Judges

Gamelihle Sibanda -
Gamelihle Sibanda


Gamelihle, a Certified Biomimicry Professional, fuses his training in civil engineering (BSc Eng Honours), business (MBA) and biomimicry (CBP) towards creation of a sustainable world; where there is enough for all forever. A visual story teller and rapid ideator, his diverse skill set enables him to abstract strategies from nature to create solutions for human challenges. He co-developed the Biominga Innovation Model based on evolutionary strategies that nature has continuously tested and refined over the past 3.8 billion years. Where others see things that are and ask "why?", Gamelihle dreams about things that do not exist and asks "why not?"

Patrick Baumann -
Patrick Baumann

Patrick Baumann is founder and CEO of a mechanical engineering company and a managing partner of Biomimicry Switzerland. With 20 years of experience and proven ability to manage and complete R&D projects to the highest standard, he maintains a top level overview on system interdependency and careful attention to user-friendliness.

Jane Toner -
Jane Toner

Jane Toner is an architect, sustainability consultant and Australia’s first Biomimicry Specialist. Jane has a firm belief that nature has the answers to living sustainably on planet Earth - it's just a matter of asking the right questions. Jane is the founder of BiomimicrySwarm Australia, a collaborative network seeking to share knowledge of biomimicry to promote its uptake. Jane is passionate about the potential for biomimicry to contribute to design solutions that are environmentally regenerative, socially just and joyous. She is a strong advocate for the integration of sustainable design concepts at the earliest stage of a project and sees intra-disciplinary collaboration as key to successful sustainable design outcomes.

Robert Suarez -
Robert Suarez

Robert is the Managing Director, Innovation and Design for SU Labs, where he provides design and innovation direction for corporate, startup and field impact teams. Robert is constantly investigating human behavior, nature’s strategies, and emerging technology to find new opportunities for design and innovation that drive positive impact for the world.

Before joining SU, he was on the founding team of Level Money, a mission-driven design-led financial services organization in San Francisco. Level’s mission is to empower America’s young adults to take control of their financial futures, both individually and collectively, by creating fair and trustworthy personal financial services and by educating and advocating for financial sustainability. Throughout his 15-year career in consumer experience design Robert has created product and service experiences that change the way people live, work, and play. He was a Senior Portfolio Director at IDEO, where his design direction focused on building new offerings in mobile experiences, financial services, cross-platform gaming and emerging technologies. Robert strives for solutions that integrate social, environmental, and educational considerations while proving that purpose and profit can combine for the greatest impact.

John Lanier -
John Lanier

John A. Lanier is Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011). In May 2013, Lanier made a bold and exciting career move, leaving a successful career with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP to assume his current role at the helm of the foundation that bears his grandfather’s name and legacy. Ray Anderson was a globally recognized industrialist and pioneer for environmentalism, and Lanier continues his legacy today through Foundation programs that seek to create a brighter, more sustainable world by funding innovative, educational, and project-based initiatives. From 2011 to 2013, Lanier worked in Atlanta as an Associate Attorney in Sutherland's Tax Practice Group, specializing in U.S. Federal taxation. He represented the interests of various Atlanta-based nonprofits, gaining experience in nonprofit formations, compliance and applications for recognition of tax-exempt status. During that time, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation was one of his clients.

Lanier currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southface Energy Institute, the Southeast's nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee NOW, a Georgia-based nonprofit that directs the efforts to catalyze the economic development and quality of life potential along a 53-mile corridor of the Chattahoochee River. Lanier is also a member of the 2014 class for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), a network of diverse statewide leaders consistently collaborating to solve Georgia’s environmental challenges.

Lanier earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law, and he holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Economics from the University of Virginia. He is an Atlanta native and a college sports enthusiast who enjoys travel, hiking and snow skiing in his spare time.

Rachel Hahs -
Rachel Hahs

Rooted in the firm belief that life-centered design will lead us to a sustainable future, Rachel Hahs is Certified Biomimicry Professional and sustainability expert working to expand the sustainability discussion to business strategy, innovation and product development where significant sustainability and competitive advantage gains await. Building on ten years experience at URS Corporation focusing on sustainability in business operations, Rachel is interested in how the use of biomimicry in innovation can result in disruptive sustainable system innovations that can accelerate our transition to a sustainable future. She is also an Innovation Fellow of The Art of Science Learning 2014 Chicago Incubator for Innovation focused on finding solutions to urban nutrition challenges. Rachel consults, speaks, writes and conducts workshops on biomimicry and sustainability for a variety of public and private audiences.

