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Advisory Board

The award recipient is selected by an Advisory Board, which is made up of individuals from science, industry, politics, and the press. Current board members include:

Stefan Fritz

Impact Investor, Partner at Primepulse

Stefan Fritz is a founder, entrepreneur, and investor. Since 2020, he has been focusing on impact investing and impact entrepreneurship, i.e. aligning business processes with a measurable positive social and environmental impact.

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Dr.-Ing. Volker Kefer

President of VDI, the Association of German Engineers

Dr. Volker Kefer, married and father of two, was born January 19, 1956 in Koblenz, Germany. From 1975 to 1977 he studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Erlangen (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg), then from 1977 to 1982 he pursued a degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, where he graduated as an Engineer (diploma). In 1989 he received his doctorate in engineering from TU Munich.

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Sibylle Keupen

Mayor of the City of Aachen

Sibylle Keupen was elected Lord Mayor of the City of Aachen on September 27, 2020. In her term of office, one of her priorities will be to engage in an open dialogue with citizens and involve them in creating an agenda for the development of the city.

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Elke Lücke

Head of Human Resources and Talent Strategy, Porsche AG

Elke Lücke, born in Hannover in 1961, studied Economics and has more than 25 years of experience in human resources. She began her career at Volkswagen AG.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Wolfgang Marquardt has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association, and Coordinator of the Key Technologies/Information research field at Helmholtz since July 1, 2014.

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Stefanie Peters

Executive Managing Partner, NEUMAN & ESSER

Stefanie Peters is an executive managing partner at NEUMAN & ESSER Holding, a midsized family business and leader in technology in the production of compressors.

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Reiner Priggen

Former Member of the Landtag, Green Party Member of the NRW State Parliament, Initiator of the Award

Reiner Priggen, born in 1953, studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen. He has been a member of the Green Party (Die Grünen) since 1984. Between 1994 and 2000, he was Spokesperson for the NRW State Chapter of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen.

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger

Rector of RWTH Aachen University

Ulrich Rüdiger has held the position of rector of RWTH Aachen University since 2018. Born in Schöningen, a small town in Lower Saxony, Rüdiger studied Physics at RWTH, where he also wrote his doctoral thesis and habilitation. He was subsequently appointed professor for experimental physics at the University of Konstanz in 2002.

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Dr. Markus Steilemann

CEO Covestro

Dr. Markus Steilemann has been CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management at Covestro since June 2018. His area of responsibility includes central functions such as strategy, sustainability, human resources and communication.

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel

Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics

Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and received his doctorate from the University of Witten/Herdecke. He is full professor at the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University and managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics.

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Dr. Karsten Wildberger

Chairman of the Board of Management of CECONOMY AG

Dr. Karsten Wildberger, born on September 5, 1969, in Gießen, Germany, studied physics at TU Munich and at RWTH Aachen University. He completed his doctorate in theoretical physics in Aachen as a research assistant at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He also obtained an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

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