Asia Society tonight honored Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Group, and 12 other leaders and institutions as its inaugural class of Asia Game Changers. The ceremony, held at the United Nations in New York City, recognized those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Honorees included Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Shanghai Normal University professor Zhang Minxuan, and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Ma, who was recognized as Asia Game Changer of the Year for his philanthropic contributions and innovative vision, spoke last at the ceremony.
"I never thought I'd have a chance to be at the United Nations," he said, who recounted his company's rise from humble beginnings. "Small is beautiful," Ma told the audience, adding that he was there to represent "all the small guys." Drawing on his early years as a teacher, Ma said that that as an educator "You believe knowledge will change people's lives," and explained that for him, the title CEO is an acronym for "Chief Education Officer" of his company.
In closing, Ma revealed what he called the "secret code" of Alibaba: "Keep your dream alive, because it might come true one day."
"The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a glaring gap — a lack of recognition of people who are truly transforming ideas into action and improving lives in Asia," said Asia Society PresidentJosette Sheeran. "Our inaugural honorees represent an extraordinary range of geography and achievement. What they share in common are vision, passion and proven impact, wherever and however they happen to be changing the world."
Stephen Bird, Chief Executive Officer for Citi Asia Pacific, introduced the award for 17-year-old Pakistani education activist Yousafzai, hailing her as "a force for progress in the entire world." (Citi is the underwriting partner for the 2014 Asia Game Changer Awards and Dinner.) Yousafzai then addressed the ceremony via video message from Birmingham, England, where she is completing her studies.
"I thank the Asia Society for this honor, of being included in [this] list of remarkable people," Yousafzai said. "There are so many countries and there are issues that children are suffering through, but there are game changers as well who are going to speak, who are going to change the game, and who are going to work for their future. We have to do it together."
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saluted the "array of remarkable Asians" being honored, noting that "the world got a head start" on the evening's proceedings with last week's announcement that the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize would be shared by two Asians, the Pakistani Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi.
Honorees were selected based on input from Asia Society's global network. In addition to Ma and Yousafzai, the 2014 awardees are Shigeru Ban, Founder, Shigeru Ban Architects; Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder and CEO, Pratham Education Foundation; Illac Diaz, Founder, MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light; Fashion Girls for Humanity; Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Minister and Senior Advisor to the Indonesian President; Saad Mohseni, Chairman, MOBY Group; Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Founder, SOC Films and President, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan; Playing for Change; Pawan Sinha, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT; and Zhang Minxuan, Professor, Shanghai Normal University.
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Dispatch of sina science and technology on October 17th noon news, Beijing time on October 17th morning, Asian Association announced the first list of "innovation" award at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and held the award ceremony, 13 made outstanding contribution to the promotion of innovation and developing Asia person or team won this award. Ma Yun as the only Chinese entrepreneurs, ranked the first "and" list. And just get Nobel peace prize of Pakistan girl MALALLA Yusuf Zahi also won the prize.
In the field of the first "innovation" award ceremony, Ma Yun as the outstanding representative of the speech, he reviewed the creation of Alibaba (89.92, 1.07, 1.20%) process, and said, "I never thought I would have the opportunity to come to the United nations." Ma Yun told the audience, "small is beautiful," he stood here to represent the little people all "". Talking about his early experience as a teacher, Ma Yun said, as an educator, he believe that knowledge can change one's life. In a sense, CEO in Alibaba is the abbreviation of "chief Education officer".
Speak last, Ma especially revealed his "Alibaba secrets of success:" the dream is to some, if implemented?
Asian Association president Ms. Shi Jingshu (Josette Sheeran) said at the ceremony, "the founder of Mr. Ma Yun Alibaba group and his profound Chinese commonweal conception, it is for the Asia Society 'innovation' 'the establishment of awards -- the best interpretation of the courage to set a precedent, which makes him fully deserve in the first' a change 'at the top."
"Innovation" is the abbreviation of innovation. Application of static book explains, "Asian Association to establish the first and only one for the recognition of today's Asian area really create and change the prize, we feel very proud, this award will fill an important gap: for many reform pioneer, we know very little, yet it is they have been committed to innovation and practice combined, improve the Asian area people's living standard. Winning our first from the field and area widely, but they have a common characteristic, that is, with extraordinary vision, continued enthusiasm and practical influence, in their respective areas, through a variety of ways to change the world."
Asian Association (Asia Society) is a non-profit non-governmental organization in 1956 by John D Rockefeller founded, is headquartered in New York, USA and the Asia Pacific region is the most influential Asian policy research and educational institutions, the purpose is to promote non-governmental exchanges between American and Asia, mutual understanding between people, enhance USA and the Asia Pacific region leaders and institutions. Asian Association devoted in policy, commercial, educational, cultural and artistic fields to enhance dialogue, encourage innovation, promote cooperation, to jointly cope with challenges, share the prosperous future.
The Ma Yun winning the:
When he was ten years old, Ma bike 40 minutes every morning to his hometown of Hangzhou Hotel, just to practice English and foreign tourists. It is the first sign of him with a global perspective. It is this global vision, guiding him since then become China to the forefront of the world's largest Internet entrepreneur, founder of Alibaba group electronic Business Company and chairman of the board of directors. Also because of this global view, we will be in Asia "and" annual award went to Ma Yun.
Ma Yun in 1999 in his apartment and a few colleagues founded Alibaba, to the end of 2012, the total amount of online trading platform Alibaba year reached 1 trillion yuan. In 2014 September, Alibaba listing to become the world's largest in the history of the IPO. However, it is much more than Ma Yun's harvest day: as a philanthropist, he had announced that it would take a certain percentage of shares donated to a charitable foundation, the potential value of up to $4000000000. Just fifteen years ago he chose to use Alibaba as the name of the company said, "everyone knows Alibaba, this is one is willing to help others happy youth".
"Be a part of the enterprise the most happy, at least for me, is to contribute to the future," Ma Yun said, "this is not just to make money, more is to health to make money, to help people enjoy life. I think the most important thing is to awaken people, make people aware of the environmental problems we need to solve."
2014 "and" the winners:
Ma Yun, Alibaba Group chairman of the board of directors: set a precedent for Chinese business and charity history
Malala Yousafzai (MALALLA Yusuf Zahi), an education activist: nirvana reborn after the girls all over the world to fight fair right to dream angel
Shigeru Ban (Ban Mao), Japan's Shigeru Ban architectural design firm founder: realize the beauty and hope in the ruins of the disaster
Madhav Chavan, India Bulahan (Pratham) charity fund co-founder and chief executive: light million
India children's knowledge of the road
Illac Diaz, Philippines MyShelter Association and "the source of light" (Liter of Light) founder: bring it is for the people
Fashion Girls for Humanity (human fashion girl), New York fashion agency: "the extreme interpretation of beautiful"
Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, a senior adviser to the president of Indonesia: Salvation blueprint of disasters
Saad Mohseni, chairman of the Afghan news agency MOBY group: with news, information and entertainment to nourish a "poor" in the land of