Krithi Karanth And Grégoire Courtine
Meet two of the five Rolex Awards For Enterprise Laureates, whose inspiring projects will improve life on Earth as part of the watchmaker's Perpetual Planet campaign.
By Terence Lim
Rolex, a firm supporter of explorers and individuals to discover more about planet Earth and to find ways to preserve the natural world, has launched the Perpetual Planet campaign this year to further its commitment to maintaining the well-being of our planet. One of the three key pillars of the campaign is the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, an award to foster entrepreneurship, advance human knowledge and protect our cultural heritage and the environment. (The other two are marine conservationist Sylvia Earle's Mission Blue initiative and Rolex's deepened partnership with the National Geographic Society. After a few rounds of presentations and selection by an independent jury, five Laureates were unveiled in a ceremony in Washington in June. Here, two of the Laureates — Indian conservation scientist Krithi Karanth and French scientist Grégoire Courtine — reveal more about their projects and their ambitions to solving Earth's key challenges.
KRITHI KARANTH, 40
We’ve implemented this system at a local level successfully and we want to scale it upwards. We are now in two of India’s premier parks, and we hope to move into six more parks. Fundamentally, the toll-free helpline can be systemised. What is more important: if someone calls, you have to show up at the scene soon after. We are happy to share this idea with anyone in the world, and use this structure to help other people.
Grégoire Courtine, 44
If treatment is started early, then there is a good chance of recovery. It will help the paralysed to walk and their nerve fibres to grow again, so an individual can walk without electrical stimulation.
This story was first published on Tatler Singapore.