Global Blue Ocean Shift Awards
TL;DR – The Blue Ocean Shift Awards recognise achievements across the public, private and social sectors. Presented by Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, there were six global winners, acknowledged for the social change they made in their respective communities.

“Innovation must be implemented for everyone and by everyone,” said the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Abdul Razak, as he officiate Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit 2017.

There were six global winners, acknowledged for the social change they made in their respective communities; The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, Wawa Inc., Kimberly-Clark Brazil, citizenM, and Hong Leong Bank are among the receivers, together with Malaysia National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, led by Paul MacAlindin received the award for using the power of music to bridge the deepest divide in war-stricken Iraq. The orchestra comprises youth members between managed to unite the people of Iraq culminating into being known as the ‘Bravest Orchestra in the World’.

Wawa Inc., received by Howard Stoeckel and Chris Gheysens, is a food-chain outlet recognised for its internal transformation, saving itself from the 2008 economic crisis. The result was a revival of Wawa Inc. as a corporation and a pioneer in the foodservice-cum gas station submarket.

Kimberly-Clark Brazil, received by João Damato was recognised for designing a compact version of its eco-friendly tissues that increased sales revenue while reducing costs for customers and lowering carbon footprint in the process.

citizenM was recognised for its innovative approach in the hotel industry by incorporating a management without a head office and recognising all its workers as brand ambassadors as well as for its easy room booking system and bargain prices for what are luxurious stays at their hotels. Co-founders Rattan Chadha and Michael Levie received the award.

Hong Leong Group Singapore received by Kwek Leng Beng, garnered the award for excellence in corporate practice by creating waves of blue ocean shifts in properties, finance and hotels.

Malaysia National Ocean Strategy (NBOS) was awarded for changing the lives of millions of Malaysians, with the implementation of high-impact nationwide initiatives in collaboration between more than 90 ministries and agencies. NBOS was responsible for the successful creation of Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), a one-stop government agency for documentation purposes. Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Hishammudin Hussein and Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa received the award on behalf of NBOS.


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