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27 September 2012 at 15:10 - Posted by AfricaFinance

Financial Times and Citi Announce Finalists for 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards



Today the Financial Times and Citi announced the finalists for the inaugural FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme, sponsored by Citi. The awards aim to recognise leaders, teams, organisations and community groups that have developed innovative solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure.

Finalists were chosen in each category for demonstrating particular originality, efficiency and impact in meeting urban challenges. A global winner and category winners will be announced at an awards dinner in New York City on 5 December 2012.


Abhyas Trust - Power of Seeing, India

Asociacion Aprendo Contigo, Peru

City of Dubrovnik - Educational Vertical, Croatia

College Possible, United States

Sustainable Cities Initiative, United States


City of Houston - Green Office Challenge, United States

Community Cooker Foundation, Kenya

Proterra, United States

The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan


Child Eye Care Charitable Trust, India

GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen, China

Pro Mujer, Nicaragua

Protect Your Child, Egypt


Bitcarrier, Spain

Ikhayalami, South Africa

JCDecaux - Vélib', France

ORE Design + Technology, United States

The judging panel includes:

    David Adjaye, OBE, Principal Architect, Adjaye Architects
    Professor Abhijit Banerjee, Professor, MIT and Co-author, Poor Economics
    John Bowis, OBE, Honorary President, Health First Europe
    Sir Terry Farrell, CBE, International Architect & Design Champion and Director, Terry Farrell and Partners
    Reinier de Graaf, Partner, OMA
    Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE, Founder, Zaha Hadid Architects: (Honorary President of the judging committee, non-voting)
    Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic, Financial Times (co-chair)
    Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD eLab (co-chair)
    Professor Carlo Ratti, Professor, MIT and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
    Luanne Zurlo, Founder and President, Worldfund

"We at the FT were delighted by the quality of entries, which came from all over the world,” said Michael Skapinker, Assistant Editor and Editor of Special Reports at the Financial Times. “They demonstrated a range of innovative ideas to solve urban problems and improve city life. We were particularly impressed by how many of the ideas submitted had already been implemented successfully. The shortlist contains the best of these."

“As an institution that connects over 1,000 cities and millions of people, we are invested in helping today’s cities identify solutions to the challenges they face,” said Citi CEO Vikram Pandit. “The journey of each FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards finalist is unique yet they all share an unwavering commitment to progress. As we mark 200 years of enabling progress, we are proud to recognize the leaders and the ideas that can help cities grow.”

Submissions were received from 41 countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, U.A.E., the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.

For more details on the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards, please visit

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