Each year, small and mid-cap companies are nominated for four separate categories which include International Star, Rising Star, Star of Innovation and Star of 2019. An independent jury, set up by the European Commission, selects a short list of three companies per category. The winners are announced during the Awards Ceremony.
The current Jury Members are:
EU correspondent for the Börsen-Zeitung in Brussels, Detlef Fechtner, studied politics, economics and history in Frankfurt and Brussels. He worked for the Center for North American Studies in Frankfurt and undertook research stays in South Africa, Ukraine and the United States (Cornell, Harvard). After completing his studies, he worked as an editor and later as a financial correspondent for the news agency vwd (now Dow Jones Germany). He then moved into the business section of the Frankfurter Rundschau, where he worked as deputy head of department.
In 2005, he became the FR correspondent in Brussels, moved a year later to the Brussels office of the WAZ Group and reported for four years for 19 German regional newspapers from the capital of Europe. Since 2010 he has been the Europe correspondent for the Börsen-Zeitung.
Finance Editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) in Frankfurt, Martin Hock studied economics in Mainz and worked there later as a research assistant. In 1997, he finished his doctoral thesis on the politics of the long-running transformation of Hungary’s socialist economy from 1968 till 1996. The same year, he started working as a member of the editorial staff for the finance TV programme “3satBörse”. He then moved on to the magazines “DIE TELEBÖRSE” and “DM”, which later became “Euro”, as deputy head of the online edition. In 2005, he joined the finance section of FAZ.NET. He is specialised in reporting on investing in small and medium-sized companies.
Dr. Jean-Pierre Paelinck is President and Secretary General of the World Federation of Investors, visiting lecturer of International Finance at Univesità degli Studi di Bergamo in Italy. His previous professional activities include: Secretary General of Euroshareholders (for more than 10 years); Secretary General of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (for more than 10 years); Managing Director of Europrivec S.A., Consultant with the Belgian Bankers Academy, lecturing since 1980 at the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Liege (HEC-Ecole de Gestion de l’Université de Liege, “International economics”), visiting lecturer at University of Alabama and Missouri (US).
Phaedon-Theodore D. Tamvakakis is the Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Alpha Trust Mutual Fund and Alternative Investment Fund Management S.A. and also served as Chief Executive Officer between 1987-2015. He started his career in 1985 at Unilever Greece as a Product Manager. He has also acted as the Managing Director at Hambros Hellenic Mutual Fund S.A., Orion International Investment Trust S.A.
Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Trust Hellenic Land SA. He is a Director in a number of corporations and charities. Phaedon studied at the American College of Greece and specialized in Econometrics. He holds an M.A. in Investment and Finance from the University of Exeter.
A small cap specialist at Winterflood Securities (Europe's largest Market Maker) in London, United Kingdom, James Wood’s expertise in small and mid-cap enterprises is built from his 30 career as a stockbroker which started in asset management at the Robert Fleming Group.
Additionally, 16 years in corporate broking and institutional sales (latterly as Director of Equities at Charles Stanley Securities) have provided key insights into capital markets and equities.