A Nigerian, Isa Wali, has emerged as one of the winners of the 2014 McNulty Prize Laureates in the United States of America. He won in the empowerment initiative category.
This was announced today by the Aspen Institute and Institute Trustee, Anne Welsh McNulty at the seventh annual John P. McNulty Prize laureates.
The John P. McNulty Prize of $100,000 is given annually to honor the visionary work of a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The winner are chosen from the five laureates, and each of the other laureates will receive $10,000.
An international panel of judges, including former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, international statesman, Olara Otunnu, and international development expert, Brizio Biondi-Morra, selected this year’s winner from among the laureates.
Winners, according to the Institute, are in a group of five extraordinary leaders who bring the spirit of innovation and excellence that characterized their success in the private sector to bear on some of the most intractable issues of our time.
According to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson, the 2014 laureates are making a significant impact on their communities and across the globe, from educating women and girls in parts of northern Nigeria; to engaging Palestinian youth in civic participation and the democratic process; to providing youth alternatives to gangs in El Salvador through soccer programs and personal development; to uniting those affected by rare diseases into a powerful advocacy movement; to working with poor rural populations in South Africa to develop their own path to self-sufficiency.
Bulugula, from South Africa also won the prize. He was former senior economist and asset manager, founder of the Bulungula Incubator and acted as a catalyst for rural communities to create sources of income, integrated new technologies, and demand the infrastructure and services they have a right to from the government, while maintaining traditional values and structures. [myad]