The Members of our Jury: Klaus Töpfer

August 20, 2013

With immense experience in the field of Sustainability, the Siemens Stiftung is proud to have Professor Klaus Töpfer on the “empowering people. Award“ jury. As the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam and having held the position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi, and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Professor Töpfer is in an ideal position to evaluate the entries to the Award. Commenting on the competition, Töpfer stated:


“As a member of the jury, I look forward to the many good ideas submitted to the Award by inventors from around the world. The high number of 800 submissions shows that straightforward technical solutions do exist for the many problems in basic supply in emerging countries. The impact should go well beyond the improvement of fundamental living conditions if the solutions are embedded in entrepreneurial activities and the respective societal structures and capacities are strengthened. “

Professor Töpfer has received numerous honors and awards including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990 and the German Sustainability Award in 2008. He was also inducted in the Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame in 2012.

Carola Schwank
Carola Schwank

Carola Schwank is project manager of the “empowering people. Award” at Siemens Stiftung (foundation). After studying German Philology, History, Political Science and Sociology she held several managing positions in communications and social policy at Siemens AG. From 2000 to 2009, she headed the internal and external communication activities of Siemens in the Erlangen-Nuremberg region. Since October 2009, she has worked as a senior project manager in the action area of Basic Needs and Social Entrepreneurship at the Siemens Stiftung.

You can follow her @Emp_Ppl_Award.

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