Francis Kéré is Principal of Kéré Architecture, based in Berlin, Germany and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East in 2014.
Xuemei Bai is Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU), in Canberra, Australia.
She is also an Adjunct Professor at Beijing Normal University, China.
Her research interests include drivers and impacts of rapid urbanization in Asia; urban system performance including material and energy flows; urban system dynamics, innovation and sustainability transition.
She studied science at Peking University, and holds a Master of Engineering and PhD from the University of Tokyo.
She was previously Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan, and Visiting Professor at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
She is an appointed member of the Science Committee of Future Earth a new 10-year international research program on global environmental change where she is leading the development of an Urban Knowledge Action Network; and served as a Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensional Program for Global Environmental Change. She was Lead Author for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and Global Energy Assessment, and is published widely including in Nature and Science.
She presented “Critical questions in achieving ‘zero-material construction’” at the inaugural Holcim Roundtable held at MIT Endicott House, Boston, MA, USA in 2014 and also attended the 2nd Holcim Roundtable held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015).
Xuemei Bai will be a member of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury in 2018.