Meet The Judges

Each member of the Evaluation Panel has been carefully chosen for their knowledge of clean energy and innovation. You can learn more about each judge here.

Evaluation Panel

The Evaluation Panel judges will provide scores and comments for each assigned application using the same scoring rubric, and each valid application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Each member of the Evaluation Panel has been carefully chosen for their knowledge of clean energy and innovation. There is one Evaluation Panel member per participating Mission Innovation country and one member from the European Union. The top-scoring application from each participating country as determined by the Evaluation Panel will be named as Mission Innovation Champions. One Champion from each participating Mission Innovation member country will be selected, and one Champion for the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) will be selected, this being from a European Union country that is not an individual member of Mission Innovation.

Khalid Albahily

Director of SABIC Corporate R&D Center, Kaust

Adisa Azapagic

Professor of sustainable Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester

Tomás Baeza Jeria

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, Solar and Energy Innovation Committee - CORFO

Claudie Haigneré

Senior Advisor, European Space Agency

Hermann Halozan


​Johan E. Hustad

Director NTNU Energy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Rémy Kolessar

Deputy Director General, Head of Dept for Research, Innovation & Business Development, Swedish Energy Agency

Florence Lambert

Head of CEA-Liten Institute, CEA (Energy Alternatives and Atomic Energy Commission)

Samuel S. Mao

Senior Director, Masdar Institute, Khalifa University (UAE)

Alicia Mignone

Senior Energy Expert, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Jayant Modak

Professor India Institute of Sciences (Bangalor)

Vik Pant

Chief Science Advisor, Office of the Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

Chinho Park

Professor, Yeungnam University

Someya Satoshi

Principal Research Manager, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Rutger Schlatmann

Professor Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin

Dra. Gabriela Tapia Padilla

Deputy Director General of Renewable Energies, Ministry of Energy (Mexico)

Leonie Walsh

Board Chair, Centre for New Energy Technologies

Andrea Ytuarte Orantes

Director of Sustainable Energy & Efficiency, Ministry of Energy (Mexico)

Ying Zhao

Dean of the College of Electronic Information and Optical Engineering, Nankai University

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Launched at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, seeking to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and reliable.

MI countries represent 60% of the world’s population, 70% of GDP, and 80% of government investment in clean energy research. MI countries are taking action to double their public investments in clean energy R&D over five years while encouraging collaboration among partner nations, sharing information, and coordinating with businesses and investors.