Supporters

OUR SUPPORTERS

We could not do what we do without the ongoing support of these great humans.

THOMAS BRAND

Thomas Brand has spent several decades in management, including CFO Greenpeace, COO and CEO at various companies, the last 15 years at the Zeppelin Group Friedrichshafen. In addition, he is a member of various supervisory boards and a coach for founding teams at Zeppelin University, among others.

Why can humanity do better?

My support for NIDISI is based on my principle, every sustainable or social action is a positive contribution to our world. NIDISI has been taking care of such projects for years.

ANJA ENGELHARDT

I am working as Go-To-Market Lead for the Travel and Transportation industries at SAP but I am also business mentor for NIDISI (winner of the SAP Restcent Initiative). I am helping the team with questions around strategy, organisation, communication, funding, network/partnering, and more.

Why humanity can do better?

As long as access to food, clean water, housing, education and healthcare is still a dream for many, humanity can and should do better. Supporting NIDISI makes so much sense and fun and we just all do our best to help people in Nepal to live a better and healthier life.

MICHAEL HETZER

Michael Hetzer (*1967) joined the management of his father’s company in 1999. elobau GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading international suppliers of control elements for vehicles, safety technology, level measurement and sensor technology. elobau produces exclusively in Germany with 1000 employees.

In 2003, Michael Hetzer took over the sole management and initiated the transformation of the company in 2009. In doing so, he demonstrated pioneering qualities in an industry where demand for sustainable products is restrained. For example, elobau has been producing in a climate-neutral manner since 2010 and also includes complex, upstream emissions from operating processes such as purchased parts or employee mobility in the balance sheet. Michael Hetzer has never hesitated to invest in an innovative energy and plant park with combined heat and power plants, geothermal energy or hydraulic-free injection molding machines. New buildings are always energy-plus buildings using state-of-the-art technology and the most sustainable building materials possible, such as the new logistics center and mold shop, which are built entirely of wood. In 2016, he transferred the entire group of companies to the newly established elobau Foundation and has since been chairman of the holding company’s advisory board, while his two fellow managing directors took over the operational management of the company.

Why can humanity do better? 

“I believe that we have to allow more humanity in all areas again in order to be able to solve the problems of the time.”

EKKART KASKE

Ekkart Kaske is passionately developing organizations further. Taking a holistic approach he is a strong complexity reducer as well as communicator with keen intercultural awareness facilitating organizations to best adapt to their environment. Ekkart is acting as Executive Director of the European Justice Forum since mid-2017. In this position, he is responsible for the operational and strategic development of the association. He focuses on topics such as collective redress, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution, better regulation, digitalization, as well as ethical and open culture. 

During more than 12 years, Ekkart worked for global players (Allianz SE, Zurich Insurance Group) in Government Affairs and Public Policy activities. His tasks, among others, covered the set-up of the Representative Office in Berlin for Allianz and heading the Government & Industry Affairs department at Zurich Insurance Group, in Germany, with a co-lead period of EU activities. Building on his experience in strategic communications and on regulatory and reputational risk management, Ekkart then founded a consultancy specialized in corporate diplomacy and organizational development in Berlin. 

Earlier in his career, he worked for nearly 10 years in the Operations area of financial services companies – including four in leading positions in China. He also gained further experience in Business Development at a Telematics start-up in Trieste, Italy. Ekkart Kaske studied Business Economics in Munich, Glasgow (UK) and Bayreuth. During his Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago/Evanston) in cooperation with WHU (Vallendar), he focused on Political Risk Management and Government Relations.

A native German with also a French nationality, Ekkart is fluent in German, French and English. He and his wife, a native of France, have three sons and reside in Berlin.

Why can humanity do better?

“Human nature can develop its full potential through awareness and interpersonal contact. A shared vision and personal attitude is creating an invisible band of solidarity.Based on that, relationships between society, business and environment can be developed further to advance humanity. As important driver business should therefore be enabled to enhance their performance by meeting critical needs within society and their ecosystems.”

SILKE LORENZ

Hello, my name is Silke Lorenz. I am a mother and grandma and that from the bottom of my heart. I have a degree in computer science and work in IT consulting. This is a lot of fun and highly exciting for me.  To meet my social needs, I also work as a systemic coach. As a coach, I help people overcome challenges of all kinds.

I love to travel the world. Preferably with a backpack. I eat in cookshops, shop at local markets, experience the country and its people up close. I am fascinated by other cultures and ways of life. Often I come home very touched and from my long-distance travels.

Our standard of living in Germany is high. Often I turn on the tap at home rather thoughtlessly. Who thinks every time about the fact that many people have only difficult or no access to clean drinking water?  It is the same with education and food. What seems so self-evident to me is not so in many countries of this world.  This makes me humble and drives me to do my part so that many more people in this world can live in dignity and equality.

At NIDISI, people are involved who think outside the box. In their projects, they experience how much it touches their own hearts to have helped others. But also that living humanity, with a view to the future and in connection with excellent education, allows one’s own personality to grow and makes the world a better place to live in. And they carry this message into the world. So we see more and more people getting involved and making a contribution.

Let us reflect on our original values and on what makes us human. We will be more richly endowed if we give. Our humanity will not only affect others. It will be reflected in our being, our heart and our eyes. I promise, the happiness of having helped is addictive.

As social beings, we are meant to support each other. Let’s also use our knowledge, technologies and money to do even more than we have in the past! And when we do good, let’s talk about it! Let’s inspire other people to do the same! Let’s invite everyone to join us! The more we are, the sooner our earth and all living beings on our planet will be better off. Every little contribution helps.

SILKE OTTO

I am passionate about enabling people and organisations all over the world to work happier and more productive. I am an activist for values-based work.

Why can Humanity do better? 

“Because we are able to feel and we are able to think. But it could be interesting to ask ourselves regulary the following questions: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to see others as fully human? What does it mean to make others feel fully human? I think the result could be a piece of peace.”

KAORI PI

Kaori Pi has been working as a global financial strategist for Greenpeace International after leaving the financial sector.  Alongside, she has been developing products and brands that are aligned with the sustainable future she believes she can make a difference in.  She is the creative force behind Durat Palace, an award winning circular solid surface material produced in Finland.  Pushing against all norms, Kaori puts change into action, where she pushes against the impossible and transforms and distils ideas into actionable and value driven, sustainable ventures.

Why can humanity do better?

“Because we have a duty of care to our Mother Earth and each other, to continue to build towards the future for the generations to come.”

RAINER VENGHAUS

Rainer Venghaus headed the World Bank office in Berlin/Germany from August 2010 to December 2019, where he was responsible for external relations with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Previously, from 2006 to 2010, he was Resident Representative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Timor-Leste, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Rainer established IFC’s new office in the fragile East Asian country, and developed and managed IFC’s local private sector development program.

Rainer began his career at the World Bank in 1999 as Senior/Advisor to the German Executive Director on the World Bank Group’s Board of Directors in Washington DC/USA. In 2003, he moved from the Supervisory Board to the World Bank Institute where he served for three years as Senior Business Development Officer strengthening the World Bank’s capacity building agenda through the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and its distance learning centers.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Rainer worked for the German bilateral development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) from 1994 to 1999, first as Task Team Leader for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency, and then moved into country work and projects on small and medium scale industry promotion and energy efficiency in Bolivia and India.

Rainer holds a degree in Economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke and is a trained banker.

Why can humanity do better?

Humanity MUST do better, there is no alternative!