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Awards Committee

The Awards Committee for the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award meets once a year to choose the winner from the Board of Trustees' list of proposed candidates.

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Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

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Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger is founder and now Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He studied business administration in Munich and Hamburg.

Roland Berger was a lecturer in marketing and advertising at the Technical University of Munich from 1971 to 1972. He has been a guest professor at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus since 1996, and honorary professor for business administration and management consulting since 2000. He is a member of the Councils of Ludwig Maximilian University and the University of Music and Performing Arts (both in Munich). Furthermore, he serves on the board of the renowned INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France (and Singapore), and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich. He also sits on the advisory and supervisory boards of several international companies, such as The Blackstone Group, New York; Fiat Group, Turin; Prime Office AG, Munich; Komatsu, Tokyo; and Sony Corporation, Tokyo.

Roland Berger is the Honorary Consul General of Finland in Bavaria and Thuringia. He has also contributed to several books and authored numerous articles and other publications.

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The Honourable Louise Arbour

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The Honourable Louise Arbour held the office of the President & CEO of the International Crisis Group from 2009 to 2014. She previously served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004-2008), as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada (1999-2004), and as the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda (1996-1999).

A native of Montréal, Arbour is a Companion of the Order of Canada (2007) and a Grande Officière de l'Ordre national du Quebec (2009). Earlier in her legal career, she served on the Supreme Court of Ontario, followed by the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and then was appointed President of a Commission of Inquiry into the Kingston Prison for Women.

Arbour is affiliated with several distinguished groups including the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security; the Global Commission on Drug Policy; and the Global Commission against the Death Penalty. Along with some 40 honorary degrees, Arbour has received numerous decorations & awards including the French Legion of Honour, the Council of Europe’s North South Prize and the Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Freedom from Fear Award.

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Dr. Shirin Ebadi

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Shirin Ebadi studied law in her home country of Iran. In 1975, she became the first woman to preside over a legislative court in Teheran. However, she was dismissed from her position shortly after the Iranian revolution in 1979. It was only in 1993 that she was allowed to practice law again. In 2000, Dr. Ebadi was sentenced to one and a half years in prison and was prohibited from practicing law for five years. Her attorney's license was not revoked because the appellate court did not accept this verdict and the sentence was changed to a monetary fine. However, she still served twenty-five days of the prison sentence in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Shirin Ebadi is working as a lawyer again.

Ebadi has established three non-governmental organizations in Iran. The first two were the "Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child" in 1994 and the Defenders of Human Rights Center in 2001. In 2004, she founded the Center for the Mine Cleanup Project. Its goal is to help the victims of mines and educate people living in mine-ridden areas of the world. She calls for better protection of women and children and campaigns globally for human rights. Despite repeated threats and major obstacles being put in the way of her work, Ebadi continues to legally represent victims of political prosecution. She has been defending political prisoners and victims of human rights violations since she obtained her license. Much of her work is pro bono.

Shirin Ebadi has written a number of academic books and articles, has lectured at universities worldwide and has received several honorary doctorates from European and US universities. Dr. Ebadi is the recipient of France's ""Légion d''Honneur"" and several other international human rights awards. In 1996, Ebadi received an award from Human Rights Watch. In 2001, she was awarded the Rafto Prize from the Norwegian Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. In 2003, she became the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Together with the organization "Reporters Without Borders", Ebadi received the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award in 2009.

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Dr. h.c. Joschka Fischer

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Joschka Fischer was elected to the German Bundestag in 1983, and therefore held one of the first Green Party seats in the governing body. In 1985, he became the Minister for the Environment and Energy in Hesse, becoming the first Green Party politician to hold government office. Under the state of Hesse's Premier Hans Eichel, Fischer began a second term as Minister for the Environment in 1991.

In October 1994, Fischer left Hesse to go back to federal politics as party co-chair in the Bundestag for the Bündnis 90/Green Party. After the SPD and Green Party won the national elections in 1998, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder named Fischer as Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor to the cabinet.

After the end of the SPD-Green coalition government in 2005, Joschka Fischer accepted a post as a visiting professor for international economic policy at Princeton University. In 2007, he founded the Joschka Fischer Consulting company. He is a founding member and board co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Joschka Fischer has been recognized with many honors and awards, including honorary doctorates from the Universities of Haifa and Tel Aviv. In 2004, he received the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize and in 2005 the Leo Baeck Prize for his efforts in the Middle East conflict as a mediator between Palestinians and Israelis.

