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Ban Ki-moon, WIC AWARDS in World Peace 2017


Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary-General, the winner of the World Peace Prize, began studying the practice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the 1970s.


From 2007, during his tenure as UN Secretary-General, it is also appreciated that he coordinated and negotiated sensitive global issues among themselves.

Ban, who served consecutive terms, expressed his interest in the civil war in Libya and the Arab Spring, urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to pay attention to homophobia and promotion of LGBT rights, and emphasized the issue of equality and human rights for minorities.



Michelle Obama, WIC AWARDS in Human Rights 2017


Michelle Obama, the winner of the human rights award, has become an iconic person of the United States, from an absolute helper who led the success of the first black president, Barack Obama, to a social activist who stands for black people, women and children.


Michelle Obama gave up her huge bargaining salary and led various organizations to represent young people, local communities, and blacks and other minority groups.

She has been interested for a long time in social inequality. She has been the First Lady, but she has been actively using the history of social activists and lawyers to think about policies for poor people who are vulnerable to mainstream politics, desperate youths and desperate workers, she put a sense of balance.


In addition to her belief in the righteous world, she is also considered as an independent First Lady by Barack Obama.




Marina Silva,

WIC AWARDS in Environment 2017

Marina Silva, an environmental award winner, is an outstanding activist who has devoted himself to protecting the Amazon rainforest and is an outstanding social activist who has informed the world about the value of resources, including the importance of forests.

Especially, she is called as "an environmental leader's observer" who thinks about the nonviolent and sustainable development of our society by seeing the serious nature damage of some multinational corporations.


Marina Silva was the Chair of the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil, in May 2006.




Ma Yun, WIC AWARDS in Economy 2017

As the winner of the economic awards, Mr. Ma Yun is regarded as a person who brought fresh energy to the global economy based on his constant challenge and initiative since the early 1990s, when he started his business management in China.


He has been leading the economic development of China in a huge Chinese market, starting with the establishment of an early Internet company to Alibaba today through novel and macro management.







GEOMAR Helmholtz C., WIC AWARDS in Science 2017

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Marine Research Institute in Germany, the winner of the Science Prize, has been researching the marine environment and trying to prove the organic link between human and nature.


Professor Ulf Riebesell of the Institute has contributed to spreading about 350 research results related to the ocean acidification caused by human carbon dioxide (CO²) release to publicize the risk of acidification to marine life.


Furthermore, he is attracting attention from all over the world because he warns that the seriousness of human development and pollution, overfishing, soil fertilizer, etc.







Yissum, WIC AWARDS in Education 2017

In the education category, the Yissum Center for Technology Transfer, Hebrew University in Israel, expects another positive outcome for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Innovative Economy.


In the case of ‘Mobileye’, an autonomous navigation technology that Intel recently purchased at 17 trillion won, it accomplishes commercialization of technology made by Yissum based on the visual recognition algorithm of Professor Amnon Shashua at Hebrew University.


He is evaluated as a good role model to circulate ideas to the industry through establishment of a joint venture through cooperation with companies and joint research, and thus this society is a good example of a society.



Silviahemmat, WIC AWARDS in Health Care 2017

Sweden's "Sylvia Hemmet Foundation", the main character in health care, is famous for being founded by Queen Sylvia.


This foundation is a facility for the elderly with dementia, and the advanced know-how in the healthcare sector is attracting attention, such as the operation of the nursing system dedicated to the treatment of dementia and the provision of professional education in connection with medical schools.

The Silviahemmet Foundation, which was founded by a considerable study of the elderly care sector in Sweden, had undergone a super-aged society process from 1887 to 2015, boasts a unique system of quality services and research related to dementia.




Afroz Shah, WIC AWARDS in Social Contribution 2017

Indiana's lawyer, "Afroz Shah" 33 years old, the winner of the Social Service category, became the "beach cleaner" and became an inspiration for many people around the world, offering a tireless dedication and service spirit.


He moved to nearby Versova beach in 2015 and saw garbage and wastes piled up on the beach to remind him of a dump. He started clearing out the garbage with his friends and then turned to more than a thousand volunteers, including local office workers, students, and Bollywood stars.