Mark Juergensen -
Mark Juergensen

Mr. Juergensen is an expert in commercialization of clean and sustainable technologies including; renewables, bio-fuels, bio-tech, transportation and traditional clean energy. He is a Principal Advisor to the NSF through the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance (LARTA). He is a corporate advisor to LightSource Renewables, Wellhead Electric and SeaBreeze Power. Mr. Juergensen has judged for reviewed multiple clean technology competitions including; NREL’s Industry Growth Forum (IGF), California Clean Innovation (CACI), Connect Most Innovative Product, the UCSD von Liebeg Center and CleanTech San Diego.

Travis Heneveld -
Travis Heneveld

As United Nations' Account Director, Travis Heneveld oversees the delivery of business critical communication solutions to peacekeeping, emergency response and development agencies worldwide. Prior to joining Motorola's Europe, Middle East and Africa Strategy team in 2003, Travis spent several years as a Strategy Consultant driving new product & marketing initiatives for Fortune 100 companies such as Levi's, United Airlines, IKEA and Ericsson. A global citizen with living experiences in Europe and Asia, Travis is currently based in Germany and is a Guest Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management at The Berlin School of Economics and Law. He is a contributor to "Digital Kenya, the New Generation of Entrepreneurs", a management textbook that will be published later this year. Travis is a BA graduate of Pomona College and holds an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Denny Royal -
Denny Royal

As a principal and Azul 7’s design practice leader, Denny Royal has grown and nurtured our human-centered design approach. With a background in design research, customer experience, brand, design and technology, he is able to help clients solve challenges from a holistic perspective. Denny is a life-long learner. He completed design thinking training at Stanford's d.school and attended B.J. Fogg’s persuasion bootcamp. He is currently working toward his Master's degree in biomimicry with the Biomimicry 3.8 and Arizona State University. In 2012, Denny was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellows finalist. He applies that same drive to learn and share information when developing a design thinking education specialty at Azul 7.

Emily Sadigh -
Emily Sadigh

Trained as an educator and certified as a Biomimicry Specialist, Emily Sadigh helps organizations build sustainability into their culture by creating experiential learning and teaching opportunities for employees. Toyota and the National Audubon Society named her a TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow for her pioneering work applying biomimicry to organizational change.

Mike Gabriel -
Mike Gabriel

Mike is the primary contact for RSF’s work in the field of Ecological Stewardship. He works with social enterprises to assess potential fit with RSF’s financing programs from senior debt to equity. Mike recently created and manages RSF’s Regenerative Economy Fund, which will deploy flexible and innovative financing to social enterprises that are working to accelerate the transition to a Regenerative Economy. Previously, Mike served as the Asia Regional Manager for Grameen Foundation’s capital markets team, focusing on providing financing and financial advisory services to microfinance institutions and other businesses focused on alleviating poverty. Mike received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and BA from Vanderibilt University.

Vikram Shyam -
Vikram Shyam

Vikram Shyam is a propulsion flow dynamicist in the Turbomachinery and Turboelectric Systems branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Ohio State University in December 2009. Vikram and fellow collaborators are studying the application of harbor seal morphology to wind turbine and gas turbine blades, probes, sensors and other objects that are subject to vortex induced vibrations or variable operating conditions. Other research areas and interests include energy harvesting, multifunctional structures, development of new concepts for in-space exploration, long range planning and STEM education.

Rosibel Ochoa -
Rosibel Ochoa

Dr. Ochoa, is the Senior Executive Director for the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego. She provides mentorship and entrepreneurial education to engineers and scientists from the university and around the world.

