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Prize for Individual Philanthropy

The BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy awards two prizes annually to exemplary philanthropists for the achievements and sustainability of their projects.

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In 2008, the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy was created to provide models for its own clients and philanthropists around the world. Each year, two awards - the Grand Prize and the Special Prize - recognize philanthropic projects that are exemplary in terms of achievement and sustainability, with the Grand Prize rewarding dedication, professionalism and results, while the Special Prize acknowledges strong personal involvement in a local project.

In 2016, BNP Paribas Wealth Management was proud to award the Grand Prize to
Edward Scott, and the Special Prize to Yann Borgstedt, Founder of the Womanity Foundation.


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Ed Scott been called Silicon Valley's most effective giver and his catalytic approach to philanthropy has had a transformative impact on poverty and disease on a global scale.

Starting his philanthropy at a small-scale, Ed soon turned his attention to how governments could help make an impact on development. Ed created the Center for Global Development, Friends the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) with Bill Gates and George Soros.

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The businessman Yann Borgstedt is the founder and president of the Womanity Foundation which aims to empower women and girls.

The foundation operates all over the world in order to improve education - by providing quality training to more than 32 000 girls in Afghanistan - and by strengthening women's role in society through various media projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa, notably the first commercial radio station run by women, Radio Nisaa. The foundation also supports social entrepreneurs working for women’s empowerment in Brazil and in India.

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The Jury

The independent jury is composed of distinguished public figures from the fields of education, economics and culture. Each year, it takes into account the vote of the previous year's laureates.

President of the AMH Group and SOS Group in Morocco.

Amina Slaoui,
a passionate advocate of social entrepreneurship, is president of the AMH Group and SOS Group in Morocco.

Group AMH aims to increase the social inclusion of disadvantaged people and those living with disability. She is responsible for the construction and success of Morocco’s first medical physical rehabilitation centre. She was the first winner of BNP Paribas’ Jury Special Prize for Individual Philanthropy in 2008.  

Vice president of the Supervisory Board, president of the Audit Committee, a member of the Nomination Committee of Euronext and on the board of directors at the Fondation Inbev-Baillet Latour.

Arnoud de Pret de Calesberg graduated as a commercial engineer at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He has held multiple financial positions at organisations such as Morgan Guaranty Trust of New York, Cockerill, UCB, Société Générale de Belgique and Groupe Union Minière.

He was a board member, a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Financial Committee at AB Inbev for over 30 years.  

Vice chairman of The New York Times Company

Michael Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997 and was elected and has served on the company’s board of directors since 1997.

From 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Golden served as president and COO of The New York Times Company Regional Media Group and as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 2003 to 2008. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia and an MBA from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.

Banker and Board Member of several listed companies

After having studied economics in Switzerland and Austria, Lorenz von Habsburg joined the family-owned private bank in Switzerland of which he is now one of the managing partners. He is also a board member of several companies in Europe and is regularly consulted by financial institutions.

Chief Executive Officer - Greenhouse Charity

Michael de Giorgio is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenhouse Sports and the 2012 Special jury Prize laureate. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant (Price Waterhouse) he was the founder and managing director of Intercontinental Finance Ltd. He launched his own financial consultancy firm (1986) and co-founded “Greenhouse Charity” in 2002 after selling his business.

The charity uses high quality sport coaching to help transform the lives of London’s most disadvantaged young people. In recognition of his philanthropic work, he carried the Olympic torch in 2012.

Executive Director of the ADIE Endowment

Catherine Monnier is the executive director of the ADIE endowment fund which supports micro-entrepreneurs. She graduated from Lyon’s École de Management in France and worked for many years in marketing and development in the food and consumer goods industry.

In 2003 she joined the “Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale” as its communications, fundraising and donor relations director. She joined ADIE in 2009. She is currently vice-president of the French Foundation Centre (CFF).

