GTF 2016 Awards For Excellence Gala

Global Thinkers Forum 2016 Awards for Excellence Gala


The most exquisite event in London in 2016!
Global Thinkers Forum, in collaboration with Thinkers & Doers, presents the 2016 Awards For Excellence under the theme: ‘Philanthropy & Positive Change’. The Gala will take place on December 8th, 2016 at the Institute of Directors, West London.

Philanthropy is currently experiencing an unprecedented amount of innovation, disruption and transformation. Never before have social needs, local and global alike, been more complex and pressing.
In the 21st century, philanthropy earns a strategic dimension. At the core of this transformation is the will to hold business leaders and businesses more accountable, expand, and nurture the notion of ethical leadership and ethical/great companies.

An exclusive live concert by world acclaimed Emmy-nominee Maestro Sir Dirk Brossé, Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

The not-to-miss event of the year in London celebrating the importance of philanthropy, giving and impact investing for positive change in a world in flux in an Oscars-like ceremony!


Awards in the following categories :

  • Positive Change
  • Promoting Gender Equality
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Contribution to Humanity
  • Promoting Peace & Collaboration

2016 Honourees


International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


Elif Shafak
Author, Columnist, Speaker and Academic

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist, women’s rights & LGBT rights advocate and an inspirational public speaker. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her novels have been published in 47 languages and she has been featured in major newspapers and periodicals around the world.

Shafak has been long listed for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize, the Baileys Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Award; shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize. She was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


One Heart World-Wide

One Heart World-Wide (OHW) is a 501(c)(3) organization with over 15 years of experience implementing maternal and neonatal mortality prevention programs in areas where women often die alone at home giving birth. Its aim is to improve access to, and utilization of healthcare services to reduce the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality in the most remote, rural areas. It operates on the belief that all women and newborns can receive the quality healthcare services they deserve during pregnancy and childbirth, anytime and anyplace.



Alwaleed Philanthropies

Prince Alwaleed is perhaps best known internationally as the chairman and controlling shareholder of Kingdom Holding Company, one of the world’s most influential investment companies.

Outside of business, Prince Alwaleed is widely respected for his philanthropic work as the founder and patron of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, dedicated to supporting global cultural understanding, disaster recovery, women’s empowerment, and community development projects in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and around the world.


The Lord Alderdice
Chairman for the Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, Belfast

As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice played a significant role in the Talks on Northern Ireland including negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and on retirement in 2004 was appointed to the Independent Monitoring Commission, tasked with closing down terrorist operations and overseeing normalization of security in Northern Ireland.


The Global Thinkers Forum Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner provides an entertaining, thought-provoking platform for conversation, exposure and high level networking with a selection of invited luminaries.

Previous GTF Award Honourees include :

  • Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
  • His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • HE Sheika Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi
  • HRH Princess Rym Ali
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Nouriel Roubini
  • Sir Dirk Brossé
  • HE Mr. Nasser Abdulaziz Al Nassir
  • HE Raja Al Gurg
  • Hani Masri
  • HRH Princess Sumaya
  • Dr Ibrahim Abouleish
  • Dr Hayat Sindi
  • Khalid Al Khudair
  • Dalia Mogahed
  • Dr Maisah Sobaihi
  • H.E. Noura Al Kaabi
  • Muna AbuSulayman

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The GTF Awards go to some of the most intelligent, innovative, accomplished and socially responsible thought leaders. Extraordinary achievements, unique ideas, excellent management, artistic creativity, ethical reporting will be honoured during the GTF Awards Ceremony. Please nominate a person, a company or a NGO that you believe is suitable to be presented with a GTF Award in Excellence in one of the above areas. Please email us on proposing your nominee and briefly describing the reason behind your proposal.

All nominated entities must have a proven record of high integrity, recognition and can serve as role model for successful leadership, forward thinking and positive change.

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