The Jury

HE Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

juty_olafur Former President
Republic of Iceland
Chair, Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury

The fifth President of the Republic of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was born in Ísafjörður on May 14th 1943. His parents were Grímur Kristgeirsson and Svanhildur Ólafsdóttir Hjartar.


Dr. Han Seung-soo

Han-Seung-sooFormer Prime Minister
Republic of Korea
Vice- Chair, Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury

Dr. Han served as Prime Minister of Republic of Korea (2008-09). He is currently UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water (2013-), Special Adviser of the High Level Panel on Water(2016-), and Founding Chair of High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel for Water and Disasters (HELP)(2007-) and Co-chair of ADB’s Water Advisory Group (2014-). He was Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board for Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)(2007-15), Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Climate Change (2007-08), Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel for Global Sustainability (GSP)(2010-12), Founding Chair of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)(2010-12) and Chair of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris where the resolution of Declaration on Green Growth was unanimously adopted on 25 June 2009.


HE Felipe Calderón Hinojosa

Former President

Felipe Calderón served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.


Adnan Z. Amin

International Renewable Energy Agency

Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the Agency in the implementation of its mandate to promote the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy worldwide.


HE Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh

Abu Dhabi Global Marketplace

The Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Global Market is H.E Ahmed Al Sayegh, who is also the Managing Director of Dolphin Energy Limited. With a career that spans more than thirty years, Mr. Al Sayegh holds a number of prominent positions across various private and public sector institutions in Abu Dhabi and has a wealth of experience launching and developing flagship initiatives. Currently the Vice Chairman of First Gulf Bank, Vice Chairman of Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF), and a board member of Etihad Airways, Mr. Al Sayegh has previously held a wide range of positions of responsibility at leading government organizations like Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC), and is the former Chairman of entities including Aldar Properties PJSC and Masdar (also known as Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company). Mr. Al Sayegh holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.


Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Group

Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands.


Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui

HE Shamma Minister of State for Youth Affairs

Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui, aged 22, was appointed as the UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the new Cabinet, announced in February 2016. Hence, she is the youngest minister in the world. Her tasks are focused on representing youth issues and aspirations at the ministerial Council, setting development plans and strategies for improving youth capabilities, in addition to further utilizing their energy in various fields.


Dr. Kandeh Yumkella

Dr-Kandeh-Yumkella Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) and chair of UN-Energy (2008-2015). A distinguished development economist and an expert in agricultural economics with over 25 years of international experience, he brought a renewed and vital focus to global energy issues and led the coordination of the United Nations response to energy issues. As Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Dr. Yumkella was the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).