The prize contributes to stronger tie between Germany and the United Kingdom by honouring those who promote closer relations between our two countries. It celebrates those who personify working together in an open and harmonious way. This is the fundamental basis of lasting successful relations. The BCCG and British Embassy in Berlin will bestow the award on personalities whose own lives embody friendship between Germany and the UK, and who have earned a reputation for bringing our two countries closer together.
An actual moment of movement of the water’s surface – in this instance, the North Sea – digitally recorded in a complex photogrammetric process and, using the data retrieved, milled into a block of plexiglass.
Lord Simon McDonald of Salford, KCMG KCVO
Lord Simon McDonald of Salford, KCMG KCVO is a former British diplomat who was the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service until September 2020. Since 2021, he is member of the Council at BCCG.
Our first winner is Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool FC’s brilliant manager, who had already enjoyed legendary successes with BVB in Germany. Authentic and unpretentious as a personality, he effortlessly builds bridges, conquers hearts and creates connections between people, both here and in the UK.
Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb will be the host of our first award gala in Dortmund. She is a German football referee and just recently announced that she will be joining the English FA. There, she is responsible for the two highest English women’s leagues.
Signal Iduna Park
On 3 September 2021, the award will be presented during a festive gala with around 300 guests. Among them NRW Minister-President Armin Laschet, other Ministers from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as the British Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Jill Gallard CMG.
Hans-Joachim Watzke was appointed as the managing director of Borussia Geschäftsführungs-GmbH in 2005 and has been a member of BV. Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund since 1996. He has been the chairman of the management since 1 January 2006.