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ISPO Award Juries 2018

THE JURY – INTERNATIONAL, COMPETENT AND INDEPENDENT.

 

Every year, ISPO honors the most exceptional sporting goods with the ISPO AWARD. A jury consisting of independent sports business professionals evaluates several hundred entries – also from non-exhibitors – following clearly defined criteria. This premium selection presents a welcome orientation for both sports business professionals as well as end-consumers. It serves as a reference for retailers when choosing their upcoming product range; to end-consumers, it is seen as an important purchase argument. Both trust the jury's neutral decision.

The jury and the ISPO AWARD team are looking forward to another set of numerous interesting applications.

2018
Eco Responsibility
Benjamin Marias (FRA)
ISPO Award Jury - Benjamin Marias
AIR - Agence Innovation Responsable – Founder and Co-Director
Benjamin Marias (FRA)

As the founder and co-director of AIR – Agence Innovation Responsable (Annecy, France) – and the co-founder of OWL (Outdoor Waste Lab), Benjamin is passionate about the great outdoors, innovation and sustainability, and always favoring actions over words. Benjamin has slowly but steadily built a reputation within the outdoor industry while remaining engaged with the community and thriving on new projects and collaborations, both personal and professional. He is also a founding member of the Mycelium Colab, a European network of independent sustainability experts developing responsible and innovative business solutions for the sports and textile industry. 

 

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Prof. Matthias Kimmerle (GER)
ISPO Award Jury - Prof. Matthias Kimmerle
Albstadt-Sigmaringen University – Professor of Textile Product Technology
Prof. Matthias Kimmerle (GER)

Professor Kimmerle worked for 20 years in the fashion, sports and outdoor industries in the fields of product development and management as well as production management. Since his appointment in 2014, he has been teaching at the University of Applied Sciences in Albstadt-Sigmaringen in the field of innovation management, particularly innovative alternative joining processes and textile ecology in the Textile and Clothing Technology bachelor's degree program and in the Textile and Clothing Management master's degree program with a focus on Industry 4.0. His research focuses on generative sustainable manufacturing processes.

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Joel Svedlund (SWE)
ISPO Award Jury - Joel Svedlund
Scandinavian Outdoor Group – Sustainability Project Manager
Joel Svedlund (SWE)
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Kjersti Kviseth (NOR)
ISPO Award Jury - Kjersti Kviseth
2025-Design for Life Cycles – Partner & Designer
Kjersti Kviseth (NOR)

Kjersti runs the design consultancy agency "2025design", the first European cradle to cradle firm dealing with the design, development and manufacture of materials and products as well as sustainability assessments and strategies. She was Global Sustainability Manager at HÅG (office chairs) for ten years. In recent years, she specialized on the textile industry, including wool and sportswear. She also represents the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) in the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and is actively involved in the development of the Higg Index Product Tools. Kjersti loves nature and outdoor sports all year round and practices martial arts and medical qigong.

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Betsy Blaisdell (USA)
ISPO Award Jury - Betsy Blaisdell
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) – Vice President of Products
Betsy Blaisdell (USA)

Elisabeth says she’s an “astronaut wannabe Mom who believes in living my values at work”. As such, she spends time working with the some of the worlds' biggest change agents, corporations, on scaling positive impact. Currently, she’s responsible for the development, evolution, and integration of the Higg Index, a suite of tools designed to help the apparel and footwear industries collaboratively measure and improve their products and supply chains. Prior to that she was responsible for Environmental Stewardship with Timberland, where she created prototypes of what is now the Higg Index – including the industry's first "nutrition label" for footwear. 

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Kai Landwehr (CH)
ISPO Award Jury – Kai Landwehr
myclimate - Marketing & Communications
Kai Landwehr (CH)

Kai is marketing manager at myclimate, a Swiss based NGO focusing on climate protection and sustainability measures. Before tapping into climate protection, Kai has worked ten years in the sporting goods industry as communications and brand manager for NIKE. The studied historian is a football aficionado, a passionate hiker and in winter times a snowboarder with "great attitude and very limited skills".

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2018
Apparel
Alexa Dehmel (GER)
ISPO Award Jury - Alexa Dehmel
Active Sports Design – Head of Design / Owner
Alexa Dehmel (GER)

After many years of design experience in the fashion industry, Alexa decided to make use of her passion for sports and become a freelance designer for functional clothing in 1996, followed by the foundation of her own agency with employees in 2005. Even today, it is still a positive challenge for her and her team to develop good products and collections for the mountain, water, fitness and performance sports and workwear sectors. A further milestone is planned for 2020: A globally unique innovation, competence and training center for functional clothing in the Munich area.

Interview with Alexa Dehmel: "Munich to get a unique expertise center for functional clothing"

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Louisa Smith (UK)
ISPO Award Jury – Louisa Smith
Louisa Smith Fashion – Designer
Louisa Smith (UK)

Louisa forecasts up to three years in advance in all sectors of the textile chain, from fiber to final garment. Louisa’s vision and research, monitoring textile developments through to global affairs, has a bearing on delivering the right textile developments. Louisa is also involved in developing the mega trends and textile trend directions for ISPO Textrends. "I am looking forward to being involved with ISPO Award once again. For a textile professional, it’s really interesting to see how the developments in this area have been applied in the apparel sector. I am looking forward to seeing the latest products from the most pioneering brands.“

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Tom Wilson-North (FRA)
ISPO Award Jury - Tom Wilson-North
Zero G Chamonix – Outdoor retail specialist
Tom Wilson-North (FRA)

Tom Wilson-North is the head of the winter operation at Chamonix's iconic freeride shop Zero G, and senior snowboard writer for the pan-European BoardsportSOURCE B2B journal. He is married with two children. "ISPO Award is one of our first chances to really understand the highlights of next season's gear. The meeting of minds and wealth of experience amongst jury members always leaves me inspired, and the exchanges during panel sessions are well-informed, opinionated, heated and passionate... exactly as they should be“.

 

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Dr. Jun-Yan Hu (HKG)
ISPO Award Jury - Dr. Jun-Yan Hu
Institute of Textile and Clothing (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Dr. Jun-Yan Hu (HKG)

Dr. Hu is Chief Technology Officer at Best Pacific International Holdings Limited, China Technical committee member of the Standardization Administration of China and External Ph. D. Student Supervisor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests cover functional products development and performance evaluation, standard development and technology transfer. Dr. Hu is listed as inventor in 38 patents granted around the world and received innovative products awards. Since 2011, he is also a member of several National Technical Committees on Textiles and Material Characterization, which is part of the standardization administration committee in China.

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2018
Health & Fitness
Urs Weber (GER)
ISPO Award Jury - Urs Weber
Rodale Motor Presse GmbH & Co KG. / RUNNER’S WORLD – Editor
Urs Weber (GER)

Urs competed in numerous races, ran more than 50 marathons, short-distance and Ironman triathlon events, has been testing running shoes and equipment for over 20 years and has been working as an editor for specialty equipment at Runner's World Germany for more than ten years. "The ISPO Award is the litmus test for the sporting goods industry. Whoever succeeds here is probably also successful on the market. Developments in the sports industry have shown that the winners are highly relevant in their respective sub-markets – as technological pioneers, design icons or trend products."

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Jost Wiebelhaus (GER)
JOST WIEBELHAUS (GER)
Frankfurter Laufshop - Owner
Jost Wiebelhaus (GER)

Jost is the owner of the Frankfurt Laufshop in Frankfurt/Main. The 46-year-old banker and graduate economist is a passionate runner and cyclist and has been running the specialist running retail shop since 2001, which has also been the official running shop of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon for eight years. In 2007, he also opened the FALKE Sportshop in Frankfurt. He has been a member of the shoe commission of Laufprofis/Running First for more than ten years and has been a member of the Sport 2000 Advisory Board since 2015. 

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René Gorissen (GER)
ISPO Award Jury - René Gorissen
SportScheck – Category Manager
René Gorissen (GER)

René joined SportScheck four years ago, where he is currently responsible for Sport Performance Men and Women in the Category Management. The father of two children enjoys various sports on a regular basis, including fitness, functional training, hiking, cycling, golf, skiing and ski touring. In September, he ran his sixth marathon. "SportScheck, as a large multi-channel retailer, always wants to provide its customers with the latest innovations. The ISPO Award is certainly a driving factor for companies to never stop developing new and improved products."

 

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Dr. Jun-Yan Hu (HKG)
ISPO Award Jury - Dr. Jun-Yan Hu
Institute of Textile and Clothing (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Dr. Jun-Yan Hu (HKG)

Dr. Hu is Chief Technology Officer at Best Pacific International Holdings Limited, China Technical committee member of the Standardization Administration of China and External Ph. D. Student Supervisor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests cover functional products development and performance evaluation, standard development and technology transfer. Dr. Hu is listed as inventor in 38 patents granted around the world and received innovative products awards. Since 2011, he is also a member of several National Technical Committees on Textiles and Material Characterization, which is part of the standardization administration committee in China.

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Aleks Tatic (ITA)
ISPO AWARD Jury: Aleks Tatic
Tatic Design Studio – Product designer and founder
Aleks Tatic (ITA)

Aleks Tatic is a product designer and founder of the agency Tatic Designstudio in Milan. After his studies at the Art Center College of Design, USA and in Switzerland, he specialized on sports & lifestyle products and tools at various European firms. He then led the Italian design studio Attivo Creative Resource to international success for twelve years. Today, with his multicultural team of designers and product specialists, he designs and develops a wide range of highly ergonomic products.

 

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Edith Zuschmann (AUT)
ISPO Award Jury - Edith Zuschmann
Blogger, Long-Distance Runner
Edith Zuschmann (AUT)

Edith has been writing for magazines in Germany and Austria for almost ten years. Her main focus is on running, which is also her biggest passion. She created a global women’s running network (261 Fearless) and is head of the organization. As a runner and outdoor athlete, she understands the athletes’ needs. As a journalist, she knows the latest trends in the outdoor scene. “I feel honored being part of the Jury again and help evaluating new ideas and products. It’s always exciting seeing the development in the industry.”

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Shida Pourhosseini (GER)
ISPO Award Jury – Shida Pourhosseini
Puls Yoga – Founder
Shida Pourhosseini (GER)

To balance her everyday IT job, Shida has been a yoga instructor for athletes for many years. She focuses on incorporating yoga into the schedule and training program of professional soccer players, swimmers, triathletes and tennis players. As yoga is not a performance-based process, it's a challenging work for her to convince athletes to accept yoga as recovery or stability training and show them the long-term benefits. Shida is currently publishing a book on yoga/Blackroll® training for athletes. She is always interested in new developments that have the potential to become part of her training with athletes.

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Yara Pastrelli Kamada (BRA)
ISPO Award Jury – Yara Pastrelli Kamada
Elements Fitness – Head of Group Fitness
Yara Pastrelli Kamada (BRA)

Yara is head of the group fitness department and co-responsible for ELEMENTS Fitness und Wellness in Germany, a subsidiary of Migros/Switzerland, and is always up-to-date. Trends in the fitness sector influence her and her creativity just as much as the latest developments and products of the entire sports industry. "I am very happy to be part of the jury, because my passion is sports, exercise, water – simply everything that has to do with an active life."

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Chloë Lantier (CAN)
ISPO Award Jury – Chloe Lantier
X-training school – Founder
Chloë Lantier (CAN)

With over 20 years of international experience, Chloë is committed to her profession as a consultant, speaker, and education provider in the field of sports rehabilitation & human performance. Chloë established the Chamonix Mountain Endurance Academy and is passionate about mountain endurance sports. She is a former 24hrs of Mountain Biking World Champion, has completed five Marathon des Sables in the Top 5, and finished as one of the top women in the Iditarod Trail Invitational 560km in Alaska. In her free time, she loves skinning up mountains and skiing fresh powder. Chloë is a regular writer and guest speaker for various publications, at conferences and for sporting events.

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Oliver Bachmann (AUT)
ISPO Award Jury – Oliver Bachmann
Personal trainer – Winner "Become a jury member"
Oliver Bachmann (AUT)

The graduate event manager is an independent personal trainer, works as a coach in a fitness studio and is also a snowboard instructor. His passion are board sports, especially snowboarding, surfing/surfing (river surfing) and longboarding (surf/skate). Oliver is currently working on a blog that deals with fitness, music and trend sports. "It's a great honor to be here as a judge. I am looking forward to getting to know new products and exchanging ideas with interesting personalities from the industry."

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2018
Outdoor
Prof. Kuno Prey (ITA)
ISPO Award Jury – Kuno Prey
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Professor of Product Design
Prof. Kuno Prey (ITA)

"I love being outdoors and I especially enjoy the sparkling mountain air. As a design professor, I try to draw the students' attention to what is superfluous. The focal points of design are pleasure, comfort and safety as well as high aesthetic values, whilst ecology and social relevance form the basis of every design process. I see the ISPO Award as an ideal aid for orientation in the sporting goods market."

 

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Astrid Schlüchter (GER)
ISPO Award Jury – Astrid Schlüchter
Sports journalist
Astrid Schlüchter (GER)

Astrid Schlüchter graduated from ESMOD fashion school in Munich and gained her first professional experience as a PR consultant in the fashion and sports sector. The enthusiastic mountaineer is a freelance journalist for a variety of renowned online and print publications focusing on lifestyle, fashion, sports, and trade. In addition, she has been supporting the magazines Sportfachhandel, Wanderlust, Ski Magazin, and Snow published by Sportcombi as a freelancer for the past couple years. 

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François Applagnat-Tartet (FRA)
ISPO Award Jury - François Applagnat
CCI Bayonne – Development Manager
François Applagnat-Tartet (FRA)

François is a mechanical engineer and development manager at Invest Basque Country. He has worked with sports-related companies since 1996, especially in the innovation area. "I am really happy to be part of the jury as I have been a surfer for the last 42 years, and still surf almost every day. As an engineer working in the innovation field and with start-up companies for the past 19 years, I am looking forward to seeing the latest innovations."

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Marianne van der Steen (NL)
ISPO Award Jury - Marianne van der Steen
Professional ice climber
Marianne van der Steen (NL)

Marianne is a Dutch professional climber and lives in a self-built, off-grid tiny house. As a winter athlete, she can look back on several first ascents and successful expeditions. She is also an avid endurance runner, mountaineer and mountain biker. She also teaches climbing safety, gives lectures, trains other athletes, organizes climbing events and takes care of some well-known Social Media channels.

 

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Sun Bin (CHN)
ISPO Award Jury - Sun Bin
Member of the Chinese National Climbing Team; Director of TOA (Tibet Outdoors Association); President of Summit Outdoor School (CN)
Sun Bin (CHN)

Sun Bin has been a member of the Chinese national climbing team since 2000. He was also a member of the Beijing Olympic Committee and the torch relay project leader at Mt. Everest, which he climbed in 2007. After the Games, he became a mountain guide for the Seven Summits. As president of the Summit Outdoor School, he organizes free mountain trainings for local guides and students. Sun Bin is also president of the Tibet Outdoors Association.