Carlos Fiorentino -
Carlos Fiorentino

Carlos Fiorentino was born in La Plata, Argentina and moved to Canada in 2005 to pursue his Masters in Design. He currently teaches Design for Sustainability and Biomimicry in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, Design Fundamentals in the Department of Art & Design, and Information Design at the Faculty of Design Studies at Grant MacEwan University, Canada. He is a doctoral student in Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. The focus of his current research is on structural color, signaling and affordances through biomimetics. He is co-founder of Biomimicry Alberta Regional Network, and the Design for Sustainability Research Group at the University of Alberta. Carlos is advisor to several Sustainability Education Committees in Canada. He has a 20+ year career as a design practitioner, co-founded two design studios, and worked professionally in Argentina, Germany and Canada.

Stu Fram -
Stu Fram

Stu supports RSF’s work in the field of Ecological Stewardship, working with social enterprises to evaluate loan opportunities based on social, environmental, and financial criteria. He also co-manages RSF’s new Regenerative Economy Fund – created to provide flexible and innovative financing to social enterprises accelerating the transition to a regenerative economy – in addition to running RSF’s fellowship program. Stu previously worked for the High Meadows Fund, an environmental foundation in Burlington, VT. He received a BA in Human Ecology from Middlebury College, where he co-founded an organization working to increase the amount of local and sustainable food served in the college’s dining halls.

Cindy Gilbert -
Cindy Gilbert

Cindy Gilbert is an effervescent education architect that fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and democratized design, and by deepening transdisciplinary and collaborative experiences. She is the founding director of the Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) that is home to a fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design. The program blends theory, practice and leadership into holistic, hands-on learning experiences that culminate in student-driven thesis work. Founder of Alula Consulting, which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects, Cindy has influenced thousands of people through her courses, workshops and consulting work with academic institutions, non-profits and corporations. Previously founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute, she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program (now MS program at Arizona State University), annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges.

Peter Boyer -
Peter Boyer

Peter Boyer is a fine artist, working in mixed media painting and sculpture. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Japan. He also serves as trustee of Caldera Foundation which has been a lead donor to several projects at Rocky Mountain Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Defense Fund, and numerous other environmental, and educational nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a trustee at The Pacific Institute. He joined the Board of Trustees at R.M.I. in 2008.

Philip Ling -
Philip Ling

Philip has always been a passionate nature bug/electrical engineer and entrepreneur. He took the Biomimicry Specialist Program in 2012. He is passionate about the environment and connecting people with nature. His recent conservation agreement for 400 acres of wetlands, forests and meadows was recently recognized by the Canadian Government. He is an early adopter of renewable and green technologies with solar electricity (home and office), solar hot water, and 2 electric cars in the family. He volunteers extensively in his community and is currently Chair of his city's (Markham) Environmental Advisory Committee.

Colleen Mahoney -
Colleen Mahoney

I am an architect, a biomimicry specialist, the proud mom of two kids, an amateur photographer, nature lover, life-long learner, and hold an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University as of 2016. I completed an Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership at ASU in addition to the Biomimicry Graduate Certificate. I am the co-founder of the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network in the SF Bay Area and some of you may have recently participated in our all America’s Bioblitz. We will be hosting biomimicry activities at the 2016 Bioneer’s conference next October. I have been on the jury for the Global Design Challenge and I am currently working with a team as a mentor.I am looking to link my design skills with credentials in biomimicry and sustainability. I founded A Kid by Nature to connect kids with nature. My organization piloted programs in two Berkeley, California elementary schools where I lead the Kid’s Green Team. Through a coalition of like-minded environmental educators, I am bringing lessons about conservation and care for our planet into elementary schools. 

Óscar Jiménez Salvador -
Óscar Jiménez Salvador

Óscar has been a Product Design Teacher at the Madrid School of Design since 2009 where he's been teaching Biomimicry since 2012/13, and other subjects like materials in design, design projects, hydrothermal and acoustic comfort, eco-design. He's an architect with more than 14 years of experience, a healthcare environments expert, and structures expert.Óscar is nature passionate, a fast learner, a team player and in love with his wife and three children.

Thomas Rossi -
Thomas Rossi

Thomas is an ex-software developer and is now steering his transition towards a more purposeful and soulful Life. He has certifications in Biomimicry and Permaculture and graduated from the very first MA Ecological Design Thinking in 2015-2016. Now, he is offering his Design and IT skills in the service of purposeful projects. He dreams of being able to be part of a team of Ecological designer and take his career and potential to the next level.

He loves hiking in mountains, walking in forests or coastlines, dancing traditional dances, co-creating and co-developing big, crazy ideas.

