Melinda Gates receives Inspired Leadership Award

Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist, and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Inspired Leadership Award.

The Inspired Leadership Award was founded in 2006 and is traditionally presented at The Performance Theatre each year.

The Award celebrates global business pioneers who embody our ideal of what a leader should be – visionaries who combine outstanding business performance with values and behaviours that sustain and strengthen the human and natural environments in which their organisations operate. An exemplary leader who is helping to steer the world to a better future.

Read more about the award here.

This year’s Award was accepted by Gates Foundation Nigeria representative Dr Mairo Mandara, who spoke movingly of Melinda and the foundation’s work before introducing a video where Melinda accepted the Award.

Inspired Leadership Award committee chairman Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine, presented the award and wrote as to why Melinda was chosen as the recipient:

“Melinda Gates is co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is active in more than 100 countries around the world, and its grant payments to date total more than $28 billion – more than any philanthropic foundation in the world has ever disbursed. Just as important, the foundation is applying business principles to develop innovative, results-based models for achieving highly ambitious goals, such as eradicating polio and ensuring that 120 million more women and girls have information about, and access to, voluntary contraceptives by 2020 so they can plan their future. these goals are truly within our reach.

“Melinda and the foundation continually seek more ways to reduce disease, hunger and poverty worldwide. She has recently championed a global initiative that aims to decrease neonatal mortality and, with the commitment and collaboration of many governments and partners, has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of newborns who die each year within their first day or first month of life.

“Melinda’s work with the Gates Foundation began when she was still a top Microsoft executive, and she has become more devoted to the foundation with every passing year. In all her work, Melinda is guided by the foundation’s bedrock principle: that every life has equal value.

“For her role in leading a global enterprise that has already improved and saved countless lives and promises to achieve far more – and that is finding new ways for organisations everywhere to solve the world’s largest problems – Melinda Gates is the recipient of the 2014 Inspired Leadership Award.”