The Members of our Jury: Tanja Gönne

October 26, 2012

Tanja Gönner is Chair of the GIZ für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) Management Board and member of the jury of the “empowering people. Award”. The GIZ offers customised solutions to complex challenges. The organisation is an experienced service provider and assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. They offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. She states: ”The competition is an important initiative launched by the Siemens Stiftung. I’m very much looking to examining the entries as I believe that innovation is the key to improving life quality. It is important that the focus is on practicable solutions in the selection process. In order to establish solutions that are sustainable, they have to prove themselves in everyday life: They have to show real benefits, have to be accepted, fundable and manageable for the people in the regions themselves. This is how a small idea can unfold to have maximum impact. Not only today but tomorrow and the day after that.”

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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