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High-level jury 2024

The members of the High-level jury are a panel of experts entrusted with choosing the 9 finalists for the Sustainable Energy Awards.

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  • General Secretary of Housing of Europe
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Sorcha is General Secretary of Housing of Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing since 2014. Housing Europe brings together public, cooperative and social housing providers from across Europe. They share a vision of a Europe which provides access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and where everyone is enabled to reach their full potential. The sector manages 25 million homes and delivers over 200,000 new homes and renovations annually. Sorcha leads the team and coordinates the network for maximum impact aiming at better regulation, better knowledge and better finance for housing in EU and International policy-making. Under her leadership Housing Europe has become a point of reference for sustainable housing systems in Europe and beyond. Sorcha’s academic career which led her to this position covered business and languages at Dublin City University, University of Salamanca & University of Ulster, to a Masters in European studies at the University of Leuven and a post graduate diploma in sustainability in the build environment at the East London University.

  • President of the City Assembly of Zagreb and member of European Committee of the Regions
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Josko has an extensive career in public and private sector. He started his diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, where he held numerous positions from the desk officer in the International Law Department to the Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. He headed several departments with the Ministry and served as the Chief of Cabinet of the Minister and Director of the EU Directorate, as well as the Secretary-General of Croatian Negotiation’s Team for Accession to the EU. He was in charge of organising and conducting the referendum on Croatia’s accession to the EU, as well as the Government public campaign that preceded the referendum. He continued his career in New York and Brussels where he held the positions of political councillor to the Croatian Mission to UN and Deputy head of Mission to NATO. He was twice elected to the Croatian Parliament and appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Office of the President of the Republic. He was also a candidate of the Social Democratic Party at the elections for the European Parliament. While working in private business as the Secretary General of Atlantic Group, he was the President of an NGO called the United Nations Association. He also served as a Member of the University Council of the University of Zagreb and the Dean of the Dag Hammarskjold University College of International Relations and Diplomacy.

  • Vice President, Europe, Breakthrough Energy
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At Breakthrough Energy – an organisation founded by Bill Gates in 2015 – Ann is working with European partners to accelerate clean tech innovation in the pursuit of climate neutrality and net-zero emissions. Previously, she served as Director-General at the European Commission where she ran the internal strategy department, reporting directly to the President. An entrepreneur at heart, Ann set up her own think tank which she ran for more than a decade. Her career started at the World Economic Forum where she led the Europe department. She holds MA degrees in political science and European law and economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA and Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany.