Our esteemed HR specialists have been carefully selected as Jury members for the European Excellence Awards in HR to ensure a fair and balanced evaluation of all applications. The Jury members’ range of expertise covers a wide scope. During an online voting session and a one-day Jury meeting, the Jury decides which entries are shortlisted, and who the winners will be. The Jury evaluates the innovation, implementation, strategy and impact of the projects submitted, to award the best in European human resources management.


Chairwoman: Felicitas von Kyaw

Vattenfall Group
Vice President HR
Felicitas von Kyaw is Vice President HR at Vattenfall (in charge of Business Area Customers & Solutions located in Nordics and Continental Europe). Prior to this she was Corporate Vice President Organizational Development & Change at Vattenfall Group in Stockholm and Head of Change Management Practice at Capgemini Consulting. Extensive working experience in the field of change & transformation management, HR, sales, marketing as well as professional services with corporates, management consultancies and start-ups. She has a diploma in Economics and is a certified Coach.


Frederik Nyga

Human Resources Manager Magazine

Angela Todisco

Head of Human Resources

Christian Dahoui

World Trade Organization
Director of Human Resources
Christian assumed the position of Director of Human Resources of the World Trade Organization in March of 2015 following a career of nearly 33 years with the United Nations. Christian's UN career included the role of Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management in New York; Chief of Personnel for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile; and Deputy-Director for Administration and Head of Human Resources of the International Maritime Organization in London. He has an MBA from Fordham University in New York and a Master degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Santiago de Chile.

Richard Eastmond

Amnesty International
Senior Director of People & Services
Amnesty International 2012 Senior Director People and Organizational Services 2016 - Senior Director Organisational Development & Human Resources 2012-2016 Tearfund 2011 Consultant to OD & People Director Clear Channel Inc 2007 - 2010 International HR Director (CBS Outdoor, Lastfm, Simon & Shuster) Reed Elsevier PLC 1997 – 2006 Human Resources Director (LexisNexis International) Human Resources Director (Reed Educational & Professional Publishing)

Iman Eddini

Vice President Human Resources
Iman is a Human Resources professional with extensive experience in General Human Resources Management with strong business acumen. Conceptually strong with well developed Change Management and Organizational Development abilities. Over the last 20 years I have developed a vast experience in senior management coaching, cultural change, leadership development, union negotiations and employee relationship.Gained international experience during my career (Germany, Belgium, France, Spain and The UK) and my global view on Human Resources is enhanced by several international programs at IMD, Ross Business school and London Business School

Daiga Ergle

Senior Vice President Human Resources
Daiga Ergle holds the role of Senior Vice President Human Resources at airBaltic Corporation since 2010 and leads People Management practices at PINS Co. (airBaltic daughter company) since 2011.Prior to that, she has managed Executive Search business (Aims International Latvia) and held HRM leadership roles at Latvian establishments of several international companies’, including Siemens and Stockmann.  Her expertise covers General Human Resource management, Executive Search, Performance Management, Assessment & Development. She has background in HRM consulting, as well as in Training delivery.Since 2008, teaching HRM & Leadership at Riga Business School MBA and EMBA programs. Invited speaker on people management and leadership issues at local and international events.

Stephanie Escher

Swiss Railway
Head of Culture and Leadership
Since 2016 Swiss Railway, Head of Culture and Leadership2012-2016 Swiss Railway, Program leader TOP SBBII (internal companywide Cultural Program)2008-2012 Swiss Railway, Head of HR Marketing2006-2008 Kanton Bern, Head of HR Marketing

Danine-Isabella Faska

Quadriga Media Berlin
Head of Human Relations

Since 2016: Head of Human Relations at Quadriga Media Berlin GmbH

Since 2015: Founder of Purple Squirrel Society www.purplesquirrelsociety.de2013 - 2016: Head of Human Resources at Mister Spex GmbH2010 - 2012: Associate HR at Mister Spex GmbH2009 - 2010: HR/Marketing/PR at AFS Interculture South Africa

Dr. Sonja Fleischer-Atorf

Executive Vice President - Global Head of HR
Since November 2014: Executive Vice President Human Resources HeraeusGlobal Head of Human Resources for the following eight Global Business Units: Heraeus Metal Management, Heraeus Chemicals, Heraeus Electronics, Heraeus Performance Products, Heraeus Photovoltaics, Heraeus Medical Components, Heraeus New Business, Heraeus Noblelight 1998– 2014: Procter & Gamble - Global Human Resources ManagementVarious regional and global roles across different HR areas (e.g. Recruiting, Learning and Development, Organization Excellence, Employee and Labor Relations, Alliance Management, HR Business Partner) and industries (Pharma, Beauty, Consumer Goods)1996 – 1998: Procter & Gamble - European Finance Management

