The Inspired Leadership Award recognises next generation leaders driving positive change with global potential.

The Performance Theatre is about inspiring better leadership. The Inspired Leadership Award recognises up-and-coming leaders who are reinventing growth: people who have demonstrated real impact in furthering new business models that work with rather than against nature; benefit the many rather than a small elite; and deliver value over the long term as well as the short.

Previous winners focused on global business pioneers 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
Creating impact – with the potential to achieve positive change on a global scale.

Short-listed nominees have an invaluable opportunity to access advice, help and mentoring from within this unique community of global leaders. A single award is given to the person that has most exemplified the leadership needed to reinvent growth.

Previous Winners

  • Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, 2017

    Dr Nthabiseng Legoete is founder of Quali Health and a medical practitioner passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. She has a vision that to make quality primary healthcare affordable for all citizens in emerging markets. She founded Quail Health in May 2016, providing affordable high quality healthcare services to the disenfranchised communities of South Africa. Quali’s network of clinics currently services 500 patients a day. Nthabiseng has spent the last 10 years navigating the private health sector: firstly as a medical advisor and product manager in the pharmaceutical division of Roche products, and also as a partner in a medical practice that manages three emergency units in South Africa, where her primary role was that of clinical director.

    Watch the BBC World News team announce Dr Legoete as this year’s Inspired Leadership Award winner, here.

  • Arunachalam Muruganantham, 2016

    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, 2015

    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.”