The Award

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

The Performance Theatre’s mission is to inspire the leadership required to ‘reinvent growth’ – be it personal, commercial or economic.

In order to recognise and reward emerging leaders whose personal leadership has generated more sustainable, ethical and socially responsible business/organisational practices, we present the Inspired Leadership Award each year as part of the Theatre.

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

Winners, short-listed nominees and alumni join the diverse and dynamic Performance Theatre community; many of these leaders have connected to mentors and collaborators at TPT – and continue to inspire us as they scale their ideas and impact.

2019 Winners

  • Prukalpa Sankar, 2019

    Through SocialCops, a data intelligence company, Prukalpa is helping organisations of all kinds use data for better decisions – from helping non-profits measure the impact of their programmes and enabling SMEs to go digital for the very first time, to becoming the choice external data partner for large enterprises and powering India’s national data platform. SocialCops works with over 200 organisations in more than 50 countries, such as the United Nations, Government of India, Unilever, Pepsi, WPP, Gates Foundation and more. Prukalpa has been recognised by Forbes in their ‘30 Under 30’ Asia and India list of the promising young leaders in technology, entrepreneurs and game changers. SocialCops has also been recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer 2018’ by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and was featured in the New York Times’ list of 30 global visionaries.

  • John Muthee

    Dr John Muthee, 2019

    John is the co-founder of Savannah Informatics based in Nairobi, where he also serves as CEO. The organisation, founded in 2013 by clinicians, automates healthcare transactions, thus reducing administrative costs and increasing the use of data for clinical and operational decision-making. To date, Savannah Informatics’ technology supports over 1,200 medical services providers, six medical insurers, the National Ministry of Health, multiple development agencies and pharmaceutical companies. John aspires to transform Africa into a source of global technologies and software talent. He is a medical doctor who gained healthcare management graduate training at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

  • Ryan Gersava, 2019

    Ryan is the founder of Virtualahan, the leading tech social enterprise in the Philippines that trains and employs people who experience employment discrimination because of a health condition, disability, or former life condition. Ryan was denied employment as a licensed medical lab scientist because of his medical diagnosis and this inspired him to start Virtualahan. Ryan is a Professional Fellow of the US State Department, the Global Good Fund, and The DO School. He has won multiple awards including the Google Business Stories Award, Asia-Pacific Future Maker, and Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Award. Ryan has spoken at the World Economic Forum, debated at the United Nations HQ, and has been featured in Bloomberg TV, CNN Philippines, Pioneer’s Post, Business Mirror, San Francisco Star, and other international media.

  • Catherine Berman, 2019

    Catherine is the CEO and co-founder of CNote, an impact investment platform delivering competitive returns by investing in women, minorities and low-income communities across the US. CNote was named ‘Top Innovation in Fintech’ by SXSW and has won accolades across the US for re-imagining what finance can do and who finance can serve. Prior to CNote, Catherine served as MD at the financial services firm, Charles Schwab, and senior vice-president at venture capital firm Astia. Her last startup, Global Brigades, grew to a multimillion-dollar enterprise in a few years and is now the global category leader. Catherine has also worked with impact investments for over a decade, speaking at Google, Stanford University, Oxford University, SoCap, Coinbase and others to challenge conventional thinking about money and meaning.