• Overview

    To groom social entrepreneurship, building a culture of innovation is the key. The social issues in urban areas globally are getting more serious and alike. It's worth our time to think about social innovation ideas together and share experience along the road.

    To pathway for a sustainable development of social innovation culture in the region, we would like to initiate the discussion by promoting social. The Social Innovation Leadership Awards would serve as one of the pioneer to create this new path, and will be your first step to change the world with your simple idea!

    Make use of your imagination, and change might be initiated by you in the society!

    You too can bring about a Social Revolution!

Role Players

Dr. Atef Elshabrawy

Social Innovation Expert


Dr. Atef Elshabrawy

Social Innovation Expert

Dr Atef Elshabrawy occupied top positions in the different sectors of social & economic ecosystem: government, Banks, Social Funds, NGO's, academic & Research Centers. Founder-CEO of Family Bank-Bahrain (1st social bank in the Middle East), advisor to the Ministry of Development in Bahrain, General Manager in Bahrain Development Bank, Director in Social Fund for Development in Egypt, advisor to Centennial Fund in KSA, Global Expert-MENA region at ICSB, and CEO-founder of www.socialinnovationexpert.com. He provided advisory services to tens of Ministries of Trade, Social Affairs, Industry and Planning in the MENA region, and organizations like: UNDP, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNESCO, IFC, Family foundations, NGO's, Federation of GCC Chamber of Commerce, in Gulf countries, etc. Dr Atef engaged in several strategic projects like: Bahrain Economic vision 2030, Bahrain Social Policies, Oman Social Policies, National Innovation System and National Incubation programs in Egypt, SME's Authority in Libya, Youth Empowering body in Qatar, SME's strategy in GCC, Home-Based Laws in Bahrain, Governmental Subsidy Reform, plus short assignments in India, Bangladesh, Somaliland, Bosnia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. More, he publish 25 articles and 4 books on Incubation, Social Businesses, Poverty & NGOS" and Social & Economic Development of Muslim Societies. He got his Ph.D from L'institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL) and a D.E.A from Ecole des Mines de Nancy, France and a BSc. from Cairo University, followed by several certificates in development, finance, and innovation management from France, UK, USA, China, IFC, etc. Dr Atef was awarded by several prizes like: prize of Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for "Young Leaders", "Young Researchers" in France, and International Research Award from Bahrain.

Dr. Gavin Armstrong
Founder and CEO

Lucky Iron Fish


Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Founder and CEO
Lucky Iron Fish

Dr. Gavin Armstrong is committed impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish™, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency around the world using a simple health innovation. Through this role he was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category in 2016.

A long term advocate and activist against hunger and malnutrition, Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the international Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. He has also helped Lucky Iron Fish win multiple Cannes Lion awards including the Grand Prix and several Clio Design Awards including the Grand Prix in health. He has also received a Silver Innovation Award from the Edison Foundation. In 2015 Conscious Company Magazine featured Gavin as one of the seventeen 'Rising Social Entrepreneurs' of the year. In 2016 He was awarded with the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Lewis Institute at Babson College.

As an undergraduate student, Gavin signed the University of Guelph up to be the first Canadian University to become members of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), an organization of universities worldwide dedicated to promote awareness of, and take action against, hunger and malnutrition. He served as the coordinator of the 6th Annual UFWH Summit, the first time that the conference had been held in Canada, and attracted more than 450 delegates, 50 speakers and raised more than $130,000 to support the conference. Gavin also instituted an annual event at the University to pack food for emergency relief: Since 2011 this event has packaged over 1 million meals and Gavin has raised over $250,000 to support the initiative.

Gavin is also a strong supporter for increasing educational opportunities for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, developing new opportunities to fund a solar power program that will power the schools and raising money to build a new school in the camps. He has also developed links between the University of Guelph and Universite de Nouakchott (Mauritania) to boost food production and capacity in one of the poorest regions of Africa. He is also currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Cambodian Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Gavin holds an honours bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. During this time he was elected as the Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner for the student union, served on the Senate, the Board of Governors, the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability, the BetterPlanet Project steering committee and cabinet (the capital campaign of the University), and as the student co-chair for the United Way Campaign.

He is also a 2015 fellow at the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder Colorado and has a PhD in biomedical science from the University of Guelph

Fadly Bakhtiar
Programme Director



Fadly Bakhtiar

Programme Director

In 2008, Fadly Bakhtiar started his career working as a Business Development Officer at a motorsport-based company at that time was developing a state-of-the-art, multipurpose racetrack in Kuala Lumpur. He was introduced to EcoKnights, which was at that time looking for volunteers to help with their inaugural Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2008 and helped to organise roadshows at colleges and universities. In 2009, he decided to work full-time for EcoKnights and hasn't looked back.

