7 winners of the Arab Creativity Awards 2009

Published November 17th, 2009 - 03:20 GMT

Celebrating the Best in Arab Science, Technology, Economics, Society, Literature,             Culture & the Media

Today the Arab Thought Foundation announces the 7 winners of the Arab Creativity Awards 2009.  These annual innovation and creativity awards, now in their third year, celebrate the best individuals and organisations in the disciplines of science, technology, the media, literature, economics, civil society and the arts.  

The Scientific Creativity Award goes to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science; the Technical Creativity Award goes to Professor Elias Zerhouni; the Economics Creativity Award is shared between the Bank of Lebanon and the Lebanese Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh; the Social Creativity Award goes to the village of Bil’in in the occupied Palestinian territories; the Media Creativity Award goes to journalist Salama Ahmed Salama; the Artistic Creativity Award goes to Barmaid Moneim Al’Sawi for his work with community arts project Culturewheel.com and the Literary Creativity Award recipient is novelist Zohra Mansouri.   Each winner receives US$50,000 in prize money. 

Previous winners have included the musician Nasseer Shama, humanitarian Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, writer Samiha Khreis and celebrated actor Adel Imam.

The Press Conference announcing the award winners will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel (Al Salhia Ballroom), Kuwait City at 0800 GMT.

The Arab Thought Foundation will host will host a gala dinner to celebrate the award winners, as part of their annual FIKR conference [9-10th December 2009, Kuwait City]. 

For more information about the awards, winners, this year’s judging panel and award criteria, please go to the FIKR website:  www.fikrconferences.org

FIKR 8 (‘thought’ or ‘Idea’ in the Arabic language)
FIKR’s guiding mission is to harness the most current thinking on the future of the Arab economy and culture through an international programme of events and initiatives. The annual FIKR conference has emerged as the leading forum for debate on Arab cultural and economic issues, forging practical solutions for the region to benefit future generations.

The programme will be a lively mix of keynote speakers, panel debates, plenary sessions, as well as a LIVE debate broadcast on the Arabic channel Al Arabiya featuring the representatives of the Youth Café session – a unique platform for Arab youths to exchange ideas, creative and innovative thinking which convenes at every FIKR conference – at the conclusion of the two-day event.

The Arab Thought Foundation is committed to open debate, as reflected in the conference format of live sessions, Q&A and interactive participation via social media forums such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and web blogs.

Arab Thought Foundation
The Arab Thought Foundation is an international, independent and non-governmental organization founded in 2001 with a guiding mission to help advance the economic, social and cultural development of the Arab region.  A non-partisan organization, the Foundation believes that open and constructive dialogue between the Arab and global business community, academia and civil society is imperative for the future development of the region. By sharing knowledge, nurturing creativity and building on this dialogue, practical solutions for our collective future can be forged.

The Foundation also published the annual Arab Report on Cultural Development – the only annual index of the state of cultural development in the Arab world.

For further information about the awards please contact
Kuwait City :  Jackline Rizq, Way Communications  T:  +965 257 10 600         E: jackline@way-com.com
London:  Philippa Jackson, FBC Media T: +44 (0)207 038 0950  E: pjackson@fbcmedia.com
  Carrie Bishop, FBC Media T: +44 (0)207 038 0950  E: cbishop@fbcmedia.com

Want to learn more about FIKR or the Arab Creativity Awards? 
Arabic:     http://www.fikrconferences.org/index.php?lang=ar
English:    www.fikrconferences.org

Or look us up   
Twitter:      http://twitter.com/FIKR8
YouTube:    http://www.youtube.com/user/ATFFIKR

Al-Arabiya Live Debate   See the live FIKR debate on Al-Arabiya.  10th December 2009
    16:40-18:40 AST   |    13:40-15:40 GMT


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