Jury members

The independent jury that judges proposals for the European Inventor Award consists of international authorities in the fields of business, science, academia and research.

The Jury - European Inventor Award 2015

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Clara Gaymard

Clara Gaymard

has been CEO and President of GE France since 2006. In January 2013, she was elected president of the American Chamber of Commerce in France (AmCham France), becoming the first female president of this organisation in its hundred-year history. In 2011, Fortune Magazine ranked her as the 30th most influential woman in global business.

Mandy Haberman

Mandy Haberman

is a British inventor and entrepreneur whose inventions include the Haberman® Feeder, used in hospitals throughout the world for over 30 years, and the Anywayup® cup, which since its launch in 1996 has revolutionised the nursery market with its non-spill technology. She was the Female Inventor of the Year 2000, a finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award 2003, and recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth II as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation.

Wolfgang Heckl (JPG)

Wolfgang M. Heckl

Director General of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, holds the Oskar von Miller chair for science communication as a professor of experimental physics and nanotechnology at the Technical University in Munich. He received the Communicator Prize from the German Science Foundation and was awarded the European Descartes Prize for Science Communication. He is spokesman of nanotechnology at the National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and chairman of the board of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light. He is the author of more than 200 peer review publications, and recently wrote a bestselling book entitled Die Kultur der Reparatur.

Ingeborg  Hochmair

Ingeborg Hochmair

holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Vienna. She is CEO, CTO and co-founder of MED-EL Medical Electronics Corporation, which she founded together with her husband Dr Erwin Hochmair in 1990. Together, they developed the very first microelectronic multichannel cochlear implant. She has received two honorary degrees in medicine for her pioneering scientific work and her continuing contribution to the development of implantable devices for people with hearing loss.
Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2014 in the Lifetime Achievement category.

Mario Moretti Polegato

Mario Moretti Polegato

is the inventor of the Geox shoe, whose innovative, breathable technology has earned him numerous accolades, including CNBC European Business Leaders' 2010 Innovator of the Year and Ernst & Young's 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Moretti Polegato is Chairman of the Italian Geox Group, which has grown into one of the world's top casual footwear companies. He also lectures on the subject of intellectual property at schools and universities throughout the world. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia.

Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category Lifetime achievement
In the media
"Holey soles: Italy's breathable shoe brand looks east" - CNN International feature on Geox shoes

Erno Rubik (JPG)

Ernö Rubik

is an architect, designer, university professor and inventor of several mechanical puzzles, including the Rubik's Cube. He founded Rubik Studio Ltd. and acts as its Managing Director and Chairman of Rubik's Brand Ltd., London. Rubik formerly served as President of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, which he helped found. He also formed the Rubik Foundation to support talented young engineers and industrial designers and is a member of the USA Science & Engineering Festival's advisory board.

In the media

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