After a 21-month sweep of Afroz Shah, the 2.5-kilometer-long beach of Versova recovered its original natural state. Recognized for his achievements, he was the first Indian to receive the Global Environment Award from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) last year.




Wole Soyinka, WIC AWARDS in Cultural Art and Physical Education 2017

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian winner of the Cultural Art and Physical Education Award, is an outstanding writer who has received the Nobel Prize for Literature in Africa for his work in peace, human rights, and spirit of coexistence.


Wole Soyinka is regarded as a poetic artist who captures and solves the risks to human fundamentalism and exclusivism, ranging from ethnic conflicts to religious and political conflicts all over the world. His books include plays such as 'The Birthday Party of Kepi,' 'People Living in the Swamp,' 'Lion and Jewel,' 'Forest Dance,' 'Marvelous Plane on Earth,' 'Mandela's Earth,' and novels Interpreters,' 'Anomy's Season.'


In February, he received a great deal of attention from readers by presenting his essay 'Of Africa,' which contains Soyinka's desire for freedom and human rights.






In World Peace



Prime Minister Hatoyama, the winner of the World Peace Prize, was finally selected for his contribution to World Peace. Former Prime Minister Hatoyama strongly criticized Abe for visiting Yasukuni Shrine after his retirement.


He said Japan has caused wars in the past and has done much damage to most countries in Asia, including Korea and China, who said that Japan should always have to apologize until those who are wounded by war are forgiven.


In particular, former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama apologized that Japan's colonization of the Korean peninsula and its subsequent entry into World War II meant that it was a historical fact that the Korean peninsula broke into the north and the north.





in Human Rights


Meaza Ashenafi

Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi of Ethiopia Supreme Court, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Human Rights, was selected for her commitment to understanding African women's human rights for life.


She established the first women-only bank for Ethiopian women. We also established the Womens Bar Association to represent womens rights.

Ethiopia has a long tradition of
Telepa in which a woman is kidnapped and married to her. Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi strongly condemned the misconceptions of Telepa, which trampled the human rights of women, and defended the victims and made them into social issues.


Her story is well known as the screening of the animated film DIFRET, which shows the reality of human rights in African women. The film DIFRET deals with the true story of an Ethiopian girl and a lawyer who were victims of forced marriage.





in Environment


Bojan Slate

Bojan Slate, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Environment, is set to tackle a serious environmental degradation of marine ecosystems caused by plastic trash that people have been throwing away.


He founded Ocean Cleansing Company and developed the world's first marine plastic garbage collection system with camera and satellite antenna for easy marine status.


The device, which he invented, connects long pipes to each other to float in buoyancy, and a 3m deep membrane is connected underneath to prevent fish and other marine life from being hurt.


The 600m long pipe connected to the U-shaped pipe moves along the algae, collecting marine plastic waste, and collecting the ship.

Currently, the world
s marine plastic waste is estimated at 150 million tons. It is expected to increase more than three times in the next 10 years, and if the marine plastic waste is neglected, irreversible environmental disaster cannot be avoided.


Bojan Slate has an ambitious plan to remove 90% of the worlds marine plastic waste. It aims to clean up the huge marine litter island that is about seven times the size of the peninsula built between California and Hawaii.





in Economy


Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Economy, is a business man who practices the noblesse oblige, and is the prime investment.


It is also referred to as the Oracle of Omaha because it has eyes that accurately trace the flow of the stock market. He was greatly influenced by Benjamin Graham, the founder of value investment.


He is famous for sticking to the value investment method, which holds stocks of superior companies for a long period of time based on the inherent value and growth rate of the company.



In 1965 he took over the management of Berkshire Hathaway, a textile company, and turned it into a holding company and investment company with good companies.


He is currently the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is actively engaged in donations, including making commitments to donate 85% of his property to the foundation run by Bill and Gates.







in Science


Dr. Stephen Hawking

Dr. Stephen Hawking, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Science, contributed to cosmology and quantum gravity. He is called a worldwide physicist who links Newton and Einstein's genealogy. Hawking entered Oxford University in 1959 at the age of seventeen.


Though he did not have the ability to enter Oxford, he was able to enter the school thanks to the school he recognized for his outstanding talents in physics.


He graduated from Oxford with the highest degree in natural sciences. In October 1962 he went to Cambridge to study universalism and general relativity with Professor Dennis Sciama at Cambridge University.

Hawking had a rare disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) called Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 21 years. The doctor predicted that he would live a life of about two years. He was encouraged by Professor Skiaama.


He studied relativism and cosmology in earnest, without being frustrated. Since then, he has made many achievements such as singularity, Hawking radiation, and Hartle-Hawking state of black holes.








in Education



Vicky Colbert

Vicky Colbert's educational model has been reflected in Colombian national education policy, providing a better learning opportunity for many people, including urban areas and refugees.


The method she has created is currently being implemented in Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico, the Caribbean, East Timor and Vietnam. The World Bank considers the Escuela Nueva model to be one of the most outstanding reforms in the developing world.

Vicky Colbert, who has accumulated education expertise in various institutions both at home and abroad, served as Vice Minister of Education of Columbia and UNICEF's Education Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean.


She is currently devoted to the education sector, serving as the director of the Fundación Escuela Nueva, an NGO founded to expand the Escuela Nueva educational model.





in Health Care


Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps in China

Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps in China was selected as the winner of WIC AWARDS in Health Care. Dr. Kim Sung-jin, who led the World Health Organization's tuberculosis counseling team and the rural free service group, made the Qingdao Red Cross volunteer corps in 2004 to serve medical vulnerable areas in China.


As a volunteer organization officially registered in China in 2007, today, Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps practices love without borders through philanthropy and service spirit.

Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps treated about 39,000 Chinese people free of charge through borderless love. The medical team has provided new life to 152 congenital heart disease children through surgery, and continues to carry out the rescue project for congenital heart disease in China.


Currently, Qingdao Red Cross Medical Corps is the only group that provides medical services for Chinese people throughout China.





in Social Contribution



Michelin, the winner of WIC AWARDS in Social Contribution, introduced the Michelin Challenge Bibendum Community, a social contribution program since 1998.


Michelin adopted the global platform PPMC (Paris Process on Mobility and Climate) initiative at the UN Climate Change Convention (COP21) in Paris in 2015, raising corporate social responsibility activities as a global initiative.

In addition, PPMC is involved in establishing strategies for implementation of the Paris Climate Convention and UN SDGs (sustainable development goals) in the transportation industry by participating in 150 organizations including transport companies, international organizations, foundations, academia, and companies from all over the world. As a result, Michelin has made a big step forward in helping to reduce carbon emissions around the world.





in Culture


Peter Handke

Peter Handke, the winner of WIC AWARDS in culture, was born in 1942, Griffen, Carinthia, Austria. He paid attention to the language-intrinsic method in opposition to the participatory literature that led German literature in the late 1960s.


The politicization of literature he argued begins with the recognition of the self-defined, naturally accepted, crafted, and manipulated, and screenplay of the ruling system as the ‘Dramaturgie’, and he saw literature as a task that enabled this perception.



The enlightening means and object of Peter Handke was language. He paid attention to the relations between linguistic reality and practical reality, and in 1966, he published “offending the audience” against the form of the traditional drama and aroused a big echo in the theatrical circles. The  provocative act of antiauthoritarian and critical Peter Handke against the literature, theater, and politics is in line with this current trend.







in World Peace


Marianne Stöger and Margaritha Pissarek

Austrian nurses Marianne and Margaritha, the winners of the World Peace Division, were co-selected in recognition of their efforts for world peace.


Marianne and Margaritha came to Sorokdo island in their youth and served for patients with Hansen's disease and their families for 40 years from the 1960s. At that time, medicine for Hansen's disease not sufficiently available in Korea, they made big efforts toward securing the supply of necessary medicine from their native country Austria.


Their service has also created an opportunity to rectify prejudice against Hansen's disease and to renew social awareness of the disease. They took care that their service would not bring about any trouble to others and sought to stick to this belief until their last day in Sorokdo island.


WIC AWARDS in World Peace is given to those who have made outstanding achievements in human history, including those who have contributed to the peace, harmony, and prosperity of humankind.


In today's world there are countless conflicts between and within countries, ranging from ideological conflicts, war and political issues, to race and religion.


It is designed to honor those who have contributed to world peace, including people passionate about spreading human-centered values rather than representing or realizing the interests of the strong. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.




in Human Rights


Manal Al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif, winner of the Human Rights Division, is a human rights activist in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, the only country where women were prohibited from driving, she led the Women 2 Drive campaign, which aimed to allow for women's right to drive.


