Global Thinkers Forum

Dame Helena Morrissey (Legal & General Investment Management and founder of the 30% Club), Caroline Scheufele (co-President, Chopard), Sahar Hashemi (founder Coffee Republic and co-Chair of the UK government’s Scale Up Taskforce), Christine Schulze (Executive Director, Concordia Language Villages), Nighat Dad (Lawyer & Activist running the Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan), Lebohang Monyatsi (the first African runway model in a wheelchair) and Annabel Karmel (UK’s No.1 children’s cookery author) are among the pioneering women ​shortlisted for the Global Thinkers Forum 2018 Awards for Excellence. The nominees span eight categories, which are:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Global Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Positive Change
  • African Female Leader
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The ceremony will be held in London on 6 December, 2018 in the presence of more than 200 international thought leaders from industry, academia, media and government. The keynote speaker is H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the First Elected Female Head of State in Africa & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder and CEO, Global Thinkers Forum said, “Women are rift healers, we are agents for good, not hatred. Through our 6th Honorary Awards we aim to honour pioneering women who have leveraged ideas, innovation, passion, and values and make great things happen in every possible society. It is absolutely unique to celebrate together the excellence of well-known women as well as those changemakers not discovered yet by media.”

The women nominated this year come from diverse backgrounds and are all united by their fearless and pioneering attitude towards life, being shining examples of positive change in a very polarised world, sending a message of ‘standing out through excellence’.

Amongst this year’s other nominees are Dr. Abla El Badry who is an advocate for street children in Cairo; Tony Elumelu Foundation CEO, Parminder Vir OBE, who oversees their mission to empower African entrepreneurs for economic growth and social transformation; and Hellen Waiswa Lunkuse, Executive Director of Rape Hurts Foundation in Uganda which works with rural women and children. (The full list of nominees here).

Among the notable guests attending the 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala will be Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan; Nawal El Saadawi, acclaimed Egyptian author; The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC and The Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, honoree for Excellence in Bravery in 2017.

Global Thinkers Forum has also launched another programme, Athena40,which is the first ever global ranking of the top 40 most powerful female minds. Launched in Paris at UNESCO in March 2018, Athena40 acknowledges the work of the 40 most dynamic, active and fearless female thought leaders, columnists, commentators and activists across all industries and from all over the world. The first ranking will be announced in March 2020.
On the night of December 6th a silent auction and pledging will raise funds for Global Thinkers Forum’s two key mentoring programmes – Athena which is focused upon women’s mentoring – and Telemachus which is aimed at young professionals, partnering both groups of mentees with mentors with a robust professional and academic track record in fields such as: governance and public office, accountable leadership, media, business, entrepreneurship, academia and the non-profit sector. Our mentees stories can be found here  

Press Release from the Global Thinkers Forum: Global Thinkers Forum 6th Awards for Excellence Shortlist Announced.