Water, Air and Food Awards
The Water, Air and Food Awards 2015 were held at the majestic Sunway Resort and Spa Hotel in Malaysia. As the gateway to the region and a biodiversity hub with some of the world’s oldest rainforests, Malaysia was specially placed to host the 2015 WAF Awards.
More than 500 people from non-governmental organisations, charities, environment groups, government departments, academics, students and volunteers attended the events of the day.
The WAF Impact Forum saw over one hundred participants – guided by experienced facilitators Marc Levitte from France and Toke Moeller of Denmark – engage with this year’s finalists: Turenscape from China, ENPHO from Nepal and SOIL from Haiti as they presented their projects. Eminent personalities from the Institute of Strategic and International Studies: a public policy think-tank in Malaysia, the University of Nottingham Malaysia, CEO’s, and scientists were on the panel to advise and direct the passionate finalists in achieving their goals and explore how their innovations could be scaled and replicated in other countries.
After contemplating and working together for close to 6 hours, ideas and goals were harvested and presented to the audience.
This year’s events saw the Inaugural WAF Youth Awards being presented. WAF Youth aims at engaging young people to think and act in responsible ways to ensure water and food security for the future. Five finalists from the many schools who participated from around the world were shortlisted.
The 2015 WAF Awards ceremony started with a bang as traditional drums accompanied the guests of honour into the hall: the First Lady of Timor-Leste – H.E. Mdm Isabel da Costa Ferreira, Princess Zama Zulu of South Africa, Princess YAM Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan of Perlis, Mr. Prem Rawat: Patron of WAF, ambassadors and other dignitaries.
Singers, celebrities, traditional dances and music were part of the celebrations commemorating the work of the finalists.
And this year, due to the exceptional projects submitted, the selection committee decided to award all three finalists from China, Haiti and Nepal as winners of the 2015 WAF Awards. The Inaugural WAF Youth Award was presented to the Wyebank Secondary School from South Africa.
Patron of WAF, Mr. Prem Rawat, announced a new category to be launched in 2016, the WAF Air Awards in response to worsening air pollution around the region and world.
The night ended with a rapturous song by Malaysian Eco-Celebrity and star, Mr. Zainal Abidin.
I think it was very admirable that you did such a beautiful event…
Your whole intention is to bring a solution to water and food security and you managed to identifying very good solutions from around world
The amount of effort you put into this is just remarkable. I wish you the best meeting good friends and support throughout the world
It is so important for all of us to learn from The Award Winners and also WAFA’s Patron Prem Rawat was such an inspiration to everyone. I am sure he loves this world and wants to do a lot of good for many many people
Congratulations to all of you wonderful people!
Puan Sri Dr. Susan Cheah
EXCO Sunway Group
It’s my pleasure to attend WAF Awards, and thank you for providing our students this fantastic opportunity. Our students were very happy.
Sincerely A. R. Neethiahnanthan
Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Water and Food Award 2015 – Kuala Lumpur
October 22, 2015
Water and Food Award 2015 – Kuala Lumpur
October 22, 2015
Thank you for all the people involved in making a difference and for this beautiful event in Kuala Lumpur. Congratulations to all of our winners!
Special thank you to our Patrons, Ambassadors, Sponsors, Partners, Special Guests and Crew members for your support to make this possible.
Congratulations to our new “WAF Malaysia Chapter” who will be in charge of our new category “AIR Award”
See you next year! WAF AWARD 2016
Water and Food Impact Forum
“Share Sustainable Solutions”
(10:00 to 16:00)
The Water and Food Impact Forum was an opportunity to connect outstanding initiatives to a worldwide sustainability network of impact investors, international experts, responsible businesses, research institutes and NGOs.
- expand understanding of social innovation models, as effective solutions to major challenges
- explore how to adapt proven strategies to local needs
- participate in creating strategies for restoring livelihoods and empowering our communities to apply sustainable and humanitarian solutions.
WAF Award Celebration
( 17:00 to 19:00)
The Water and Food Award celebrates initiatives that have met the criteria of sustainability, innovation, empowerment, scalability, replicability, social and environmental impact.
