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2006 World Leadership Awards - Winners are announced
The winners of the World Leadership Awards were announced at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The awards were organised by the World Leadership Forum which is a not-for- profit organisation. It promotes leadership internationally- especially in the areas of science, technology, education, communication and the arts – by spotlighting the work of exceptional leaders and achievers in a host of disciplines.
Early in 2006 the World Leadership Forum contacted leaders in 400 of the world’s largest cities and asked them to submit synopses of their most successful projects. These projects covered a very wide range of activities spanning all the eleven categories.
Twenty eight cities were short listed in all different categories. The people who created and managed the projects made presentations to the judges in a series of live symposia in London. The judges applied three criteria: the quality of leadership displayed; the difficulties, or obstacles, that the city has overcome; and the degree of inspiration that the city may give to others.
The finalist eighteen included two cities from India, e.g. Kolkata in the category of Urban Renewal for their strategic initiatives and Hyderabad in the category of Science and Technology. However, it is astonishing that the officials from the City of Hyderabad did not turned up to present and make their case in front of the judges and perhaps lost out on the awards as the only other entry short listed under this category, City of Lagos received the award.
The 2006 World Leadership Awards winners are for: