Managing Director of the German Design Council, Frankfurt am Main
Member of the Board of the Deutsches Design Museum Foundation, Frankfurt am Main
Lutz Dietzold (born in 1966) has been Managing Director of the German Design Council in Frankfurt am Main since 2002. He studied art history, classical archaeology and German language and literature in Frankfurt. After working as a freelancer in the area of design communication for national and international clients, he was appointed as the Managing Director of the Deutscher Werkbund Hessen (German Association of Craftsmen in the federal state of Hesse) as well as the Managing Director of Design Zentrum Hessen (Hesse Design Centre), where he was responsible for the strategic reorientation of design promotion. In 2011 he was appointed deputy chairman of the Stiftung Deutsches Design Museum (German Design Museum Foundation) and member of the advisory council of the Mia-Seeger-Stiftung (Mia Seeger Foundation). Mr. Dietzold publishes articles on a regular basis and gives national and international lectures on a variety of topics relating to design. He is also a member of numerous juries as well as of the project advisory board of the German Federal Ecodesign Award of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
Chief Executive Officer of the German Design Council, Frankfurt am Main
Andrej Kupetz (born in1968) has been CEO of the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council, Frankfurt am Main since 1999. He studied industrial design, philosophy and product marketing in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1997, after holding various positions in design management and university liaison, he joined Deutsche Bahn AG where he was responsible for brand management in the DB Group and for the implementation of various corporate design processes. Andrej Kupetz is a member of the advisory board of the Design Management Institute in Boston. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Higher Education Council of Offenbach University for Art and Design in Offenbach/Main. That same year, the European Commission appointed him to the European Design Leadership Board. He is married and has three sons.
Head of Communications Phoenix Design, Stuttgart/Munich/Shanghai
Silvia Olp is head of communications at Phoenix Design. She is on the executive board of aed e.V. in Stuttgart and initiator of the aed neuland competition. For many years she headed the PR and Marketing department at burkhardt leitner constructiv. Via her consulting firm Silvia Olp Public Relations, she advised design agencies and other clients in the design sector on PR and marketing activities. Moreover, she worked as a studio manager for renowned photographers.
Department Head, Road and Rail Transport, German Museum of Technology, Berlin
Lars Quadejacob (born in 1968) has headed the Department of Road and Rail Transport at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin since 2016. He holds a master's degree in applied cultural studies and worked at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Fine, Applied and Decorative Arts) in Hamburg as well as in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. In 2001 he joined the trade journal designreport, where he held the position of editor-in-chief from 2008 to 2016. Mr. Quadejacob has been a member of numerous design juries, is a founding and advisory board member of the Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte (GfDg) (Design History Association) and has published numerous articles in the areas of architectural, cultural and design history.
Consultant for Strategy, Innovation and Financial Advisory
Katrin Stark studied Computer Science and Mathematics in Germany and the USA and received her doctorate in Artificial Intelligence - Computer Vision. She began her professional career in 1998 as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Start-ups, Technology, HealthCare and Finance sectors. From 2007, Katrin Stark held various management positions at Commerzbank AG, including Divisional Director Corporate Banking and Divisional Director Non-Core-Assets, as CFO-COO of Eurohypo AG. During this time, she also served on the supervisory boards of CommerzReal AG, Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH and CERI Int. Sp. z.o.o.; chairwoman of the advisory boards of the equity funds Pinova Capital (Fund 1) and Afinum Management GmbH (Fund 5). After holding positions as Managing Director in various management functions at the top management level of Deutsche Bank AG, she moved to Silicon Valley Bank AG to help establish the German branch as Managing Director. Since Feb. 2019, she has been free-lanced as an independent consultant for strategy, digital business models and innovation as well as Financial Advisor. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of CCEX Cloud Commodities Exchange GmbH and the German Design Council, responsible for the Digitization Index, and a member of the German Innovation Awards jury.
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.