The voluntary and independent jury is made up of renowned figures from the worlds of business, academia and media within Switzerland:
The award recognizes individual export projects that have attracted attention with their impressive performance.
Jury President: Ralph Siegl
He has held senior and top executive positions for over 20 years in the international up-market consumer goods industry with practical experience particularly in multi-cultural leadership, business development, brand management and corporate strategy.
Ralph Siegl has successfully completed a wide range of vocational trainings e.g. at the London Business School and the Swiss Fachschule für Bankwirtschaft.
Stefan Barmettler, 58, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Handelszeitung He studies economic history and economics at the University of Zurich, going on to graduate from the Ringier School of Journalism. He was on the editorial board of Weltwoche and the news magazine FACTS. From 2000 to 2003 he was the U.S. correspondent for FACTS. During this time he completed an additional degree at the University of Connecticut in Stanford. In 2004 he became the Editor-in-Chief of the business magazine BILANZ. Since fall 2013 he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Handelszeitung, which belongs to the Axel Springer publishing house. He is a member of the Swiss Editor-in-Chief Conference, Trustee of the Swiss Press Council and juror of the Deutscher Wirtschaft-Journalistenpreis (German Economic Journalists’ Prize).
Martin Naville has been CEO of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce since 2004. Previously, he spent 16 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Munich, Zurich and New York, as a partner since 1995. Martin Naville started his career in 1984 as a Corporate Banker at JP Morgan in Zurich and New York and holds a masters degree in law from the University of Zurich. He is Chairman of the Board of Zoo Zürich AG and a member of the Board of Swissquote and Lombard International in Luxembourg.
Emanuel Probst (*1957) studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen. A subsequent internship on New York’s Wall Street was followed by various professional engagements in which he acquired profound knowledge in various sectors. In 1985 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of JURA Elektroapparate AG. In 1991, he assumed operational management and transformed the company into the global innovative leader for specialty coffee machines. In his free time, Probst is interested in design, architecture and cars.
Winfried Ruigrok is a Professor of Business Administration specialized in International Management and has been researching and teaching at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) since 1996. He is also the Academic Director (Dean) of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) and Director of the Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG). He earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (NL). This was followed by work at the Warwick Business School (UK), the Erasmus University of Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management (NL), for the European Commission (B) and the Dutch Organization for International Development Assistance (NL). He has released over 100 publications and received several awards.
Stefan Scheiber has been the CEO of Bühler since July 1, 2016. He studied business administration at the St.Gallen University of Applied Sciences, later continuing his education at the IMD Institute in Lausanne and the Harvard Business School in Boston. Beginning in 1988, he spent 15 years working in various overseas positions, which encompassed east and southern Africa, eastern Europe and Germany amongst others. In 1999, Stefan Scheiber assumed global responsibility for the brewery and rice business areas of Bühler in Germany, where he subsequently assumed overall responsibility. From mid-2005, he led the Sales & Services division as a member of the Group Executive Board, as well as the Food Processing division starting in 2009. In 2014, he merged the Food Processing and Grain Processing divisions and has been the CEO of the Grains & Food business since then.
Nicola Thibaudeau completed in 1984 her engineering degree at the École Polytechnique of the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
After working for IBM Canada, Cicorel Flexdruck Werk, Mecanex SA (now RUAG), MPS Precimed SA in Corgémont and MPS Décolletage SA in Court, she joined MPS Micro Precision Systems AG in late 2003. Nicola Thibaudeau was also a member of the Board of the CSS health insurance company for 14 years, and from 2006 to 2013, a member of the Advisory Board of Swiss Post.
Franziska Tschudi Sauber has worked as a lawyer in Zurich, Washington D.C. and Geneva and holds an EMBA from HSG. After three years as General Secretary of SIG, she joined the WICOR Group in 1995. There she led the development of the company. From 1998 she led the Asia/Pacific region of the Electrical Technology division and since 2001 has been a member of the Advisory Board/CEO. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Swiss Life and Biomed AG, a member of the Executive Boards of economiesuisse and Swissmem and a member of the Eastern Switzerland regional location promotion organization of the Swiss National Bank.
Monika Walser, Partner at Waega-Group AG. Previously, she was CEO of Freitag lab. ag. There she focused on expansion, sought additional locations for flagship stores and conquered trendy cities the world over with her cult bags. Before that, Monika Walser expanded the communication and policy issues of the compulsory UCTE electrical operators’ network for its 26 member states (appointment by election) in Brussels. She was also Chief Communications Officer at swissgrid ag/ETRANS AG and TDC Switzerland AG/sunrise.