The Jury members
The combined expertise of the Jury members will contribute to the quality of the Digital Communication Awards. The highly renowend experts come from both academic and entrepreneurial backgrounds, and stand with their names for the quality and impartiality of the evaulation process.
The evaluation criteria
Strategic approach, creativity, innovation, implementation and efficiency are the evaluation criteria the Jury will use to assess the submitted entries before deciding on the winners.
The presentation
You will have the chance to present your projects first hand to our expert Jury. On 29 September 2016, all nominees are invited to come to Berlin for the final evaluation session, to convince the Jury of the qualities of their campaigns.



Professor Dr. Ana Adi

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences
Head of the Department Corporate Communications

Prof. Dr. Ana Adi is the Head of the Department Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences. She is a digital humanist whose research focuses on digital media, its applications and challenges to public relations, political communication, CSR and activist communications. As a consultant, her expertise lies within the field of social media strategy, monitoring and measurement.

Prof. Dr. Adi has a background in public relations. Prior to joining Quadriga, Prof. Dr. Adi has worked, lived and studied the USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Bahrain, Thailand and Romania. She defines herself as a geek at heart, a polyglot, foodie, travel lover and a world citizen.

Jury Members


Zeynep Balioglu

Infineon Technologies
Head of Online Communications

After her studies at the TUM School of Management and the Munich University of Applied Sciences, early on she started working in the Digital Communications field. She has been with Infineon since 2002 and has been managing the Online Communications department for the last six years.

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Nicolas Baltes

Universal Music
Manager Digital Media

Nicolas Baltes works for the Digital Media team of Universal Music Germany in Berlin. He directs online campaings for domestic artists, focusing on innovative marketing trends and digital strategies. Before he joined Universal Music in 2011, he worked with different clients and helped them to implement various digital communication projects. Nicolas holds a masters degree in media economics/business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the Technical University of Ilmenau, Thuringia


Stephanie Bauer

Online & Social Media Management

Stephanie is in charge of online activities at Voestalpine. This includes developing strategies, objectives, technology, development, analytics, and marketing of the corporate website, which consists of 85 company brand and country websites as well as 200 editors worldwide. Futhermore she manages the online communication process focusing on areas such as social media, online PR, tracking and reporting as well as technology evaluation. Stephanie has studied communication sciences in Salzburg.


Charlotte Beaty-Pownall

Cancer Research UK
Senior Social Media Manager
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Professor Bertrand Cabedoche

University of Grenoble
Information and Communication Sciences, UNESCO chairholder on International Communication, president of ORBICOM

Bertrand Cabedoche is Professor of information and communication sciences, UNESCO
chairholder on International Communication at the University Grenoble Alpes, and
president of ORBICOM, the global networks of Unesco chairs working as a think tank for
Unesco (Montréal).

As a researcher, he has worked on the ways societies are constructed when they become the subject of
public polemic debates (for instance in the case studies of energies; nanotechnologies; Cultural
Diversity; Cultural, Information and Communication Industries; ICTs and social change; scientific
communication), with the advantage of a previous and parallel long professional experience last three
past decades as a journalist in France and Canada (chief editor), than as Executive officer in
communication, and later as an international consultant for multinational organisations, before and
during reinvesting in scientific works. His works, papers, books, articles are disseminated in at least 50
countries, in french, english, arabic, chinese and russian langages. He is too regularly requested to
assess international scientific projects in Canada, Russia, Portugal, Brazil and as a visiting professor in
Madagascar, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Turkey, Russia, Romania, China.


Hubert Callay D'Amato

Mazars Group
Head of Digital Communications

Hubert Callay d’Amato has been working at Mazars since 2006 and is responsible for the digital communications strategy for the Group and its subsidiaries worldwide. Mazars is present in 73 countries with 15,000 professionals.

Prior to taking up this position, he worked at Santor, Pyxis, and at France Telecom.

Mr. Callay d’Amato has 15 years experience in the field of web, social media, training programme management, e-marketing and communications, in both public and private sectors.


Jean-Paul Chapon

Société Générale
Head of Digital Communications & e-Reputation

Jean-Paul Chapon is head of the Digital Communications & e-Reputation department at Société Générale, in charge of the e-Reputation of the Group, it’s presence on social media and the internal deployment of 2.0 platforms. Previously he worked in the telecommunications sector, where he was responsible for the reorganisation of internal online tools, designed to take advantage of all Web 2.0 resources at Alcatel-Lucent and SFR. Jean-Paul Chapon is also the author of „Paris est sa Banlieue“, a popular blog on the difficult relationship between the city and the suburbs.


