Global Economy Prize 2022

19 Jun 2022
24103 Kiel
Haus der Wirtschaft, Bergstraße 2
Invitation only

The Global Economy Prize is awarded to pioneers of a cosmopolitan, economically liberal, and public-spirited society. 

This year’s theme is: Location policy between state and market. It is now being awarded for the 17th time by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy together with its partners, the state capital Kiel and the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Prize Winners

Dr. Dalia Grybauskaitė

Former President of the Republic of Lithuania, and former European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget 

The jury's reasoning:

“Dalia Grybauskaitė is an excellent budget politician, a resolute crisis manager, a responsible and far-sighted state president and a committed European. As an EU Commissioner, she was a driving force for reform of the EU budget. As President of the Republic of Lithuania, together with Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, she successfully steered Lithuania through the 2009 financial crisis by means of a strict austerity program and led her country into the euro zone by fulfilling the relevant stability criteria for many years. In matters of European integration, she has always insisted on strict compliance with agreed rules - especially with regard to budgetary and fiscal policy. Dalia Grybauskaitė pursued a clear course of opposition to Russia and successfully drew NATO's attention to its obligation to protect Lithuania.” 

Official website Dalia Grybauskaitė  

CV Dalia Grybauskaitė  


Hans-Julius Ahlmann

Managing Partner of the ACO Group 

The jury's reasoning:

"Hans-Julius Ahlmann is an outstanding entrepreneurial personality and a committed philanthropist. Through his foresight and entrepreneurial skills, he made the ACO Group a global player and the world market leader in drainage technology. By diversifying the product range, he increased the company's long-term resilience. Hans-Julius Ahlmann is also a great patron of art and culture. NordArt in Büdelsdorf, which he founded together with his wife, is one of the largest international and annually juried exhibitions of modern art in Europe." 

Short biography Hans-Julius Ahlmann: 

Website ACO Group:  


Prof. Ufuk Akcigit Ph.D.

University of Chicago 

The jury's reasoning:

“Ufuk Akcigit is a rising star in economics, not only because of his impressing theoretical and empirical work, but also because he dares to present his research findings in such a way that they are accessible to a wider audience. He is a dedicated and highly successful teacher and a hard-working and creative data-miner. Ufuk Akcigit´s widely recognized research on economic growth, innovation and business dynamics has brought this research field of economics to new heights and has given him access to all the top economic journals himself.” 

Personal website Ufuk Akcigit  


Welcome Note
Monika Heinold, Deputy Minister President of the State of Schleswig-Holstein
Knud Hansen, Vice-President Chamber of Industry and Commerce Schleswig-Holstein
Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Lord Mayor of the City of Kiel
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kooths, Vice President IfW Kiel

Opening Address
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kooths

Musical Intermezzo
Alexandra Rotmann, Vocals

Laudations and Prize Awards by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kooths, Vice President IfW Kiel to the award winners:

  • Dr. Dalia Grybauskaitė, former President of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Prof. Ufuk Akcigit, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Hans-Julius Ahlmann, Managing Partner of the ACO Group