Mónica Cohen -
Mónica Cohen

In 1984 she qualified as an architect at the University of Belgrano. Since then, she has devoted her career to interior design for office, shops, homes and organization of special events. In 1993 she conducted the course in Interior Design at Parson School, and again in 1997 organized by the Domus Academy in Italy. Since 1992 she participated in more than ten "Casa FOA". In 2001, is the organizer and curator of the First avant garde Argentine Design fair “Design Connection by Cienporcientodiseño” by carrying national design to international exhibitions such as the Milano Design Week and ICFF in New York from 2003. In 2008 she was part of the Norcenter team within the counseling field. Since 2006 she is the director, consultant and advisor of the "Remade in Argentina" leading the whole movement for South America. From 2009 to 2012, Monica Cohen and the Fair Puro Diseño merged, combining their outstanding careers and history to give great impulse to the Argentinean design environment. In 2013 she earned his title of "Certified Biomimicry Specialist ", awarded by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, USA. With this title she became founder of the "Biomimicry Argentina Network". Just finish to organize ' The Biomimicry Design Pop Up' in Milano Design Week 2016

Kristin Wolf -
Kristin Wolf

Kristin Wolf is an assistant professor at Champlain College where she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses. Her research interests are in wetlands, water quality, educational apiculture, and community-driven development in the Peruvian Amazon. Kristin has recently established an apiary on Champlain’s campus to provide a living laboratory that will facilitate experiential learning opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of Champlain, as well as public programming initiatives between the college and wider Burlington community. In her free time she enjoys all things outdoors, travels whenever possible, and especially likes porch-sitting.

Mary Hansel -
Mary Hansel

Mary is passionate about collaborating with others to create mutually beneficial approaches to improving lives. Her focus is on consulting nature’s genius and connecting people with each other and with new ideas, and her specialties include organizational sustainability and accounting services for non-profits. She has designed and delivered numerous engaging presentations and workshops on biomimicry. Mary is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Biomimicry at Arizona State University. She teaches a one-month online biomimicry course for the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals, and as co-founder of Biomimicry Oregon, Mary served as project manager, outreach facilitator, and primary author for their Genius of Place Stormwater project.

Luisa Schultz -
Luisa Schultz

Luisa is a full time professor at the NewSchool of Architecture and Desgin and an international consultat addressing innovative sustainable design and planning technologies for companies located in the United States and abroad. She is passionate about nature and design, both at a small, individual scale and globally, at complex intersections. She likes to provoke collaborations driven by conscious and sustainable principles, infused by science and informed by data.

Evan Greenberg -
Evan Greenberg

Evan Greenberg is a researcher, designer and educator. He is Studio Master in the AA Emergent Technologies and Design Programme where he has been teaching since 2008 upon gaining his Master of Science with distinction. Evan also is a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has gained considerable experience in practice working with architects, engineers, artists and fashion designers.

Evan’s research interests lie in biomimetic, computational and digital fabrication processes. His research centres primarily on the spatial character of urban microclimates as well as large-scale physical prototyping. Evan has contributed to a number of international conferences and publications including most recently the Association of Architectural Educators (2016), the Architectural Humanities Research Association (2015), the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (2015), eCAADe (2014) and Architectural Design (2013).

Colin Mangham -
Colin Mangham

Colin Mangham develops and markets new and important ideas, initiatives, and organizations. For over 25 years he has supported the success of dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other Big Brands, 100+ early-stage ventures, non-profits including the World Wildlife Fund, and NGOs including the United Nations.

Colin’s career-long fascination with how things work and why people do what they do led him to discover biomimicry, innovation inspired by natural forms, processes, and systems. He is a Certified Biomimicry Specialist, has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Biomimicry 3.8 and its Institute, and is the founder of Biomimicry LA.

His TEDx talk, titled “Find Your Woods,” focused on how reconnecting with nature can inspire and build upon new and even powerful ideas. As a principal in Daily Brand Group, an LA-based consultancy, he applies his bioinspired expertise in guiding innovation and accelerating new ventures, often as interim executive management (CMO). 

