Shechtman International Leadership Award has been established in honor of Dr. Dan Shechtman, (Technion Institute of Technology and Iowa State University), whose unique life-time story of Scientific Conviction, Courage and Persistence brought him a very delayed success in revising the existing concepts of chemistry and shaping the future of an entire new branch of quasi-crystals, a success that culminated with being awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry [Click here for a full CV].
The purpose of this Award is to acknowledge the work of various personalities or entities among politicians, corporations and academics that with courage, conviction and persistence pioneer new ways of thinking that shape the future.
The Award Citation reads:
"For leadership through courage, conviction, persistence and willingness to break with the taboos and stereotypes in pioneering new ways of thinking that shape the future for a global sustainable development in the environment, economy and social points of view."
The Award is given to various personalities in various categories:
- Politics: for shaping ground-breaking political initiatives and frameworks
- Industry: for developing against any odds new applied industrial technologies
- Academia: for developing new ground breaking education programs and new basic technologies
- Society: for developing new social frameworks that shape the future of the society