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Rolex AwardsMeet the Rolex Awards 2019 Jury


The finalists in the 2019 Rolex Awards are chosen by an independent, international Jury of 10 people selected for their expertise and stature in a wide variety of fields. Since the Awards were launched in 1976, a new panel has been convened for each edition of the Awards. The Jury is asked to keep the following criteria in mind when they are selecting the finalists.

Does the applicant have a spirit of enterprise and show determination, courage and tenacity in undertaking a bold or challenging project? Does the project break new ground or represent a new way of looking at a problem? And, will the project have a wide impact on a community, society or on the world?

  • Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu (Nigeria), a media entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the CEO of EbonyLife Media. She hosts the pan-African talk show Moments with Mo and is the founder of the Inspire Africa Foundation.

  • Jonathan Baillie (United Kingdom), a global authority on the world’s most threatened species, is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist of the National Geographic Society.

  • Laurence de la Ferrière (France), alpinist, explorer and writer, opened new routes in challenging terrain over three decades. She has twice broken the women’s world record for altitude without oxygen.

  • Juan Dumas (Argentina), a respected expert in conflict resolution and public policy in Latin America, has worked with several development finance institutions. He is Senior Advisor at Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA).

  • David Gruber (United States), a marine biologist and acclaimed National Geographic Emerging Explorer, has discovered hundreds of species and identified new marine phenomena.

  • Paula Kahumbu (Kenya), a driving force behind Africa’s conservation movement, is CEO of NGO WildLifeDirect. She has helped preserve threatened wildlife and habitats in Kenya.

  • Adam Rutherford (United Kingdom), a geneticist and author, is a broadcaster at Inside Science for BBC Radio 4 and The Cell and The Gene Code for BBC Television.

  • Annika Sörenstam (Sweden/United States), acclaimed as the best female golfer of all-time, has rewritten the record books, changing the way women’s golf was played.

  • Ravi Venkatesan (India), business leader and philanthropist, is a technology pioneer who is also helping to drive social change. He is the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship.

  • Ling Wong (United States), an investor and entrepreneur, is passionate about the application of technology in society. She is currently General Partner of Sea Lane Ventures, an investment firm.


Rolex Awards for Enterprise


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