Margo Farnsworth -
Margo Farnsworth

Margo Farnsworth invites readers into nature, offering strategic ways to live with wild neighbors through biomimicry and other practical methods. Her work has appeared in the book Wildness: Relations of People & Place along with magazines like Outdoor Living, The New Territory, TreeHugger, Earthlines and blogs like the Center for Humans & Nature’s City Creatures. She is currently writing a book on how corporations discover and use biomimicry and guest lectures at universities. She works from her Missouri farm which she shares with her husband, assorted pets and wildlife.

Scott Fossel -
Scott Fossel

Scott Fossel recently completed his time as Business Development Director at the Biomimicry Institute, with a special focus on growing their practices in incentive challenges, open innovation, and technology commercialization. His graduate work at Schumacher College, Presidio Graduate School, and CIIS has focused on planetary biology, global sustainability frameworks, and integral systems theory.

A veteran Founder/CEO of four social enterprise startups, his work in technology has been defined by themes of social capital, advanced urbanism, regenerative innovation, and social commerce. He has consulted to a broad range of early phase companies, helping them to develop their products, define digital strategy, and raise angel investor capital.

Gayle DeBruyn -
Gayle DeBruyn

Gayle DeBruyn, IIDA, LEED‐AP is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, Chair of the Furniture and Collaborative Design programs, and is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the college. She is past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serves on the leadership teams of the Corporate Sustainability Partnership, the Grand Rapids UNU‐RCE, SiTE:LAB, TEDxGrandRapids and is an advisor to Design West Michigan.

DeBruyn is an owner of Lake Affect Design Studio in Grand Rapids Michigan. Services include commercial and residential interior design, educational/institutional design, and environmental stewardship. She holds a BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University, as well as a Masters of Management and certificate in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College.

Teo Grossman -
Teo Grossman
Raul de Villafranca -
Raul de Villafranca

Raul de Villafranca, Mexican ecological architect with 35 years of professional practice, with ample variety of scale and type of projects, including housing, master plans and strategic connectivity plan for the Mexico-USA border.Specialized in bamboo architecture, Biomimicry and Regenerative Design.Founder of Ecología y Habitat; NGO creator of Filobobos Natural Protected Area and doers of social equity and conservation work.In his work he integrates Deep Ecology, Ecological Literacy, Holistic Systems Thinking, Integrated Design Process, Biomimicry and Regenerative Design and Development.Besides his undergraduate architecture degree he has acquired a Green MBA.Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City since 1979, and for the last two years at UMA Valle de Bravo at Sustainability Public Policies, Green MBA and Sustainable Architecture Design Master Programs.Speaker at national and international forums, mainly in latinamerican universities in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador and lately at Schumacher College co-teaching with David Orr the Ecological Design Thinking shortcourse.Member of the sustainability group and the ecological movement inside the architecture program at Universidad Iberoamericana since 2003. Forms part of the Regenesis Mexico core group, practicing this discipline in professional and academic arenas. Key player in the Biomimicry movement in Mexico and Latinamerica. Fellow at the Biomimicry Institute, as well as a biomimicry professor since 2006. Advisor at the Biomimicry Institute Educational Board 2010-2012. Responsible in Iberoamericana University as a Biomimicry Institute Associate University. ZQjournal magazine Contributing editor and ZQjournal Spanish version editor. In 2015, lead 9 consecutive yearly Biomimicry Design (one week) Workshop with Iberoamericana University/Biomimicry Institute as well as co-teaching in it for the last 6 years.Biomimicry speaker and/or teacher at Iberoamericana University, Tecnológico deMonterrey University Querétaro Campus, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Mexico, Landivar University in Guatemala, Uninorte in Barranquilla Colombia, PUCE in Quito, Ecuator and Scumacher College in England.

Peggy Chu -
Peggy Chu

Architect AIA, Certified Biomimicry Professional, LEED AP

Peggy Chu is an architect and certified Biomimicry Professional specializing in sustainable design. From 2006-2016, Peggy was based in Hong Kong, where she worked in corporate architecture to integrate sustainable design practices across the Asia Pacific region, served as a green building certification consultant, and conducted university research on the lifecycle of sustainable building construction methods. Peggy currently lives in California where she is co-authoring a workbook to empower designers to integrate biomimicry principles into the built environment. She will be co-leading a biomimicry design workshop at the Living Future Conference May 2017, in Seattle.