Meet the Judges

Peer-to-Peer Review

During Peer-to-Peer review, each applicant will score and comment on five other applications using the four criteria included in the scoring rubric: community-informed, impactful, feasible, and evidence-based. This is the same scoring rubric that the Evaluation Panel will use.

Scores will be calculated using an algorithm that ensures a level playing field for all applicants. In addition to scoring each application on the four criteria in the scoring rubric, Peer-to-Peer reviewers will also provide a final numerical score, ranging between 0-100, representing an overall impression of the entire application. We ask that each Peer-to-Peer reviewer carefully read the applications given to them and provide meaningful feedback.

The Peer-to-Peer review will result in a rank order of all valid submissions. Based on the rank order of scores, a subset of top-scoring applications will move forward to the Evaluation Panel.

Evaluation Panel

Evaluation Panel members will score and provide feedback on the applications assigned to them using the scoring rubric, and each valid application will receive five sets of reviews with scores that have been statistically normalized to ensure a level playing field. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications after Evaluation Panel review, up to five Finalists will be selected. 

David Miliband

Chief Executive, International Rescue Committee

Paul Collier

Professor of Economics & Public Policy, University of Oxford

Sarah Costa

Executive Director, Women's Refugee Commission

Fauziya Abdi Ali

President, Women in International Security

Maha Abushama

Programme Manager, Human Rights, Sigrid Rausing Trust

Naif ALObaid

Executive Director, Shefa Fund

Hilda Arellano

Foreign Service Officer & International Development Specialist

Zohoor Asiri


Valerie Bemo

Deputy Director, Emergency Response, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Robert Carey

Former Director of Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sasha Chanoff

Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint

Siddharth Chatterjee

UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, United Nations

Stacey Choe

Director, Asia Philanthropy Circle

Seemi Choudry

Former Director, Office of New Americans (ONA), City of Chicago Mayor's Office

Mary Crock

Professor of Public Law, Director, Sydney Centre for International Law, The University of Sydney Law School

Annemieke de Jong

Refugee Livelihoods Programme Manager

Heidi Dorow

Director of Immigration Initiatives, Borealis Philanthropy

Sayd Farook

Advisor, VP & PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Bill Frelick

Refugee Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

Professor of Law, University of NewSouth Wales

Esther Hughes

Executive Director, Global Dialogue

Mukhtar Ibrahim

Editor & Executive Director, Sahan Journal

Amaney Jamal

Professor, Princeton University

Yasmin Kayali

Co-Founder, Chief PR & Communications Officer, Basmeh & Zeitooneh

Anita Khashu

Director, Four Freedoms Fund, NEO Philanthropy

Ifrah Mahamud Magan

Faculty/Fellow/Assistant Professor, New York University

Tara Magner

Director, Chicago Commitment, MacArthur Foundation

Ammar Malik

Director of Research (EPoD), Center for International Development JFK School of Government, Harvard University

Gregory Maniatis

Director, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Geri Mannion

Program Director, Strengthening U.S. Democracy & Special Opportunities Fund Carnegie Corporation of New York

Susan Martin

Donal G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration, School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Elizabeth McCostlin

Managing Director, UNICEF-Chicago Regional Office

Anya McMurray

Senior Director, Immigration Strategy & Policy, Emerson Collective

Deogratias Niyizonkiza

Founder & CEO, Village Health Works

Anila Noor

Policy Advisor on Diversity, Integration & Gender Inclusion

Lam Nguyen-Phuong

Co-founder & Former Senior Managing Partner, Capital Group

Esther Olavarria

Independent Consultant

Daranee Petsod

President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees

Shahla Raza

Founder-Director, Yusra Community Center

Alma Rodriguez

Senior Program Officer - Immigrant Advocacy, Walder Foundation

Maria Teresa Rojas

Director of Programs, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Tea Rozman-Clark

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Green Card Voices

Katina Saoulli

Executive Director, I AM YOU

Rebecca Sharp

Chief Operating Officer, IDinsight

John Slocum

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Emily Snider

Director of Marketing & Artisan Initiatives, RefuSHE

Lorna Solis

Founder & CEO, Elevate & GritTekkie

Beth Solomon

Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives & Development, CARE USA

Stanley Tan

Chairman, Asia Philanthropy Circle

Negar Tayyar

Director, Global Whole Being Fund (GWBF)

Najeeba Wazefadost

Co-founder, APNOR (Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Refugee Advocate)

Regine Webster

Vice President, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Selection Committee

In partnership with Lever for Change, the Selection Committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to five Finalists based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, Evaluation Panel resulting rank order, organizational capacity, geographic diversity, and feasibility. The donor will select the Finalists and recipient of the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award. 

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