Year 2009

  • Rita Levi Montalcini, a worldwide famous Italian neurologist, and her colleague Stanley Cohen, were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1986, thanks to their discovery of the Nerve Growth Factor....

  • Dr. Gao Yaojie is a Chinese gynecologist , academic, and AIDS activist in China....

  • A devoted lawyer, Ansar Burney has introduced the true principles of the Human Rights Declaration into Pakistan. For more than 20 years, he has been an international campaign activist committed to putting an end to child slavery in the Middle East. He is the founder......

  • Paul Hawken is aiming to changing the relationship between business and the environment, and between human and living systems in order to create a more justifiable and sustainable world. He also founded the Natural Capital Institute, focusing on “researching principles and practices leading to social......

  • Sandra Postel founded the Global Water Policy Project, in order to promote the use and management of freshwater in more sustainable ways....

  • Carlo Petrini is an Italian entrepreneur and the founder of  “quality food movement” aiming at preserving gastronomic traditions worldwide....

  • Jacques Attali is the founder of PlaNet Finance, a leading international non-profit organization with the mission to alleviate poverty through the development of microfinance to the benefit of small entrepreneurship....

  • Robert Kyosaki is an entrepeneur and the promoter of ethical values and actions in the world of finance....

  • Harold Kroto is a nonconformist chemist devoted to nanoscience and research on materials....

  • Benoit Mandelbrot is a French mathematician. He has carried out serious research and achieved important results in the fields of fractals and nature geometry....

  • Ernest Madu runs the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica. The Heart Institute of the Caribbean is leading the way in the fight against heart and vascular diseases....

  • Hugh Herr is an American Scientist. He started his career as a scientist and inventor following an accident. Today, thanks to his work and researches, a great amount of people can walk again. Through his research program, Herr strives to enhance those technologies that promise......

  • Dr. Maire McLoone invented a product that enhances security mechanisms to protect the public from cyber criminals, such as hackers and identifies thieves....

  • Haruki Murakami is a writer and translator who has devoted himself to the developement and growth of fiction literature....

  • Tyler Volk, an untiring biologist, and scientist studies the interrelations between living systems and the biosphere....

  • Umberto Veronesi is an Italian surgeon and oncologist. He’s known internationally for his important contributions and achievements in the area of prevention and treatment of breast cancer, carried out in the course of a career spanning over fifty years....

  • Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and promoter of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia....

  • Mexican lawyer and writer Adriana Macias lead a campaign aimed at inspiring workers with disabilities and promoting their job reintegration....

  • David Kuria is a Kenyan entrepreneur who has created Ecotect, a social enterprise spearheading community service and environmental interventions with a business perspective....

  • Eren Keskin is a Kurdish-born lawyer and a human rights activist in Turkey. She co-founded the project “Legal Aid For Woman Who Were Raped Or Otherwise Sexually Abused by National Security Forces”, to expose the abuses happening to women in Turkish prisons....

  • Stephan Schuster, along with Webb Miller, develops algorithms and software for analyzing DNA sequences and related types of data from molecular genetics. In doing so, he helped science overcome what had been seen as an insurmountable obstacle....

  • Webb Miller, along with Stephan Schuster, has been developing algorithms and software for analyzing DNA sequences and related types of data from molecular genetics.In doing so, he helped science overcome what had been seen as an insurmountable obstacle....

  • Paolo Soleri is an Italian architect. The best-known Utopian planners of the twentieth century....

  • Albina Ruiz is a Peruvian entrepreneur, who founded Ciudad Saludable, creating a waste management system that contributes to improving environmental, health and sanitation conditions and generates employment opportunities....

  • Don Meyer is considered as one of the most successful American college basketball coaches of all time. He had cancer discovered in his liver and intestines during emergency surgery after a car crash in which he lost one of his legs. Despite this, he continued......

  • Norman Ernest Borlaug is the father of the Green Revolution, has dedicated his life as a scientist to develop high-yielding disease-resistant grains to feed the hungry, saving the life of 1 billion starving people....

  • Thanks to his fundamental research Michael Grätzel has brought important practical applications in the production of sustainable energy....

  • Lang Lang is a Chinese pianist. He started to play piano in his earliest years and won his first award when he was 5 years old....

  • José Antonio Abreu  is a pianist, economist,educator and activist....

  • Frazer has worked on the development of vaccines for the prevention of tumor virus-induced cervical, responsible for several deaths. He has put the bases of a very important breakthrough in fighting cancer, giving a big contribution to preventive medicine....

  • Jules Hoffmann, along with Bruce Beutler, has uncovered the genetic mechanisms responsible for innate immunity. His work has lead to very promising medical applications....

  • Bruce Beutler, along with Jules Hoffmann, has uncovered the genetic mechanisms responsible for innate immunity. His work has lead to very promising medical applications....

