Also, triumphing in the high profile of winners for 2020 are: Engineer Farha Z. Al Kindy Of Oman winner of the Double Gold Innovation Award with her innovative job creation strategy for women through the capacity building of the Fishing Industry; Joint Double Gold Exceptional Creative Award winners Ragnhildur Agustsdottir From Iceland for her unique, live recreation of volcanic eruptions and Matilda Payne From Ghana for her trailblazing business development vowed to transform trash to treasures; Medical Social Innovation Award winner was attributed to Dr Nuha Awni Bader Abuyousef of Jordan for her rehabilitative eyelid solution to eye disorders such as the Dry Eye Syndrome, Exposure Keratitis and Bell’s palsy.
“…We were all super impressed with the standards of this year nomination and it made our job much challenging… ” – Mark Sheahan, Chair of the Independent Judging panel
The newly introduced category for ‘innovative leaders’ put the spotlight on the Diamond Innovative Leadership Award winner, Senator Nenadi Esther Usman from Nigeria for her high impact leadership on the empowerment of women as well as Sara Santori from Italy, winner of the Gold Innovative Leadership Award for transforming the largest leather manufacturing into a more sustainable production.
Recognising these lockdown times and the high demand for online learning and digital reliance of games, it is of little wonder that the Education Gold Award joint winners went to Lies Vermant of Belgium for bringing new ways of entertainment into the classroom, home or company, along with Maria Gudmundsdottir from Iceland for creating story-driven video games that awakens the adventurous side of stay-at-home players. The high standard of winners also included the Gold Paul Ambridge Male Champion Award winner, Julius Ingi Jonsson from Iceland as well as Social Innovation winner Raini Erja Ilona Kiukas from Finland for her newly high tech, combustible sanitary system; Gold IPAN Award winner Patience Nwodu from United Kingdom for her high quality reusable and biodegradable carrier, ideal for picnickers.
Dr Bola Olabisi, Founder & CEO of GlobalWIIN remarked on how impressed she is with the sheer determination and tenacity each and everyone of the awardees have in common. “Their outstanding impact on the lives of humankind against all odds deserve to be applauded.”