International jury

Winner selection process

Applicant projects for the AIVP Antoine Rufenacht Prize will be analyzed by an Expert panel, who will select the best entries based on the same analysis grid. These will then be assessed by a Grand Jury, which will select the winner after deliberation behind closed doors.

Two co-chairwomen

The chairmanship of the Prix AIVP Antoine Rufenacht has been entrusted to two personalities, each recognized for their expertise, know-how, and contribution to improving city-port relations.

Geraldine Knatz

Los Angeles (United-States)
Co-chairwoman responsible for the Grand jury

Geraldine Knatz is the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at Altasea. Located in San Pedro, California, this project, currently in progress is transforming 35 acres of land in the Port of Los Angeles into an ocean-side innovation campus. Geraldine is also a Professor of the Practice and Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering. She was the first woman to serve as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

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Carola Hein

Delft (Netherlands)
Co-chairwoman responsible for the Expert panel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carola Hein is Professor and Head of the Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. She is the founding director of the PortCityFutures program which investigates the evolving spatial use and design of port city regions over time. Carola is also the Chair holder of the UNESCO Chair and Water, Ports and Historic Cities.

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Members of the Grand Jury

The Grand Jury will composed of 6 leading representatives coming from each of the 5 continents. They will come from the decision-making sphere (Mayor of a port city, Port Director, or Chairman) and/or be recognized for their expertise in adapting to climate change and/or sustainable development.

Hélène Chartier

Paris (France)

Urban designer

Hélène Chartier is the Director of Urban Planning and Design at C40 where she supports cities around the world to accelerate and mainstream sustainable and climate-resilient urban planning policies and design practices in their master plans. With C40, Hélène collaborates with world-leading cities, organisations, academic institutions, and businesses to accelerate inclusive climate actions.

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Deborah Dearing

Sydney (Australia)

Urban planner and designer

Deborah is a recognized leader in Australia with over 35 years’ international experience in urban design, architecture, planning, and property development in both Government and private organizations, including 25+ years in management, executive, and non-executive board roles. Since 2023, she is a non-executive Board member of the New South Wales Port Authority.

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Hoe Soon Tan


Maritime Leader

Hoe Soon Tan is Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate & Strategy) at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) where he oversees the key functions of policy and strategy development, international relations, communications, finance and procurement, training, and legal. Hoe Soon is Singapore’s representative at various international maritime meetings, including those at the International Maritime Organization.

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Gaetan Siew

Port Louis (Mauritius)

Architect and urban designer

Citizen of the world, former President of the International Union of Architects (IUA) and, avid world traveller (130 countries and 500 cities), Gaetan Siew is an international figure in the field of architecture and urban planning. Former member of the Board of Directors of Future Cities UK, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Clean Energy Solutions, Special Envoy – UN Habitat, UIA ambassador at the COP and a member of the Chaire ETI Panthéon Sorbonne. He gives lectures around the world.

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Members of the Expert panel

The Expert panel will play a crucial role in the award process. It will ensure that each entry is evaluated according to the same criteria.

Sébastien Dupray

Paris (France)

Head of Risks, Waters, and Sea Technical Division at Cerema

Sébastien Dupray is head of the Risks, Waters, and Sea Technical Division at Cerema, the only public organisation in France to cover all coastal, maritime, and river issues. As a member of the Expert panel, he will be taking a critical look at the solutions to climate challenges proposed by cities and port authorities as part of the development projects applying for the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht.

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Hilda Ghiara

Gênes (Italie)

Professor at the University of Genoa

Hilda Ghiara is a specialist in maritime and port economics. She is also a Professor at the University of Genoa in Italy. She has contributed to developing the Port Center concept, a public interpretation center for port activities and trades. Port Centers activities are now experienced in some twenty world port cities. As a member of the Expert panel, she will provide expertise on the link between city development and port development.

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Peter Hall

Vancouver (Canada)

Researcher and Professor at the university Simon Fraser in Vancouver

Peter V Hall is Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic, and Professor of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is also an associate member of the Geography Department. His research examines the connections between port cities, seaports, and logistics, as well as community, local economic, and employment development. The Expert panel will benefit from his expertise in city and regional planning.

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François Kern

Marseille (France)

Architect and Urban designer

François Kern is the founder of Kern + Associates, a French architecture and urban planning practice he run with his partners Anne Lacazio and Matthieu Mercinier since 2004. Alongside Yves Lion, Architect urbanist, he worked to transform the port city interface of Marseille (France). The Expert panel will benefit from his expertise as designer of urban areas at the port city interface.

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Eamonn O'Reilly

Dublin (Irlande)

Former Executive Director of Dublin Port

Eamonn O’Reilly was Chief Executive of the Port of Dublin between 2010 and 2022. He was also President of the European Sea Ports Association (ESPO) from 2016 to 2020. Eamonn is a well-known figure in the European port community. As Director of the Port of Dublin, he has made the port city relationship one of the strategic axes of the port’s development. The Expert panel will benefit from his expertise as former port Director.

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Isabelle Vries

Rotterdam (Pays-Bas)

Senior Advisor

After 20 years with the Port of Rotterdam, Isabelle Vries now works for the municipality of Rotterdam, where she coordinates the development of the university campus. She also has her own design office. Her last position at the Port of Rotterdam was as development manager for the former Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H) port area. As a member of the Expert panel, she will provide a specific expertise on the involvement of the port city community as a key element in designing sustainable urban project.

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