Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

YPO Announces the 2017 Global Innovation Award Winners

Honoring Global Innovators Initiating Breakthroughs  
that Inspire Positive Transformation

DALLAS – 17 May 2017YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, concluded its second-annual YPO Innovation Week by announcing the winners of the Global Innovation Awards, which honors those YPO members who have created transformative innovations and nurture continued growth and opportunity for leaders around the world.

In addition to recognizing the top ten innovators from among more than 24,000 YPO members across 130 countries, the Global Innovation Awards also honors Asia’s top innovator and the top young adult innovator, who is a child of YPO member (ages 17-29).

“The Global Innovation Awards highlight those distinguished innovators who are leading the way in creating forward-thinking companies and significant opportunities for this and the next generation. These leaders are making an indelible mark in the world,” said Keith Alper, Chair of YPO Innovation Week.

During May, 2017 YPO Innovation Week connected influential entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to exchange ideas about inspiration, breakthroughs and transformation through more than 50 signature events, live two-way interactive video casts and livestream events around the world. At the conclusion of the week, YPO announced the top Asian innovator in Hong Kong and the Global Innovation Award winner in New York City.

2017 Global Innovation Award Winners

Global Innovation Award – Michael Golway, President and CEO of Advanced Solutions, Inc

Michael Golway is the inventor of the BioAssemblyBot®, the world’s first 3D human tissue printer that uses a six-axis robot. BioAssemblyBot® is a disruptive technology that allows researchers to complete their experiments faster, pharmaceutical companies to take cost and time out of the drug development process and a new approach to solve for diseased or failing organs.

In addition to selling the innovation to customers around the world, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences is using the BioAssemblyBot® technology platform in its own labs to help advance the science including developments to support the goal of 3D printing human organs.

Global Innovation Award – Asia Top Innovator – Tadahiro Kawada, President of Kawada Industries

Tadahiro Kawada is the President of Kawada Technologies, Inc, overseeing multiple businesses including construction, ICT, aviation, environmental, and robotics. With a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering, he led the research and development of humanoid robots at Kawada, collaborating with the University of Tokyo and Japanese government agencies. Since 2000, the Kawada Group has developed more than 10 variations of biped humanoid robots. Kawada’s newest robotics product, NEXTAGE, is an industrial-use collaborative robot (cobot) that empowers manufacturing companies, facilitating factory innovation and labor efficiencies.

Global Innovation Award – YPO Next Generation – Nicholas Ackerman

Nicholas Ackerman is the developer of bCODE technology, providing companies with a method of delivering tickets to all mobile users by utilizing SMS. bCODE technology has since evolved, now offering services for retailers and credit card companies, allowing for consistent consumer engagement and dynamic delivery of incentives to reward or encourage loyalty behavior.

“Congratulations to the 2017 Global Innovation Award honorees as they highlight the innovation and breadth of talent of the global YPO network,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “Acknowledging their originality and inventiveness is a perfect way to cap off the second-annual YPO Innovation Week.”


The top finalists for the YPO Global Innovation Awards include:

Rex Briggs, CEO of Marketing Evolution
Marketing Evolution is an independent SaaS platform for measuring and optimizing the entire marketing mix and creator of ROI BrainTM, which uses person-level analysis to deliver detailed message rotation, targeting and media mix optimization for every media.

Mark Hadland, CEO of Level11
Level 11, a user experience software development firm, has recently partnered with Carnival Cruise Corp. to develop the largest guest-facing, Iot platform designed to deliver personalized guest experiences at scale.

Gregg Hill of Frustum
Frustum is a pioneer in functional generative design and topology optimization software for industrial designers and engineers, recently introducing its proprietary geometry kernel designed to move the 3D Computer-Aided Design market to true generative design and optimization.

Samir Kulkarni, CEO of Showcase
Showcase is a 105-store national chain based in Canada and one of the most innovative retailers in North America, fueled by groundbreaking trend technology and a nimble supply chain.

George Kurtz, President, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdStrike
CrowdStrike is a leading cybersecurity company focusing on next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and incident response through cloud-based endpoint protection.

Stuart Lacey, Founder and CEO of Trunomi
Trunomi is reinventing the way in which financial institutions interact with customer data, securely connecting financial institutions to their customers with a consent-based data sharing platform. Its consent-based platform revolutionizes the way financial institutions interact with customer data, in full compliance with data privacy regulations.

Rao Mulpuri, CEO of View, Inc
View, Inc is the first company to successfully advance the large-scale commercialization of dynamic glass, a new generation of architectural glass that transitions through multiple tint states to control the sun’s energy.

Josh Siegel, Chairman and CEO of StoneCastle Financial Corp.
Siegel has created Cambr, a financial toolkit that enables brands and developers to easily build financial apps and features on StoneCastle’s network of more than 700 insured community banks, essentially the first Banking in the Cloud (BAAS) platform.

Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze
Tadi founded MindMaze in 2011 to develop technologies that help patients recover from brain injuries. The company recently has launched devices, which use virtual reality, brain imaging and gaming technologies to retrain the brain in stroke victims. MindMaze is now developing solutions for spinal cord injury and amputee patients.

