Bangladesh Digital Social Innovation Forum and Digital Social Innovation Forum organized Global Peace and Humanitarian Award 2021 for the first time where a total of 48 people, including 20 Bangladeshis have been nominated.
The award is set to be presented to a total of 18 bold and creative entrepreneurs and leaders in 6 categories on September 21 at the Crown Plaza in Dubai on the International Peace Day.
The nomination process officially ended on 15 August at 12 midnight Bangladesh time. 1,675 people applied from 31 countries of the world.
Ali Akbar, Founder President of BDSIF and DSIF, said that the nominations were given to those whose exemplary efforts have significantly improved the lives of others and contributed consistently to the culture of peace and humanitarian service.
The nominations were given in the categories of Interfaith Leadership, Leadership in Strengthening Families, Outstanding Service Award, Good Governance Award, and Innovative Scholarship for Peace and Global Peace Award.
The nominees include Shamim Ahmed Mridha, founder of Eco Network, Ayan Muminul, founder of Save Sylhet, Tanmoy Pal Chowdhury, educationist, Arifur Rahman Shafayet, founder of Dream Foundation, Aqida Binte Islam Nuha, Head of Marketing of Seas the Day, Dr. Md. Rifat Al Majid Bangladesh Bhuiyan, President Mohammad Saifullah Mithu, Deb Organizer BD President HM Marjan, Pratyush founder Tanvir Hasan, Nandita Suraksha founder Tahiatul Jannat, Help the Future founder Saifullah Khaled and the founder of One of You Azizul Islam Niloy.
ASM Sadman Shakib, Founder of Engineers Hub BD, Mahbubur Rahman, CEO International Council of Wheel Chair Cricket, Sajia Afrin Sultana, Columnist, Ayman Mahmud, Founder of Bangladesh Youth Mental Health Awareness Foundation, Syeda Nazneen Ahmed, Co-Founder of Arshi, Zisan Rehman, Founding President of Penny for Many and Khandaker Abdullah Al Tahmid, Founder and President of Youthpreneur Network have also been nominated, along with others.
Besides, two voluntary organizations named Team Birth and Youth Action for Bangladesh have also been nominated from Bangladesh.
From around the world the nominated include UK Creative Arts Director Ale Jalatar, Pakistani social activist Farhan Williat Watt, Liberian public speaker Amb Eliazar S. Burke Ley, Nigeria's Yaf-Young Africa founder Ruth Egbedi, Afghan Gambadim Ahmed Ahmad Puja Kaul, Founder of Organico Beautifying Life in India, Bernard Coffee Bonnerparte, Founder of Bonabier Foundation, Ghana, Deikh Lady Moabilo, Motivational Speaker of South Africa, TDS Malaysia Chairperson of Malaysia, Jaya Devi Srinivasan Babangida Kabir Rama and Salado Qasim of Finland.
The list included social workers Prudhi Golla, Pradeep Das Gupta, Dr Shankarappa Nilanjana Sanyal and Anushka Sinha from India. Other nominees in the first round are Nigeria's Azubaik Michael Naochaku, Sri Lanka's Sarwan Saranaya, Liberia's Hanson G. Blaine, Guyana's Bradley Donner and the Philippines' Joven Alcantara.