The Evaluation Committee was made up of the representatives of Partners, representatives from Latvian civil society and winners from last year.
Nominees were evaluated by the following jury:
Kristīne Zonberga, Director of the Civic Alliance - Latvia
Director of Civic Alliance – Latvia, has 7 years experience in the field of research and more than 5 years working experience in CSOs sector. Kristine represents and advocates the interests of civil society in common at local and national level, ensures monitoring of the quality of civil participation and practices in public administration, as well as provides consultations and trainings in the field of legal matters of CSOs and organizational management and civil participation. Author of the publications about the issues of public administration and civil participation. Has a master’s degree in Public administration and bachelor degree in political science.
Richard Damstra , U.S. Embassy Riga
Richard Damstra is the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Latvia, and leads the Embassy team responsible for communications, culture and education programs, outreach, exchange programs, and press relations. He previously served as a diplomat in Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Washington DC. He is from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
|Māra Sīmane, Consultant of Cross Sectoral Coordination Center |
Māra Sīmane works at the Cross Sectoral Coordination Center under the Prime Minister with the National Development Plan 2014-2020, especially on strengthening human securitability. She is the Lead Author of the Latvian Human Development Report on Human Security that won the UN award in 2004 for "Excellence in Human Development Innovations", and authored Latvia's first Millenium Development Goals Report. From 2006-2011 she also headed the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS), an umbrella organization for Latvian NGOs engaged indevelopment cooperation and development education.
|Hamid Ladjevardi, Chairman of American Baltic Investments|
Hamid Ladjevardi is a board member of the non-profit organizations, Latvian Foster Family Association and Kids First Fund that deal with the welfare of children. Prior to this, he was co-founder and manager of the general partner of Baltic Fund 1, L.P., the first and longest running private equity fund in the Baltics, which was established in 1994. He has been actively involved in investment projects in the Baltic States since late 1991. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Hamid Ladjevardi received Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and political science and then went on to receive his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Hamid Ladjevardi is Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Baltic Foundation that promotes democracy, free markets, investments, and cultural exchange with the Baltic States.
|Agnese Kviese, member of the board of the center "Brīnumiņš"|
Agnese Kviese established and now is the board member of the center "Brīnumiņa". Her heart call is to support children and their parents. Her center has been run for 17 years and its focus is on providing more support for everyone with a family of children with special needs. Center "Brīnumiņš" operates in Talsi and every center employee love, accept and help every visitor of "Brīnumiņš".
|Natalia Novikova, Member of the Board of LiveIntegro Association
Natalia is the founder and board member of LiveIntegro. The association is involving children and young people with disabilities in sports and other activities, as well as organizing various types of charity events. In 2020, this work was highly valued - association received the Volunteer 2020 award and Natalia received the Human Development Award in the nomination "For Outstanding Contribution to the Future of Latvia". Natalia is the best stroller tennis player in the history of Latvia, she is constantly improving her knowledge and skills in sports and other fields, and she now passes her experience to children with disabilities, she is also a co-founder and president of the Children and Youth Para Sports Association.
|Miks Celmiņš, representative of the #vieglipalīdzēt movement, head of the Make Room Foundation in Latvia
During Covid-19, Miks got involved in the Paliec mājās = Viegli palīzēt movement to launch the "Support for Medical Professionals" initiative, to attract responsible entrepreneurs and NGOs to provide energy packages, free car rental, fuel and other useful medical goods and services for the medical employees in Latvia. Miks is a social innovation project manager, supporting non-governmental organizations, social entrepreneurs, activists, to create sustainable solutions, solving important problems of society, not only in Latvia, but also in the Make Room representative offices in Italy, Romania and India.
|Elīna Tolmačova, Head of the Environment, Health and Public Participation Department of Liepāja City Municipality Administration
Since 2016, Elīna has been the head of the Environment, Health and Public Participation Department of the Liepāja City Municipality Administration, where her daily work is related to health promotion and health care issues. The performance of official duties is inconceivable without communication with various legal and physical persons. Many of them represent the non-governmental sector and enthusiasts in their field. Elīna highly values people who prioritize the results of their work and whose guiding desire is to improve the daily lives of their peers in various fields. In 2020, Elīna received the Human Development Award in the nomination “For an outstanding contribution to health and well-being”.
|Tamāra Krēsliņa, volunteer of the State Probation Service in the field of resocialization (co-worker)
Tamāra is happy to share her life experience and knowledge gained through working with NGOs with large families and families with children with special needs. For more than 10 years, Tamāra has been working in prisons as a volunteer and a volunteer of the State Probation Service in the field of resocialization (co-worker). In 2020, Tamara received the Human Development Award in the nomination "On Social Responsibility".