Women were allowed to drive for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia in June 2018 due to the Women 2 drive campaign, which led to the abolition of the ban on women's driving. Satisfied with the achievement, she is continously promoting the women's overall human rights movement, including political right, overseas emigration, and the liberty for women to open bank account.


WIC AWARDS in Human Rights is given to people with outstanding achievements in human history in the area of human rights relating to child, race, women, refugees, people with disabilities and labor, etc.


It is designed to honor those who have dedicated themselves to the growth of human rights and universal freedom, striving to build a world where there is no one who is hurt by gender differences arising from customs, a world where children do not have to go to the battlefield owing to the poverty and disease, and an equal world where labor is not exploited and discriminated by appearance and color. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.





in Environment


Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the environment winner, have studied the path of microplastics in the Arctic. Collecting and analysis of sediment samples on Greenland's beaches was made more in detail to reveal how the microplastics there were transported and distributed to the Arctic coast.


Fine plastics are referred to as plastics less than 5 mm in size, which accumulate in the body of animals through the ingestion of marine organisms and the food chains of higher predators, and eventually pose danger to humans as final predators. The study revealed that microplastics came from the Arctic coast and the North Atlantic, and suggested the necessity to make more thorough monitoring of marine plastic pollution and other endeavours together with coastal communities and governments to settle the issue of marine pollution.


WIC AWARD in Environment is given to those who have made outstanding achievements in human history, helping to change the world based on their interest in nature, such as spreading the conservation value of the human environment and leading the cleanup movement.


It is designed to honor those who have contributed to spreading the value of conservation of original nature and its recovery, and the watchdog reminding everyone of the counterattack of the approaching environment in the shadow of the prosperity, such as soil and air pollution caused by fine dust, smoke and chemicals, various waste including microplastics and marine pollution resulting from leakage of nuclear reactor water. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.




in Economy


Andrew Henry Forrest and Nicola Forrest

Andrew Henry Forrest, chairman and owner of the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and his wife, Nicola Forrest, donated astronomical amount of money for cancer research, college and early childhood education, building of a strong community, creation of equal opportunities for Australians, and prevention of modern-style slaves, etc.


Forrest has been involved in voluntary work since 1994 and founded Fortescue in 2003. The company has grown to become Australia's third largest iron ore mining business group, following BHP and Rio Tinto.


While some big companies are accused of illegal activities such as tax avoidance committed in their business, Forrest has been doing charity for a long time, with interest in education, better treatment and employment of indigenous people. He humbly remarked that it was with luck that he was able to multiply his assets with his wife Nicola and make a donation.


Meanwhile, Forest's daughter Grace has also created and run the Walk-Free Foundation with the aim of ending modern slavery in 2012.


WIC AWARD in Economic is given to those who have made remarkable achievements in human history, helping to change the world by contributing to the co-existence and equal development of many people.


It is designed to honor those who have made great achievements, including the improvement of business productivity and stable harmony of employment market, innovative practices in economic development in the era of the fourth industrial revolution such as the robot and bio industries,   the strategy for coping with the global economic crisis, and the achievement in the study of the economics.  Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.




3rd WIC AWARDS in Science


Dr. Hans Clevers

Dr. Hans Clevers, the winner of science, is a group leader at the Stem Cell Institute for Developmental Biology in the Netherlands, where he has made an adult stem cell research. Adult stem cells, which replace dead or damaged tissues in each tissue, have a narrower range of differentiation than embryonic stem cells, but have high stability and are relatively free from ethical issues.


In his study of intestinal cells, he first defined and revealed the role of adult stem cells, which were known only for their existence. He is working to isolate and culture adult stem cells from the prostate, liver, pancreas and kidney. It was confirmed that little genetic modification occurred in this culture environment.


WIC AWARD in Science is given to those who have made remarkable achievements in human history, such as laying the foundation for the scientific system for humankind and for the establishment of various application bases in society.


This award is for those who have consistently contributed in related fields. It is designed to honor people who have contributed to the development of altruistic science and technology, making research on bio-science relating to the extension of human life and promotion of human welfare, the social science comprising the experience in politics, religion, law, and the arts, and the natural science laying the theoretical groundwork conducive to humankind by studying the law of nature. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.






