Univ Foundation Fellow Edward W Scott, JR has been awarded the BNP Paribas Wealth Management Grand Prize 2016. Mr Scott was recognised for his ‘…effective policy-led and campaigning work in areas such as poverty relief, third-world debt reduction, the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis as well as autism research and treatment.’
The winners of both the Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize were selected by an independent jury composed of leading figures from various fields and this year chaired by Amina Slaoui, BNP Paribas’ first-ever Special Prize winner in 2008. Amina is President of AMH, a charity she founded which champions the social integration of vulnerable people and people with disabilities in Morocco. A committed promoter of social entrepreneurship, Amina is also on the board of Groupe SOS.
The jury based its decisions on a number of criteria, including the social impact of the philanthropic initiatives in question, the personal and financial commitment shown by the philanthropists, as well as the professionalism, viability and transparency of their projects. The Grand Prize is awarded to an individual (or a family) for their philanthropic initiatives.
In awarding Mr Scott the Grand Prize 2016 the jury noted his: ‘catalytic approach to philanthropy (which) has had a transformative impact on poverty and disease on a global scale.’
Full details and a report on the 9th BNP Paribas prize can be found here and his acceptance speech viewed below.