The judges

Dr. J. Daniel Dahm (Chairman)

Dr. J. Daniel Dahm (Chairman) is a scientist, entrepreneur and activist with a focus on sustainable development. His many years of work in the natural sciences, in anthropology and economics, and as an expert, adviser and entrepreneur give him an outstanding position in academia, civil society and the business community, with a reputation for strategic sustainability and high quality standards.

Daniel Dahm ist Geschäftsführer der United Sustainability Group, Senior Advisor des World Future Council, Mitglied der German Association of The Club of Rome, Mitglied des Scientific Committee der Consorzio Costellazione Apulia, sowie Fellow for Responsible Leadership der BMW Stiftung. Im Messesektor ist er Juryvorsitzender der Hamburg Messe u. Congress HMC für den Internorga-Zukunftspreis.

Zuvor war JDD langjährig in der Wissenschaft verankert, so als Senior Fellow am Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS in Potsdam, bis 2018 als Vize Direktor des European Centre for Sustainability Research ECS, Zeppelin Universität, von 2009 bis 2015 Beirat der Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW); 2011 bis 2015 Mitglied des „AK Nachhaltige Finanzpolitik“ am Beirat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung des Landes Brandenburg; 2013 bis 2015 Beiratsvorsitzender der Ecostyle-Messe, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition; 2011 Initiator und Fachbeiratsvorsitzender der „goodgoods. Messe für Nachhaltigen Konsum“, HMC Hamburg Messe und Congress; 2009 Co-Gründer der Desertec Foundation; 2008 Gründungs- und Vorstandsmitglied Ökosoziales Forum Deutschland ÖSF und 2007 bis 2016 Gründungsmitglied von und Kurator der Utopia-Stiftung.

1997 bis 2005 war er Wissenschaftler am Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie; 2001 bis 2004 Forschungsleiter am Institut f. Verbraucherpolitik der Universität Hohenheim und von 2006 bis 2007 Fellow for Science in Innovation am Natural History Museum, London. JDD publizierte über 50 wissenschaftliche Artikel und Buchbeiträge.

Carl-Otto Gensch

Carl-Otto Gensch is Head of the Department of Product & Material Flows at the renowned Eco-Institute in Freiburg. He is an expert in the development of sustainability assessments for technologies and corporate strategies, and was one of the developers of the recognised ProSA method (Product Sustainability Assessment).

The special focus of Carl-Otto Gensch, who holds an engineering degree, are in eco-balance sheets, eco-efficiency and materials flow analysis and life cycle cost calculation of electric and electronic devices, currently in the context of the European Ecodesign Directive, in technology and product assessment, waste law matters, hazardous substances in products, environment-friendly sourcing, household appliances, nanotechnology and information and communication technologies.

In his work at the Eco-Institute in Freiburg, as Head of the Department of Product & Material Flows, he was co-developer of the ProSA method (Product Sustainability Assessment), one of the best established tools for this purpose. He has conducted a large number of related projects, including assessment of applications for exceptions to the substance prohibitions under the RoHS Directive, a research project for inclusion of smart household appliances in sustainable energy systems (Smart-A), the preparatory studies for Ecodesign Requirements of Energy Using Products (Imaging Equipment / Televisions), the implementation of Environmental Data Centres on Natural Resources, Products and Waste at Eurostat, and the development of thermoplastic circuit boards as a contribution to closed-loop materials management.

He was also intensively involved in the establishment of the EcoTopTen research project and consumer information campaign. The website tells consumers about innovations for sustainable consumption.

Carl-Otto Gensch is the author of numerous studies and publications on the subject.


Rainer Roehl

Rainer Roehl and his business a'verdis have established a gastronomic model of the future, which combines the aspects “indulgence” (joy of eating) and “health” (performance and well-being) with classical sustainability issues (economical, ecological and social responsibilities) to a holistic approach and thereby considered the wishes and expectations of all stakeholder groups.

The nutritionist Rainer Roehl is founder and managing partner of the consultancy a'verdis and lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Münster for the subject “Sustainable catering services”. He works in the out-of-home market for over 30 years as well as for the organic industry. During this time, he advised over 500 restaurants and canteen kitchens in the implementation process of a healthy, ecological and economical sustainable catering and held over 250 nutrition seminars for chefs, consumers and doctors. Furthermore, he supported over 100 farmers, manufacturers and traders in setting up and marketing of a gastronomic organic range.

Rainer Roehl is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Institute for Community Catering and in the Naturland certification committee for processing.  He is also a board member of a Demeter farm as well as Coordinator of the nationwide gastronomic Organic Mentor Network (BioMentoren-Netzwerk).

Hanni Rützler

Hanni Rützler is one of the leading trend researchers in the food industry. She is based in Austria and is an expert on future food, food quality, consumer protection and healthy eating, and is well known for her multi-disciplinary approach to questions of eating and drinking behaviour in the future.

Hanni Rützler is a nutritional expert and health psychologist, and she is also a gourmet. She runs the futurefoodstudio which she established in Vienna, and works with the Matthias Horx Future Institute on her main area of research, that is “Future Food”. Her latest publication in this cooperation is the “Food Report 2014”, analysing future trends in the food industry. It addresses questions of what changes will take place in nutrition in society in the future, and considers how that will change daily life for every individual, and what importance people will attach to healthy eating in the years to come.

Hanni Rützler is noted as a speaker and workshop leader for her outstanding qualities in mediating between theory and practice. She really understands and knows how to communicate the different “logics” of the restaurant sector and farming, the health system and the food industry, nutritional science and consumers. She works as a consultant for international food & beverage companies and is very much in demand for interviews and articles in a wide range of media in Germany and abroad. Many of her publications (for example the book “Food change – 7 key concepts for a new eating culture”) she addresses not only F&B experts, but also everyone interested in nutrition and the change in our eating cultures.

Hanni Rützler is a member of numerous scientific committees (such as the Austrian Nutritional Science Federation VEÖ, the Austrian nutritional association “Forum Ernährung heute”, the Foundation for Cultural Renewal “Denkwerk Zukunft”) and is one of the first public tasters of in-vitro meat, presented in the form of beefburgers at a demonstration for the press in London on 5 August 2013.


Bernd Aufderheide

Bernd Aufderheide is President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). He has many years of experience in the trade fair business, for example in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Singapore, and is a well-known professional in the industry for the German speaking countries as well as internationally.

Right after completion of his university studies, Bernd Aufderheide started his career in 1987 as a trainee at KölnMesse GmbH. That was followed by eight years at Messe Düsseldorf, in positions such as Head of the Press Department, Prokurist and Member of the Management Board. In 1995 he joined East West Exhibitions Pte. Ltd., a Joint Venture company of Düsseldorfer Messe in Singapore, initially as General Manager with responsibility for operating business. After that he was the Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf ASIA for four years, representing Düsseldorfer Messegesellschaft.

From 1997 to 1999 Bernd Aufderheide worked on construction of the “New Shanghai International Exhibition Center” negotiating with the City of Shanghai on behalf of three German trade fair companies. Before moving to HMC, he was Managing Director with responsibility for Marketing at KölnMesse GmbH from 2002 to 2003.

Bernd Aufderheide also exercises an honorary position as adjudicator in commercial matters in Hamburg, and is a member of the Management Board of various associations and organisations, such as AUMA (the Exhibition and Fair Committee of the German Business Community).