Iroro Tanshi leads an organization that fights in West African. | Photo via Iroro Tanshi.
Iroro Tanshi leads an organization that conserves forests against threats like climate change-worsened wildfires in West Africa. | Photo via Iroro Tanshi.


Announcing the 2023 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award candidates

UCLA is proud to announce 18 candidates for the 2023 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award.

This year’s candidates advance environmental causes around the world, from Indonesia to Panama, rising to solve difficult and important environmental challenges. They include leaders fields such as sustainable design, wildlife law, shark conservation and carbon markets.

The 2023 candidates were nominated by leaders who have already made significant contributions to global environmental efforts.

In the coming months, an expert committee will choose three finalists. Finalists will then be presented to a panel of judges: Antonio Bernardo, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management; Darnell Hunt, UCLA executive vice-chancellor and provost; Jeanne Holm, deputy mayor of finance and innovation for City of Los Angeles; Hans Mehn, a partner of Generation Investment Management; and Abel Valenzuela, Jr., interim dean of social sciences and UCLA professor.

The judges will select a winner, who will be announced at an Oct. 26 ceremony. Winners receive $100,000 and finalists take home $5,000, made possible by a generous gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.

In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about each of the candidates on our website and social media channels (@uclaioes). Please stay tuned as we celebrate and honor these emerging environmental leaders.

Aya Naseem researching a coral reef in Maldives. | Photo by Tiffany Ngo