Meet the Mentors

Challenge 1

Joscha Ritz

Head of Division, BDI/BDA The German Business Representation Brussels

Joscha Ritz is Deputy Head of the Brussels office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Before joining the BDI in 2012, he worked as Manager at the EU-office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels.
Joscha holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master from Sciences Po Lille, France, as well as a Diploma in Political Science from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.

Challenge 2

Markus Löning

Managing Director and Senior Strategy Adviser

Markus is the founder and managing director of Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business. He and his team help companies set up human rights due diligence processes to meet international requirements and standards.

Given his political background, he is an expert in strategic communication with various kinds of stakeholders. He has a global network of human rights, business and country experts.

Markus has been both a leader and member of the leadership of national and international political organisations and non-profit human rights organisations. Currently, he is a member of UNICEF’s German committee. He has been the chair of Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee, which brings together members of parliament and human rights activists from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. Furthermore, he is co-founder and chair of the NPO Finance and Human Rights a.s.b.l. 

From 2010 to 2013, Markus Löning was the German government’s Human Rights Commissioner and between 2002 and 2009 he was a member of the German Federal Parliament with a focus on European and development policy. Prior to his political career, Markus worked for 15 years in communications.

Challenge 3

Source: Freiburger Schule

Olaf Pruessmann

Director, Economic Affairs & Competitiveness, General Secretariat, Council of the EU

Challenge 4

Glen Hodgson

Founder & CEO, Free Trade Europa

With over twenty years’ experience in communications, public affairs and lobbying, Glen is the founder of the think tank Free Trade Europa, which focuses on promoting free trade, openness and the rule of law within the European Union and internationally. Glen also leads a stakeholder initiative on the platform economy in the Nordics.

Glen was previously responsible for the Nordics, Baltics and Central & Eastern Europe within an international communications agency. Prior to this he worked for the European institutions as well as governments, blue-chip international companies, start-ups and NGOs as a lobbyist, strategist and communications advisor.

Glen was also the Secretary General of a European trade association for five years. Today, Glen is a respected commentator on European affairs, as well as a frequent presenter, moderator and panellist at European policy events. Glen is also a trainer and coach on technology, migration, labour market, transport and sustainability policy as well as communications techniques for the public and private sectors.

Recommended Readings

In the following you will find some interesting basic and more in-depth readings, in preparation of our upcoming online hackathon « Engage Economy Europe21 », 22 September 2020.

Wolff, Guntram B. et. al: Rebooting Europe: A Framework for a Post Covid-19 Economic Recovery, Bruegel, May 2020.

Petropoulos, Georgios et al: Digitalisation and European Welfare States, Bruegel, 2019.

Becker, Sebastian: Digital Structural Change and the Welfare State in the 21st Century, Deutsche Bank Research, March 2019.

EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service: An initial mapping of structural risks facing the EU, July 2020.

Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies
Directorate-General for Internal Policies: The ECB’s Mandate: Perspectives on General Economic Policies, June 2020.

SME united: SMEunited’ Position Paper on the SME Strategy, July 2020.

Snower, Dennis: The Socio-Economics of Pandemics Policy, IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2020.

Meet the Team Coordinators

Challenge 1

Sophia Bengtsson

Head of Brussels Office, Centerpartiet

Sophia Bengtsson is the Head of Office for the Swedish Center Party in the European Parliament. She was previously the deputy Director of the Swedish Business Federation in Brussels, focusing on issues like trade policy, the EU single market and digitization. She’s also worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and was the Chair of the board of the Swedish EU-focused newspaper Europaportalen.

Challenge 2

Michel Nentwig

Coordinator Free Trade Programme, International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)

Michel is 23 years old and lives in Duesseldorf, Germany. He manages the Free Trade Programme within the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) and chairs a local chapter of the liberal political youth organization Junge Liberale. Besides his political engagement, he is currently doing a dual study programme with a large European bank that has its roots in Asia.

Challenge 3

Adam Bartha


Adam is the Director of EPICENTER, a network a nine leading free-market think tanks from across Europe. He is responsible for the coordination and cooperation of the network and for organising the private and public events programme in Brussels. Adam gives regular talks on topics ranging from the rule of law, authoritarian populism, free market reforms, and the political affairs of the CEE region.

Adam was previously European Outreach Manager at EPICENTER and a Koch Summer Fellow in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary. Adam has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. Adam is fluent in English, German and Hungarian.

Challenge 4

Danica Vihinen

Head of Office, Svenja Hahn (MEP, Renew Europe)

Danica Vihinen is the former Secretary General of LYMEC (European Liberal Youth) and is now working as Head of Office and advisor on international trade for Svenja Hahn MEP. Before relocating to Brussels in 2016 she worked with communications, and especially trade related communications, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. She also has experience working as assistant to an MP in the Finnish Parliament. Danica holds a Master in Comparative Political Science (MSc.) from Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

Keynote Referenten

Michael Theurer, MdB

Stellv. Fraktionsvorsitzender, FDP-Fraktion im Deutschen Bundestag

Michael Theurer schloss sein Diplom zum Volkswirt 1995 an der Universität Tübingen ab. Von 1995 bis 2009 war er für die FDP Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Horb a.N.

1999 bis 2013 fungierte Theurer als stellvertretender Landesvorsitzender der FDP Baden-Württemberg, bevor er in 2013 den Vorsitz übernahm. Von 2001 bis 2009 war er Mitglied des Landtags Baden-Württemberg. Vor seiner Funktion als Beisitzer im Präsidium der FDP-Bundespartei, war Theurer ebenfalls von 2003 bis 2011 Mitglied im FDP Bundesvorstand.

