Tudor and a number of lost works by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

Philip is the author of two books on art discovery and is widely consulted by the media on the subject. He is well known for his role co-presenting the BBC television programme Fake or Fortune?, the most watched arts programme on television, as well as being an expert on The Antiques Roadshow.

Sonia Hammond 

Selection Panellist, Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund

Music Award

Sonia Hammond gained a BA first class Honours degree in Music together with a handful of diplomas, all with distinction at Birmingham School of Music and followed this with postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London.

While still in Birmingham Sonia was invited to play for the Eurythmy School in Botton Village, North Yorkshire. Thus began an enduring association with Camphill Communities. Later whilst living in London she recorded and toured with Barb Jungr (as Sonia Oakes-Stuart) Ennui, Philip Kane and Babysnakes in between busking in Covent Garden. She played for Garden Opera in Europe and Kenya and freelanced with orchestras including London Virtuosi , Moscow Ballet and The English String Orchestra.

Since moving to the Welsh Borders in 2006 Sonia has given many concerts in the area and is a founding member of the Castalia and Peregrine String Quartets alongside Principal Cellist of the Brecknock and St Woolos Sinfonias. 

 

Sonia recorded her first solo CD, Bach’s Suite No 1 for Solo Cello, in 2014 in Hay-on-Wye. Her ability to adapt through many musical genres has led to recording a trilogy of albums of free improvisation with Charlie Beresford on The52nd label and has included workshops in the Mayor’s office in Timbuktu, St Monica’s Care Home in Bristol and at Gwernyfedd High School. More recent duos with the guitarists Adrian Crick and Troy Redfern 

add to the ever expanding eclectic mix of cello sounds. 

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