Our Judges

Each year, our N-Peace Awards are supported by a panel of judges.


Leymah Roberta Gbowee

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian Peace Activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA); a foundation that provides educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women and youth in West Africa and around the World. She also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York, USA. She is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A).  She serves as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate for the United Nations (UN) and in 2017, she was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to serve as a Member of his High Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

Madam Gbowee was on August 20, 2016 awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) for Peace in Africa by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. On November 25, 2017, she received the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence in the category of Unity and Religions.


Prakash Jha 

Prakash Jha is a multi-award winning independent film maker from India.

He mostly known for his political and socio-political films Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997), Gangaaj al (2003), Apaharan (2005). He is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries like, Faces After The Storm (1984) and Sonal (2002).

Over the course of his career, he has produced and directed 14 feature films, over 25 documentaries, 2 featurettes and 3 series for television. Jha has won 10 National Awards. From hard hitting socially relevant themes depicted in a realistic style to the dramatic genre of artistic commercial cinema – Jha’s films have generated considerable response from critics and audiences alike.


Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. In 2000, he established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people.

In 2007, he founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history. In 2013, Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.


Vrinda Grover

Vrinda Grover is a lawyer, researcher, and human rights and women’s rights activist based in India. As a lawyer she has appeared in prominent human rights cases and represented women and child survivors of domestic and sexual violence; victims and survivors of communal massacre, extrajudicial killings and custodial torture; sexual minorities; trade unions; and political activists. 

Focused on the impunity of the state in relation to human rights violations, her research and writing inquires into the role of law in the subordination of women; the failure of the criminal justice system during communal and targeted violence; the effect of ‘security’ laws on human rights; rights of undocumented workers; challenges confronting internally displaced persons; and examines impunity for enforced disappearances and torture in conflict situations.

TIME Magazine identified her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.


Barbara Navarro

Barbara Navarro joined Google 10 years ago and during this time has been Head for the South of Europe at the Public Policy and Government Relations team. She moved to Hong Kong in November 2014 as Head of Operations and Strategy for Public Policy APAC.

Before joining Google, she was at NBC Universal, as Director of Regulatory affairs for Spain and Portugal. Barbara has a law degree and an executive MBA from IESE business school.

Former N-Peace Judges include
: Todd Minerson (Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign), Senator Mobina Jaffer (Canadian Senator for British Columbia), Mafuz Anam (Editor-Publisher of The Daily Star, Bangladesh) Christoff Heynes (Human Rights Law Expert), Swarna Rajagopalan (Writer, Political Analyst and Social Entrepreneur), and Deepa Mehta (Film Director and Screenwriter).