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Asia Society: Asia Game Changer Awards


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Black Tie Magazine 特约记者 Cathy Han 现场获悉
Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma accepted his Asia Society Asia Game Changer award  

Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma  马云, accepted his Asia Society Asia Game Changer award at the United Nations in New York City on Oct. 16, 2014.
Photo: Ann Billingsley/Asia Society

Asia Society honored Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Group, and 12 other leaders and institutions as its inaugural class of Asia Game Changers. The ceremony, held at the United Nations, recognized those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Honorees included Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai 
and Shanghai Normal University professor 
Zhang Minxuan.

Jack Ma, who was recognized as Asia Game Changer of the Year for his philanthropic contributions and innovative vision, spoke last at the ceremony.

"I never thought I'd have a chance to be at the United Nations," Ma said, who recounted his company's rise from humble beginnings. "Small is beautiful," he told the audience, adding that he was there to represent "all the small guys."  Drawing on his early years as a teacher, Ma said that that as an educator "You believe knowledge will change people's lives," and explained that for him, the title CEO is an acronym for "Chief Education Officer" of his company.

Education activist Malala Yousafzai also addressed the ceremony via video message from Birmingham, where she is completing her studies.

"I thank the Asia Society for this honor, being included in [this] list of remarkable people," Yousafzai said. "There are so many countries and issues that children are suffering through, but there are game changers as well who are going to speak, who are going to change the game and who are going to work for their future.
We have to do it together."

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Asia Game Changers at the ceremony. Ban saluted the "array of remarkable Asians" being honored, noting that "the world got a head start" on the evening's proceedings with last week's announcement that the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize would be shared by two Asians, the Pakistani Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi.

Honorees were selected based on input from Asia Society's global network.
The 2014 awardees are:

•   Game Changer of the Year Jack Ma, Chairman, Alibaba Group,
For history-making business and philanthropy in China

•   Shigeru Ban, Founder, Shigeru Ban Architects, For finding beauty, and hope, in the landscapes of disaster

•   Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder and CEO, Pratham Education Foundation, For bringing the gift of literacy to millions of Indians

•   Illac Diaz, Founder, MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light, For bringing light, literally, to so many lives

•   Fashion Girls for Humanity, For demonstrating that 'looking good' and 'doing good' can be one and the same

•   Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Minister and Senior Advisor to the Indonesian President, For providing a brilliant blueprint for responding to disaster

•   Saad Mohseni, Chairman, MOBY Group, For bringing news, information and entertainment to a barren landscape

•   Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen, For changing the way the world tackles poverty

•   Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Founder, SOC Films and President, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, For eye-opening films that give voice to the voiceless

•   Playing for Change, For using the power of music to spread a
global message of hope

•   Pawan Sinha, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, For a truly visionary approach to treating India's blind

•   Malala Yousafzai, Education activist, For continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare

•   Zhang Minxuan, Professor, Shanghai Normal University, For leveling the playing field by providing quality education to millions in China


"The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a glaring gap—a lack of recognition of people who are truly transforming ideas into action and improving lives in Asia," said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. "Our inaugural honorees represent an extraordinary range of geography and achievement. What they share in common are vision, passion and proven impact, wherever and however they happen to be changing the world."

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特约记者 Cathy Han 现场获悉,云作极具全球影响力的企业家获封首年度“创变者”。

亚洲协会随后揭晓了首届“创变者”获奖名单。13 名来自各领域为进亚洲地区展做出杰出创新贡献的个人或机构荣膺该奖项



据亚洲协会会长施静书女士(Josette Sheeran)介绍,“亚洲协会设立首个也是唯一的用以表彰当今亚洲地区真正创变者的奖项。”该奖项主要是用于奖励在各自领域、通过各种方式改变着这个世界的先锋者。


附2014 年“创变者”获奖者如下:

• 坂茂(Shigeru Ban)坂茂建筑设计事务所创始人:在灾难的废墟中实现美感与希望

• Madhav Chavan,印度布拉罕(Pratham)慈善基金联合创始人及首席执行官:点亮百万印度儿童的求知之路

• Illac Diaz,MyShelter 协会及“光明之源”(Liter of Light)创始人:为人们带来确确实实的光明

• 人类时尚女孩(Fashion Girls for Humanity):“秀外慧中”的极致诠释

• 马云,阿里巴巴集团主席:开创中国商业及慈善历史之先河

• Kuntoro Mangkusubroto,印尼总统高级顾问:设计应对灾害的救世蓝图

• Saad Mohseni,MOBY 集团主席:以新闻、信息和娱乐滋养一片“贫瘠”之地


• Jacqueline Novogratz,敏智基金会(Acumen Fund)始人及首席执行官:改世界脱之路

• Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy,SOC 影视创始人及“巴基斯坦公民档案”主席:用电影为“失声者”提供语权

• Playing for Change:用音乐的力量向全球传递希望之声

• Pawan Sinha,美国麻省理工大学脑与认知科学系教授:以创新让印度盲人重见光明

·        Malala Yousafzai(马拉拉),教育活动家:涅槃重生后为全世界女孩公平权利而奋战的追梦使者






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