Fadly has witnessed the wonderful evolution of EcoKnights and how it progressed since then, and the opportunity that was given for him to play a role in the organisation. Alongside the Founder/President of EcoKnights, Yasmin Rasyid, they continuously developing various programs from scratch
such as:
1. Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest (2008 – present)
2. Anugerah Hijau (2009 – present)
3. Pulau Mantanani H2O Project (2012 – 2014)
4. Sentinels Of Time (2012 – present)
5. Knights Of Nature (2013 – present)
6. MHB Cares Seletar (2013 – present)
7. Aveda Walk4Water (2013 – present)
8. Langkawi Eco Film Fest (2014 – present)
9. Sustainability in Business (2015 – present)
Fadly believes that making noise in Malaysia (with words and actions) on all sorts of environmental and social issues is important to carry of environmental agenda to fellow Malaysians as well as international audiences. The challenge to work together with more partners, engaging with different parties and encouraging more public participations are the most rewarding for him. He also believes that it is time to realise the need to be proactive by educating ourselves of the environmental challenges afflicting our community and that we need to come together as a community and work towards a better world. Fadly did his bachelor degree in Computer Science (majoring in Computer Networking) from University Putra Malaysia, now he is the Programme Director at EcoKnights.


Umbo Human Potential Solutions



Umbo Human Potential Solutions

As founder & Director of ''Umbo Human Potential Solutions, Hema Parbhoo's passion lies in creating Direction, Alignment and Commitment across organisations and individuals, thereby ''Igniting Potential.'' She has worked for over 16 years with leaders from all spheres across various sectors. She is a registered IOP (Industrial & Organisational Psychologist) and has a diverse Communications, Journalism and Marketing academic background. She has extensive experience in leadership development, learning & design, executive coaching, innovation, product & business development. She has worked with diverse clients across SA, Africa, Europe and Asia. She was appointed at various Executive levels which included, Head of Leadership Solutions: Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) Sub-Saharan Africa and HR Head: Corporate Executive Office (Nedbank). She has lectured at the University of Witwatersrand (SA) and has presented at various conferences. She is currently involved with GIBS, one of the leading business schools in Africa, on a Women Leadership in Emerging Markets book. As a business consultant and aspiring social entrepreneur, she works closely with global business simulation & learning t echnologies in terms of enhancing people and organisational growth. She has been key in pioneering leading edge ''Accelerated Learning / Leadership / Entrepreneur Labs'' that enhances the experiential learning process. Her passion for human potential and entrepreneur development, continues to be her driving force.

Mdm. Yasmin Rasyid


Mdm. Yasmin Rasyid


Yasmin Rasyid is a marine biologist by profession and an environmentalist by passion. She has a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Contemporary Religion from Duke University, a M.Sc. from University Malaya in Biotechnology and is now currently pursuing her Ph.D. at University of Malaya at the Faculty of Sciences.

She has experiences working in environmental NGOs, the corporate industry and also as a sustainability consultant. Her career started off in WWF-Malaysia in 1997 where she was a Scientific Officer and was part of the "Forest for Water, Water for Life" project in which she heads the water quality research effort of the Selangor river basin. Her duties then were to analyses the condition of the river based on land use patterns and to provide reports, documentation and recommendations to advocate for an integrated river basin management system. She has presented many scientific papers on this topic in various national conferences. She later took up the role of Scientific Communications Officer within the same organization where she converts scientific knowledge and findings of local projects and works of WWF to engage the public in awareness and education and also to call for action.

When she left WWF-M in 2002, she joined Profound Vaccine Sdn Bhd and was the Head of the Research and Development department where she spearheaded the research and development of the world's first intranasal vaccine against pneumonia for livestock. She left the corporate world after taking a break and starting a family while still consult on environmental projects and programs on a freelance basis to clients such WWF-Malaysia and UNDP Malaysia in various projects on the ozone (Montreal Protocol) and also WWF-Malaysia's tiger project. During this time Yasmin was also active with RTM Malaysia as a science script writer for a children's program called, "Lava Kids".

Her main areas of passion are environmental education for youths and children and mobilization of communities towards sustainability. Yasmin is also specialized as a sustainability planner and consultant. She has presented and been invited to speak on many platforms on EcoKnights' efforts and her experiences in running NGOs, social businesses, corporate social responsibility and also in youth and community empowerment. Some of her talks include TedX ISKL, TedX Sungai Segget, at the 14th Science Council of Asia (SCA) International Conference. Her other areas of expertise includes training on sustainability and social responsibility.

