2016: Dr. Sebastian Stricker, Founder and Head of ShareTheMeal
Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board, METRO held the laudatory speech.
Dr. Sebastian Stricker is the founder of ShareTheMeal, a crowdfunding app to fight global hunger through the United Nations World Food Programme. Founded as a startup in 2014, ShareTheMeal sought to establish the first truly mobile non-profit fundraising platform, enabling people to “share the(ir) meals” with those suffering from severe hunger. With a tap on their smartphones, users can donate $0.50, which is the global average cost of feeding one person for one day. As of today, more than 800,000 people have downloaded the ShareTheMeal app and shared more than 12 million meals, equal to more than 5 million daily food rations – usually distributed through school lunch and mother and child nutrition programs. ShareTheMeal has received numerous awards, including Google’s Best Apps 2015 collection, the South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Award, the Webby People’s Voice Award, and the Lead Award 2015 for Startup of the Year in Germany. The ShareTheMeal team is located in Berlin and consists of 10 members, many of whom have volunteered considerable time to the project. Prior to ShareTheMeal, Stricker worked in various roles in the public and private sectors, primarily in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, inter alia with the United Nations World Food Programme, the Clinton Foundation, and The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a doctorate in international relations and an MBA from Vienna University.
"The ShareTheMeal team feels that the last decades have brought incredible improvements to the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. For example, the percentage of hungry people in the world has almost halved over the last 25 years! However, there is still a lot that needs to be done. We are convinced that the opportunity to change the world for the better has rarely been greater. New technologies, good management, and socially responsible leadership – all engrained in the ESMT Berlin mission – will be key. This is why we are deeply honored by this award. Thank you!"
2015: Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council held the laudatory speech.
Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, is the recipient of the ESMT Responsible Leadership Award 2015. When Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989, her goal was to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Launched in 2007, Teach For All has grown to become a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential. Today, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in more than 35 countries around the world, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First. In 2008, Time Magazine recognized Wendy as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. “At Teach For All, we realize that if we are going to solve the problem of educational inequity, we have to take a systemic approach by mobilizing the world’s next leaders to tackle the challenge from every sector, as well as a global approach by ensuring those leaders are learning from each other across borders. We need partners in every sector to do this, which is why I was so pleased to learn about ESMT’s commitment to developing entrepreneurial leaders who think globally, act responsibly, and respect the individual. I am deeply honored to share this award with such inspiring leaders who have done so much to advance the welfare of individuals throughout the world.”
2014: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
Wolfgang Ischinger, Global Head of Government Relations at Allianz and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference held the laudatory speech.
ESMT European School of Management and Technology awarded the 2014 “ESMT Responsible Leadership Award” to the President of the European Council
Herman Van Rompuy. Herman Van Rompuy is the fifth recipient of the award. Elected as the first full-time President of the European Council in November 2009, Herman Van Rompuy took office when the Lisbon Treaty came into force on 1 December 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second term starting on 1 June 2012 and running until 30 November 2014. At the time of his first election, Herman Van Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium. Prior to that he had served in Belgium as Speaker of the House of Representatives (2007-2008) and in several government positions, including as Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Budget (1993-1999), Minister of State (2004) and Secretary of State for Finance and Small Businesses (1988). A former economist at the National Bank of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy began his political career in 1973 as national vice-president of his party’s youth council. He has held various responsibilities within his party and in the Belgian Parliament, serving in turn as Senator (1988-1995) and Member of Parliament (1995-2009). Herman Van Rompuy holds a Bachelor in Philosophy, and a Master in Applied Economics from the university K.U. Leuven. He was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, on 31 October 1947, and is married with Geertrui Windels; they have four children and four grandchildren. "It is a great honor to receive this award from ESMT. Europe has faced major and unexpected challenges in the recent past. Our mission remains to preserve the achievements of our Union and to make sure that the countries of our continent are ready to face the future."
2013: Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank
Professor Mario Monti, 54th Prime Minister and Senator for Life of the Republic of Italy held the laudatory speech.
The 2013 ESMT Responsible Leadership Award was conferred upon
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. The awards ceremony took place on June 13, 2013 as a part of the 6th ESMT Annual Forum. The award was accepted by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank. “It is a great honor to receive this award. For the European Central Bank, its price stability mandate was, is, and will continue to be its first priority. Especially in times of challenge such as we are currently experiencing in Europe, it is important to always remain aware of the great responsibility leaders carry for citizens and states,” said Mario Draghi.
2012: Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy
Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister of Finance held the laudatory speech.
The 2012 ESMT Responsible Leadership Award was awarded to
Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy. Before becoming Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of Italy in November 2011, Mario Monti was President of the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan. After studying at Bocconi University and at Yale, he taught economics at the University of Turin and then at Bocconi University. He holds a doctorate in economics and was a member of the European Commission for almost ten years, first as Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Financial Integration Customs, and Taxation (1995-1999), and then for Competition (1999-2004). Mario Monti also served on the first ESMT Academic Board.
2011: Güler Sabancı, Chairman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding
Güler Sabanci’s demonstrated skill in leading a profitable organization, strong commitment to the “triple bottom line” of sustainability together with her proven record of service and stewardship make her not only an inspiring business leader but the personification of the qualities the ESMT Responsible Leadership Award seeks to recognize. It is awarded annually to an outstanding business figure who has demonstrated a deep commitment to the principles of sustainability and whose actions have inspired others.
With 50,000 employees and operations in 18 countries, Sabanci Holding is Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate. It invests heavily in corporate responsibility programs and has a strong focus upon sustainable, competitive, and environmentally sound energy policies. Güler Sabanci heads not only this highly-successful business but also the Sabanci Foundation, which aims to strengthen the rights of women and girls in Turkey. In this and in her capacity as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sabanci University, she has taken on a pioneering role.
2010: N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys
Narayana Murthy founded Infosys, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore. He served as the CEO of Infosys (1981–2002), as the Chairman and Chief Mentor (1981–2011), and as the Chairman Emeritus (2011–2013). Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. Murthy articulated, designed, and implemented the Global Delivery Model, which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. Murthy is ranked among the top ten of the Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology,” published in March 2015. In 2014, he was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders who have made maximum impact on society during the last 25 years. He was listed among the “12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time” by Fortune magazine in 2012. The Economist ranked him among the ten mostadmired global business leaders in 2005. His most recent project, Catamaran Management Services Pvt. Ltd., is a private investment firm, with interests in venture capital, private equity, partnerships, and public market investing.