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Dr. Maria Furtwängler

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Actress and physician Dr. Maria Furtwängler has been active in medical charities for many years. She is president of the board of trustees of the international organization "Doctors for Developing Countries". She has also taken part in many relief missions in crisis zones. In this capacity, she has worked as a physician in Kenya, India and the Philippines. She uses her popularity as an actress to draw attention to problems in the developing world.

In Germany, Maria Furtwängler is heavily involved in charity work on behalf of children. She sits on the board of the "Bündnis für Kinder - Gegen Gewalt" foundation (Alliance for Children - Against Violence). The organization's goal is to have young people grow up free from violence in a child-friendly society.

Maria Furtwängler has garnered many awards for her acting achievements, including a Bambi (2007), the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German television award, 2007), the Goldene Kamera (2008) and the Romy, an Austrian television award (2009). For her work with the "Doctors for Developing Countries" organization, she received Germany's Federal Cross of Merit in 2003 and the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2007.

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Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi

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Romano Prodi was born in Scandiano (Reggio Emilia, Italy) in 1939. After graduation at the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan and at the London School of Economics, his academic career began at the department of economics and at the Faculty of Political science of the University of Bologna, where he worked as an assistant professor (1963), associate professor (1966) and lastly professor (1971-1999) of industrial organisation and industrial policy. In 1974 he was a visiting professor at Harvard University at the Stanford Research Institute.   He helped establish the 'Italian School of Industrial Policy', and acted for several years as the editor of its quarterly journal, L'Industria, Rivista di Economia e Politica Industriale.  

In 1981 he founded Nomisma, the largest Italian institute of economic studies, whose scientific committee he chaired until 1995.

From November 1978 to March 1979, Romano Prodi was Minister of Industry.   From November 1982 to October 1989, he was chairman and CEO of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (IRI), which was the largest Italian public holding.   Recalled to head the Institute in 1993, he saw through the privatization of a number of industrial, banking and service companies. In February 1995 he founded the 'Olive tree' centre-left coalition, which designated him as its candidate for premiership. The coalition won the 1996 election and, in May 1996, he was appointed Prime Minister. He remained in office until October 1998. The bold measures introduced by his Cabinet enabled Italy to meet the Maastricht criteria for joining the Euro zone.  

From 1999 to 2005 he has been President of the European Commission. During his presidency, the euro was successfully introduced, the Union was enlarged to 10 new countries from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was signed.  

In 2006 Romano Prodi was elected leader of the centre-left coalition in Italy and after a victory in 2006 elections he became Prime Minister, until May 8, 2008. He is, since then, President of the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation and in July 2008 he has been named Chairman of the UN-AU High Level Panel for Peacekeeping in Africa. From February 2009, he is Professor at-large at Brown University (USA). From 2010 he has been appointed Professor of CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) in Shanghai.  

During his academic and institutional career, Romano Prodi has been awarded a number of recognitions and he also holds various honorary degrees.  

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Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus

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Born in Bangladesh, Muhammad Yunus left his home country to study Economics in the United States. After getting his Ph.D., he went on to work as Assistant Professor of Economics at Middle Tennessee State University before joining Chittagong University as Head of its Economics Department. In 1976, he joined Grameen Bank in Bangladesh as a Project Manager before becoming the bank's Managing Director in 1983. Muhammad Yunus is one of the pioneers of the microcredit concept. The Grameen Bank grants small loans to the impoverished without requiring collateral. Since 1996, Muhammad Yunus has been serving as an advisor to the government of Bangladesh. He is also a founding member of the Global Academy of Ashoka, an international organization of and for social entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he sits on the Advisory Board of the German Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

In 2006, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his economic and social work. He has also received several other awards including the World Food Prize in 1994, the Max Schmidheiny Freedom Prize in 1995, the Planetary Consciousness Prize in 1997, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1998, the Seoul Peace Prize in 2006 and the Vision Award in 2007. In 2008, he received the Corine Award for his book A World Without Poverty. Yunus holds multiple honorary doctorates from universities around the world.