NEW YORK - Guggenheim Partners hosted the 2015 Global Citizen Impact Lab, a convening of global leaders in business, media, technology and social innovation to discuss the movement to end extreme poverty and provide strategic guidance to the four 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award Finalists, on Sept. 24 at the Firm's New York headquarters.
The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is presented annually by the Alex Waislitz Foundation and the Global Poverty Project. The $100,000 cash prize recognizes individual excellence in work to end extreme poverty. The four finalists were selected from more than 100 nominations by a distinguished panel of judges, which included Global Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of Investments Scott Minerd.
This year’s finalists were:
As part of the Impact Lab, each finalist participated in a collaborative advising session with private-sector and non-governmental organization leaders to develop new approaches to scaling the impact that their initiatives are having in their communities. Executives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, Gulf Stream Asset Management and the ONE Campaign advised on these sessions, joined by senior professionals from across Guggenheim Partners.
“We are proud to convene such a diverse group of leaders from across the public and private sectors to help the Finalists catalyze transformative impact,” said Founding Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Penny Zuckerwise. “These kinds of partnerships further enhance our business positioning of delivering innovative solutions – not just to our clients, but also to our communities.”
Alex Waislitz, Executive Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Thorney Investment Group and benefactor of the Waislitz Global Citizen Award, joined Minerd in announcing the winner of the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award -- Twesigye Jackson Kaguri and the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project.
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Global CIO Scott Minerd and Alex Waislitz announce the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award winner
Since its founding in 2001, the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project has worked to help 1.1 million orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda by building two primary schools, a vocational secondary school, a health clinic, two gravity-fed water systems, a farm and nutrition program, and two community libraries. Nyaka is also working with the caretakers of these orphans to give them skills and resources to escape poverty including micro-finance loans, vocational training, counseling, farming tools, seeds, new homes, smokeless kitchens, and pit latrines.
Minerd shared the announcement with thousands that weekend on the Great Lawn in Central Park as part of the 4th annual Global Citizen Festival, which brings together change-makers, politicians, entertainers and activists to urge leaders and citizens to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.
“On behalf of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment firm, I am honored to be standing here in front of an audience of 60,000 people driven to ending extreme poverty, and doing the measurable, meaningful work to bring about the change that is necessary to millions of people around the world,” he said.
That push to end poverty was underscored by the unveiling of the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, intended to serve as a roadmap to solving global problems and providing opportunity. The list was voted on and confirmed by individual UN Country Representatives on Sept. 26 at this year’s United Nations General Assembly.
Minerd also participated in the Celebratory Toast at the Solutions Summit on Sept. 27. The Solutions Summit, hosted at the United Nations Headquarters, marks the beginning of a longer-term grassroots effort to lift up exceptional innovators – technologists, engineers, and scientists – who are developing solutions that address the 17 Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
"This week has grown to represent thought leaders and influencers accelerating social impact to ensure all global citizens are provided opportunities to thrive within their communities," said Zuckerwise.
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