  • Shai Agassi is pursuing interests in alternative energy and climate change prevention. He founded a company focusing on a green transportation infrastructure based on electric cars as an alternative to the current fossil fuel technology....

  • Saul Griffith is an innovator and inventor. He is also co-founder of numerous companies, that have invented lots of new devices....

  • Abdul Sattar Edhi is the creator of Edhi Foundation, which is a highly organized network of service centers in support of the poor and marginalized in Pakistan....

  • Pierre Deligne has gifted outstanding contributions to several fields of mathematics, enriching them with new techniques....

  • Ada Yonath is an Israeli scientist who, along with Thomas A. Steitz and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, has performed important studies on the structure and function of ribosomes, giving a significant contribution in developing new antibiotics....

  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is an American scientist who, along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath, has performed important studies on the structure and function of ribosomes, giving a significant contribution in developing new antibiotics....

  • Thomas A. Steitz is an American scientist who, along with Ada Yonath and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, has performed important studies on the structure and function of ribosomes, giving a significant contribution in developing new antibiotics....

  • Ibrahim Abouleish is an Egyptian entrepreneur who founded SEKEM, a comprehensive development initiative, developing biodynamic farming methods in Egypt....

  • Rosalie Bertell has been a lifelong advocate for environmental health and for women’s participation in decision-making about peace and the environment....

  • Jeroo Billimoria is the founder of Childline India, a 24-hour emergency telephone service for India’s street children, providing access to police assistance and health care....

  • Erik Dammann is a Norwegian author and environmentalist. He is mostly known for founding the organization, The Future in Our Hands, based on values such as commitment to co-operation and active consideration for our fellow human beings in preference to competition, equal rights for everyone......

  • Defined by many as the ‘father’ of the social entrepreneurship, Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka, an international organization that has supported more than 2,000 social entrepreneurs in 60 countries around the world....

  • Manfred Arthur Max-Neef is a Chilean economist and environmentalist. Mainly known for his human development model based on Fundamental human needs....

  • Samuel S. Epstein is a highly qualified medical doctor. He is known internationally for his scientific contributions on avoidable causes of cancer. He won the war against cancer through cancer prevention, avoiding exposure to carcinogens in the workplace and in our food, air, and water....

  • Irene Fernandez is the director and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Tenaganita, which protects the rights of migrant workers and other oppressed people in Malaysia from sexual abuse and torture undocumented migrant workers faced in her country....

  • Hasan Insel is a Turkish physician. He is the founder of the first Turkish outpatient clinic, established in Istanbul, in 1981. He has introduced the preventive medicine system in Turkey....

  • Mussie Hailu is an international advocate fighting worldwide for the human right relationship, reconciliation, and dialogue, environmental protection, and volunteerism....

  • Denis Hayes is an American environmental activist and a supporter of solar power. He was the coordinator of the first Earth Day....

  • Asma Jahangir is a Pakistani lawyer and human rights, activist. She has spent her career defending the human rights of women, religious minorities, and children of Pakistan. She helped found the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent group of lawyers and activists who work......

  • Craig Kielburger is a Canadian activist for the rights of children. He is the founder of “Free The Children”. The association builds schools and provides livelihood to poor children in the world through volunteering....

  • Bill Mollison is an Australian scientist and naturalist. He is best known as the creator of Permaculture, the set of agronomic practices aimed at maintaining the natural fertility of the soil and that wove themes of architecture and economy. The theory was developed with David......

  • Marco Roveda is an Italian entrepreneur, whose outstanding leadership plays an invaluable role in the development and implementation of ethical and ecological business procedures....

  • Raúl Montenegro is an Argentine biologist, environmentalist, and activist.He founded FUDAM, a grassroots environmental organization, and has taken part in more than one hundred projects to protect the environment throughout Latin America....

  • Nolan Bushnell is an inventor and entrepreneur; he is known worldwide as the father of the video game industry and the founder of Atari....

  • Timothy Berners-Lee, is a British engineer, who, together with Robert Cailliau, developed the World Wide Web....

  • Robert Cailliau is a Belgian engineer, who, together with Timothy Berners-Lee, developed the World Wide Web....

  • Yuyun Ismawati is an Indonesian environment engineer. She has worked on design of city and rural water supply systems, and later on designing systems for safe waste management....

  • Casey is the founder and executive director of the Designers Accord, the global coalition of designers, educators and business leaders focused on creating positive social and environmental impact....

  • Lisa Randall is an American theoretical physicist and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. She works on several of the competing models of string theory in the quest to explain the fabric of the universe. Her most well-known contribution to the field is......

  • Josephine Okot founded a full line seed company for the purpose of delivering quality seed to smallholder farmers producing over 90% of agricultural output in Uganda and other countries in Africa....

  • David Bryant Mumford is a mathematician known for distinguished work in algebraic geometry, and then for research into vision and pattern theory....