In 2005, she founded EcoKnights, a not-for-profit environmental organization (www.ecoknights.org.my) which focuses on environmental education and awareness, community empowerment and development, and environmental communication. Yasmin Rasyid is also the 2013-2015 Chairperson for Malaysian Environmental NGOS (MENGO), a national coalition of 26 environmental and social NGOs in the country. In her capacity as the chairperson, she deals with environmental issues and matters related to governance, legislation and national policies. She is also the current Chairperson for the Duke University Alumni Association in Malaysia. She is also currently lecturing at University Kuala Lumpur campus in Kampung Bharu, and serves as a mentor in the Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program under MaGiC. Yasmin is also a prolific speaker in sustainability, and a sustainability consultant and some of her clients include SBC, Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad, among others. In 2015, Yasmin has dabbled in the world of social entrepreneurship and is a co-founder of PopTani, an agriculture-based start-up which specializes in aquaponics.

Martin Fernando Jakobsen
Turning Tables


Martin Fernando Jakobsen

Turning Tables

Martin Fernando Jakobsen is the founder and CEO of Turning Tables that is the leading global social enterprise working to empower socially, politically and economically marginalized youth by providing them with the means to express their grievances, hopes and dreams in music and film. We build creative environments through inspiration, learning and transfer of technology that enable artistic self-expression in spaces where this would otherwise have been thought impossible.

Turning Tables' programs are providing marginalized youth with a platform to voice their travesties and visions of a better tomorrow in a non-violent manner. Thus we create both individual empowerment and collective awareness rising and change on community, national and international level. Our unique approach where we tap into using music as a universal language for youth communication has proven itself to be very effective in areas where simply reaching out to marginalized youth is often wrought with obstacles and dangers. This approach has granted us access to even the most critical, vulnerable and oppressed youth who traditionally shuns aid workers and has served to soften tensions in conflict prone communities.

Medea Nocentini
Co-Founder and CEO

Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3)


Medea Nocentini

Co-Founder and CEO
Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3)

Medea Nocentini is Vice President, Corporate Development, at OSN, the leading Pay TV platform in the MENA region, where she is responsible for strategy planning and management, market intelligence and consumer insights. While at OSN, Medea founded Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3), a UAE-based social enterprise fostering the social enterprise ecosystem in the MENA region by mobilizing corporate professionals to support emerging social entrepreneurs on a volunteer basis. Before joining OSN, she worked in Business Development at McGraw-Hill and prior to that she spent several years at Booz & Co developing strategies for media, consumer, and social sector's clients across Europe, the United States, and Middle East. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York, USA), a BA in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and an engineering diploma from Ecole Centrale Paris (France).

Rajendra Joshi
Managing Director

Saath Livelihoods


Rajendra Joshi

Managing Director
Saath Livelihoods

Rajendra Joshi, a social entrepreneur, has been working with BOP segments through Saath, the NGO he founded in 1989, and now with a social enterprise incubator, affordable housing and livelihoods in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. His experience in development and social entrepreneurship has made significant impact in the base of the pyramid communities by partnering with government, civil society, academic and corporate institutions. By using market-based strategies to create inclusive societies in both poor urban and rural communities, he has facilitated substantial interventions in public health and education, livelihoods, infrastructure and basic services, financial inclusion, conflict resolution and disaster management. He has several papers and publications in the development area, including "Integrated Slum Development in the slums of Pravinagar-Guptanagar, Ahmedabad", 2002, and "The Role of the NGO sector in Slum Rehabilitation, 2008" in "Rehabilitation of Slums in Urban Areas – Challenges and Experiences the role of the NGO sector in Slum Rehabilitation". He is an Ashoka Fellow has been awarded the title Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 by the Schwab Foundation, UNDP and CII. Rajendra strongly believes that the quality of life of the urban poor will improve when they are approached as a significant market.

