Jury of the Innovation Contest

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Mareen Walus

Mareen Walus is an expert on sustainability and corporate citizenship. She is the founder of the multi-award-winning engagement program "Berlin Social Academy," in which company representatives and businesses impart professional know-how to volunteers and full-time employees of non-profit organizations in online workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Koray Yılmaz-Günay

Koray Yılmaz-Günay is co-director of the Migration Council Berlin, an umbrella organization of more than 80 organizations of migrants and people of color. He has been politically active for many years, especially in anti-fascist, anti-racist and queer movements. He also works as a translator and political educator. In 2015, he founded the publishing house Yılmaz-Günay. His own voluntary work and work with volunteers has accompanied him since the 1990s, with all its advantages and disadvantages.


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Katja Jäger

Katja Jäger is part of the betterplace lab and thus one of the creators of the EVC project office. In her work, she moves between innovative civic tech actors and established structures. In the past, she implemented demokratie.io, a successful innovation competition that explored digital solutions for democracy. As part of the jury, she is now looking at what great formats there are for the future of engagement!


Katharina Foerster

Katharina Foerster managed the tandem project office of the European Volunteering Capital Berlin 2021. The certified foundation manager (DSA) studied law in Freiburg and Berlin. For more than ten years, she has worked on projects in the areas of culture and civil society. Among other things, she worked for nine years in various capacities for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the Barenboim-Said Academy, and was also involved in projects such as the ID Festival and Umculo Cape Festival, thus repeatedly advocating for integration and diversity.



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