This event will be broadcast live and streamed to viewers around the world.
Mr. Prem Rawat
Patron of the The Humanitarian Water and Food Award.
Founder The Prem Rawat Foundation
Ambassador of Peace. Lifetime achievement Award, Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, Malaysia. Distinguished International Humanitarian Achievement Award, National Council of Women, USA.
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee
President, World association for Animal Help (OIE), Paris.
Vice-President, Asia – Pacific & Far East Commission (OIE)
Former Director General, Veterinary Department, Ministry of Science, Malaysia.
Ph.D. & Hon. D. Econ. (Queensland), M.Sc. (USM), Hon. D. Sc. (UPM)
Dato’ Teo Yen Hua
Advisor, UBM Malaysia, Former CEO, National Water Services Commission, Malaysia.
Senior posts with Malaysian Government, involving inter alia restructuring an regulation of the water services industry and telecommunications sector.
BA: Economics (Malaya), MBA (Southern New Hampshire)
Mrs. Nurfarini Daing
Co-founder/CEO, myHarapan (Youth Trust Foundation), Malaysia. Winner, Social Innovation Leadership Award. World CSR Congress, India. Former Head, Project Management/IT Services, Multimedia Dvpt. Corp., Malaysia.
Former manager, Start your own business Programme, Malaysia.
Social Entrepreneurship (INSEAD), Cert. Teaching (Stamdford), BSc: Accounting & Finance (Warwick)
Mr. Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu
Public Service Department, Malaysia/University of Nottingham. Former Deputy Undersecretary, Biodiversity & Forestry Management, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment Malaysia.
Responsible for Biosafety Bill, enacted by Malasyian Parliament, 2007. Active in governmental environmental initiatives.
M. Env. Mgt, Chevening Scholar/Phd. Candidate: Biodiversity Governance (Nottingham)
Dr. Hezri Adnan
Director, Institute of Strategic & International Studies, Malaysia.
Associate Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.
PhD: Public Policy (ANU), MSc.: Environment & Development (UKM), B.Sc.: Biotechnology (Sheffield)
Mrs. Margareta Barchan
Mr. Marc Levitte
Management consultant, leadership trainer and coach. Specializing in collaborative processes and collective intelligence development. Over 30 years’ experience with corporate, community and community projects, including post conflict situations.
M.A. Sociology (Paris Nanterre)
Mr. Toke Paludan Moeller
Co-Founder & CEO, Interchange Aps, Denmark. Faculty, Alia Institute, Denmark. Former Chair, Danish Entrepreneurs Association. Over 40 years’ experience in sustainable entrepreneurship, social innovation, participatory leadership, hosting and harvesting strategic conversations.
Paul Vincent Cable
Operating over 5 continents over the past 18 years, Paul has innovated in education, working with humanitarian organizations, schools, Fortune 500 companies, and the media and entertainment industry.
In particular he is CEO and co-founder of EnSo and The100Hours, bringing ‘wise and compassionate living and leadership’ to children worldwide.
Zainab Mir Khokhar
Student at Faculty of Engeneering,
Taylor’s University, Malalysia
Zainal Abidin, an internationally known singer and composer, uses his talents to communicate his love for humanity and the environment. In addition to his performances, he has spearheaded A Gift from the Heart, a program designed to support abandoned children. He has also participated in numerous social and corporate initiatives to protect the environment. In recognition of his commitments, he was named Malaysia’s Ambassador for Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage.
Crystal Lee is a starlet in making with vocal cords that had garnered her label of “Little Diva”. Now, she is pursuing her first love, singing, with talented violinist, songwriter & producer, Dennis Lau as her mentor. She received the Brand Laurates Award 2013, and had participated in different events in Malaysia since 2009.
She burst into the entertainment scene with her critically acclaimed role opposite Jay Chou & Nicolas Tse in the blockbuster feature film, Viral Factor, from which she received and award as Best Actress at the Shangai Film Festival 2013.
School students from Sultan Alam Shah School, Putrajaya