Jury 2022

Nicole Schneider

Commercial Managing Director of Futurium, Berlin

Nicole Schneider is the commercial managing director of Futurium gGmbH. In this function, she manages the overall operation and was responsible for building up the Futurium and its supporting company from scratch. The Futurium sees itself as a house of the future: As a place of debate on foreseeable, conceivable and desirable future developments - and as a place of encounter between science, politics, business, culture and civil society. Under one roof, it houses a future exhibition, a future laboratory and a future forum. As a fully qualified lawyer and cultural manager M.A., Nicole Schneider specialises in the establishment of (cultural) institutions and the implementation of complex projects. She was previously responsible for the development of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur as Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors and managed projects in the field of renewable energies worldwide. Nicole Schneider is a member of the supervisory board of Gesellschaft für infrastrukturelle Dienste mbH.

Photo credits: Hoffotografen

Christine Wang

Managing Director, Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Christine Wang is the Managing Director of Lufthansa Innovation Hub - the innovation and corporate venture arm of Lufthansa Group, focusing on Travel & Mobility Tech. LIH aims to build new businesses and value propositions beyond flying. We do this by expanding across the Travel Chain through partnerships, investments and venture building.

Christine Wang has extensive experience and knowledge in innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Christine was the China CEO of an AI start-up in Shanghai and did global strategy at Alibaba in Hangzhou. She also built mobility and consumer start-ups for corporate clients around the globe as a project leader at BCG Digital Ventures.

Christine Wang holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master’s Degree in Business and Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. She is also an avid travel and drone photographer.

Dr. Elias Knubben

Vice President and Head of Corporate Research and Innovation, Festo SE & Co. KG, Esslingen

The field of Corporate Research and Innovation includes inter alia the Future Concepts, which deal with levitation under the brand SupraMotion, as well as the biology inspired projects of the Bionic Learning Network. Numerous projects have been awarded with innovation or design prizes.
Elias Knubben studied industrial design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and received his doctorate from Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (University of Stuttgart) under Prof. Sobek.

Michael Kruza

Team Leader Design / User Experience, Innovation Hub, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn/Darmstadt/Berlin

After studying business administration, Michael Kruza started in 2007 as a product manager in the innovation sector of Telekom. In 2009, he moved to the newly founded Design Department to help shape its development and create consistent customer focus in innovation and product development. Since 2018, he has been working as team leader Design/User Experience in the Innovation Hub of Telekom.

Silvia Olp

President, aed e.V. (Association for the Promotion of Architecture, Engineering & Design)

Silvia Olp is president of the aed e.V. in Stuttgart and initiator of the aed neuland competition for young talents. As Silvia Olp Public Relations, she is active as a consultant for PR and Marketing activities of design-oriented industry as well as design agencies and architectural offices. She was Head of Communications at Phoenix Design and for many years PR and Marketing Director at burkhardt leitner modular spaces. She also worked as a studio manager for well-known photographers, including Staud Studios.

Prof. Dr. Alexander J. Wurzer

Managing Partner at WURZER & KOLLEGEN GmbH, Munich 

Dr. Alexander J. Wurzer is a managing partner at WURZER & KOLLEGEN GmbH, a consultancy for IP-based business model protection. He is an associate professor at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg, where he is the director of the master's programme in Intellectual Property Law and Management (MIPLM). Among other things, Dr. Wurzer is the ombudsman of the DIN Committee DIN 77006 for quality in IP management. He is also a member of the board of the Deutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen e.V. (DIE) (German Institute for Inventions) and the spokesman of the Dieselkuratorium, which awards the Rudolf Diesel medal every two years. Dr. Wurzer is married and has two children.