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We welcome you to apply to become a Reviewer of solutions submitted to the Global Opportunity Explorer. See our assessment criteria and join our growing community of experts.

Rooted in over five years of research involving 18,000 business leaders and 17 expert panels, the Global Opportunity Explorer guides you through hundreds of sustainable solutions and market opportunities which address the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

The Global Opportunity Explorer is a joint project of Sustainia, DNV GL, and the UN Global Compact. Applying our assessment criteria, our reviewers work diligently with Sustainia’s experts to safeguard the integrity of the Global Opportunity Explorer.


Assessment Criteria

To determine whether or not a solution is qualified to claim a spot on Global Opportunity Explorer, we use six assessment criteria: 

1. Readily available
Global Opportunity Explorer solutions must be more than just vague ideas or blueprints. Candidates must be or have concrete projects that are making an impact in societies and markets. They must be readily available products or services, meaning they have already done something before and are able to do that same thing again.

2. Commercially viable
Financial sustainability of projects is a key quality for solutions, which should not completely rely on a funding or donation-based business model.

3. Positive environmental impact
Global Opportunity Explorer solutions must have a direct positive impact on climatic or environmental factors, at some scale. There can be challenges and trade offs associated with all companies but overall it must be deemed the solution has a net positive benefit.

4. Improve quality of life
Global Opportunity Explorer solutions are assessed on their ability to deliver a better and more sustainable life for the people impacted by the solution. Solutions should enhance well-being either at an individual or societal level.

5. Innovative
Global Opportunity Explorer solutions should have a certain je ne sais quois – they should provoke excitement and intrigue through their uniqueness or innovative nature. Innovation is a notoriously difficult property to measure and it is rare to find a product or service that is truly unique, but solutions that offer a product or service that is common-place may not be featured on the Global Opportunity Explorer.

6. Other exclusion criteria
Being part of the following industries: tobacco, weapons, pornography, gambling, drugs.


Reviewers

SIMONE AHUJA
Founder at Blood Orange, expert in ‘frugal innovation’.

HANNE BACH
Director, DCE-Danish Center for Environment and Energy

MORTEN BIRKVED
Professor, University of Southern Denmark

MARTIN BRYNSKOV
Associate Professor, Ph.D, Aarhus University

TRINE AGERVIG CARSTENSEN
Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Copenhagen

RICARDO CEPEDA-MÁRQUEZ
Head of the Solid Waste Initiative

MARTIN DREWS
Senior Researcher, Technical University of Denmark

HOLGER DALKMANN
Interim Secretary General at Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport

RIKKE DREYER
Chief Consultant Public Procurement, Ecolabelling Denmark

PETER HARPSØE ENGEL
CSR-Director, Dansk Retursystem A/S

LONE FEIFER
Director of Sustainability & Architecture, VELUX Group

KIRSTEN HALSNÆS
Professor in Climate and Economy, Technical University of Denmark

SIMON HANSEN
Director of Regions, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

STEFAN HENNINGSSON
Senior Advisor Climate, Energy & Innovation at Världsnaturfonden WWF / WWF Sweden

REGITZE MARIANNE HESS
Director International Affairs, IFHP & Associate Professor at DIS

MARINA BERGEN JENSEN
Professor, Climate Adaptation, Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Copenhagen

ANDERS VESTERGAARD JENSEN
Project manager, Climate-KIC Nordic

GERTRUD JØRGENSEN
Professor, Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Copenhagen

JOHAN ARNØ KRYGER
Business Development Director, Global Fashion Agenda & Copenhagen Fashion Summit

KATE LAING
Network Manager, Mobility Management; C40 Cities

OLE MARK
Research Chief, DHI

LARS FOGH MORTENSEN
Consumption, Products and Plastics Expert at European Environmental Agency

TONEE NDUNGU
Founder, Kytabu

FLEMMING LYNGE NIELSEN
Sustainability Director, Danfoss A/S

BIRGIT PALUDAN
Civil Engineer, Hydraulics

PELLE PEDERSEN
Impact Investment Professional

SUSANNE PEDERSEN
Managing Director at Climate-KIC Nordic Aps

GAYLE PETERSON
Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, Oxford University

CHANTAL OUDKERK POOL
Head of Adaptation Planning at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

TIM PRYCE
Programme Director, Energy and Buildings; C40 Cities

METTE QVIST
Director, Green Building Council Denmark

KYRRE RICKERTSEN
Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, School of Economics and Business. 

HANS SANDERSON
Senior Researcher, Ph.D, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

ALLAN SKOVGAARD
Director, Emerging Water Technologies, Grundfos Holding A/S

MARIA LUCILA SPOTORNO
Governance Advisor, Transport, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

JOHAN SÖDERBLOM
Expert Climate, Energy & Innovations at Världsnaturfonden WWF / WWF Sweden

ANNETTE TOFT
Director, Danish Agricultural and Food Council, Bruxelles

DITTE LYSGAARD VIND
Managing Partner, Lendager Group TCW

KATIE VINES
Senior Manager, Adaptation Planning and Research; C40 Cities

CAROLINE WATSON
Programme Director, Transport & Urban Planning, Zero Emission Vehicle Network Manager, C40 Cities


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