Guests of honour: BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy 2015 laureates

Fayeeza and Arif Naqvi have always been steeped in philanthropy. Both were born in Karachi, Pakistan, and witnessed hardship in their home country firsthand. They established the Aman Trust in 2006 as a vehicle to support their capital commitment towards giving back and in 2008, the Naqvi family established the Aman Foundation in Pakistan.

The Aman Foundation operates in the healthcare and education sectors.

Guests of honour: BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy 2015 laureates

Molly Melching has lived in Senegal for over 40 years. Her experience living and working in a Senegalese village led her to found Tostan in 1991 and pioneer a new type of development approach: the Community Empowerment Programme (CEP).

Tostan, which means “breakthrough” in the Wolof language, engages and empowers African communities through non-formal, human-rights based education taught in local languages and uses methods incorporating positive elements of African culture.

Grand Prize Winners
Fayeeza and Arif Naqvi - The Aman Foundation

In 2008, Fayeeza and Arif Naqvi established the Aman Foundation in Pakistan. Operating out of Karachi in the healthcare and education sectors, it has built a unique track-record through grant-giving and direct investment in a series of programs designed to create sustainable and systemic impact in the country. Though a non-profit organization, Aman runs on clear business principles and carries out its mission using a talent base of professionals primarily from private-sector backgrounds.


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Special Prize Laureate 2015
Molly Melching - founder of Tostan

Molly Melching, founder of Tostan, has lived in Senegal for over 40 years. Her experience living and working in a Senegalese village led her to found Tostan in 1991 and pioneer the Community Empowerment Program (CEP). Tostan, which means “breakthrough” in the Wolof language, engages and empowers African communities through informal, human rights based education taught in local languages and uses methods incorporating positive elements of African culture. 


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Grand Prize Winners
Charly and Lisa Kleissner, Founders of KL Felicitas Foundation

Charly and Lisa Kleissner received 2014 Grand Prize for their global work in impact investing. Through their creation of impact networks designed to serve both social entrepreneurs and impact investors, combined with their commitment to align 100% of their assets with their values, the Kleissners have demonstrated that impact investing can be a replicable investment strategy for philanthropists worldwide.


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Special Prize Winners
Tomasz and Barbara Sadowski, Founders of the Barka Foundation for Mutual Help


Tomasz and Barbara Sadowski were awarded the Jury’s Special Prize for their social integration work and promotion of their social franchise model in Poland and abroad. The Barka* Foundation for Mutual Help, established in 1989, empowers and reintegrates socially marginalized groups through education, training, entrepreneurship and housing programs.

*Barka means ‘lifeboat’ in Polish


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Grand Prize Winner
Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chairman of the Shiv Nadar Foundation – HCL

Nadar established the Shiv Nadar Foundation in 1994 as a driver of social change and transformational education through its landmark institutions from schools to universities. In the last 17 years, over 13,000 students have been directly impacted by the Foundation’s initiatives.


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Special Prize Winner
Charles ‘Chuck’ Slaughter, Founder of Living Goods


Chuck Slaughter founded Living Goods, the ‘Avon of pro-poor products’, which empowers micro entrepreneurs to deliver life-changing products to the doorsteps of people in need.


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Grand Prize Winner
Viviane Senna Da Silva Lalli, Founder and President of the Instituto Ayrton Senna


In 1994, Viviane Senna Da Silva founded the Ayrton Senna Institute to foster the potential of future generations. The Institute develops educational programs and has already invested over €86 million, assisting countless children and young adults in 26 Brazilian states and qualifying 694,000 educators. Ayrton Senna Institute is the first NGO (Non Government Organization) ever to receive recognition from UNESCO as Chair in Education and Human Development.


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Special Prize Winner
Michael De Giorgio, Chief Executive of Greenhouse Charity


Michael de Giorgio is the Chief Executive of Greenhouse Charity and the 2012 Special Jury Prize laureate. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant (Price Waterhouse) he was the founding Director of Intercontinental Finance Ltd.


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