Dr. Daniel Gerken

Vice President Human Resources Europe
Dr. Daniel Gerken, Vice President Human Resources Europe, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, Ludwigsburg/GermanyVice President HR Europe, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, Ludwigsburg/GermanyDirector HR Operations Germany, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, Ludwigsburg/Germany Head of HR Management, Daimler Buses – EvoBus GmbH, Mannheim/Germany Consultant HR & Employment Law, Mercedes-Benz technology GmbH (MBtech), Sindelfingen/Germany Advocate, Jakoby Dr. Baumhof, Rothenburg ob der Tauber/Germany

Elaine Grell

InterContinental Hotels Group
VP HR Europe & Group Functions
Elaine, VP HR Europe & Group Functions acts as a key advisor on all aspects of strategic HR and people matters to Angela Brav Chief Executive Europe and the Executive Committee Members of our Group Functions – Finance, Business Reputation & Responsibility, Corporate Affairs, HR and Strategy and their senior leadership teams.Elaine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds a MBA from the Open University and a Diploma in Online Instructional Design from New York University.

Klaus Jarstad

Head of Section for Global HR Applications, Global Shared Services IT
Since 2008: DNV / DNV GL Global HR Applications (heading the team since 2010): Implementation, development, change management, process implementation and user support including training for all global HR systems (Global HRMS, training management, performance and compensation management, recruitment), Global HR reporting 2004-2008: Different administrative and HR related positions in Norwegian organisations 1992-2004: officer apprentice / officer in the German Navy (Fast patrol boat officer, controller in logistic command, commanding officer of a training unit) Study: “Diplom-Kaufmann, univ.” (majors: HR and Statistics) from the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich

Dr. Rebecca Koch

Becton Dickinson
HR Director Central Europe und HRBP Europe Dispensing & Respiratory Technologies
2014-2015: HR Director Germany, CareFusion Germany 318 GmbH 2012-2014: Vice President Training & Development, airberlin 2011-2012: Head of Training & Development, airberlin technik GmbH 2008-2011: Senior Consultant, Bain & Company

Frank Kohl-Boas

Google Germany
Head of HR Northwest, Central & Eastern Europe
2005 bis 2010 various senior management positions, e.g.Coca-Cola GmbH (Berlin) und Coca-Cola South Pacific (Sydney)2003 - 2005 "Head of Remuneration", Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH1998 - 2003Unilever, HR Manager

Franz Nigl

Österreichische Post AG
Senior Vice President Human Resources Management
04/2015 – 04/2016 Prokurist der trans-o-flex Schnell-Lieferdienst GmbH seit 01/2015 Prokurist der Post Wertlogistik GmbH12/2012 – 06/2014 Prokurist der Post.Maintain Managementseit 03/2010 Leitung Personalmanagement11/2004 – 12/2009 Geschäftsführer der ÖBB Dienstleistungs Gesellschaft mbH09/2002 – 03/2005 Leiter „Human Resources“der Telekom Austria Aktiengesellschaft (BE 1)05/2001 – 03/2005 Geschäftsführer der Telekom Austria Personalmanage­ment GmbH11/2000 – 08/2002 Leiter „Human Resources Operations“ der Telekom Austria Aktien­ge­sellschaft (BE 2)

Knud Nørbo

Jyske Bank A/S (Group)
Director Human Resources
2002 - Director Human Resources Jyske Bank A/S (Group) 2001 – 2002: Head of Training and Development Jyske Bank A/S (Group) 1998 – 2001: Head of Organization Jyske Bank A/S (Southern Region)1995 – 1998: Consultant Mercuri Urval A/S1986 – 1995: Traditional banking jobs in different positions Jyske Bank A/S

Pii Raulo

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Pii Raulo (b. 1967) began her YIT career in 2004. She works as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and is a member of YIT's Group Management Board. Before YIT Mrs Raulo was Manager of Administration at McKinsey & Company. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration. Mrs Raulo has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Etera Mutual Pension Insurance company since 2014.

Jitka Schmiedová

Česká Spořitelna
Human Resources Director
  • Jitka started to learn human resources management in Norsk Hydro – a Norwegian based global company. She worked there from 1991in logistics, accounting, HR and she took part in business acquisitions and major restructuring of the agricultural division.
  • Further Jitka worked as human resources manager in Mitsubishi Electric Automotive Czech in Slaný and after that as Human Resources Director at the headquarters of VZP (Health Insurance Company) .
  • In Česká spořitelna Jitka Schmiedová worked as Human Resources Director and managed an extensive project of a complex HR Transformation towards business partnering.
  • In 2011 Jitka joined Vodafone Czech Republic as Vice President People and Property, a member of the Board and executive team resposible for company transformation.
  • In 2014 Jitka re-joined Česká spořitelna again as Human Resources Director to support the biggest Czech bank in implementing its strategic plan.
  • In 2011 Jitka was nominated to represent the Czech Republic in the US-sponsored international leadership program „Women in Leadership: Advancing Women as Corporate Leaders and as Entrepreneurs”. The main purpose of this program was
    • To promote women’s leadership in the economic sphere, both in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors, as well as government and nonprofit sectors;
    • To highlight effective interaction between women in the corporate sector and women entrepreneurs;
    • To examine best practices in creating a corporate culture conducive to women’s advancement as well as initiatives to advance women to top levels of corporations, including corporate boards;
    • To highlight successful mentoring programs and networking opportunities for women.

