ESOMAR Excellence Award for Standards of Performance in Market Research - The John Downham Award

This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievement and excellence in contributing to the market research industry at an international level.

Nominations can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Encouragement and/or broadening the application of professional standards;
  • Innovative or rigorous methodological approaches;
  • Adding credibility to the profession.

The award carries a prize of EUR 10,000 and is sponsored by ESOMAR.

ESOMAR Secretariat Nominations

Phyllis McFarlane
Chairman and Global Training Director for Consumer Experiences, GfK, UK and Chairman of the Market Research Society, UK

Phyllis has been elected by ESOMAR as a candidate for this award following a lifetime of dedication to the market research industry. From thought provoking papers and presentations, to educating young potential researchers through the ESOMAR Career Events, Phyllis has served the international industry tirelessly.

Georges Guelfand
Managing Partner, H,T,P Concept Happy Thinkng People, France

Georges has been nominated for his outstanding contribution to qualitative research. A successful entrepreneur (he built and sold 2 qualitative agencies), in addition to previous roles including Director of Qualitative Research for both Ipsos and Synovate France, he has contributed books, papers, presentations and thinking to the industry for many years.

J.A.G. (Han) de Groot
CEO MetrixLab, Netherlands

One of the “new research” pathfinders, Han has been nominated for his visionary approach to online and cross media measurement, which is paving the way for this area of research now and for the future.

Winner 2013

Georges Guelfand
Managing Partner
H,T,P Concept Happy Thinkng People

The jury said:

An incredibly successful career. Fascinating work done in combining quantitative and qualitative work as well as lecturing at business schools and universities. Well deserved.

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ESOMAR Excellence Best Paper Award Jury 2013

We would like to thank the jury!

  • Cam Davis, Social Data Research, Canada
  • Florence Guesnet, Heineken, Netherlands
  • Omar Mahmoud, UNICEF, Switzerland

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