SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Representing four continents, they
symbolise the very essence of an entrepreneurship that creates both
wealth and social justice. The winners of the 2013 "Entrepreneur for
the World" Awards were announced yesterday in Singapore during the gala
ceremony of the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
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The keynote speaker for the sixth anniversary of the World
Entrepreneurship Forum was Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime
Minister and Finance Minister of Singapore.
Prizes were awarded for the six following categories:
"Young Entrepreneur": Ashish Thakkar - Uganda
Ashish Thakkar is the Founder and Managing Director of Mara Group, which
operates in 26 countries and employs over 7,000 people. He grew up in
the UK and Uganda, survived the terror of the Rwandan genocide, and
started his first company at the age of 15.
"Educator": Daniel Epstein - United States of America
Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Group. Annually, they
unite high-impact entrepreneurs from around the world and provide world-class mentorship, access to seed capital, and a global support network. Daniel was recognized in 2012 by Forbes as one of the "top 30 most
"Social Entrepreneur": Jean-Baptiste Richardier - France
Dr. Richardier co-founded Handicap International in 1982 to assist
Cambodian refugees mutilated by anti-personnel mines. Thirty years
later, Handicap International's work has benefitted several million
people in over 60 countries and was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel
"Business Entrepreneur": Fadi Ghandour - Jordan
Fadi is the Founder of Aramex, a leading global logistics and
transportation company with 14,000 employees in 354 different locations
across 60 countries. He is also the Chairman of WAMDA.com, an
entrepreneurship support platform for the MENA region and the Founder
and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, an initiative that helps
"Policy Maker": Her Excellency Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of
the Republic of Liberia
She is the first elected female Head of State in Africa, is serving her
second term as President and co-received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
She has built strong relations with regional partners and the
international community, attracting foreign investment to her country
and restoring Liberia's international reputation.
"Serial Entrepreneur": Sir Richard Branson - United Kingdom
He is Founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world's most irresistible
brands, with more than 100 companies worldwide and 60,000 employees in
over 50 countries. Branson has challenged himself with many record
breaking adventures and has always found entrepreneurial ways to
provoke positive change in the world.
About the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Founded in 2008 by EMLYON Business School and KPMG France, later joined
by Action Community for Entrepreneurship and Nanyang Technological
University in Singapore, Greater Lyon and Lyon Chamber of Commerce and
Industry in France, and Zhejiang University in China, the World
Entrepreneurship Forum has already brought together more than 600
members from 75 countries to tackle our world's most pressing issues
with entrepreneurial solutions.
SOURCE: World Entrepreneurship Forum
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Deputy Director - World Entrepreneurship Forum