The Inspired Leadership Award recognises emerging leaders driving positive change on a global scale.

The Performance Theatre is about inspiring better leadership. Presented each year, the Inspired Leadership Award recognises outstanding individuals whose personal leadership has generated more sustainable, ethical and socially responsible business practices.

Previous winners include global business pioneers like Ratan Tata and Richard Branson but as of 2015, the award shifted to focus on emerging leaders with the potential to achieve positive change on a global scale.

We look for individuals who are:

• Purpose-driven – striving to create value for both their organisations and society at large
• Bold – challenging the status quo and anticipating and driving change, rather than waiting for it
• Outstanding performers – with the potential to achieve positive change on a global scale.

The prize represents a fantastic opportunity to join The Performance Theatre network and be mentored by senior business leaders from within the community.

In 2016, the award was won by Arunachalam Muruganantham, social entrepreneur and founder of Jayaashree Industries.

Previous Winners

  • Arunachalam Muruganantham

    Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. He invented a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and has innovated grass-roots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. His motivation for inventing the machine was to help poor women live with dignity. His mini-machines, which can manufacture sanitary pads for less than a third of the cost of commercial pads, have been installed in 23 of the 29 states of India and have created livelihoods for thousands of women. He is currently planning to expand the production of these machines to 106 nations. In 2014, TIME magazine placed him in its list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.

  • Jeremy Heimans

    The 2015 ILA went to emerging leader Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO of Purpose. “I’m honoured to have been awarded this prize amongst a cohort of fantastic and innovative nominees. The scale and complexity of challenges facing the world today – from climate change to LGBT rights – demand a new type of leadership. At Purpose, we’re building movements and new crowd-based social and economic models to tackle some of these global problems, and we’re working with organisations to put purpose at the core of what they do.”