Our Jury

Jurymitglied Achim Adams

Achim Adams

Managing Partner and bancassurance expert, AM Hafen Capital GmbH


Achim Adams is Managing Partner and bancassurance expert at AM HAFEN CAPITAL, a Hamburg-based VC focusing on digital business models in the German-speaking region. Before joining AM HAFEN CAPITAL, he was a board member at Neue Leben Versicherungen and PB Versicherungen.

Jurymitglied Claire Jones

Clare Jones

CCO, what3words


Clare Jones is Chief Commercial Officer for the company what3words. The what3words system is a logistical game changer: the platform divides the world into 3 x 3 m quadrants that are easy to find and easier to understand than coordinates using individual word combinations consisting of three words. The system is now used in 170 countries and is increasingly being used by governments. In addition to her work for what3words, she is involved with various social enterprises based in the United Kingdom.

Jurymitglied Erik Wirsing

Erik Wirsing

Vice President of Global Innovation, DB Schenker


Erik Wirsing is Vice President of Global Innovation at DB Schenker. After more than 20 years at DB Schenker, he now focuses on innovation trends, research and development and start-up partnerships. DB Schenker is a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG and, as one of the largest globally operating logistics companies, is represented in more than 130 countries with around 76,000 employees.

Jurymitglied Gunnar Froh

Gunnar Froh

Founder & CEO, Wunder Mobility


Gunnar Froh is founder and CEO of Wunder Mobility, the market leader in new mobility technology. Founded in 2014, the company developed a technology platform that enables enterprises, cities and startups to launch and scale new mobility services. Since its founding, Gunnar Froh has been implementing sustainable and innovative mobility solutions with clients from around the world- his notable projects include GreenMobility from Copenhagen and Blue Duck from the US. Previously, Froh founded the rental platform Accoleo, which was acquired by Airbnb in 2011.

Jurymitglied Jörg Debus

Jörg Debus

CDO and Chief of Staff, Shell Germany


Jörg Debus is CDO and Chief of Staff for the energy company Shell in Germany. In his position as CDO, he plays a key role in the digitization of the company. In addition to his work at Shell, Debus is Chairman of the Board of the Institut für Wärme und Mobilität e.V. (Institute for Heat and Mobility). This makes him one of the leading experts in the field of energy.

Jurymitglied Livia Toth

Livia Toth

Ventures Director Supply Chain and Logistics


Livia Toth is the Ventures Director for Plug and Play’s European Headquarter for Supply Chain and Logistics in Hamburg, where she oversees all investment and tech sourcing activities. Before joining the Hamburg team, Livia was responsible for a wide array of ventures related activities for Plug and Play’s Sports, Sustainable Fashion and E-commerce platform with adidas, Safety-tech program with Lloyd’s Register, as well as the Mobility platform with Daimler, Porsche, BASF, and 30 other corporations in Stuttgart. Notable investments include; Waku Robotics, Recogni, Einride, AX Semantics, GuardKnox, and Processgold. Before joining Plug and Play, Livia founded one of the most popular Hungarian internet portals in Slovakia.

Jurymitglied Marius Eschen

Marius Eschen

Product Lead New Business and Partnership, Hamburg Port Authority


Marius Eschen is Product Lead New Business and Partnership for the Hamburg Port Authority, partner of the Future Hamburg Award 2021. The Hamburg Port Authority operates the port management for Europe's third largest seaport and stands for innovative and sustainable solutions in maritime logistics topics. With the homePORT real laboratory and the designated Urban Tech Playgrounds (test areas) in the Port of Hamburg, the HPA actively supports the development of maritime and logistics product innovations under real conditions.

Jurymitglied Dr. Ralf Belusa

Dr. Ralf Belusa

Managing Director, Digital Business & Transformation, Hapag-Lloyd AG


Dr. Ralf Belusa is Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd AG and member of the supervisory board of PHOENIX Group. With more than 12,000 employees, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world's leading transport and logistics companies with its roots in Hamburg. Before joining Hapag-Lloyd, Belusa was also active himself as the founder of several innovative startups, among other things.

Jurymitglied Veronika Reichboth

Veronika Reichboth

Manager Startup-Unit, Hamburg Invest


Veronika Reichboth is director of the Startup Unit at Hamburg Invest - the one-stop agency for relocation and investment in Hamburg, Germany as well as the main partner of Hamburg’s business sector. The Startup Unit is the central point of contact for founders, entrepreneurs and journalists and provides information about the Hamburg startup ecosystem, offers networking opportunities and support. In addition, the Unit is entrusted with international marketing activities - such as activities at trade fairs and conferences, planning delegation trips or cooperation projects.