The winners of the 2013 "Entrepreneur for the World" Awards, who have created both wealth and social justice, were announced on Sunday in Singapore during the gala ceremony of the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
The keynote speaker at the Forum was Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Singapore, where prizes were awarded in the following categories:
- "Young Entrepreneur" Ashish Thakkar – Uganda: Ashish is the Founder and Managing Director of Mara Group, which operates in 26 countries and employs over 7,000 people. He grew up in the UK and Uganda, survived the terror of the Rwandan genocide, and started his first company at the age of 15.
- "Educator" Daniel Epstein – U.S.A.: Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Group. Annually, they unite high-impact entrepreneurs from around the world and provide world-class mentorship http://unreasonableinstitute.org/our-mentors , access to seed capital, and a global support network http://unreasonableinstitute.org/network . Daniel was recognised in 2012 by Forbes as one of the "top 30 most impactful entrepreneurs".
- "Social Entrepreneur" Jean-Baptiste Richardier – France: Dr. Richardier co-founded Handicap International in 1982 to assist Cambodian refugees mutilated by anti-personnel mines. Thirty years later, Handicap International's work has benefitted several million people in over 60 countries and was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.
- "Business Entrepreneur": Fadi Ghandour – Jordan: Fadi is the Founder of Aramex, a leading global logistics and transportation company with 14,000 employees in 354 different locations across 60 countries. He is also the Chairman of www.WAMDA.com , an entrepreneurship support platform for the MENA region and the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, an initiative that helps disadvantaged communities.
- "Policy Maker": Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia: She is the first elected female Head of State in Africa, is serving her second term as President and co-received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. She has built strong relations with regional partners and the international community, attracting foreign investment to her country and restoring Liberia's international reputation.
- "Serial Entrepreneur" Sir Richard Branson – U.K.: He is founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world's most irresistible brands, with more than 100 companies worldwide and 60,000 employees in over 50 countries. Branson has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures and has always found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world.
Founded in 2008 by EMLYON Business School and KPMG France, later joined by Action Community for Entrepreneurship and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Greater Lyon and Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France, and Zhejiang University in China, the World Entrepreneurship Forum has already brought together more than 600 members from 75 countries to tackle our world's most pressing issues with entrepreneurial solutions.
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