Jury 2021

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.

Lars Quadejacob

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.  

Dr.-Ing. Katrin Stark

Senior Advisor – Investor – Advisory Board Member

Dr.-Ing. Katrin Stark studied computer science in Germany and the USA and received her doctorate in the field of Machine Learning - Computer Vision. 
She - A former management consultant with McKinsey and Company, senior management with Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank AG and Silicon Valley Bank AG in segmental board positions, corporate banking, COO, CFO roles - is a senior financial expert with a focus on technology, FinTech and banking. She advises private equity funds, is a member of FinTechs' advisory boards and consults on technology, digital strategy and finance.

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.