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
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
-- 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
-- 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.
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.
SOURCE World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship