The awards are judged in the context of the theme "Sharing cities" by an independent jury of five members.
The jury represents the host city, academia, EU institutions, media and the third sector.
Renato Galliano graduated with honors in economics and business. He currently works for the city of Milan, as director of the economic development and smart city department and is responsible for creating and fostering economic development based on innovation and creativity. He also coordinates the activities related to smart cities, sharing economy, start-ups and incubators. He previously held the positions of director of regional planning, landscape, cartography department of the Tuscany region; general director of Milano Metropoli Development Agency; president of Eurada, the European Association of Development Agencies in Brussels.
Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric, the online magazine covering all things urban, which was launched as a sister publication to the New Statesman in August 2014. A journalist for over a decade, he has written on subjects including politics, urbanism, housing, education, and healthcare.
Prior to joining the staff full time, Jonn had been a long-time contributor to the New Statesman online, and contributing a regular column under the heading, "Trying to understand why nothing works". Between 2009 and 2014, he was the editor of EducationInvestor, the world's leading business magazine for the education sector, as well as a commentator, consultant and event chair.
He also contributes regularly to titles including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Financial Times. He lives in London.
Ivana Pais is associate professor in economic sociology at Università Cattolica, Milan. Her research focuses on digital labour. Her recent publications include: Ivana Pais and Giancarlo Provasi, "Sharing Economy: A Step towards the Re-Embeddedness of the Economy?" (2015); and Del Moral Lucia and Ivana Pais, “Collaborative Economy and the Digitalisation of Timebanking: Opportunities and Challenges” (2015).
Christian Svanfeldt has worked as policy analyst for national and European administrations in the field of innovation, research and regional and urban policy for more than two decades. He is interested in rethinking policymaking to better reflect the ways in which policies are being implemented. He joined the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research in 2001 before moving to the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in 2009. In 2015 he joined the Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Christian holds an MSc in systems engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), an MBA in industrial economics and innovation management from the École Centrale Paris and a PhD in management and sociology of innovation from the Paris-Dauphine University.
Pieter van de Glind is a co-founder of shareNL, the Dutch knowledge and networking platform for the sharing and collaborative economy. Together with co-founder Harmen van Sprang and his team, he works with startups, corporations, cities, governments and knowledge institutions from around the world. They are the developers of the Collaborative (and sharing) Economy Ecosystem, the authors of SHARE, the initiators of Amsterdam Sharing City, official advisors of Seoul Sharing City and co-creators of the collaborative economy research library.