Aenne Burda Award for Sandrine Dixson-Declève

13 January 2024 – Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome has been awarded the coveted Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership at Burda’s international innovation conference DLD in Munich.

Since 2006, the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership has been presented at the conference and has honoured women who have made a name for themselves with outstanding entrepreneurial and creative achievements – all in memory of the late Aenne Burda. Courage, optimism, innovation, creativity and inspiration are just some of the qualities that characterise the award winners.

Worldwide commitment

Climate change, the environment, sustainability, and energy – Sandrine Dixson-Declève has focused on these topics in both her political and economic leadership positions, which she has held throughout Europe and internationally for almost three decades. She divides her time between facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work, motivating and inspiring in lectures worldwide to commit to more climate protection. Sandrine Dixson-Declève has also held advisory positions at the European Commission, including chairing the Expert Group on the Economic and Social Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR).

Auguste von Bayern, Chairwoman Biotopia and 2017 Aenne Burda Award winner, gave the laudatory speech on behalf of Michael John Gorman, Founding Director Biotopia, and said:

“Sandrine Dixson-Declève is an exemplary leader and champion in sustainable change, celebrated for her vision and commitment to bettering the world. As a trailblazer in sustainable development, she is a catalyst for change, a beacon of hope, and an advocate for action. Through her efforts, Sandrine pushes for systematic change, societal transformation, and human well-being, inspiring urgent action pathways for a more liveable future.”

Sandrine Dixson-Declève is a member of the “Platform on Sustainable Finance” and sits on several non-executives and advisory boards including BMW, EDP, UCB Climate KIC, UCL-Bartlett School of Environment and the IEEP (Institute for European Environmental Policy). She is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and an ambassador for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and the Wellbeing Alliance (WeAll). Dixson-Declève co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN) and has been recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève accepted the Aenne Burda Award on stage at the House of Communication in Munich and commented:

“We have to become human again. I oscillate between hope and despair every day. I’m telling you this to demonstrate the vulnerability we all share as individuals and as humanity. We must return to a spirit of humanity, loving deeply as a collective and taking pride in being part of the human species and part of this planet we call home. It’s not just about me, it’s about the ‘we’ and therefore an award is always a reflection of a community.”

Outstanding women who been honoured with the Aenne Burda Award in recent years include Alzheimer’s researcher Andrea Pfeifer, Maja Hoffmann (founder of the Luma Foundation), Nigerian entrepreneur Fatoumata Ba, Costa Rican politician Christiana Figueres and, most recently in 2023, Turkish chef Ebru Baybara Demir.


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