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Members of the Jury

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Members of the jury

To help us find a worthy winner MGW need the help from some hard working judges. It is serious business and a tough job!


All the Delegates of Mr. Gay World are winners in their own right! To pick a winner - the number one - from this lot is a tough job.


In order to find the person who will be named Mr. Gay World 2009 the Delegates has to take on different tasks, an interview and two stage performances.


There will be several juries, and MGW is proud to present the following men and women who will help us pick a worthy Mr. Gay World 2009:



Eric Butter (Sydney, Australia) – Chairman of Mr. Gay World. Eric is a philanthropist, graduated with a degree in Pharmacy and a Master's degree in Management and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before pursuing one of his passions - obtaining his Commercial Pilot's License. His greatest interests are not only airplanes, collecting watches, orchids, playing soccer and fast cars but he also has an innate passion for Art and the culinary interests.
He is fluent in the English and Spanish languages and after travelling for leisure and extensively throughout the world visiting 67 countries, he made Sydney, Australia his home.  Eric felt the need to pursue his passion and having gained experiences in this field for the last three years; he decided to be surrounded by a very talented and gifted group of people and created the Mr. Gay World Competition. Eric has been part of the jury, amongst other competitions and events, including Mr. Gay Australia 2007, Mr. Gay USA 2007, Mr. Gay International 2008, Mr. Gay Canada 2008, Mr. Gay Ireland 2008 and Mr. Gay Australia 2008.

 William Kapfer Ph. D. (New York, United States) - Publisher of Genre Magazine, and President of Window Media the largest gay publisher in the U.S. He has served as a judge for several pageants, talent & awards competitions, including working with the Miss America Organization and the Daytime Emmy Awards. From a casting director, working on such feature projects as Boys on the Side and Jerry Maguire, to holding senior publishing positions at Harpers Bazaar and Travel + Leisure magazines, Kapfer comes to the MGW competition with a rich collection of media & entertainment experience.


Annie Kristi Korsmo (Oslo, Norway) is Director of Sales at the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania, Oslo Norway. The Hotel is the proud host hotel for the next MGW in Oslo 2010. As Director of Sales for Norway's secound largest hotel, finding the right people to represent the hotel is an important factor for success. Annie is also a member of the strategic management group at the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania, which involves deciding the hotel's strategies and future developments. Annie has also experience of Project Manager for large corporate events. Annie holds a Bcs Honours in Hospitality Management from the University Of Plymouth, UK.


Noble Kelly (Vancouver, Canada) has been an educator for 17 years. As an integral member of Gay and Lesbian Educators (GALE) of BC he has been an advocate for change in the educational system that will result in a positive environment for LGBTQ's, whether they are students, parents, teachers, or administrators. He also represents British Columbia on the board of Egale Canada which advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified people, and their families, across Canada. As part of his role with Egale Canada, Noble chairs the national education committee which works to unify the Canadian LGBTQ community and allies through education and seeks to gather data and affect change that will create safe and affirming places for all to learn.

 Stephanie Matches (Whistler, Canada) – Publisher of the Whistler Question.  Stephanie sits on the boards of the Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Chamber of Commerce and Whistler Health Care Foundation. In 2003/04 Stephanie was the president of the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium and following that became a workshop leader at P.E.T.S. (Rotary's President-Elect Training Seminar) in Seattle, WA, for two years. Stephanie continues to be very involved in the community and intends to call Whistler "home" for a very long time to come.

 Thore Schölermann (Cologne, Germany), after graduation in 2004 has made his profession acting.  After some training in Palma de Mallorca and doing some short movies, he took on the role of Christian Mann on Verbotene Liebe.  The story line of his struggles to come to terms with his attraction to the Oliver Sabel played by Jo Weil touched the hearts of many fans.  Bringing quiet strength and intensity to the role as he developed a fan base around the world. Thore's hobbies include boxing, riding, music and of course skiing.  His favorite food is french fries and grilled sausage with curry.

 Jo Weil (Cologne, Germany), who has been acting since 1997, returned to the cast of Verbotene Liebe in November 2007.  Returning to his role of Oliver Sabel who he played on the soap from 1999 to 2002.  He has, since his return, brought wonderful passion and skill into portraying half the amazing gay couple of Olli and Christian.  Jo has worked on both television and the stage.  On television, as well as his role as Olli on Verbotene Liebe, he has stared in the primetime action drama Medicopter 117.  Jo continues to work on the stage and has just finished touring Germany in a stage production. Jo's hobbies include languages, films, performing magic and cooking.  His favorite movie is Brokeback Mountain.

 Blue Satittammanoon (Bangkok, Thailand), Though born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Blue Satittammanoon had lived and been educated in New York, San Francisco, Washington and Vancouver.
Blue graduated with Bachelor of Commerce in International Business & Marketing from the University of British Columbia in 2004.  After his graduation, Blue moved back to Thailand to work as Music & Marketing Executive for the World's leading music label, SONY BMG Music Entertainment.  He was responsible for scouting, signing new talents and developing existing artists as well as helping guide their career.  Acting as a link between recording artists and the record label, Blue also helped with the artistic and commercial development of the artists, including creating artist image and providing directions for album arts & music videos.  
He successfully scouted and developed one of the most unique bands in the music history to date and the World's 1st transvestite band to sign with a major music label, the Venus Flytrap (Debut at #1 in Thailand Dec 2006) 


31st July - 5th August 2013



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