The jury includes representatives of German development cooperation organisations, the German private sector, media and civil society.

As soon as the application period is closed, an independent expert will examine and evaluate the application documents to ascertain whether they meet the selection criteria (in terms of both content and commercial aspects). The best projects per category, up to a maximum of five each, will then be presented to the jury. The jury will reach the final decision with regard to the application documents submitted in the respective categories, the award and the associated prize money.

Jury Members 2021

Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), represented by

Lucia De Carlo, Head of the Division Cooperation with the Private Sector and Sustainable Economic Policy (BMZ)

Lucia De Carlo, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung

Lucia De Carlo is Head of the Division Cooperation with the Private Sector and Sustainable Economic Policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Previously, she worked in various areas of the ministry, including policy analysis and strategic planning, private foundations, international travel and protocol.

Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V., represented by

Matthias Kühn, Chairman CDG e.V., Managing Partner Perfekta Unternehmensgruppe

After his first employment in the executive staff of Kali-Chemie AG (Solvay), Matthias Kühn has been managing partner of the Perfekta group in the business areas facility services, construction and chemicals since 1989. He is a member of the Finance and Economic Committee of the Hanover region and member of different supervisory boards of various companies and trade associations.

Dr. Peter Winter, Managing Member of the Executive Board of CDG e.V., Managing Director of Carl Duisberg Fördererkreis Niedersachsen e.V.

Dr. Peter Winter has been Managing Director of the Carl Duisberg Fördererkreis Niedersachsen e.V. since 1996 and Managing Member of the Board of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V. since 2018. He has worked for many years in international cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Lower Saxony, including the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). Dr. Peter Winter also lectures at the TU Clausthal and the TU Berlin.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, represented by

Dr. Axel Klaphake, Head of the Division Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation (GIZ)

Axel Klaphake is an economist and political scientist by training (University of Cologne, Université de Clermont-Ferrand) and holds a PhD in Environmental Management and Planning from the Technical University Berlin. In his further career, he worked for several research institutes, think tanks and consulting companies in Germany, USA, and Brazil. He joined GIZ in 2007 as an adviser to the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on G8 issue and water and infrastructure development in Africa. From 2009-2017 he worked as a head of regional and bilateral programmes in Uganda and as the GIZ Country Director in Uganda and Ethiopia. He is currently heading the Division Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation in the global department at GIZ HQs.

Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V., represented by

Anne Lauenroth, Deputy Head of Department Safety and Raw Materials (BDI)

Anne Lauenroth has been a member of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI) since 2016. Currently she is Deputy Head of the Department of Security and Raw Materials, responsible for foreign trade promotion and development policy. After studying political science in Berlin and Strasbourg with positions in the German Bundestag and European Parliament, she worked as a research assistant at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and played a key role in setting up the SWP office in Brussel. During the German G20 presidency, Ms Lauenroth worked in the BDI’s Business 20(B20) presidential team before becoming the national coordinator of the BDI and GIZ project ‘Creating Perspectives’ in East Africa.

dot-films GmbH, represented by

Bernhard Longin, Managing Director and Founder (dot-gruppe GmbH)

Bernhard Longin began his career in the New York office of BDDP as a Carl Duisberg Scholar with a trainee programme for the clients IBM, Ford and Philip Morris. Further stations followed in publishing and consumer goods marketing management. As founder and managing director of dot-gruppe, Bernhard Longin is a pioneer in social media marketing. He has over 20 years of experience from numerous successful campaigns for well-known brands in the consumer goods industry and the business-to-business sector and for federal ministries.

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), represented by

Barbara von Toll, Authorised Signatory in the field of Corporate Development (DEG)

Barbara von Toll studied International Business and International and Development Economics in Hamburg, Maastricht and Berlin. After working as a junior project manager in the field of public-private partnerships (PPP) in sub-Saharan Africa at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Barbara von Toll started as a trainee at the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) mbH. Afterwards she worked as a (senior) investment manager in the field of manufacturing and services globally and in the field of infrastructure Africa and Latin America. Since September 2020, Barbara von Toll has been working for DEG in the field of corporate development as an authorized signatory especially for the topic of stakeholder management.

Handelsblatt, represented by

Donata Riedel, Capital City Correspondent and Editor (Handelsblatt)

Donata Riedel is the capital city correspondent for the Handelsblatt, focusing on financial and economic policy and dealing with federal, security and financial policy, development cooperation and the global economy. She reported on Agenda 2010, the financial crisis, the euro crisis, the long recovery and currently on the economic consequences of the Corona pandemic. Donata Riedel was previously editor for the taz. She also gave seminars for young journalists in Ghana and Abu Dhabi and is a moderator.