Sanvar Oberoi
Co-Founder & Director of Finance and Digital Technology
Bombay Hemp Company Private Limited (BOHECO)

Sanvar Oberoi

Co-Founder & Director of Finance and Digital Technology
Bombay Hemp Company Private Limited (BOHECO)

Sanvar Oberoi is the Co-Founder and Director of Finance and Digital Technology at Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO), a hybrid social enterprise transforming agriculture in developing economies. BOHECO is South Asia's pioneering hemp company and is working with governments, scientists, farmers, industry and consumers globally to build an end-to-end ecosystem and self-sustaining model which unleashes the supercrop's tremendous socio-economic and environmental benefits at large scale. He leads The BOHECO Innovation Lab, the organisation's moonshot & fundamental research wing focusing on exponential technologies in the materials research and nanotechnology domain. He has always been deeply affected by the growing number of farmer suicides and their apathetic state. He has made it his life's mission to reinstate the status-quo of farmers, women artisans and producers in society and develop interventions to continually and sustainably improve their quality of life significantly. He's a Ph.D. research scholar in Business Economics and has been awarded the INK, RajeevCircle and Ashoka Fellowship.


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Award Categories


  • Organizational
  • Individual
  • Process
  • Criteria


  • Education & Training Social Enterprise
  • Initiative for Community Awareness
  • Innovation - Product or Service
  • Best Social Enterprise
  • Best Start Up Social Enterprise
  • Best Public Sector Initiative
  • Best Social Media campaign
  • Best Social Investment Strategy
  • Social Enterprise Market Builder
  • Youth Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Social Enterprise Start-up of the Year
  • Best use of Social Innovation in Education Sector
  • Best use of Social Innovation in IT Sector
  • Best use of Social Innovation in Health Care Sector
  • Best use of Social Innovation in Operational Services
  • Best use of Social Innovation in Work Force Development
  • Best use of Social Innovation in HR Practices
  • Best use of Social Innovation in Training & Development course
  • Best use of Social Innovation in Marketing Strategies
  • Innovative Company of the year
  • Best Innovative Technology
  • Best Social Innovative Project
  • Best Social Innovation in Quality Segment
  • Best Social Innovation in Retail Marketing
  • Best Social Innovation in Financial Services
  • Best Social Innovation in Supply Chain Technology
  • Young Social Innovator Leader

  • CEO of the Year
  • CIO of the Year
  • Social Enterprise Champion
  • Social Innovation Entrepreneur
  • Best Social Enterprise of the Year

    The process entails of invitation of entries in different categories from various organizations. Organization is given the freedom to present the entry using their own creativity, knowledge & empirical data. The supporting with each entry may be of a different nature.


    Organizational Category: Each entry should be accompanied by write-up of not more than 2700 words excluding attachment; Profile of the company & Brochure; Media write-ups & Interviews as annexure.

    Individual Category: Each entry should be accompanied by personal profile of nominated person; Achievements; Awards & Accolades received; Media Coverage; Articles published; Photographs & any other relevant details.

    (The Jury will evaluate each entry & will decide on winners. The decision of the Jury is final & binding)

    Award Winners

    Award winner 2017

       Social Innovation Leadership Award

    • Medea Nocentini, Co-Founder and CEO, Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3)
    • Dr. Gavin Armstrong, Founder and CEO, Lucky Iron Fish.
    • Hema Parbhoo, Organisational Psychologist (Director), Umbo Human Potential Solutions
    • Rajendra Joshi, Managing Director, Saath Livelihoods
    • Sanvar Oberoi, Co-Founder & Director of Finance and Digital Technology, Bombay Hemp Company Private Limited (BOHECO)
    • Martin Fernando Jakobsen, Director, Turning Tables

       Sustainable Initiatives

    • International Paper APPM Ltd.

       Best Social Media campaign

    • Hero MotoCorp Ltd

    Award winner 2016

       Social Innovation Leadership Award

    • Leslie Heyer, Founder, Cycle Technologies, Inc.
    • Dr. Moka Lantum, Co-founder, MicroClinic Technologies.
    • CeciliaRinaudo, Directrice du Développement, La VouteNubienne
    • Pushkin Phartiyal, PhD, Executive Director, Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA)
    • Prashant Mehra, Chief Architect - Social Inculsion, Mindtree
    • Ajaita Shah, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Markets.
    • ParminderVir OBE, CEO, The Tony Elumelu Foundation
    • Ulla EveliinaLuukas, Head Coach, Tiimiakatemia.
    • Ramon Magsaysay Award Winner Padmashree Dr. Prakash Baba Amte.
    • Dr. Kiran Bedi
    • NavneetKaushal, CEO, Page Traffic

       Social Innovation & Iconic Leadership Award

    • VedantThaker
    • Mark D'souza , Crrystal Light Foundation
    • AdarshAlphons, Founder & Executive Director, ProjectArt, Community Scholar, Columbia University
    • Kannan Moudgalya, Professor, IIT, Bombay
    • HarakhchandSavla, Founder, JeevanJyot Cancer Relief & Care Trust.
    • Vanessa D'Souza, Chief Executive Officer, SNEHA (Society for Nutrition Education & Health Action)
    • Dr. BP Agrawal, Founder & President, Sustainable Innovations
    • Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Head and Neck service, Tata Memorial Hospital
    • Edwin Sabuhoro, CEO, Rwanda Eco-Tours/Green Journeys Africa
    • Popatrao Pawar, Hiware Bazar

       Best CIO

    • Vijay Sethi, Head CSR , Hero MotoCorp Ltd

       Social Innovator

    • Tapash Chatterjee, Secretary & CEO, MitaanSewaSamiti

       Best Social Innovative Project

    • Tata Capital
    • J K Paper Ltd., Unit: CPM

       Initiative for Community Awareness

    • Hero MotoCorp Ltd

       Best Social Media Campaign

    • Hero MotoCorp Ltd
    • Agni Foundation

       Innovation - Product or Services

    • International Paper - APPM Limited

       Best Use of Social Innovation in Education Sector

    • New Education Group - Foundation for Innovation and Research in Education

       Social Innovation Entrepreneur

    • AgnishwarJayaprakash, Director,Agni College of Technology

    Award winner 2015

       Social Innovation Conference & Awards

       Social Innovation Leadership Award

    • Ahmad Ashkar, Founder & CEO, Hult Prize
    • Ariel Beery, CEO, Mobile OCT
    • Baptiste Leroux, Co-Founder, GlobeDrop
    • Dr. H. Sudarshan, Secretary, Karuna Trust
    • Lewis Perkins, Founder & President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation
    • Nick Moon, Co-Founder / Director, KickStart International
    • Tomasz Sadowski, Founder, Barka Foundation
    • Paul Arnpriester, Principal Technology Evangelist, Nonprofit, CDW
    • Ritu Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits
    • Penny Low, Founder & President, Social Innovation Park. Ltd.

       Social Entrepreneurship

    • Pramod Gopalrao Gaikwad, Founder President, Social Networking Forum
    • Subramanya K. Kusnur, Chairman & CEO, Aquakraft Projects Pvt. Ltd.

       Innovation - Product or Service

    • eClerx Services Limited

       Best Social Investment Strategy

    • IndianOil Corporation Ltd

       Initiative for Community Awareness

    • Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.

    Award winner 2014

       Social Innovation Conference & Awards - 2014

       Organizational Categories

        Innovation-Product or Service

    • Biocon Foundation
    • Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. (Fiinovation)
    • SAP Labs India Pvt. Ltd.
    • Terra Tech Solutions Pte. Ltd.

       Education & Training Social Enterprise

    • BEE'AH (Dubai)
    • Tata Consultancy Services (for Adult Literacy Program)
    • Tata Consultancy Services (for Research Scholar Program)
    • Uttarakhand Open University (Online Programs)

       Best Social Media Campaign

    • UBM India Pvt. Ltd.

       Initiative for Community Awarness

    • BEE'AH

       Best Social Enterprise

    • Bhaktivedanta Hospital

       Individual Categories

       Social Innovation Entrepreneur

    • S. Narayan, Founder & President, Integron Property Management Services Pvt. Ltd.

       Social Innovation Leadership Award

    • N. Dewi Hutabarat, Executive Director, Aksi Sinergi Untuk Indonesia Foundation ( Sinergi Indonesia )

    • Runa Khan, Founder & Executive Director, Friendship

    • Ron Schultz, Co-Founder, Waterman Aylsworth

    • Nurfarini Daing, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Trust Foundation (myHarapan)

    • Mouhsine Serrar, Founder & CEO, Prakti Design

    Award winner 2013

       Social Innovation Conference & Awards - 2013

       Social Innovation Leadership Award

    • Ivan Chang, Co-Founder, Head (Accounts & Engagement), Start Now Pte. Ltd.
    • Shane Hill, Founder, Skoolbo
    • Andrea Krause, Founder, FYSE
    • Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, Goonj
    • Priya Haji, Co-founder & CEO, SAVEUP (behalf)
    • Sonia Shrivastava, CSR Head South Asia, Intel
    • Chris West, Director, Shell Foundation
    • Timothy K. W. Ma, Sr. Project Consultant, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
    • Akhtar Badshah, Sr. Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs and Head of Corporate Philanthropy, Microsoft Corporation

       Best Employee Engagement Strategy

    • Genpact India

       Best social investment Strategy

    • Hindustan Construction Company Ltd.

       Best Sustainability Performance

    • JK Paper Ltd.

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