Mischa Coster

Grey Matters
Chief Psychology Officer

Mischa Coster MA MSc is a consultant, researcher and public speaker in the area of mediapsychology and persuasion. „I change how people see things“ is his personal slogan. He does this by applying evidence-based and theory-inspired psychological tactics. Mischa comes highly recommended by dr. Robert Cialdini, thé international expert-scientist in consumer psychology and persuasion.


Dr. Astrid Deilmann

WWF Germany
Director Digital Communication

Dr Astrid Deilmann (born 1975) started out as a freelance journalist for newspapers, TV, and Online. After her PhD in History in 2003 she worked with Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (Media Relations) before in 2005 hopping on board with WWF Germany, where she served as Spokesperson and Head of Press.

Since 2012 Astrid is Director Digital Communications at WWF Germany in Berlin. In 2015 her team won the German Content Marketing Award for digital storytelling. In 2016, she is part of the Jury of the German Content Marketing Award ( and the Digital Communication Awards‘ Jury ( She is one of the Digital Media Women #DMW and loves publishing and talking about digital on stage.

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Fabio Delton

Head of Social & Digital Internal Communications

Fabio is the Head of Social & Digital Internal Communications at UniCredit, one of  the leading commercial banks operating in 17 European countries. He is responsible for the digital internal channels and employee advocacy within the banking group. Fabio has extensive experience in the areas of user experience design, online communications, social media, and innovating digital channels evolution, as well as facilitating effective cross-functional cooperation.

Before joining the Identity & Communications department in the UniCredit Holding Company, he led the Internet and Remote Banking activities in the Italian Retail bank of the banking group.

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Ilker Ergen

Head of Digital Channels Marketing

Ilker Ergden has gained almost 15 years of digital marketing experience in different roles for digital agencies and brands. Most of his experiences are about designing, implementing and supporting digital (new media) strategies, digital transformation of brands, building and managing digital marketing, e-commerce teams and agency relations. In addition that that he has excelled in building digital marketing channels and strategies for web, mobile and apps.


Ina Freohner

Head of PR
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Annette Frijns

Global Head of Communication & Marketing

Annette Frijns is the Global Head of Communication & Marketing for Dynniq1, a dynamic, high-tech and innovative company offering integrated mobility and energy solutions and services internationally. Based at the head office in the Netherlands, Annette is responsible for managing all Group Marketing & Communication. Prior to joining Dynniq, she was the International Manager Communication & Marketing for Zanders, a leading European consultancy within the area of treasury and financial risk management, from 2011-2016. In total, Annette gained over 15 years of experience in the field of marketing, corporate and financial communications, in B2B as well as B2C.


Selena Gabat

SKY Deutschland
Director Social Media

Selena Gabat is Director Social Media at Sky Deutschland. In this role, Selena is responsible for Social Media Campaigns, Community Building, Social TV and continuous development of a corporate Social Media Strategy. Before joining Sky, Selena was a Senior Consultant at Iskander Business Partner. Prior to that she has worked in various international Marketing Management Roles for Siemens AG and SAP AG. Selena holds a Bachelor Degree of Economics from the University of Greenwich & the University of Mannheim.

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Maeve Gallagher

Zurich Insurance Company
Head External & Digital Communications

Maeve Gallagher is Head External & Digital Communications at Zurich Insurance Group. Based at the head office, Mrs Gallagher is responsible for managing all Group Media Relations, including strategy, planning and implementation across the full range of on- and off-line channels. She manages a global team of media relations specialists. Mrs Gallagher is a member of the Zurich Leadership Team

Prior to joining Zurich, Mrs Gallagher held a number of roles at investment banks, including Barclays Capital where she was Asia Pacific Head of Communications and Marketing, based in Hong Kong. Before joining Barclays Capital, she held similar roles at JPMorgan and UBS. In all, Mrs Gallagher spent more than 12 years in financial communications roles in Hong Kong, and additional three years in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tina Gaye Hentley

Maersk Oil
Senior Digital, Content & Branding Manager

Tina is responsible for Maersk Oil’s influencer-led digital strategy, She manages a global team of stakeholders to ensure top and bottom line results. A consultative leader, Tina thrives on empowering others to achieve above expectations. As digital lead for a key Business Unit in the Maersk Group, Tina sits on a number of Steering Commitees overseeing the Group’s digital strategy implementation. Prior to working with Maersk, Tina held Communications roles within the United Nations – UNICEF, UNDP, WHO –  providing visionary concepts, activitations and advice to fulfill organisational objectives.

