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Pratham co-founder Madhav Chavan named 'Asia Game Changer '

Oct 15, 2014

Pratham has announced that Dr. Madhav Chavan has been named by Asia Society as a 2014 Asia Game Changer. The award recognizes those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.

Madhav Chavan

Dr. Chavan was recognized for bringing the gift of literacy to millions of Indians. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Asia Society, especially alongside the luminaries this year,” said Dr. Chavan. “More importantly, I hope that this sheds more light on our ongoing pursuit to bring quality education to every child in India”, he added.

“The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a glaring gap—a lack of recognition of people who are transforming ideas into action and improving lives in Asia,” said Asia Society President Josette 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.”

Honorees were selected on the basis of input from Asia Society’s global network. The other 2014 Awardees are:

·         Game Changer of the Year Jack Ma, Chairman, Alibaba Group, For history-making business and philanthropy    in China

·         Shigeru Ban, Founder, Shigeru Ban Architects, For  finding beauty, and hope, in the landscapes of disaster

·         Illac Diaz, Founder, MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light, For bringing light, literally, to so many lives

·         Fashion Girls for Humanity, For demonstrating that 'looking good' and 'doing good' can be one and the same

·         Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Minister and Senior Advisor to the Indonesian President, For providing a brilliant blueprint for responding to disaster

·         Saad Mohseni, Chairman, MOBY Group, For bringing news, information and entertainment to a barren landscape

·         Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen, For changing the way the world tackles poverty

·         Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Founder, SOC Films and President, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, For eye-opening films that give voice to the voiceless

·         Playing for Change, For using the power of music to spread a global message of hope

·         Pawan Sinha, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, For a truly visionary approach to treating India’s blind

·         Malala Yousafzai, Education activist, For continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare

·         Zhang Minxuan, Professor, Shanghai Normal University, For leveling the playing field by providing quality education to millions in China

The honorees will attend the Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration at the United Nations on October 16, 2014. Jack Ma, named Asia Game Changer of the Year, will give an address at the gathering. The evening will also feature a special video address from Malala Yousafzai and a live performance by Playing For Change.

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