Each qualifying round will consist of a public vote to shortlist five entries followed by a judging panel to decide the top three winners.

Given the global nature of this competition, we have established a diverse but expert panel of judges. Find out more about them below.

Judging Panel


Jeff Knezovich, Director of Quaternary Consulting, @knezovjb

Jeff Knezovich, Director of Quaternary Consulting, @knezovjb

Jeff is an experienced communication professional specialising in the digital space. Based in London, UK, he is currently the Director of Quaternary Consulting, a firm specialising in digital strategies and products -- like websites, data visualisations and ePublications -- for think tanks and similar organisations. After living in China for several years, and a short stint at the US-based National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, he came to the UK to complete his master's degree at the London School of Economics. Since then, he has worked in a number of UK-based think tanks, including the Overseas Development Institute and the Institute of Development Studies. In addition to running his own firm, he is also currently the Digital Communications Manager at the Nuffield Trust and a frequent On Think Tanks contributor.


Mariana Costa Checa, Founder of Laboratoria & Ayu, @mcostach

Mariana Costa Checa, Founder of Laboratoria & Ayu, @mcostach

Mariana is co-founder of Ayu, a digital agency based out of Lima, Peru; and Laboratoria, a social enterprise that teaches women youth from low-income backgrounds how to code. After completing her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics, she worked for the Organization of American States (OAS) implementing technical assistance programs in Latin America and the Caribbean to expand access to civil registration. She holds a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University in N.Y. She has worked in research and development projects across Latin America, and plans to continue traveling the globe in search of new ways to use technology to promote social innovation and expand equality of opportunity.


Andrej Nosko, Programme Manager at Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund, @andrejnosko

Andrej Nosko, Programme Manager at Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund, @andrejnosko

Andrej is a program manager at the Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund, where he oversees the portfolio of project grants to think tanks in European Union countries, and support for integration of new technologies and communications tools within the think tank community. His academic interests include the political economy of security and energy security policies of countries in transition, focusing on Central Europe. Andrej has worked with and led an international group of researchers advocating for closer transnational cooperation in improving energy security in Europe. Previously, he worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice Freedom and Security (now DG Home Affairs) on issues of improving the exchange of information between law enforcement bodies. Nosko holds an MA in international relations and European studies and PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in political science from Central European University in Budapest. He also studied at Charles University in Prague, and in Poland, Sweden, and the United States.


Peter da Costa, International Consultant, @PeterdaCosta2

Peter da Costa, International Consultant, @PeterdaCosta2

Peter has worked in and on Africa as well as on global issues and initiatives for more than two decades. He specialises in the research-policy nexus, with a focus on: research uptake; strategic & policy communication; monitoring and evaluation; and organisational development. He consults with multilateral and bilateral development agencies as well as philanthropic foundations and independent monitoring organisations. As an Africa-based consultant to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, he provides support across the portfolio of the Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program, including in relation to the Think Tank Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Nika Aleksejeva, Infogram.org, @nikaaleksejeva

Nika Aleksejeva, Infogram.org, @nikaaleksejeva

Nika is a passionate data storyteller from Infogr.am, a popular data visualization service.  She is in charge of Infogram.org, the company's non-profit arm which aims to enhance data literacy while bringing the power of data visualisation to local communities worldwide. Nika comes from a journalism background - her work involved writing on business topics and making data-driven stories about energetics, global economic trends and education. Seeing the future in digital journalism, she continues to work and share the knowledge that helps to develop new communication forms. 


Enrique Mendizabal, Founder of On Think Tanks, @onthinktanks

Enrique Mendizabal, Founder of On Think Tanks, @onthinktanks

Enrique is the Founder of On Think Tanks, an initiative dedicated to the study and support of think tanks in developing countries. He has founded and contributed to the development of various initiatives such as Politics and IdeasTransparify, the Premio PODER to the best Peruvian think tanks, a global exchange of researchers, and the Data Visualisation Competition. Before setting up On Think Tanks he headed the RAPID Programme at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that he worked at the Centro de Investigacion de la Universidad del Pacifico a think tank in Peru. He has been working with think tanks for about 15 years, and is now living back in Lima, Peru.


Judging Criteria

The judging panel will consider the following when making a decision about the submitted data visualisations:

  • Are they accurate and is all data and research properly cited and sourced?
  • Do they cover an interesting and unusual (yet important and relevant) subject?
  • Do they have a clear policy implication (even if it is not ‘spelled out’)?
  • Do they demonstrate great technical skill in the development of the visualisation?
  • Are they clear and accessible to a wider audience including both decisions makers as well as the general public?
  • Does the design show creativity and innovation?