Prize Jury 2019

Pekka Haavisto, chair

Pekka Haavisto is a member of Finnish Parliament and Foreign Minister.

Haavisto was the first green Minister in Europe, first as a minister for Environment and Development and a Minister for Development and State Ownership.

Haavisto has acted as the Chairperson of the Finnish Greens as well as the Chairperson of the European Green Party. Haavisto was appointed as Foreign Minister’s Special Representative for African Crises. Before he has worked as the European Union Special Representative in Sudan and Darfur, and as a Special Advisor for the UN in Darfur peace process in 2007. He has also led several missions to conflict areas as the Chairman of UNEP’s post-conflict work.

Haavisto is a President of the EIP Board of Governors. He lives in a registered partnership with Antonio Flores from Ecuador.

Eva Biaudet

Eva Biaudet is a well-known human rights activist and the former Minister of Health and Social Services of Finland, also responsible for gender equality issues. 

In May 2019, Biaudet started her sixth term in Finnish Parliament. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Grand Committee, which also handles EU affairs. She has chaired Parliament’s informal human rights network and currently leads the women’s network. She is also the chair of the Party Council of the Swedish People’s Party. Between her terms as an MP she served in Vienna as the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE has 57 member states. After her time in Vienna, she continued to work on human rights issues as the Ombudsperson for Minorities and, later, Non-Discrimination Ombudsman.

She was the Swedish Peoples Party candidate in the 2012 presidential elections. Since 2015, she has served as President of the National Council of Women of Finland, an umbrella organisation for 60 women’s organisations. She is also active in many civil society organisations concerned with democracy and children’s rights and combatting racism.


Katja Iversen

Katja Iversen is the President/CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 25 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for advocacy and communication on reproductive health with UNFPA. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution, and international development.

Iversen has worked in global development for more than 20 years and has an extensive network within the UN, development communities, and global media. She has counseled and trained multiple Fortune 500 executives on cross cultural management and cross cultural communication. She is an International Gender Champion, on the MIT Women & Technology Solve Leadership Group, as well as a sought lecturer and speaker.

Anneli Jäätteenmäki

Anneli Jäätteenmäki was a member of the European Parliament. She is currently a member of the Environmental committee and substitute member of the Committee on Budgets. She has also acted as a vice-president of the European Parliament as well as the vice-president of her parliamentary group ALDE. Before she was elected to the Finnish Parliament in 1987, Anneli Jäätteenmäki worked as a lawyer. She has been the minister of justice, the speaker of the Finnish Parliament, and the first female Prime Minister of Finland.

Anneli Jäätteenmäki belongs to the Centre Party of Finland and she has acted as chair of her party. She was also a longstanding chair of the Finnish Centre Women. Throughout her career, Mrs Jäätteenmäki has spoken actively about transparency, gender equality and human rights. During her years in the European Parliament she has been working with issues linked to public health such as food safety, food labelling and chemicals legislation. She has also been striving for better governance and administration of the EU institutions.

Dean Peacock

Dean Peacock is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice, an award winning South African NGO working in twenty five countries Africa and globally to prevent gender based violence, reduce the spread and impact of  HIV and AIDS and promote gender equality, human rights and social justice. He is also one of the co-founders and former co-chairs of the Global MenEngage Alliance, now active in seventy countries across the world, and of the Global MenCare Campaign, also now active in dozens of countries.

Peacock is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town's School of Public Health, a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and an Ashoka Fellow. He has published widely on gender equality, health and human rights in many major news outlets and academic journals.

Peacock has served as an advisor to the South African government, many UN agencies, the UN Secretary General, and the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Global Campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict.