Dr. Nicola Kimm
Member of the Managing Board and Chief Sustainability Officer, HeidelbergCement
Dr. Nicola Kimm is Management Board member and Chief Sustainability Officer at HeidelbergCement, where she leads an organization covering ESG, Global Research & Development, Technologies & Partnerships and Innovation. She is driving the company’s path to sustainable construction and carbon neutrality. Nicola is also a non-executive board member at the investment company EQT AB and has previously held executive roles at Philips, Signify, CSM and BASF in Europe, Asia and North America. Her experience spans engineering, operations, EHS and communications in the electronics, chemicals, and food industries. She holds a PhD in Economics and Business Engineering, MSc and BSc degrees in Chemical Engineering and a BSc in Ecology.
Director for Conservation, BirdLife International
As Director for Conservation, Mr Grimmett is responsible for the development and coordination of conservation programmes for sites and species, with a particular focus on ‘Preventing Extinctions’, ‘‘Seabirds and Marine’, ‘Migratory Birds and Flyways’, ‘Invasive Species’ and ‘Forests’. As well as being a member of the BirdLife senior management team, he oversees BirdLife’s work in Asia and the Pacific as well as with the private sector including the partnership with HeidelbergCement. Mr Grimmett was previously Head of the BirdLife Asia Division (1994 – 2007), and Head of the BirdLife European Division (prior to 1994) when he co-authored the first complete inventory of European Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in 1989. He incidentally lives close to the Hanson-HeidelbergCement quarry at Needingworth, on the outskirts of Cambridge, UK.
Mr Grimmett has served as an International Jury member since the 2014 edition.
Dr. Carolyn Jewell
Global Biodiversity and Natural Resources Senior Manager, HeidelbergCement
Dr. Carolyn Jewell has a PhD in Ecology from the University of York and a Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Reading University. Her academic work focused on insects and their responses to climate change and habitat management regimes.
Experienced in partnership projects between the extraction industries and nature conservation organisations, Carolyn started working for the Environmental Social Governance department at HeidelbergCement in 2016. She supports the company in achieving its commitments towards biodiversity and represents HeidelbergCement in various business and biodiversity initiatives, sector associations and ecological restoration events.
After serving on the National Jury for the UK contest in both 2012 and 2014, Dr Carolyn Jewell joined the International Jury for the first time during the 3rd edition 2016.
Prof. Dr. Michael Rademacher
Professor for ecology and biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic systems / Head of Master Degree Programme Environmental Sustainability, University of Applied Sciences Bingen (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Rademacher brings 25 years of expertise in biodiversity management in mining sites, from mapping and monitoring to site rehabilitation and public – private partnerships. He holds a PhD in Ecology and is a specialist in plants, birds, grasshoppers, dragonflies, amphibians and butterflies.
Prof. Dr. Rademacher was the initiator of the Quarry Life Award contest and has served on the International Jury since the beginning.
Dr. Klára Řehounková
Board Member, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER Europe)
HeidelbergCement is proud to welcome the judge, Klára Řehounková, for the second time to the international judging panel of the fourth edition of the Quarry Life Award. As a member of the working group “Restoration Ecology” at the University of South Bohemia, Klára Rehounková focuses on research in vegetation succession in various disturbed or degraded sites, especially in post-mining sites. Furthermore, she is a SER Europe Board Member (Director at large).
Klára was team leader of the Grand Prize winning project of the Quarry Life Award 2012 Edition.