 

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Bentje Görke (GER)
ISPO Award Jury – Bentje Görke
Globetrotter Ausrüstung – Product Manager
Bentje Görke (GER)

"I was always interested in functional textiles, and that's why I got my bachelor's degree in textile engineering in the Netherlands. During that time, I did internships at Sportscheck and W. L. Gore & Associates, follwoed by a traineeship at Louis Vuitton. Afterwards, I received my management Master's degree in England. Now, I'm responsible for purchasing and product management at Globetrotter Ausrüstung in Hamburg for winter sports, sleeping mats, sunglasses and bicycles."

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Italo Balestra (ITA)
ISPO Award Jury – Italo Balestra
gooutproject – Editor
Italo Balestra (ITA)

“Besides having worked as an astrophysicist for the past 15 years, I have always been very passionate about outdoor sports, especially climbing and snowboarding. Over the years, I accumulated a record of alpine ascents and snowboard descents in the Alps and the Andes. Since 2012, I have been an editor at Go Out Project, an online platform providing tests and reviews of outdoor gear and equipment. As a product tester, I have learned what the actual needs of users of technical equipment are.”

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Pierre-Olivier Bédard (CAN)
ISPO Award Jury – Pierre-Olivier Bédard
estski.ca – Winner "Become a jury member"
Pierre-Olivier Bédard (CAN)

Pierre-Olivier is an industrial engineer and currently finishing his Masters in sustainable development management. As a skier, finding deep snow has been a constant quest that took him all across Canada. In 2013, he co-founded estski.ca, a backcountry skiing blog dedicated to exploring the most remote locations of Eastern North America. He is also responsible for developing ski touring areas in the forests around Quebec City and pursuing his education through the Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program.

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2018
Snowsports
Tom Wilson-North (FRA)
ISPO Award Jury - Tom Wilson-North
Zero G Chamonix – Outdoor retail specialist
Tom Wilson-North (FRA)

Tom Wilson-North is the head of the winter operation at Chamonix's iconic freeride shop Zero G, and senior snowboard writer for the pan-European BoardsportSOURCE B2B journal. He is married with two children. "ISPO Award is one of our first chances to really understand the highlights of next season's gear. The meeting of minds and wealth of experience amongst jury members always leaves me inspired, and the exchanges during panel sessions are well-informed, opinionated, heated and passionate... exactly as they should be“.

 

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Christof Ronge (GER)
ISPO Award Jury - Christof Ronge
Ronge Design - Industrial Design Manager
Christof Ronge (GER)

Christof Ronge develops two- and three-dimensional designs for leading brand manufacturers. "As an athlete with an affinity for technology and materials, I am looking forward to the exciting task in the jury of the ISPO Award. But it doesn't always have to be the reinvention of the ski that inspires me. For me, it's rather the entirety of solutions to small and large problems that defines an outstanding product." 

 

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Mario Felgenhauer (GER)
ISPO Award Jury – Mario Felgenhauer
www.xc-ski.de – Owner and Editor
Mario Felgenhauer (GER)

After his active career as a biathlete and cross-country skier, Mario took on the role of editor-in-chief of www.xc-ski.de, the best-known German-language online portal for cross-country skiing, while studying business administration. Every year, he organizes the largest cross-country ski test in the world. Since 2015, Mario and his brother are the owners of the Internet portal. 

 

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Mathieu Ros (FRA)
ISPO Award Jury - Mathieu Ros
Editions Nivéales / SkiMagazin – Editor-in-Chief
Mathieu Ros (FRA)

Mathieu was editor of a major online portal for several years before joining Éditions Nivéales, France's largest action sports media company: Éditions Nivéales publishes magazines such as Snowsurf, Ski Magazine, Skieur Magazine, Grimper, Montagnes, and Vertical. Although he started snowboarding relatively late at the age of 15, Mathieu has tested more than 500 different skis and snowboards in the past 20 years.