Auf europäischer Ebene machte er sich besonders durch seine Wahl zum Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments 2009 bis 2017 verdient. Dort war er von 2011 bis 2014 Vorsitzender des Haushalts-Kontrollausschusses.

Neben seinen politischen Aktivitäten, ist Theurer Mitglied im Verwaltungsrat der Reinhold-Maier-Stiftung, im Kuratorium der Theodor-Heuss-Stiftung, dem Verwaltungsrat der Wolfgang-Döring-Stiftung, sowie Lehrbeauftragter and der Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Lörrach.

Keynote Speakers

Svenja Hahn

MEP, Renew Europe

Svenja Hahn (1989) is a first-term Member of the European Parliament for the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), part of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. She is from Hamburg, Germany. Svenja Hahn is a member of the committee for internal market and consumer protection
(IMCO) where she especially focuses on AI legislation. She is also a substitute member in the international trade committee (INTA), where her focus has been on South and Southeast Asia and responsible business conduct and circular economy. Furthermore, she is a member of the special committee on artificial intelligence in a digital age, established in 2020.

Svenja Hahn is also a member of the delegation to ASEAN and South Asia and a substitute member of the delegation to Australia and New Zealand. She is member of several parliamentary intergroups as well as the working group on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and the Youth interest group.

Svenja Hahn was the President of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) from 2018-2020, and before that she served as the press officer (2014-2016) and Vice President (2016-2018) of the organisation.

Guntram Wolff

Director, Bruegel

Guntram Wolff is the Director of Bruegel. His research focuses on the European economy and governance, on fiscal and monetary policy and global finance. He regularly testifies at the European Finance Ministers’ ECOFIN meeting, the European Parliament, the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale). From 2012-16, he was a member of the French prime minister’s Conseil d’Analyse Economique.

Guntram Wolff is also a member of the Solvay Brussels School’s international advisory board of the Brussels Free University. He joined Bruegel from the European Commission, where he worked on the macroeconomics of the euro area and the reform of euro area governance. Prior to joining the Commission, he was coordinating the research team on fiscal policy at Deutsche Bundesbank. He also worked as an adviser to the International Monetary Fund.

He holds a PhD from the University of Bonn, studied economics in Bonn, Toulouse, Pittsburgh and Passau and previously taught economics at the University of Pittsburgh and at Université libre de Bruxelles. He has published numerous papers in leading academic journals. Guntram is fluent in German, English, French and has good notions of Bulgarian and Spanish. His columns and policy work are published and cited in leading international media such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Caixin, Nikkei, El Pais, La Stampa, FAZ, Handelsblatt, Les Echos, BBC, ZDF, and others.

Terms and Conditions

By entering this competition you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.

The Promoter – The promoter’s contact details are:
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Ave de Cortenbergh 71
1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 282 09 30

For questions about the competition, kindly get in touch with Nele Fabian or Charlot Uhrig.

Entrants – This competition is open to anyone. The promoter will only accept one entry per entrant. For co-productions, the participation with one additional person is possible.

Jury – The competition will be judged by four jury members who will seek to identify artists of excellent and original graphic short stories. The jury members’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.

The competition takes place in two rounds.

Round 1:

Who can participate? Participation is open to everyone.

What should you submit? 3 single page comics.

Deadline for submission: December 6, 2020

Submit How? Please upload your submissions to a download server of your choice, then contact us per email and send us a download link at: You will receive a short notice of receipt once we successfully downloaded your file(s).

Round 2:

Who can participate? Finalists will receive a personal invitation for round 2.

What should you submit? 3 more single page comics.

Deadline for submission: April 16, 2021

Submit how? Please upload your submissions to a download server of your choice, then contact us per email and send us a download link at: You will receive a short notice of receipt once we successfully downloaded your file(s).

Formal criteria for each submitted comic page:

content: single page comics only!

digital format: PDF only!

resolution: A4/300dpi

color scheme: 300 CMYK or grayscale

image format: portrait (not landscape!”)

Entry Specifications

Entrants are advised to retain a copy of entries. Entries can be with or without words, in black and white or colour, and fiction or non-fiction. Each entry must be:

  • in English
  • an original work of which the entrant is the author (or joint author) which has not been previously professionally or commercially published and is not in breach of any third party right.
  • complete in itself.

No work can be returned.

Unacceptable Entries – Entries which are illegible or received after the closing date will not be accepted. The promoter will not be responsible for delayed, undelivered or lost entries.

Copyright / Ownership – The entrant concedes the promoter the right to use his/her work exclusively in an appropriate manner.

Publication – The finalist grants the promoter all necessary and relevant permissions in relation to the publication of his/her entry. The finalist also agrees to the promoter’s use of his/her name and photograph in relation to publicity material. The promoter reserves the right to edit the entry in respect of the above publication as well as the right not to publish an entry.

The entries will be translated into German and French. The entrant agrees to reletter his/her text with the translated text and provide it to the organiser for further use.

Privacy – Personal details will only be retained and used by the promoter for the purposes of this competition. Personal details will not be passed on to third parties. Please find further information on the organiser´s privacy policy on the website of the European Dialogue Program.

Events – Events may occur which render the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prizes.

Criteria of the single page comic format (also called “one pager” or “stand-alone single-page comic”):

Each comic must display one independent graphic story on a single page.

Graphic style and storytelling: There are no limits to your imagination here! We encourage you to explore the full range of possibilities that the format of the single page comic has to offer!