TPT’s Inspired Leadership Award 2018 nominees announced

It is that time of the year again – when the six emerging leaders, and new members of The Performance Theatre community are announced.

Each year, the Inspired Leadership Award (ILA) is presented to an individual from a select group of emerging leaders who embody the spirit of TPT’s mission to reinvent growth, and who demonstrate the potential to achieve large-scale impact.

Past winners include Dr Nthabiseng Legoete who has adopted a social enterprise approach to provide affordable high-quality healthcare services to the disenfranchised communities of South Africa; Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and innovated grassroots approaches to raising awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India; and Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems.

“Thanks to the ILA committee and the wider TPT community, we have an inspirational and extraordinarily accomplished group of nominees for our 2018 award. I am thrilled at the prospect of what they will bring to The Performance Theatre and look forward to exploring what we can do to help them further scale their positive global impact,” said Jeremy Hillman, Chair of the ILA Committee.

As with last year, we asked all our nominees to introduce themselves through a selfie video. You can hear more about their work and what drives them.

The winner will be announced on 1 June in Berlin.

Read more about the ILA nominees:

Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, Founder and CEO, Goodworld

Dale is on a mission to make payments a force for good. Her company Goodworld makes charitable giving on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram frictionless, viral and secure and is used by over 3,000 of the world’s top charities. It was also recently awarded as a World Changing Idea and named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine. It was also awarded a Timmy as DC’s Best Tech Startup in 2016. Dale was selected as New Zealand Woman of the Year (community category), named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in DC by the Washingtonian magazine and one of Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” business leaders.

Isaac Nyangolo, Co-founder and CEO, Litemore Ltd.

Isaac holds an honors degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard College, USA and a Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Strathmore University, Kenya. Before founding Litemore, he was the founding Director of the Greatness United Program, a national youth volunteer initiative founded by the Office of the President of Kenya to provide remedial support to 2.5 million primary school pupils and pathways to employment for 30,000 university graduates.

Isaac also designed the mentoring and leadership development initiative for Wings to Fly Program, Kenya’s largest scholarship initiative with 15,000+ scholarships offered to date. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of SuperFluid Labs, a fintech startup with operations in Kenya and Ghana; a member of the Kenyan Board of Advisors of Education for All Children, and a member of the Interim Old Boys Committee of Mang’u High School.

Joanna Bichsel, CEO and Co-founder, Kasha

Joanna was born in Poland and grew up in Canada. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and spent an early part of career at Microsoft, first as an engineer and later, as a business leader. Kasha is a platform for women’s health products and information serving women across all socioeconomic levels in urban and rural areas.

Prior to starting Kasha, Joanna was at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working across East and West Africa and South Asia on technology strategies and solutions to optimise the supply chain of vaccines, family planning and other public health commodities, also on health services delivery, agriculture and Fintech. Joanna lives in Kigali, Rwanda with her husband and two young children. Her company Kasha is named after her daughter, with the deep understanding that all mothers want their daughters to live their best lives, with nothing holding them back.

Nazma Akter, President, Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation – Bangladesh

Nazma was 11 years old when she started working in a garments factory in Dhaka along with her mother. Being a first-hand witness of the problems and abuses within the garment factory, she decided to fight for workers’ rights by starting a trade union – the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF), which now has a membership of over 70,000 women garment factory workers. There are 50 affiliated trade unions under the SGSF banner and they have signed 10 collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with factory management.

She is also an executive member of IndustriALL Global Union, Executive Director of Awaj Foundation, and a member of the Bangladesh Minimum Wage Board since 2006. Nazma has won several awards such as Bangladesh Mohila Parishad (BMP) award for workers movement, the Female Leader of the Year award by ASTRAIA Female Leadership Foundation in Germany in 2013.

Tarek Alsaleh, Founder, Capoeira4Refugees

Tarek Alsaleh founded ‘Capoeira4Refugees’ in Syria in 2007, which runs sport, music and play projects in prisons, with refugees and in safe houses for vulnerable women and girls.  Since then, he has gone on to support over 60,000 refugees, across the Middle East and beyond.  Uniquely, the projects he started are now locally owned, creating new jobs, and youth leadership.

He also heads FrontlineAid which uses innovation, tech, and sustainable development thinking to realise change at the local level. Using his decade of experience working directly with local people in war and conflict zones, Tarek aims to truly localise aid.

He is a member ofthe Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL), BMW Responsible Leaders Network, GIZ Leadership Academy and the Robert Bosch Alumni Networks. Tarek received the Anna Lindh Euro-Med Dialogue Award and Beyond Sport in partnership with UNICEF for Sport for Conflict Resolution in 2016 for Sport for Conflict Resolution.

Victor Ochen, Founder and Executive Director, African Youth Initiative Network

Victor was born in Uganda where he spent 21 years as a refugee in the camps. Surviving on one meal a day for over seven years, he grew up in conflict that displaced over 3 million people. His organisation provides reconstructive medical repair to victims of rape, mutilation, gun shots and has provided rehabilitation and reintegration to tens of thousands of child soldiers.

In 2015, Victor was named by Forbes Magazines as one of the 10 most powerful men in Africa. He is the first Ugandan and the youngest ever African to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. He is also part of the Young Global Leaders cohort at World Economic Forum and has received several awards including Elyse Treaty in 2016; Mundo Negro Award 2016. Victor was also appointed as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Justice.