 

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Tomasz Kurdziel (POL)
ISPO Award Jury - Thomas Kurdziel
Magazyn NTN Snow&More – Chief Editor/owner
Tomasz Kurdziel (POL)

Tomasz Kurdziel has been publishing NTN Snow&More magazine in Poland for 20 years. Sport has always been his great passion: above all skiing, but also sailing, windsurfing, tennis, and motocross. In all these years, he was not only a journalist and consumer, he also tried to organize ski races and trips. "I haven't missed one single ISPO in 25 years. For me, the ISPO is a meeting point, inspiration and knowledge source. It's a fixed date in my calendar – like Christmas."

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Sebastian Steinbach (GER)
ISPO Award Jury – Sebastian Steinbach
blacksheepsports – Owner
Sebastian Steinbach (GER)

Sebastian is a graduate political scientist and sociologist, owner and head of blacksheepsports in Munich, a specialist shop for freeride and touring skis, and, since 2014, MasterBootfitter licensed by the MasterFit University. He has also been CEO and owner of a ski brand in Colorado (RMU) since 2014 and European Operations Manager for PHUNKSHUN WEAR in Denver, Colorado since 2017.

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Conni Hessing (AUT)
ISPO Award Jury – Conni Hessing
bergfuehrer.com – Hiking Guide / Fresh Forward Design – Designer
Conni Hessing (AUT)
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Jan Stala (SWE)
ISPO Award Jury – Jan Stala
Peak Incubator – Winner "Become a jury member"
Jan Stala (SWE)

Jan lives at the base of mount Åreskutan, Scandinavia’s largest ski resort, where he spends most of his free time snow kiting, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ski mountaineering in the winter and paddling, mountain biking, adventure racing, mountain climbing and trail running in the summer. After ten years in the sports and outdoor business, Jan now consults companies at the Peak Incubator.

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2018
Urban / Team&Social Sports
Benjamin Friant (FRA)
ISPO Award Jury – Benjamin Friant
Freestyle Scooter Academy - Founder / Scooter-Pro
Benjamin Friant (FRA)

Benjamin is a professional freestyle scooter rider and video producer. In 2012, Micro Mobility Systems hired him to design products, put together a team of riders, manage social media and produce videos. Last year, Benjamin founded his own freestyle scooter academy and a video producing company. He has also worked as an influencer for big companies such as Coca-Cola, Lindt, Wiko, Ubisoft, Universal, Coop, and others.

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Maxi Praxenthaler (GER)
ISPO Award Jury – Maxi Praxenthaler
Zalando – Senior Buyer
Maxi Praxenthaler (GER)

Maximillian has a personal and professional passion for Outdoor sports. Originally from Bavaria, he moved to Berlin six years ago. “For someone raised in the mountains, the urban lifestyle is sometimes pretty tough but also very inspiring. My job allows me to frequently go back to the mountains. I am super excited about changes, because I believe that our industry needs progression at all stages. Therefore, I’m really looking forward to ISPO.”

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Yvonne Kostiak (UK)
ISPO Award Jury – Yvonne Kostiak
WGSN.com – Senior Editor
Yvonne Kostiak (UK)

Both an experienced performance sports designer and trend forecaster, Yvonne works as WGSN’s Senior Editor for Active. Since graduating from London College of Fashion, Yvonne has gained 10+ years of experience, working for sportswear brand Ellesse, outdoor footwear specialist Merrell and trend and design consultancies. "I’m really looking forward to being part of the ISPO AWARD jury. I anticipate seeing some great products that incorporate innovation, substance and style.”

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Blaz Puc (SLO)
ISPO Award Jury – Blaz Puc
Former Football-Pro – Winner "Become a jury member"
Blaz Puc (SLO)

Blaz is a former professional soccer player from Slovenia. When his professional career slowly came to the end, he had the opportunity to work in the clothing industry. He started his own company and became the official Slovenian distributor for a Greek sports/fashion brand. Several other international brands followed. Because he loves to share his sport knowledge with young players, Blaz now also works as soccer coach.

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