Press releases | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 08.10.2012

Siemens Stiftung gains strong partners and renowned jury members for the ”empowering people. Award“

The KfW business area development bank, the Helmholtz Association and UN-Habitat are joining the ”empowering people. Award“ launched by the Siemens Stiftung (foundation) as cooperation partners. The Award’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of basic services in developing and emerging countries. A renowned international jury of experts from the fields of commerce, science and developmental cooperation will evaluate and select the winners from the entries which will be submitted by 31st December 2012.

With the “empowering people. Award“, the Siemens Stiftung aims to find adequate technical solutions to tackle key challenges in basic supply in developing and emerging countries. The Siemens Stiftung will create a database with these entries so that these solutions will be accessible to the public and to practitioners as well as to potential investors.

“The competition aims to identify and promote simple technical solutions that can contribute to an improvement in basic supply. Developers and inventors worldwide are invited to participate“, stated Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Board at the Siemens Stiftung. “This is why we are pleased to have gained strong partners and renowned jury members from various disciplines for the ‘empowering people. Award‘. With their skills and experience they create a network for the direct implementation of the technical solutions entered in this competition.“

“We are delighted to support this competition“, said Stephan Opitz, Director General for Policy and Latin American Region within KfW Development Bank. “Technical solutions which improve the situation in areas such as health, energy or the supply of drinking water have the most impact when implemented with people in the regions themselves. Creating a platform, which brings together all those involved is, in our view, an effective approach to attain sustainable success in developmental cooperation.“

The jury with international experts from commerce, science and developmental work forms a team to identify the winners of the “empowering people. Award“. “I’m looking forward to the ideas and am convinced that they will be able to unfold an immense power of innovation in the developing and emerging countries. Our prime objective is to support people with the aid of the simplest possible solutions so that there is a sustainable improvement to their economic and social environment“, says Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society.

The “empowering people. Award“ Jury

Members of the Jury:

  • Andre Dzikus, UN-Habitat Programme Manager Water and Sanitation
  • Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General World Energy Council (WEC)
  • Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society
  • Wolfgang Hafenmayer, Managing Partner LGT Venture Philanthropy
  • Manuela Kasper-Claridge, Head of Economics Department, Deutsche Welle-TV
  • Thomas Loster, Chairman of the Munich Re Foundation
  • Felix Oldenburg, Europe Leader and Director Germany for Ashoka
  • Stephan Opitz, Director General for Policy and Latin American Region within KfW Development Bank
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ewald Pruckner, Steinbeis-Transfer Centre for Process Engineering, Energy and Environmental Technology
  • Dr. Dorothea Ringe, Head of Strategy and Finance at the Oxford Entrepreneurship Centre, Said Business School
  • Gerry Salole, Chief Executive European Foundation Centre
  • Mirjam Schöning, Independent Consultant on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Investing
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch, Scientific Managing Director Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
    Simon Trace, CEO Practical Action
  • Jean-Luc Vincent, Founding President of the International Exhibition of Inventions
  • Gavin Wall, Director Rural Infrastructure and Agroindustries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO)

Cooperation partners of the “empowering people. Award“
The partners of the initative come from the world of commerce, science and de-velopmental cooperation. The KfW (business area development bank) primarily finances investments and consulting services, which support a reduction in poverty, aid peace-keeping and the protection of the climate and environment. The Helmholtz Association focus their work on basic research on behalf of the state, the economy and society in order to preserve and improve the foundations of human life. UN-Habitat is the city agency of the United Nations with the mission of turning urbanisation into a positive force for all humanity. Together with representatives from the government, civil society and the private sector, UN-Habitat works to achieve sustainable urban development.

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About the Siemens Stiftung
ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work. The foundation was established in 2008 and cooperates with the other five Siemens foundations established by the company in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France and the U.S. The project work of the foundation is concentrated on the focus regions Africa, Latin America and Germany/Europe.