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The judges for the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards were chosen to cover the broadest possible spectrum of knowledge and specialism in the issues affecting cities globally.
Chaired by Edwin Heathcote, the panel covered a wide range of specialities, ranging from the economics of poverty, to aid delivery in the developing world, public and private sector healthcare, education and communication. The panel generated a lively discussion of the entries, and we hope the winners will both make a real difference and inspire others.
One of the foremost architects of his generation, David Adjaye’s work spans art and large institutional and municipal buildings. Born in Tanzania, he moved to London as a child but maintains a critical interest in urbanism in Africa. His designs include East London’s Idea Stores and the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
India-born Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the most important contributors to the field of development economics and co-founded the Poverty Action Lab. His ideas are outlined in his award-winning best-seller Poor Economics.
John Bowis OBE
A former UK member of parliament and member of the European parliament, John Bowis served as both a health and a transport minister in the Conservative government in the 1990s. He is currently the executive president of Health First Europe.
Sir Terry Farrell
One of the world’s most respected architects, Sir Terry Farrell is responsible for an array of highly recognisable buildings. His practice has huge experience in infrastructure and transport, and in setting out the frameworks for the way cities will grow.
Reinier de Graaf
As a partner of Rotterdam-based architecture practice OMA and the supervisor of the Think Tank AMO, Reinier de Graaf has combined the design of ambitious buildings and urban plans with an analysis of global issues, including energy and education.
Edwin Heathcote is the FT’s architecture and design critic. He is also an architect, a writer and designer and co-founder of architectural hardware manufacturer izé. He is a contributor to international architectural journals and has written numerous books.
The executive director of the Insead business school’s global knowledge engine eLab is a former senior executive at the World Bank and the United Nations. He has been a commissioner of the Broadband Commission since it was established in 2010, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government.
Prof Carlo Ratti
Prof Ratti is an architect and engineer practicing in his native Italy and teaching in the US, where he set up MIT’s Senseable City Lab. He holds a number of patents and has co-authored more than 200 publications. His work with Senseable is based around the study of the urban environment and transforming our understanding of cities.
After a career as a Wall Street securities analyst, Luanne Zurlo founded, in 2002, the non-profit Worldfund, aimed at using education to fight poverty in Latin America. With a network of partnerships, it has launched innovative teacher training programmes and literacy, numeracy and arts projects across the continent.