On Saturday 29 September Sir Richard Branson presented the inaugural €500,000 PICNIC Green Challenge award to Igor Kluin of the Netherlands for his alternative-energy-network scheme, Qurrent- PICNIC
Richard Branson is founder and chairman of the UK-based Virgin Group, Ltd., which includes international music megastores and companies in air travel, mobile communications, finance, retail, music, Internet, drinks, railroad, and hotels and leisure, with approximately 200 businesses and brands in more than 30 countries and revenues exceeding $7.2 billion. The award-winning Virgin Atlantic Airways, which he formed in 1984, is now the second largest British long-haul international airline. In addition to his business activities, Sir Richard is a trustee of several charities, including the Virgin Healthcare Foundation, a leading health care charity that has raised over Â£100 million.
Marius Job Cohen (born 18 October 1947) is the current mayor of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.
Cohen joined the Netherlands Labour Party on 1 September 1967, and over the years has filled numerous administrative positions in the party.
Igor Kluin is the inventor of Qurrent. Qurrent produces a small black box, called a QBox, which does three things: (1) Energy Optimizer: turns on and off things such as your washing machine at the time when it is most efficient and cheaper; (2) Energy monitor: gives you clear insight into energy flows of your home presenting it in a very friendly fashion; and (3) LEN: is a router for a Local Energy Network (LEN) within your neighborhood, connecting you to the grid and to your neighbors.
Marieke Van Schaik
Marieke Van Schaik is the Director of Charity at the Dutch Postcode Lottery. The Dutch Postcode Lottery works for a greener, fairer world by supporting charities in the Netherlands and abroad.
Liesbeth van Tongeren
Liesbeth van Tongeren is executive director of Greenpeace Netherlands since 2003. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that takes action for a sustainable climate, viable oceans and ancient forests. Greenpeace is represented in more than 40 nations and, with 572,000 donors, it has a strong support base in the Netherlands . Liesbeth van Tongeren has worked in executive functions for several government agencies and non-profit organisations in the Netherlands and abroad. In a volunteer capacity Liesbeth filled board positions in the social field and helped organise cultural events and environmental activities
Bas Verhart is co-founder of PICNIC and co-founder & CEO of Media Republic, a leading digital media and entertainment company based in Amsterdam. In December 2005, he sold Media Republics game development subsidiary, Guerilla Games, to Sony Computer Entertainment for an undisclosed amount. Earlier in 2000, he presided over the sale of another company he co-founded, MVLG eBusiness Consultants, to Lost Boys, part of LBI, where he subsequently served as chief commercial officer.
Bas Verhart is board member at Trendwatching.com and Eccky.com.