Achievements include:
Winner at 2014 European Excellence Awards in blog category.
Social media leadership in peer group on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Maersk Oil in top 50 employers (EMEA) on LinkedIn.
Leading peer group in talent brand index on social media channels.
Intranet nomination at 2015 European Excellence Awards.





Paul Gill

Head of Digital Engagement

Paul heads the Digital Engagement team at Oxfam GB. The team delivers user-centered experiences across the digital channels (web, social, email, digital marketing), focussed on Oxfam’s public engagement objectives including raising income and influencing. Paul has a personal focus on user experience (UX) and the cross-channel experience for Oxfam’s supporters. Before Oxfam, he worked at digital agency Torchbox on UX and digital strategy


Professor Dr. Alexander Gutzmer

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences
Department of Corporate Communications

Professor Gutzmer is also editor-in-chief at the architecture magazine Baumeister, and editorial director of the Munich-based publishing house Callwey. He got a business degree from Free University Berlin and Warwick Business School. After this, he achieved a masters degree in cultural studies at Goldsmith College (University of London), where he also received his PhD with a thesis about Gilles Deleuzes and Peter Sloterdijks theories of architecture. His main fields of research: cultural theory of todays information society, and the relationship of media and space.

Alexander Gutzmer developed rich expertise in journalism, communication and media in several editorial departments of respected newspapers, magazines and publishing houses. He worked as the London correspondent for the German national weekly „Welt am Sonntag“, as editor-in-chief for the magazine “pressesprecher” at Helios Media, as editor-in-chief at the management magazine “think:act” (Roland Berger Strategy Consultants) and as editorial director at the Burda Creative Group.


Florian Hießl

Global Head of Online Communications

Florian Hießl studied business administration and computer sciences at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. After a marketing position at BMW and a corporate purchasing job at Osram Sylvania in Boston/USA, Florian joined Siemens in 1999 and held various digital communications positions at Siemens business units. Since 2006 he is at Corporate Communications, Siemens HQ in Munich and currently leading the global Siemens-Online Team.

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Steven Howe

Head of Digital Communication

Steven Howe is Head of Digital Communication for the Oil & Gas business area of DNV GL. he is responsible for the digital strategy of the business area, and the execution of appropriate tactics in accordance with the overall communications and business strategy. Taking an integrated multi-channel approach to communications and marketing activities, we utilise email, web, social, blogs, video and search to develop and deploy targeted lead nurturing campaigns, commissioning and developing content to enhance sales enablement.


Lina Jakučionienė

ERGO Insurance
Director of Corporate Communication

Lina Jakučionienė has 15 years of experience in the communications field, both internal and external, as well as international communication. Lina has been the Director of Corporate Communication at ERGO in the Baltic States since 2009. Before joining ERGO, she worked as CEO of the Public Institution “European Innovation Projects” and CEO of the PR company “EIP Communication”, and, prior to that, Head of the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania. Lina also has work experience in the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and the European Parliament (Brussels).

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Professor Dr. Paul Ketelaar

Radboud University of Nijmegen
Communication Science

Paul Ketelaar (PhD, MSc, MSc) is Senior Assistant Professor of Communication and Influence in the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI), Department of Communication Science, at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where he heads the Tailored Communication Project. His research interests focus on cognitive and social issues for the design and use of interactive communication technologies and e-commerce. His research examines tailored communication in virtual reality settings, online strategic communication through social media, and message design of online content. He is also guest professor at the University of Amsterdam and advises marketing (research) agencies about research and strategies.


Jutta Klauer

Pfizer Germany
Senior Manager New Media

Jutta Klauer is Senior Manager New Media at Pfizer Germany. She is responsible for the digital communication strategy, Internet- and Social Media acitivities. Before she joined Pfizer in August 2010 she was working as Online-PR and Social Media Consultant at Ketchum Pleon for more than 10 years, where she was head of the Online-Team in the Berlin Office. Jutta Klauer holds a M.A. in English and Media-Science from Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and a MBA from TiasNimbas in Utrecht/Bradford.