3rd WIC AWARDS in Education


David Walentas

Chairman Walentas, an American real estate entrepreneur, barely made a living working on the farmland in childhood after his father suffered stroke. He was admitted to Virginia University on the scholarship of ROTC, paving the way for foundation of his business. From his experience of overcoming economic difficulties through schooling, he donated $ 100 million to the Jefferson Scholarship Foundation of his alma mater Virginia University.


He evaluated that the education has played a bridging role to provide the opportunity to meet with people from diverse walks of life who are intelligent, have leadership capabilities, and are involved in various occupations and the education can be a great coordinator to adjust social imbalance.


WIC AWARD in Education is given to those who have made outstanding achievements in human history, such as constantly creating ideas and making endeavors to settle the educational system suitable for the times.


It is designed to honor those who have contributed to the dissemination of the altruistic values of education, including the establishment of an educational system for technical research and the realization of function necessary for the life in general, and the expansion of opportunities to participate in learning for people of all ages without discrimination. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.



3rd WIC AWARDS in Health


Tej Kohli Cornea Institute

The Tej Kohli Cornea Research Institute was established in December 2015 to address blindness caused by poverty. The vast majority of people with severe visual impairments, including blindness, live in the world's poorest countries. Of those, 14 million live in India. The Tej Kohli Cornea Research Institute provided free treatment for severely visually impaired people in rural areas of India and was able to transplant a total of 22,176 corneas.


The Institute also provided free eye care helpline, launched a training app to continuously evaluate corneal specialists, and worked on projects to connect teams of specialists with clinicians in the outback community.


WIC AWARD in Health Care is awarded to people with outstanding achievements in human history, such as steadily paying attention to public health and social welfare systems to strengthen universal medical services for a healthy society.


It is designed to honor those who put a lot of affection into health welfare and do volunteer work silently in order to lay the foundation for a healthy society, and who try to raise the happiness of mankind by going through the ups and downs so that no one is ultimately alienated by disease and pain. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.




3rd WIC AWARDS in Social Contribution

Kwami Williams

Kwami Williams, CEO of MoringaConnect, has contributed to the relief of poverty for the poor peasants and to the solution of malnutrition in Ghana. In 2012 when he visited Ghana, he paid attention to the Moringa tree commonly found in Ghana as a means to the solution of the poverty and malnutrition of peasant farmers.


Above all, he increased his knowledge about Moringa tree from local farmers and learned that the Moringa tree is not only nature friendly, but also recovers soil and is of high nutritional value.


He was devoted to the production of goods made of Moringa tree. By making processed and specialized products from the tree, not as raw materials, and thus creating added values, the foundation was laid for economic self-reliance and escape from poverty as well.


WIC AWARD in Social Contribution is given to those who have made remarkable achievements in human history, such as devoted to creating a world where people live together within or among countries and building a foundation for coexistence.


It is designed to honor people who have contributed to laying the foundation for today and tomorrow whereby all including socially disadvantaged, such as children, women, and the elderly, as well as disabled people who need care, grow together and move toward future. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.


3rd WIC AWARDS in Culture


Murakami Haruki

Persons’ life is determined by their attitude and perspective in life. Haruki Murakami of Japan, culture winner, debuted in 1979 as a writer with the publication of his work, ‘Listen to the Song of the Wind’, which depicts modern urban life. His book ‘The Forest of Norway’, published in 1987, became a best-seller with more than 4.3 million copies of volumes one and two sold.


If his works of art before the 1990s explored occult and sensational personalized self, which is a scientifically unaccountable mythical and supernatural phenomena, thereafter he describes new perspectives and hopes in relationships with others.


WIC AWARD in Culture is given to people with outstanding achievements in human history, such as creating happiness through various mental styles developed by human beings, and constantly seeking ways to realize social ideals as members of a society.


It is designed to honor those who have contributed to the elimination of confrontation and the formation of grand solidarity among people, holding festivals for exchanges in various cultural categories such as dance, music, art, video, and sports, and encouraging the participation and experiences of people. Through this, it contributes to building a just and healthy world, and aims to provide dreams, hopes and courage to people around the world.




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