The 2014 laureates are a group of five extraordinary leaders who bring the spirit of innovation and excellence that characterized their success in the private sector to bear on some of the most intractable issues of our time. They are making a significant impact on their communities and across the globe:
Maryam Uwais, educating women and girls in parts of northern Nigeria through the Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative (iwei-ng.org);
Lana Abu-Hijleh, engaging Palestinian youth in civic participation and the democratic process with the Youth Local Councils (globalcommunities.org/yslc);
Arturo Sagrera, whose Proyecto Pais is providing youth alternatives to gangs in El Salvador through soccer programs and personal developmen (facebook.com/proyectopais.sv);
John Crowley, who started the Global Genes to uniting those affected by rare diseases into a powerful advocacy movement (globalgenes.org);
Réjane Woodroffe, who leads the Bulungula Incubator in working with poor rural populations in South Africa to develop their own path to self-sufficiency (bulungulaincubator.org).