Meet the jury: European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014

The 2014 EEPA jury met in Brussels

The 2014 EEPA jury met in Brussels

Each year, an independent high-level European jury takes on the difficult task of selecting the best entries to the European Enterprise Promotion Awards in each category. This year’s jury includes representatives from government, business and academia as well as Greece and Italy – as part of their EU presidencies during 2014.

There are also two permanent representatives, one from DG Enterprise and Industry and one from the Committee of the Regions. The winner of the previous year’s Grand Jury Prize is also invited to sit on the jury. The 2014 judges are:

Joanna Drake


European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Joanna has been Director responsible for the promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission since 2010. Previously Head of the EC Representation in Malta and prior to that Head of the Legal & Regulatory Department of Vodafone Malta Ltd, Joanna has in addition taught and researched law at the University of Malta and studied at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Prof. Thomas M. Cooney

Professor in Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology

Thomas is Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Academic Director of the DIT Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Chair of the 2014 ICSB World Conference.  Thomas has taught, researched, and published widely in the area of Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Gundars Strautmanis

President of the Council, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)

Dr. Gundars Strautmanis is currently the president of LCCI and member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Gundars has been President/Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lattelcom Ltd and Chief Executive Officer at FORMULA, the Canadian-Latvian joint venture as well as holding leading positions at the Riga Scientific Research Institute of Micro Devices of JSC ALFA.

Guiseppe Tripoli

Italian SME envoy

Guiseppe was appointed as Head of Department for Enterprise and Internationalisation within the Ministry for Economic Development in 2009 having previously been General Secretary of Unioncamere from 2001 to 2009.  He has been the SME Envoy for Italy since February 2011. In 2012 he was nominated as Italian Guarantor for micros and SMEs.

Marta Martí Carrera

Chair of BUSINESSEUROPE’s “Entrepreneurship and SME” Committee

In 2005 Marta created Tribu Respira to provide companies with valuable business management tools helping to raise productivity and to bring out the hidden talent of employees.  Her clients include many prestigious brands. A serial entrepreneur, she is developing two other companies: “Sips of Light” and Mitocondria, an audiovisual production company.

Thomas Wobben

Committee of the Regions

After studying Economics and Politics, Thomas worked for voluntary sector organisations. In 1993 he joined the European policy services of the Land Saxony- Anhalt and in 1995 he began working in the Liaison Office of Saxony- Anhalt in Brussels taking over as Director in 2000. Since March 2012 he has been Director for Horizontal Policies and Networks at the Committee of the Regions.

Dionysios Tsagkris

SME Envoy for Greece

As Head of the SME Policy Directorate, Dionysios has worked actively on SME and Entrepreneurship policy development at the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness.  He has chaired various implementation policy committees in facilitating access to finance for SMEs.  He has also coordinated the digital platform STARTUPGREECE which has a primary objective to promote the entrepreneurial spirit in Greece.

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