On 13 April, two days before the beginning of the 12th Annual Skoll World Forum, the Skoll Foundation announced the four recipients of the 2015 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.
‘Social entrepreneurs dare to change the world,’ said Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation. ‘Within every social entrepreneur is an unwavering belief that big, seemingly intractable problems offer unsurpassed opportunities.’
Each awardee receives a $1.25 million, three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact. They also gain leverage through their long-term participation in a global community of visionary leaders and innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.
This year’s four awardees are:
- Alasdair Harris of Blue Ventures (UK) – building sustainable coastal communities
- Ma Jun of Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (China) – expanding transparency to fight pollution
- Safeena Husain of Educate Girls (India) – investing in the promise of girls
- Jagdeesh Rao Puppala of Foundation for Ecological Security (India) – securing common land to ensure a better future for the rural poor
Watch these remarkable social entrepreneurs accept their awards at the Skoll World Forum’s Awards Ceremony on Thursday 16April at 5.30-7pm (GMT + 1), LIVE!