Jimmy Larsson

Raoul Wallenberg Academy
Head of Communications

Jimmy Larsson works as Head of Digital for the Swedish Social Democratic Youth Party (SSU). During the election of 2014 he worked with press and communication for the Social Democrats, helping them win back power. After working on an ad agency and finally running his own ad agency for 2 years, focusing on trade unions and political parties, he decided to start working with politics full time.


With his combined interest in politics and digital strategy he also co-founded Sweden’s largest political communication compound six years ago. As a freelance writer, Larsson was ranked at place 35 out of 100 future talents of Public Relations in Sweden 2015 and recently he was invited to speak at the In2Summit EMEA in Berlin 2016.

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Professor Dr. Audrey Mehn

International School of Management
Fashion & Sales Management

Audrey Mehn is Professor at the International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund and Cologne. She teaches, among other topics, the online strategies of global brands and fashion retailers and their way of communicating with their customers. Prior to that, Audrey worked for fashion retailers and for a strategic communication agency.


Tina Mellergaard

Danish Agriculture & Food Council
Head of social

Tina Mellergaard is Head of Social at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council with the responsibility for over-all strategy and streamlining of 50+ social media accounts across platforms and campaigns. She operates in a constant mix between digital lobbyism, branding, communication and traditional campaigning.

Prior to the council Mellergaard was employed in the agency industry as Head of Social at the creative agency BABY and social media advisor at Advice A/S. She also has a background working with content strategy and employee advocacy as Social Business Manager at IBM Denmark and is regularly used as a social media specialist in Danish media.

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Stine Mølgaard Sørensen

Geek Girls
Digital strategist, blogger, editor and co-founder

Stine is a co-founder of Geek Girl Denmark, a growing network for women within the digital space with over 1000 members. She most recently worked for H. Lundbeck A/S, leading the development of their corporate global digital strategy, and social media presence, as well as supporting their major brands to define their own digital and social media programmes. Stine has more than 5 years of agency experience working as a digital strategist for various clients within the tech industry around Europe and holds a masters degree in communication and business administration from Roskilde University. Combining her passions for travel and digital know-how, Stine will be attending several of the major global tech conferences around the world this year.

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Dafydd Phillips

Communication Director Magazine
Editor in Chief

Dafydd Phillips leads both European and Asia-Pacific editions of Communication Director, a magazine for corporate communications, public affairs and public relations. The magazine features articles and interviews by global heads of communication, academics and other thought-leaders, and covers all aspects of communications, with a special focus on digital.


Professor Dr. Karolien Poels

University of Antwerp
Strategic Communication

Karolien Poels is an associate professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She investigates the use and experience of digital media (social networking sites, digital games) by individuals and employs these insights to study strategic communication (e.g. advertising, crisis communication, virtual stores) by organisations. She is a member of the Young Academy of Flanders and vice-president of the Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association (NeFCA).


Nico Reinhold

Deutsche Bank
Co-Head Digital Communications

Nico Reinhold is Co-Head Digital Communications of Deutsche Bank AG. He is, amongst others, in charge of content strategy, digital formats and blogger relations. Nico worked as a spokesperson and a journalist, and he holds a degree in economics and communications.


Keum Roling

BDO Global
PR & Communications Manager

Keum Roling completed a Master in Science degree in Strategic Marketing from Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom.

He is currently the PR & Communications Manager for BDO Global. BDO is an international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO in 154 countries and territories.

Prior to this, he worked as the Corporate Brand & Communication Manager for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Quality Improvement Consultant for the National Health Service in London and he was a Producer within the creative industry across Asia and Europe. He is also an On Purpose Fellow, an Affiliated Faculty Member at Colorado State University and a guest speaker at various universities.


Professor Dr. Uta Rußmann

FH Wien University of Applied Sciences of WKW
Institute of Communication, Marketing & Sales

Professor Dr. Uta Russmann is senior researcher at the Institute of Communication, Marketing and Sales at the FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW, Vienna, Austria. She studied communication sciences, sociology and political science at the Universities of Vienna and Tampere (Finland). Prior to joing FHWien of WKW, Prof. Dr. Russmann has worked at the University of Vienna and at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Her research focuses on strategic communication management, public relations, new media, online communication, political communication as well as media and elections


Kate Talbot

Alliance of Women in Media
Communications Director

Kate Talbot is an award winning communications specialist, mentor and judge for multiple industry awards programs in the US and internationally. Her career spans a decade across the US, UK and Australia. At Klick, an award winning global PR and social agency, she split hertime between fostering new client relationships and account management. Prior to Klick she worked at Mango, part of the DDB Group Network, across PR, experiential, social and sponsorship.


