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Jury 2021

The PSI Sustainability Awards Jury

The Sustainability Awards are aimed at helping to improve not just the promotional products world but the world in general. That’s a big goal. To help achieve it, we’ve asked people to join our awards jury who care deeply about sustainability. All of them have proven throughout their careers that they know how to use responsibility to make a real impact.

The PSI Sustainability Awards evaluation system consists of two parts, which contributes to its transparency: first, a predefined scoring system assigns a score to all queried and supplied data. The stricter and more important the profile of a certificate, the higher the participant’s score. Also taken into account will be the type and size of the company as well as the production site and/or production facilities. But in-house corporate initiatives addressing environmental and social issues will also be evaluated.

Generally speaking, the jury will evaluate any aspects touching on companies and products that are not already captured by official certificates or quality seals. In particular, this refers to participating in-house initiatives, which may range from transparent production guidelines and processes to corporate culture to social commitment.

Extremely high standards were used to select the members of the jury.

Daniela Rau

PR and Live Communication, Deutsche Bahn AG

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Daniela Rau (M.A.) is a specialist consultant for PR and live communication at Deutsche Bahn AG. Her area of ​​activity includes content control projects and influencer campaigns as well as events. In addition, Ms. Rau is responsible for the merchandise webshop bahnshop.de as well as the selection and handling of sustainable corporate advertising. She advises group-wide business areas in this context and was responsible for the control of advertising material at the group's trade fairs.

Lutz Gathmann

Lutz GathmannDesigner

Trained as steel engraver with master craftsman status; government-certified design engineer; lead designer at UVEX Sport and Safety in Fürth and NiGuRa Optik in Düsseldorf. Founded PRODUKT/DESIGN Düsseldorf in 1981; trained as occupational safety engineer. In 2009 PRODUKT/DESIGN relaunches as “Design plus Produktsicherheit”.

Ville Heimgartner

Ville Heimgartner

Co-director, Imagine Cargo GmbH

Sustainability expert with hands-on industry and consulting experience in places such as China, India, Mexico and Europe. Currently building a sustainable logistics network throw out Europe with ImagineCargo. On the side advising multi-national companies to implement responsible procurement process throughout their supply chain.

Daniele Murgia

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Paolo-Daniele Murgia is an expert in sustainability in the event, trade fair, congress, festival and sports industry. He offers comprehensive advice for companies, associations, organizations, organizers and agencies.

In addition to his work at 2bdifferent, he is very closely networked in the music, club and festival industry through his own company, embyd (events, music, consulting). Accordingly, he has set himself up professionally in these sectors on behalf of 2bdifferent and has been advising organizers, service providers and suppliers since 2019 in order to sustainably align business operations and a wide variety of event formats.

Dr. Jens Wiggershaus

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Jens Wiggershaus is Team Lead Corporate Responsibility at RWE AG. He is responsible for all overarching sustainability issues in the RWE group. Together with his team, he coordinates all relevant reporting processes as well as participations in ESG ratings.

Mr Wiggershaus holds a PhD in economics and is with RWE since 2007. After career steps in the Controlling and Energy Policy Departments, he took over the CR team in 2018.

Anja Späker

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Anja Späker (Bachelors Professional of Marketing CCI, Online Marketing Manager). Responsible for Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH’s publishing division since 2006. Anja’s focus is on cross-media product management and marketing of member and exhibitor directories, newsletters, trade publications.


Melissa Streif

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Melissa Streif serves as the process specialist for Governance, Risk, Compliance & Technology at Warth & Klein Grant Thornton. Melissa’s activities are focussed on consulting well-known SMEs on the sustainable digitalisation, optimisation and automation of processes. As an ONR 49003/ISO 31000-certified risk manager, she advises on IT-based internal control systems and risk management. Melissa’s industry expertise is strongest in the areas of retail and consumer goods, information and communication technology, and mechanical engineering.

Julian Ekelhof

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Director CO2OL Climate Solutions

Serving as Director CO2OL Climate Solutions based in Bonn, Julian Ekelhof is an expert for sustainable business models, climate neutrality and sustainability reporting. The company develops individually tailored sustainability solutions and effective climate protection concepts, which includes the processes required for the creation and long-term implementation of transparent supply chains. Having been a member of jury teams before, Julian Ekelhof has already evaluated sustainability concepts in the fields of marketing and live communication.

Karsten Schmidt

Director Corporate Procurement, Facility and TQM, Bertrandt AG jury2021-Karsten-Schmidt_210x290-sw.jpg

Karsten Schmidt is Director of Corporate Procurement, Facility and TQM at Bertrandt AG. Together with the respective teams, he is responsible for all strategic and operational issues in his area of responsibility within the Bertrandt Group. Karsten Schmidt is with Bertrandt since 1999. He holds a degree in Business Economics.