For The Spark 2020, we have once again put together a top-class jury, which will use its expertise to select The Spark 2020 winners at the jury meeting.
The jury meeting will take place on 22nd of September.

Sven Afhüppe

Editor-in-chief Handelsblatt

Saeed Amidi

CEO Plug and Play Tech Center


Cornelius Baur

Head of McKinsey Germany

Prof. Wilhelm Bauer

Fraunhofer IAO

Marc Berg


Anke Giesen

Executive Director Retail and Real Estate, Fraport AG

Anna Iarotska

Gründerin Robo Wunderkind

Florian Petit

Gründer Blickfeld GmbH

Christina Reuter

Member of the supervisory board KION Group AG

Ulrich Schrickel

Chief Executive Officer, Brose Group

Markus SontHeimer

CIO/CDO and Member of the Board of Management Schenker AG

Dominik Wee

Managing Director Global Manufacturing & Transport Google

Hildegard Wortmann

Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing, AUDI AG


In the nomination phase, external topic experts, the Handelsblatt editorial team and a representative of McKinsey evaluate the applications. Here, too, the three evaluation criteria are the benchmark for arriving at a result. The best applications are nominated as finalists.

The experts for the nominations in 2020 are

Kirsten Ludowig

Handelsblatt – Head of department company & markets

Timo Möller

Head of McKinsey Center for Future Mobility

Prof. Michael Dowling

Professor for Innovation and Technology Management, University of Regensburg and Chairman of the Board of the Münchener Kreis


Alois Knoll

Director of the An-Institut of the Technischen Universität Fortiss GmbH and of the Graduate School of Information Science in Health (GSISH)

Lukas Zanger

COO Magazino and Winner The Spark 2018