The jury 2014

Five distinguished personalities – representing the scientific community, the European Commission, the media and an NGO with an international reach – have agreed to judge the EUROCITIES awards.

The jury will be chaired by Joachim Lorenz, who has headed Munich’s Department of Environment and Health since 1990, and has been instrumental in implementing ecofriendly policies in Munich.

Joachim Lorenz

Joachim Lorenz

a geographer and economist, worked for many years as a regional planner and member of the Munich City Council. He has headed the City of Munich’s Department of Environment and Health for over 15 years. Furthermore, he chairs the German Association of Cities’ Environment Committee and is a member of the Bavarian Association of Cities’ Environment and Health Committee. He sits on the boards of the Munich Health Council and the Bavarian hospital association, BKG. He also serves as a member of the supervisory boards of Stadtwerke München (SWM), the City of Munich’s utility company and service provider, and Städtisches Klinikum München GmbH, a network of affiliated hospitals in Munich. In 2005, Joachim Lorenz was appointed chairman of the Climate Alliance of European Cities.

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Sabine Bock

Sabine Bock

is director of WECF (Women in Europe for a Common Future) Germany and is their international energy and climate change specialist. She has amassed 18 years of NGO experience in the field of climate change, sustainable development and energy policy, including involvement in implementation from grassroots level to international negotiations. Her focus is on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC. She began her career at Munich-based NGO Green City in 1997, joined Greenpeace New Zealand in 2005 and has served with her current international network since 2006. WECF has 150 member organisations, implements sustainable projects in 50 countries and is a global advocate of a healthy environment for all.

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Susanne Poelchau

Susanne Poelchau

psychologist and ethnologist, has headed the ‘Wissen und Forschung’ (‘Knowledge and Research’) editorial team at Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich since 2011. Sustainability, the environment and mobility are among her key topics. Having completed an additional qualification in strategic business coaching, she is currently studying business mediation at the Akademie Perspektivenwechsel. Susanne Poelchau has also worked as a moderator and author for TV, radio and print and has lectured in science and psychology.

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Iván Tosics

Ivan Tosics

mathematician and sociologist (PhD), is managing director of the Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI) in Budapest in Hungary, and serves as one of the four thematic pole managers in the European urban knowledge exchange programme, URBACT. He has a wealth of experience in urban sociology, strategic development, urban policy and EU regional development issues and lectures at the University of Pécs in Hungary. He is also policy editor for the Urban Research and Practice journal. Iván Tosics’ work focuses on comparative analysis of urban development in Europe.

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Marie-Hélène Vareille

Marie-Hélène Vareille

took up her present position as policy officer at the European Commission’s directorate general for the environment in March 2012. Among her responsibilities are the development of stakeholder engagement, the preparation of EU policy on sustainable urban development, and the implementation of the European Green Capital Award. True to her keen interest in culture, Marie-Hélène Vareille began her career as budget controller at the Opéra de Paris before working as a financial analyst for a number of firms. She joined the EU’s directorate general for trade in March 2002 and was appointed deputy head of press, public and cultural affairs in the EU delegation to Japan from 2007 to 2011. During her time in Tokyo, she set up the first ever European higher education fair for Japanese students.