Year 2011

  • He is an American entrepreneur, video blogger, and multi-artist. Pettis is a co-founder and the CEO of MakerBot Industries, a company that produces 3d printers. Demand for the printers was so great that the company solicited MakerBot owners to provide parts for future MakerBots from......

  • Sarah is an Ironman triathlete, Paralympian, author, motivational speaker, mentor and spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Inspired by amputee marathon runner Paddy Rossbach, Reinertsen began to run at age 11. Her T42 400 m world record time, set in 1999, still stands today. She won......

  • Is an American professional surfer. She is known for surviving a shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, and for overcoming the injury to ultimately return to professional surfing. We honor her for her attitude, determination, and strength....

  • Women are the economic drivers of Africa, on average working twice as many productive hours as men.. A gender-based approach to conflict prevention has the potential to transform the continent. And at the forefront of that approach is Bineta Diop. The founder of Femmes Africa......

  • Working with stem cells generated from a patient’s own skin cells, Rossi has managed to rid them of the potentially dangerous genes and viruses that efficiently reprogram the older cells to their embryonic state but at the same time make them unsafe to transplant into......

  • A journalist turned accountant who rose through the executive ranks to head Sina, China’s largest Internet portal, he backed the company’s own microblog service despite the failures of earlier players. The result, Sina Weibo, is a high-powered service that Chao calls a mashup of Twitter......

  • A pioneer of India’s IT-outsourcing industry, Premji helped unleash a generation of skilled technical professionals who make up India’s growing middle class. Inspired by his belief that a strong educational system is essential to sustaining the economic growth needed to pull millions of Indian citizens......

  • He is the co-founder of the nonprofit group Malaria No More, a board member and global ambassador for Population Services International (PSI), the world’s largest distributor of anti-malaria mosquito nets. Ray is now the U.N.’s special envoy for malaria and has pledged to end Africa’s......

  • In the 1980s, Aruna Roy began a long campaign to bring transparency to India’s notoriously corrupt bureaucracy. Its signal achievement is the 2005 Right to Information (RTI) Act, a law that has given the nation’s poor a powerful tool to fight for their rights and......

  • She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma but marshaling her determination and knowledge of the world of pharma she created the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Today, 165 million research dollars, four new approved drugs and 13 years later, Kathy is in remission but still pressing scientists......

  • Ramachandran is best known for developing a therapy for phantom-limb pain in which a mirror is used to reflect the intact limb, creating the illusion that the missing one is still there. That persuades the brain that all is well, and the pain subsides. With......

  • Economist Esther Duflo is the co-founder of the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab with Abhijit Banerjee and Sendhil Mullainathan. They gather real data to see what really works in alleviating poverty. Last year she won the John Bates Clark Medal, which makes her......

  • As Afghanistan’s only female prosecutor general, she defies the odds — and the death threats — to battle corruption, crime, and domestic abuse. Bashir’s campaign to enforce the laws may appear Sisyphean, but she is establishing precedents that will become the foundations of a just......

  • Felisa Wolfe-Simon of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute is the lead author of a landmark paper about a new species of bacterium in California’s arsenic-rich Mono Lake. But her microbes are not ordinary — replacing the phosphorus that’s usually used as a building block of proteins with......

  • While traveling through the Middle East after 9/11 and looking for ways he might help, he learned there was a need for practical education programs, programs that taught even the most basic skills, like how to act in an interview, how to respond to criticism......

  • The swashbuckling virologist is the founder and director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI), an innovative NGO that tracks emerging infectious diseases before they begin to kill humans. We applaud him for his commitment and attention in protection against new viruses....

  • He has shown time and again that education is the surest path out of poverty. The Harlem Children’s Zone Project, which he founded, provides a cradle-to-career continuum of high-quality neighborhood schools and support services for disadvantaged children. It’s based on the simple idea that you......

  • Dr.Kanno was on duty at the Shizugawa public hospital when he heard the tsunami alert. He immediately began moving patients to the highest floor, helping dozens of people in the short window between the 9.0-magnitude quake and the deadly wave. Over the next two days,......

  • Jacqueline is a lawyer who works fearlessly on a wide range of human rights issues concerning Chad today, making sure that those who committed crimes do not go unpunished. We honor her for her dedication as she has made a prominent and crucial contribution to......

  • Huang Ming is a visionary and passionate entrepreneur and change-maker in the field of solar thermal energy. We applaud him for providing a positive enterpreneurial model and for his contribution in the renewable energy field....

  • International barrister, award-winning author, and environmental activist Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that Ecocide be the 5th Crime Against Peace. We honor her as a Very Talented Person for her commitment in making ecocide be considered a crime on an international level....

  • He is an Indian activist and editor. He has been a Jain monk, nuclear disarmament advocate, pacifist, and is the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. We honor him for his efforts in getting this world a better place by inciting to get rid......