New Delhi/New York, Sep 30, 2014 12:35 PM IST
The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship has awarded Roshni Nadar Malhotra, trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation and chief executive of HCL Corporation, for philanthropic innovation.
The award was conferred for VidyaGyan, an initiative in rural leadership development by the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Manvi Chaudhary, a student of VidyaGyan, Bulandshahr, who is currently in the US on the Kennedy-Lugar AFS youth exchange programme, received the award on Roshni’s behalf.
The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship was launched in 2006 at the UN with the mission to use innovation to improve and transform lives. It was launched under the support of three UN agencies, the OECD and in partnership with many multinationals like PepsiCo, Cisco, Boeing, HP, Microsoft, CNBC and BusinessWeek.
The awards honour people whose contributions to education, energy, the environment, arts, business, technology and health have demonstrably benefitted their families, companies and communities.
Past recipients include Bill Gates for technology innovation; Stephen Hawking for science innovation; Desmond Tutu for social innovation; David Jones for social business innovation; and Tarja Halonen for collaborative innovation.
“I thank the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for this recognition and for having created a platform that seamlessly integrates innovation with economic growth and development. I believe in today’s increasingly fragile socio-economic ecosystem, innovation is a powerful medium for enabling inclusive, transformational and sustainable change. Education is a great leveler and at the Shiv Nadar Foundation, we believe that the best minds, irrespective of their socio-economic background, when given the right opportunity can even excel their privileged counterparts across various fields,” Roshni said in her acceptance speech, according to a company release.