A young Filipino man who discovered the world of indigenous peoples and committed himself to improving their lives through education that emphasize literacy, livelihood and leadership skills that uphold their cultural values and traditions
Emergent Leadership Awardees
Recognized as an individual, forty years of age or younger, for outstanding work on issues of social change in his or her community, but whose leadership may not yet be broadly recognized outside of this community.
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A blind “barefoot lawyer” who is energizing the grass roots and, with many others, in challenging Chinese local authorities to obey the laws of the state
A successful US-educated banker in Hong Kong who left his job at the bank to devote himself full-time to China's AIDS crisis
Abandoned law school to become an underground labor organizer, dedicating her life to working for reforms that benefit Indonesia’s workers
Educated in the United Kingdom and Scotland, Ananda Galappatti devoted himself to addressing the psychosocial consequences of trauma caused by years of war and the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka
A thirty-one year old Filipino teacher serving the indigenous Matigsalug tribe living in one of the remotest villages in the mountainous hinterland of Davao City
A Burmese activist during the anti-dictatorship demonstrations of 1988 who was arrested, tortured and fled to the jungle to seek refuge, recorded the horrible military atrocities committed against ordinary villagers and found a way to get these stories out into the world
A tax officer with the Indian Revenue Service who started an anti-bribe campaign in his own department (Tax Department) and co-founded Parivartan (meaning “change”) to empower Indian citizens to fight corruption
A celebrated Indian karnatic musician who is breaking caste systems and healing India's divides throught he power of music
A lawyer from East Timor who provided pro bono legal services to human rights victims in his country