Who would be better suited to handpick the three finalists than these outstanding members of society?
Supported by a wider judging panel made up of Manchester City and SAP representatives, our jury has chosen our three Community Hero finalists and introduce you to their amazing stories.
As it happens, they know a good deal about commitment themselves. Meet our jury:
Alicia is the Chief Marketing Officer of SAP and has recently been honored as 2018 Top 50 Most Influential CMO in the world by Forbes. With 20 years of hands-on Marketing Executive Leadership & General Management experience, she turns purpose into action. Which is exactly what our Community Heroes are doing on a daily basis.
“SAP’s goal has been to make the world run better and improve people’s lives since its founding. In a time where our global community faces a wide range of economic, social, and environmental issues, there are always people who face these issues head-on without hesitation. These Community Heroes have to be given credit.”
If someone knows what a team is capable of achieving, it’s Jill Scott. As a midfielder for Manchester City and founder of JS8 Soccer Schools, the English professional footballer supports girls’ empowerment through sport. She strongly believes that heroes are not only making a change, they are also role models for future generations and excellent team players.
“If you take a look around you, you will realise that your community is full heroes. Anyone can create positive change, even you! Get up, get going and start designing the world you want to live in.”
This man needs no introduction. Having won two Premier League and two cup titles with Man City, Joleon Lescott has earned himself hero status in Manchester. After retiring from his active career, he is now in charge of the Man City loan stars.
“Heroes come in different forms, but what they all have in common is helping others. It is about time these heroes get their fair share of recognition and reward.
Lutz Pfannenstiel is a former professional football player, who gained experience as a goalkeeper in all six FIFA confederations. After he retired in 2010, Lutz moved back to Germany and became the Head of international Relations & Scouting for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Lutz also works as a football expert for different TV channels such as CNN, BBC World and Eurosport. Furthermore, he’s active as a coaching instructor for FIFA and the German Football association (DFB) to educate coaches all over the world.
In 2009, he founded the non-profit association Global United FC which focuses on climate change, environment protection and international education projects. The project is supported by many famous personalities, such as Gaizka Mendieta, Rivaldo or Fredi Bobic. Since December 2018 Lutz Pfannenstiel is the Sporting Director of Bundesliga Club Fortuna Düsseldorf.