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The Jurors

Barry Van Driel


Vice-President of the International Association for Intercultural Education

Barry van Driel is the Vice-President of the International Association for Intercultural Education, and the International Director for Teacher Training and Curriculum Development at the Anne Frank House. He was educated at universities in the Netherlands and the United States, and holds a graduate degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion. He joined the Anne Frank House in 2002, where he has conducted many interviews with print media, radio and television in various countries relating to xenophobia, racism and discrimination today. He is member of Global Experts, a UNAOC initiative. He was a jury for the 2011 Intercultural Innovation Award.


Ms. Heather Johnston


Learning Advisor, Centre for Intercultural Learning, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Heather Johnston holds more than 25 years experience in the field of intercultural communication in international contexts. Since 2003 she has been working as a Learning Advisor at the Centre for Intercultural Learning, a leading Canadian center in intercultural training, belonging to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development. She has lived and worked in Malawi, Honduras, the United States, Egypt and Ghana. Heather continues her volunteer work helping supply medical equipment and supplies to Ghanaian hospitals in need.

Heather also teaches on-line as a facilitator for the University of British Columbia’s certificate in International Development, is a course instructor in intercultural communication for Tele-com University in Lille, France, and has delivered numerous intercultural sessions for public, private sector and non-governmental clients over the past twenty-five years. Heather has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Cairo American College, the Canadian International Development Agency, the North Vancouver School Board, and was a volunteer teacher with World University Service of Canada in Malawi. Heather holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University in the United States. Heather published a book based on her experiences living in Ghana. It is called “Please Be Upstanding – Letters from Ghana”. She was a jury member of the Intercultural Innovation Award in 2012.


Markus Hipp

Executive Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Markus Hipp studied philosophy and Catholic theology in Munich from 1989 to 1994. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a lecturer in German and philosophy at the Czech universities of Budweis and Brno, before taking up positions in the marketing and publishing industry in Munich and in Augsburg. In 1998, he joined the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart as assistant to the executive director. In 2000, he became the Foundation’s deputy chief executive for Central and Eastern Europe, before being appointed to establish the Berlin office of the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2002, which he directed until August 2006.

Since then he has been the executive director of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. The married father of four also holds a number of honorary posts in other organizations. He is a member of the advisory council of the Association of German Foundations in Berlin, a member of the board of trustees of the Breuninger Foundation, a board member of the Paretz Foundation as well as a founding director and member of MitOst e.V., an association for language and cultural exchange in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Since 2008 Markus Hipp is an elected member of the city council of Ketzin, Brandenburg. In 2011 he became a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).



CEO of Global Movement of Moderates

Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is CEO of Global Movement of Moderates (GMM). He is also Chairman of Youth Academy; Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya; and former Deputy Minister of Higher Education. He is a progressive politician who advocates the idea of New Politics, youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship. He is also actively promoting debate culture and basketball.

Before becoming a politician, he was President of the Malaysian Youth Council; Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Youth Employment; Consultant of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); and a student activist. He was also a businessman, university administrator, teacher and editor.
Dato’ Saifuddin is a prolific writer. He has published six books, one of which, New Politics (2008), is a best seller and reference of analysts on Malaysian politics. He is a columnist of Sinar Harian, fz.com, Oriental Daily, See Hua Daily Sarawak and Makkal Osai.

An alumnus of The Malay College Kuala Kangsar, received his BA Honours from University of Malaya and attended an Executive Course at Harvard Business School. Married to Norlin Shamsul Bahri and they have a daughter, Nur Madihah.