Brian Thomsen

Alm. Brand Group
Head of Digital

Brian is Head of Digital at Alm. Brand Group A/S, a Danish financial services group operating within insurance, banking and pension insurance. At Alm. Brand Group he is leading the digital department responsible for all digital customer facing channels. The responsibility includes development of self-service tools as well as ensuring optimal user experience in omnichannel customer journeys. Before joining Alm. Brand Group, Brian was the Global Digital Manger at Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company.

Brian’s passion for creative digital communication was founded during his 6 years experience from various digital positions in the advertising industry. Valuable experience that has been acknowledged through international award winning solutions. Brian holds a MSc. in Economics and Business Administration from CBS.


Ilker Ugur

Turkish Football Federation
Communications Manager

Ilker Ugur has been the Turkish Football Federation’s Communications Manager since 2013. He has also been working for UEFA as a Media Officer since 2009. He had been leading TFF’s International Events Division, organising high level events like FIFA U20 World Cup, UEFA Congress and UEFA Cup Final. After completing BA in Comparative Literature, he started working for TFF in 2004.

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Chiara Valentini

Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences
Associate Professor in Public Relations and Corporate Communication

Chiara Valentini, PhD, is Associate Professor in Public Relations and Corporate Communication at Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences, Denmark. Her research interests have focused on public relations, corporate communication, crisis communication, political communication, and social media. Her work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, international handbooks and volume contributions such as Public Relations Review, Corporate Communication: An International Journal. Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Affairs, International Journal of Strategic Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics and The SAGE Handbook of Public Relations. She serves as a reviewer of several international peer-review journals and is member of the editorial board of Corporate Communication: An International Journal and Journal of Public Relations Research.

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Aurélie Valtat

EuropeAid - European Commission
Digital Strategist

Aurélie Valtat is an experienced political and corporate communications specialist, with a focus on online media. She is the digital strategist for EuropeAid, the EU’s international cooperation and development arm. Before that, she managed digital communications at the Council of the EU and at EUROCONTROL, and was responsible for communications at PostEurop and the Alliance Française in Belgium. She also worked at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, reporting on cultural heritage in Asia and the Pacific.  Aurelie is the former President of IABC Belgium, the Belgian chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. She has an M.A in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris,  a B.A in Anthropology from the Sorbonne University and is currently studying sustainable development at SOAS – University of London.


Dr. Marnix van Gisbergen

NHTV University of Applied Sciences Academy for Digital Entertainment
Professor Digital Media Concepts

Marnix is a professor and research & innovation manager at NHTV (in 2015 voted best large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands) and board member of the NIMA Online Marketing Group. As a research director (2005-2012) he was responsible for the initiation and implementation of media related research projects for over 50 brands (among others RTL, Sanoma Media and MTV networks). Marnix published in more than 75 national and international magazines. With an international team of media researchers and game developers Marnix is involved in several innovative media and game related National and European funded projects on topics such as virtual reality, human body sensors, transmedia storytelling and new media business models. Marnix was nominated for the AMMA award for best media related research (2014), the Pfizer Press price (2010) and MOA Dutch Market Researcher of the year award (2009). In 2006 Marnix got his PhD (NWO grant) in Communication Sciences at the Radboud University

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Barbara Ward

Crossmedia Journalist & Content Marketing Strategist

Barbara Ward is an online journalist and content marketing strategist. She studied media science and has specialised early on in online communications. She just published her third textbook, „Fit for Content Marketing“. Having worked abroad as a consultant she is currently wirting for publishing houses, print- and online media, and is working as an author for various German content marketing projects. In this context, she also handles the social media channels for various B2B and B2C companies. As a lecturer and trainer, she passes on her profound expertise in online communications.


Professor Dr. Arne Westermann

International School of Management
Communications & Marketing

Arne Westermann, Ph.D., is a Professor of Communications & Marketing at the International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund and communication consultant. He has been conducting substantial research and analysis on online corporate communications. He is also the author of a variety of publications, including topics like the use of social media in professional communications, international PR trends and the dynamics of the relationship between communicators and management.


Jon Worth


Jon Worth is a Berlin-based blogger and consultant, and runs a small online communications agency techPolitics LLP. His blog – – is one of the longest running blogs about the European Union, and EU democracy and party politics. He has previously run web campaigns for Harriet Harman, Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone in the UK. His current clients include the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority, and he is a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and the University of Maastricht.