Christa Stienen

LSG Group
SVP Corporate Human Resources
Seit 2014 SVP Corporate Human Resources, LSG Sky ChefsSupervirsory board member of  LSG SkyChefs Frankfurt ZD GmbH2011 bis 2014 Head of HR International, Daiichi Sankyo Europe2001 bis 2010 Metro Group 25-jährige Erfahrung invarious (HR) senior management positions, e.g. 10 years at METRO Group.Vice president of Bundesverband der Personalmanager (BPM) 

James Trusler

Head of HR Service Delivery
Leading the HR integration across the newly combined group of Sky companies throughout Europe. Delivering a new international HR Operating Model alongside an integrated Cloud HRIS platform.A commercially focused HR Director who establishes strong successful relationships with the Executive team, defining and shaping HR strategies and leading teams through transformation.As well as operating in a strategic capacity defining sound business solutions, I have broad experience in managing numerous day to day HR functions supporting the business. Further to this I have strong experience in leading the HR Systems and Change capability.

Mia Vanstraelen

IBM Belgium/Luxembourg
HR Director
Mia Vanstraelen has responsibilities human resources for IBM GTS Infrastructure Services ; In that capacity, she leads a team of experts on all fields of human resources for an organization of  more than 90.000 employees in addition to all forms of flexible workforce; the organization consists of business consultants,  project managers, IT-architects and IT-specialists, financial and operational experts, and works frequently together with IBM research.  Mia has a focus on  IBM’s business development and growth through implementation of  innovative HR’s strategy,  solutions and sourcing. Mia operates in deep partnership and collaboration with the business leaders, and is passionate on agile techniques and actively drives these programs. She also certified  as executive coach with  the International Coaching Federation ( ICF). She is the president of the Flemish industrial board  (coordinate investments in digital and complex infrastructure) and an advisor at the Software Board Materialise NV.

Chairwoman: Felicitas von Kyaw

Vattenfall Group
Vice President HR
Felicitas von Kyaw is Vice President HR at Vattenfall (in charge of Business Area Customers & Solutions located in Nordics and Continental Europe). Prior to this she was Corporate Vice President Organizational Development & Change at Vattenfall Group in Stockholm and Head of Change Management Practice at Capgemini Consulting. Extensive working experience in the field of change & transformation management, HR, sales, marketing as well as professional services with corporates, management consultancies and start-ups. She has a diploma in Economics and is a certified Coach.

Ana Margarida Ximenes

ATREVIA Portugal and the Internal Communications Observatory
President and Founding Member
ATREVIA is the 1st Global Communications Consultancy in Spain with a Latin Spirit & offices in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Guatemala - Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Bolivia. President of ATREVIA in Portugal, Ana co-founded ATREVIA in Portugal in 1999. ATREVIA was twice recognized as “The Iberian Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report and, among many recognitions, received European Excellence Awards for "The Best National and Regional Public Affairs campaign" and “The best blog”. Ana is also co-leading ATREVIA overseas international business development. With more than 16 years of experience, she assists clients in crisis communication, reputation and change management, lobbying and public affairs, internal communication, community relations, and brand and marketing management working with major category leaders. Ana is also in charge of coordinating different public information campaigns on behalf of European Institutions, Organizations and NGOs. Ana began her career as a journalist in print, radio and television. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from Universidade do Minho with a specialization in journalism, production, editing and audiovisual, and she has a Business Management Degree (PDE) from the Business School AESE. She´s a Founding member of “The Internal Communications Observatory” and a Guest Teacher in the PACO Communication Program of Católica University and in ISCSP. Along with Portugal’s Foreign Ministry and the Ibero-American Secretary General, Ana was recognized with an award by IPDAL for the Promotion and Development of Latin America in Portugal. In 2009, she was elected one of “The Most Motivating Persons in Portugal” by the Business School ISCTE. Ana is member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD). Ana was Co-Chair EMEA PROI Worldwide for 6 years (2009-2015). Ana speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Simone Zilgen

Carlsberg Breweries
Director Talent Management Group
Since 2016: Senior Director Talent Management Group at Carlsberg Group, Copenhagen2012-2015: Senior Director, Internal Communications at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, METRO Group2011-2012: Senior Director, International staffing and sourcing/employer branding at METRO AG, METRO Group2010-2012: Senior Department Manger “HR management/-administration” at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, METRO Group2008-2010: Senior Department Manager “Executive Development” at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, METRO Group2007-2008: Department Manager “Junior Executive Development” at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, METRO Group1998-2006: HR Manager/HR Business Partner at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, METRO Group


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