The WISE Awards

2012 WISE Awards

2012 WISE Awards

2012 WISE Awards

Hailing from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Denmark, India and the United States of America, the 2012 WISE Awards winning initiatives were selected by a Jury of leading education experts following a pre-selection of 24 finalists. The winning projects were selected for their tangible, positive impact upon society and their innovative approach to solving important global problems. 

All six 2012 winning projects representatives participated in the annual WISE Summit, November 13 - 15, Doha, Qatar. During the three day event, they took part in different sessions, networking activities and presented their winning initiatives on the WISE Initiatives stage. They were also celebrated at the WISE Awards Ceremony during the Gala Dinner on Day 2 of the Summit.

In addition, and for the very first time, the 2012 WISE Awards winning project representatives met with other winning project representatives from previous years present at WISE 2012. During a dedicated working session, this community of innovators were given the opportunity to explore and exchange ideas on the theme "Collaborating for Change" and on ways of working together in the future.


Winning Projects

Cristo Rey Network Corporate
Work Study Program

PSU Educarchile


Satya Bharti School Program

Solar-Powered Floating Schools

Cambodian Children's Fund
Generational Change through


H.E. Sheikh Adbullah bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D.,

Dr. Marta Arango Nimnicht,
H.E. José Mariano Gago,
Dr. Elizabeth King,
Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha,
Mr. Jacob Kragh,
H.E. Aïcha Bah Diallo,


  • H.E. Mr. Haif Bannayan, Board member, Jordan Education Initiative Company, Jordan 
  • Dr. Sungchul Chung, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Republic of Korea 
  • Ms. Natacha Costa, Executive Director, Associação Cidade Escola Aprendiz, Brazil
  • Dr. Ann Doucette, Director, The Evaluators' Institute & Midge Smith Center for Evaluation Effectiveness, George Washington University, United States of America
  • Mr. Reinhard Fichtl, Program Director, Education and Child Protection, UBS Optimus Foundation, Switzerland
  • Prof. Sara De Freitas, Director of Research, Serious Games Institute, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Charles Goldman, Senior Economist, RAND, United States of America
  • Mr. Stephen Harris, Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School; Founder & Director, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning, Australia
  • Dr. Pedro Hepp, President, TIDE S.A, Chile 
  • Mr. Aref F. Husseini, Founder & CEO, Al-Nayzak Organization for Supportive Education and Scientific Innovation R.A, Palestine
  • Mr. Oystein Johannessen, Director of Cerpus Learning Garden, Cerpus Ltd. (Former Deputy Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research), Norway
  • Mr. James Jones, Manager of Community Investment Programs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, United States of America
  • Mr. Jørn West Larsen, Headmaster, Hellerup School, Denmark
  • Dr. Rajani Paranjpe, Founder and President, Doorstep School, India
  • Ms. Bruktawit Tigabu, General Manager and Co-Founder, Whiz Kids Workshop; 2010 Rolex Young Laureate, Ethiopia