Clarity, Transparency and Integrity

A fair and impartial judicial process is at the heart of the 2019 China Social Impact Awards. The judicial process is audited by a third party to ensure clarity, transparency and integrity.

Judging Panels

The judges for the CSIA’s were handpicked because in the opinion of the Award sponsor and the British Chamber of Commerce in China, they are respected and prominent individuals in the CSR field. We thank all of our judges for their time and energy into ensuring the success of the Awards.

  • Each Award will have a separate panel of 5 judges with expertise in the area relating to the award.
  • Judges will be independent. In order to avoid a conflict of interests, we require that Judges have no connections with applicants in the award.
  • There will be no public vote. The judges have been chosen for their experience and expertise, and they will make the final decision.
  • The Panel has been asked to judge based on the effectiveness of the campaign on social impact over the last 12 months. Judges will take into account the resources of the company applying. They will look to see how specialised knowledge and skills have been leveraged to enhancing social and environmental developments.
  • The Panel will also judge on the long term sustainability and scalability of any projects.
  • Questions have been designed to help applicants structure their applications to meet these judging criteria.

Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi


Representative (China)/Country Director (Mongolia)

Nick Neumann

AB Sugar

Agriculture Devt Director

Eleana Chen


VP Govt. & Partner Affairs

Beth Keck


Chair Sustainability



Programme Policy Officer

Medy Wang

British Council China

Head of Schools

Ninette Dodoo



Dr. Roli Asthana

DFID China


Ms. ZHOU Bohan


Private Partnership Officer

Hannah Ryder

Development Reimagined


Ms. Li Li


Associate Professor

Liana Lauren Bianchi


Senior External Relations

Zhu Rui



Jazreel Goh

British Council China

Director Education & Sport

Mr. Zhang Xubiao

ILO Beijing Office

Programme Manager

Callum Douglas


Director, Corporate Responsibility

Jonathan Dong

Brunswick Group


Elizabeth Knup

Ford Foundation

China Head

Danny Whitehead

British Council China

Deputy Director, China

Ms. Himalchuli Gurung

UNESCO Programme

Specialist for Culture

Ms. LIU Meng

UN Global Compact

Head, Asia Pacific Networks

Judging Process

The judging process itself is broken down into two stages;

First Stage:

The Panel will individually shortlist and rank the applications. Overall scores will be given to each application. Each judge’s scores will be ranked, each judges ranking will be tallied, and three highest-scoring will be selected as finalists.

Second Stage:

The same Panel will then come together as a group and discuss the merits of each of the finalists, coming to a clear decision on the winner and runners-up. In the case of a split decision, finalists will be asked to interview in front of the Panel.

Winners of the Awards will be revealed during the Gala dinner on 7th November, 2019.

Auditor of the Voting Process

We are delighted to announce that KPMG have agreed to scrutinise the judging process, ensuring that the process is transparent, fair and legitimate.