DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2008 World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WSIE) has bestowed the Most Innovative People Awards on top 10 global luminaries from around the world. The 10 winners were honoured for their innovation foresight, courage, benevolence, connected leadership and execution intelligence. The Most Innovative People Awards was presented at an inspiring ceremony at the Jumeireh Beach Hotel last evening. The award represents a journey of enlightenment that expresses the story of progress and prosperity pointing the path from the industrial age towards a knowledge-based revolution. Drawn from a pool of almost 1,000 icons, geniuses and mavericks, the Most Innovative People were honoured with trophies designed by renowned Spanish sculptor, Fernando Capa Sanz. The 10 luminaries included Ms. Hamda Harizi, Founder of Gourmet House for Remarkable Enterprises, Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman of Board and Chief Executive Officer of IBM for Technology Innovation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Human Greatness), Ashok Soota, Chairman and Managing Director of MindTree Consulting (Knowledge Innovation), Neil Turok, founder of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Social Innovation), Ms. Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer of Cisco Systems (Women Mavericks), Innovivor Team (Inspiring Ideas), Marc Yu, child prodigy (Amazing Minds), Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Nakheel (Blue Innovation) and H.E Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda (Innovation for Peace). Sam Hamdan, Chairman of Global Leadership Team and the Architect of WSIE, said: "The 2008 WSIE has brought together top artists, policymakers, technologists, humanitarians and chief executives from 70 nations to celebrate the achievements of the Most Innovative People worldwide and their long-term commitment to creating a new generation of products, services, experiences that have shaped the future state of the world."
The criteria of the awards were: -- Foresight: Envisages the 'big idea' that transforms inventions into innovations. -- Courage: Inspires a track record of upholding the ideals of innovation- confidence, compassion, humility, honesty, integrity, and diligence to honor endless obligations. -- Benevolence: Causes an indelible effect in imparting a sense of significance, community, and loftier meaning. -- Connected Leadership: Imparts real leadership to build the future generation of leaders, peace ambassadors, and spiritual agents of change worldwide. -- Execution Intelligence: Enables changes across all parts of the public/private sector brain by synergizing execution strategies with its emotional and spiritual qualities. More than 800 top names from across the globe are attending the three days of innovation theatres, interactive workshops and thematic experiences to build a foundation for increased innovation. The 2008 WSIE presents an impressive line-up of remarkable leaders and personalities including designers, policymakers, technologists, communicators, spiritual gurus, economists, storytellers, humanitarians, chief executives and musicians from across the globe. The 2008 WSIE is supported by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), multiple agencies of the United Nations, the African Union and leading international business councils and multinational corporations. Strategic sponsors include Sorouh, HP, Agility, Geopost, PepsiCo, Nokia Siemens Networks with CNBC Arabiya as the official broadcaster and Emirates Airlines as the official carrier. About WSIE: The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE) is a non-profit initiative that weaves together the brilliant thoughts of the most remarkable people for the purpose of using innovation as the catalyst for competitiveness and peace. The WSIE focuses primarily on developing the future pipeline of responsible entrepreneurs and innovators by spurring collaborative insights, inspiring actions and unlimited possibilities for innovation across all parts of business, society and government. About Global Leadership Team: Global Leadership Team (GLT) is the world's most distinctive innovation management firm with networks in major media, culture, business, and knowledge capitals around the world. GLT's far-reaching net of more than 5000 relations in 100 countries, the firm continues to be the global architect for change by connecting extraordinary people to solve the most pressing challenges facing corporations and emerging governments. The firm focuses primarily on emerging markets, and specializes in innovation strategies, leadership relations, policy counseling and program management. To learn more, please visit http://www.gltweb.com.
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