Zurich Climate Prize 2009 - 2016


The independent jury assesses the projects entered by the assessment criteria stated. It consists of experts and personalities from business:



Prof. em. René P. Schwarzenbach

Prof. em. René P. Schwarzenbach, ETH Zurich

Nominated as expert on sustainability in general and as Chairperson of the Zurich Climate Price Jury

René Schwarzenbach (*1945) is presently Associate Vice President for Sustainability at ETH Zurich and Head and Delegate of the steering board of the Competence Centre of Environment and Sustainability (CCES) of the ETH domain. He is the main author of the standard book «Environmental Organic Chemistry» and received the «Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science & Technology» from the American Chemical Society in 2006. René Schwarzenbach is a member of the council of the University of Konstanz and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Helmholz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig. Until his retirement in 2011 Schwarzenbach has been a full professor of Environmental Chemistry in the
Department of Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich.

Prof. Dr. Martine Rebetez

Prof. Dr. Martine Rebetez, University of Neuchâtel

Nominated as expert on sustainability in general with emphasis on climate issues

Martine Rebetez (*1961) is a climatologist at the University of Neuchâtel and at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), which is part of the ETH domain. In the Area of Forest Dynamics, her main research interests are climate change, observed climate change in Switzerland and impacts resulting from it. Rebetez is a member of the steering committee of Swiss Forum for Climate and Global Change of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (ProClim), a board member of WWF Schweiz Switzerland and a scientific board member of the Agency for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (AEE). 

Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen

Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, University of St. Gallen

Nominated as expert in the area of «Sustainable Consumption»

Rolf Wüstenhagen (*1970) is Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St. Gallen (IWÖ-HSG) and the Good Energies Professor for Management of Renewable Energies. Since 2011, Wüstenhagen is a member of the Swiss Government's advisory council on «Energy Strategy 2050» and on «Renewable Energies». From 2008 to 2011 he represented Switzerland at the Lead Author Team at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Moritz Meenen

Moritz Meenen, CEO ElectricFeel Mobility Systems

Nominated as an expert in the area of Transport and Mobility

Moritz Meenen is the founder and CEO of start-up company ElectricFeel Mobility Systems. The technology spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) offers cities and companies an intelligent solution for the planning and operation of e-bike transport systems. Moritz Meenen studied industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), the Universidad del Pais Vasco Bilbao, at MIT-Frauenhofer CSE and the MIT Sloan School of Management. During his studies he accumulated experience at Rickmers, Airbus, Lufthansa and the Energy Saving Commission in Mexico City. He was a member of various student projects as well as a delegate at the Harvard Model United Nations from 2007 to 2009. In Karlsruhe, he and friends developed the PionierGarage entrepreneurial platform, now the largest student platform for entrepreneurship in Germany. Moritz Meenen is a member of the Impact Hub Zurich club and the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum.

Personalities from Business

Dr. Mirjam Staub-Bisang

Dr. Mirjam Staub-Bisang, CEO Independent Capital Group AG

Dr. Mirjam Staub-Bisang is co-founder and managing partner at Independent Capital Group AG, an investment management firm focused on sustainable investing and real estate investments in Switzerland (www.independent-capital.com). She is a non-executive director of several for-profit and non-profit companies and institutions, among which the leading Swiss white goods manufacturer V-Zug AG, the financial services firm Bellevue Group AG (SWX: BBN), and the leading business school INSEAD in Fontainebleau/Singapore. Prior, she held senior positions in investment banking/asset management among which Commerzbank, Merrill Lynch and Swiss Life Private Equity Partners as well VP Corporate Development in a global industrial holding company. Dr. Staub-Bisang holds a Ph.D. degree in law from the University of Zurich, an MBA from INSEAD/Fontainebleau and is an attorney-at-law. Additionally, she was elected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Staub-Bisang authored the standard works ”Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors” (Wiley 2012) and is a contributing author of several other finance books. She lectures and publishes widely on sustainable investing.

Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller

Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller, Advisor and Board Member

Thomas Scheiwiller has a doctorate in physics from ETH Zurich and is an expert in the areas of sustainability, integrity, governance and compliance. From 1995 to 2012 he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and, as partner, was in charge of Governance, Risk & Compliance Services (Switzerland), as well as Sustainability Services (worldwide). From 2012 to 2013 he managed the Advisory Services division at AccountAbility. Since June 2013 Thomas Scheiwiller has been a freelance consultant, primarily for supervisory boards and executive management boards. He is a member of the advisory board at sosense, belongs to the network of experts for MaxImpact, is involved in several Industry Working Groups at SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) and is a member of the Global Advisory Councils of Cornerstone Capital Inc. He also teaches Governance & Ethics at the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich.

Peter Pauli

Peter Pauli, CEO EPASUS AG

Peter Pauli (*1960) is CEO and founder of EPASUS AG. After completing an apprenticeship as a machine fitter, he studied mechanical engineering at a university of applied sciences. He also attended the INSEAD Business School, where he qualified as an industrial engineer. Pauli began his career in 1985 as a management assistant at a subsidiary of what is now the Forbo Group. Five years later, he joined the executive management team and ultimately managed the European sales of a Forbo division. Since 2002, the father of two has acted as CEO of the Meyer Burger Group and has also served on the board of directors since 2011. With a stake of 3.21%, he is also the largest individual shareholder in Meyer Burger Technology AG.