A panel of highly distinguished international figures come together to form the Jury for the Equator Prize 2010. The jury represented a comprehensive body of expertise and experience in environmental and sustainable development issues from around the world. They selected the five communities who will receive special recognition from the 25 winners chosen by the Technical Advisory Committee. Following are the jury members biographies: 



Dr. Gro Brundtland

Special Envoy, United Nations


Dr.  Gro Harlem Brundtland currently services as Special Envoy on Climate Change for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Prior to joining the UN, Dr. Brundtland was the youngest person, at age 41, and the first woman ever to be elected Prime Minister of Norway. Educated as a physician at the University of Oslo, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard, the former Prime Minister is recognized as a leader in sustainable development and public health.

Throughout her political career, Dr. Brundtland has developed a growing concern for issues of global significance. In 1983, United Nations Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, invited her to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development. The Commission is best known for developing the broad political concept of sustainable development. The Commission’s recommendations led to the Earth Summit -- the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. Later in 1993, Dr. Brundtland went on to serve as the Director General of the World Health Organization till 2003. There she focused on promoting sustainable and equitable health systems in all countries".  Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of the highest-level women leaders who act for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.



Steven J. McCormick

President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Before assuming presidency at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Steven McCormick served as the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy from 2001 to 2007. During his tenure, he brought the Nature Conservancy to a truly global presence and oversaw a budget over $500 million. Prior to his role as president and CEO of TNC, Steve was a partner at Resources Law Group from 2000 to 2001, a firm based in Sacramento, which provides transactional and consulting services in land-use and natural resources law and policy, and creates innovative opportunities for conservation philanthropy.

Steve has a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1973), where he graduated with honors, and a J.D. Degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1976). He also attended the Stanford Executive Program in 1993.



Elinor_OstromProfessor Elinor Ostrom

2009 Noble Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Science

Elinor Ostrom is Distinguished Professor, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, and Senior Research Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2009, Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange, the Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award, the Frank E. Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy, the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science.

Her books include Governing the Commons (1990); Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources (1994, with Roy Gardner and James Walker); Local Commons and Global Interdependence: Heterogeneity and Cooperation in Two Domains (1995, with Robert Keohane); Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Lessons from Experimental Research (2003, with James Walker); The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptations (2003, with Nives Dolšak); The Samaritan’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Development Aid (2005, with Clark Gibson, Krister Andersson, and Sujai Shivakumar); Understanding Institutional Diversity (2005); Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (2007, with Charlotte Hess); and Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice (2010, with Amy Poteete and Marco Janssen).


Professor M.S. Swaminathan

Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)


TIME Magazine acclaimed Professor Swaminathan as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century. He has been a world leader in sustainable development for more than 45 years and has been described by the United Nations Environment Program as "the Father of Economic Ecology." Dr. Swaminathan served as Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (1972-78) and of the International Rice Research Institute (1982-88). He has also served as Independent Chairman of the FAO Council (1981-85) and as the President of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (1984-1990).

For his work in crop genetics and sustainable agricultural development in India and other developing nations, he was awarded the first World Food Prize in 1987, the Tyler and Honda Prizes in 1991, and the UNEP Sasakawa Award in 1994. He is a former president of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of India, is a member of the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy, and the Italian and Chinese Academies.



H.R.H. Princess Basma Bint Talal, D.Phil  

Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development


Princess Basma plays an active advocacy role through various forums such as the United Nations, contributing to global strategies on health, education, population, the environment, and the advancement of women.  Her Royal Highness is particularly involved with supporting the implementation of sustainable development programmes that address the social and economic needs of marginalized groups.

In 1977, Princess Basma established the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, Jordan’s largest and oldest non-profit, non-governmental organization, which has been empowering whole communities through an integrated grassroots approach that promotes equitable, rights-based sustainable human development.  Princess Basma’s role as an advocate for women’s rights is well recognized in Jordan and the Arab region as supporting women’s rights, increasing their political profile, and changing societal perceptions of the role of women, which has remained a central part of Her Royal Highness’s activities over the past several decades.

On the international level, Princess Basma is Honorary Human Development Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), as well as Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  Her Royal Highness also serves as a member of the Council of the United Nations University for Peace and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, jointly established by the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, and Durham.



Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Executive Director, Tebtebba Foundation

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz serves as the Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and as the Executive Director of the Tebtebba Foundation in the Philippines. Since 1993, she has been a Co-Chair of the Indigenous Caucus of the UN

Commission of Sustainable Development NGO Steering Committee and is also a Board Member of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) and the Vice President of the International Training Center of Indigenous Peoples (ITCIP). For many years, she has been the voice of indigenous people around the world and has sought to bring all of them together in policy-making and global advocacy.



Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III

UN Foundation Chairman


Ted Turner is the Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. and former Vice Chairman of Time Warner Inc., the world's leading media company. He is the founder of CNN, an environmentalist, and a philanthropist.

In September 1997, Turner announced his historic pledge of $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation (UNF). The organization supports the goals and objectives of the United Nations to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. UNF has identified four core priorities: women and population; children's health; the environment; and peace and security. He has said that his gift is an "investment in the future of humanity."

Mr. Turner is the Chairman of the Turner Foundation, Inc. founded in 1990, which supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect our climate, safeguarding environmental health, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates. One example, The Turner Endangered Species Fund, is a core grantee of the Turner Foundation, which works to conserve biodiversity by emphasizing restoration efforts of endangered or imperiled species on the Turner properties.

In early 2001, Turner launched the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a foundation he co-chairs with former Senator Sam Nunn. NTI is working to close the growing and increasingly dangerous gap between the threat from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the global response. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including being named Time magazine’s 1991 Man of the Year and Broadcasting and Cable’s Man of the Century in 1999.