About YPO Innovation Week

YPO Innovation Week offers global chief executives with learning events and networking opportunities designed to infuse innovation into their companies, form strategic partnerships, and positively affect their businesses and the communities in which they work. YPO leaders were able to leverage new partnerships in innovation, integrate innovation into their company culture, and convert ideas into actionable plans, through YPO Innovation Week.

YPO Innovation Week 2017 held events in more than 30 countries around the world, including Tel Aviv, Israel; New York, New York; Melbourne, Australia, Silicon Valley, California; Hong Kong, China and more, all dedicated to driving innovation across a diverse range of industries. The week featured idea jams, workshops, live-streamed panels, insider company tours, global conference calls, TED-style presentations and debates.

About YPO

The premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.

YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

Leadership. Learning. Lifelong. For more information, visit YPO.org.

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Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu meets Traditional Leaders in Viedgesville

The New Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Makhotso Maggie Sotyu to meet with His Majesty King Zenelizwe Dalindyebo and rest of Traditional Leadership, in Viedgesville, Umthatha

The new Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Makhotso Maggie Sotyu will meet with the Traditional Leaders in Viedgesville, Mqanduli on 18 May 2017 at Viedgesville Community Centre in Viedgesville, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape Province.

Preceeding this meeting, will be a courtesy call by the Deputy Minister to pay her respect to His Majesty, King Zanelizwe Dalindyebo, at Bombane Great Place in Isithebe, at 7.45am.

Traditional leaders as custodians of culture and traditions, are a major stakeholder of the Department of Arts and Culture. The Honorable Deputy Minister has just been appointed to this portfolio and this is part of introducing herself and familiarizing herself with issues affecting the various stakeholders of the Department.

Source: Government of South Africa

Public Works looks to labour intensive measures to create jobs

Pretoria – The ideals of radical economic transformation require employment multipliers and skills transfer programmes that are dedicated to enhancing democracy and building an equitable society, says Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko.

Delivering his departmental Policy Statement and Budget Vote Speech in the Old Assembly in Parliament on Tuesday, Minister Nhleko said government has to establish a mechanism to report on efforts it has made in facilitating employment creation.

The focused outcomes of infrastructure development must be job creation, poverty eradication and income generation through an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) approach, using labour intensive methods of construction, development and maintenance.

We have committed to the creation of six million work opportunities by 2019 through EPWP and other public employment programmes such as Operation Phakhisa. We aim to develop and rehabilitate 333 harbour and coastal properties along the coastal area of our country, he said.

Minister Nhleko said capital and maintenance projects to the tune of R400 million have been identified, focusing on spatial and economic development imperatives.

We will in the upcoming period undertake the repair and maintenance work in three small harbours of Hout Bay, Gordons Bay and Kalk Bay as part of the first phase of the project.

The work entails dredging and removal of sunken vessels. These projects will assist in creating additional work opportunities to improve the quality of life for our people in the Western Cape province, he said.

Minister Nhleko said through EPWP, a total of 2.3 million work opportunities in the infrastructure, social, environment, culture and the non-State sectors have been created.

In the financial year under review, a total of 660 000 work opportunities were created in all spheres of government. In the 2017/18 financial year, the target is to facilitate an additional 1.4 million work opportunities.

In furtherance of the objectives of the programme, we will disburse the EPWP Integrated Grant worth R1 billion to eligible public bodies and incentivize Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs), among other implementers. This will also allow the poorest members of society to generate income by providing services to their communities.

We are implementing a special programme aimed at providing socio-economic infrastructure to our rural communities, he said.

Infrastructure for rural communities

In partnership with the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, Public Works has started implementing the Rural Bridges Programme. This is intended to provide Bailey-type bridges to needy communities.

The department piloted the project in the Eastern Cape. In total, it has delivered 11 bridges during the period under review.

The bridges are cost effective and highly useful in rural areas, as they connect villages and create access to amenities for socio-economic development.

Bridge sites have been identified in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape for prioritisation.

Last Sunday, Public Works officially unveiled the Cerhu River memorial stone in Bawa village in Mnquma Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

The memorial stone is in honour of 10 women who died when the vehicle they were travelling in was washed away trying to cross the flooded Cerhu River in 1993.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Home Affairs fast tracks modernisation of systems

Pretoria � Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department will put more emphasis on the modernisation of Home Affairs systems, processes and human resources to improve its service offering.

Addressing the media in Cape Town, ahead of her department’s Budget Vote, Minister Mkhize said a major task in this regard is to replace the old National Population Register with a new National Identity System (NIS).

The modernisation programme has also entailed replacing around 38 million green-barcoded ID books with secure smart ID cards. A total of 6.8 million cards have been issued, the Minister said on Wednesday.

Revamping ports of entry

The Minister said Home Affairs will complete the refurbishing of infrastructure at the major land ports of entry, as these are strategic for risk-based immigration management to make South Africa friendly for business, travel and related activities.

We will strengthen our all-out fight against corruption, bribery and fraud and motivate officials through the Moetapele (Leadership) initiative, the Minister said.

Under the Moetapele Leadership Initiative, launched by then Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, the department will improve the performance of officials who serve the public directly to ensure that they serve efficiently and effectively, with courtesy and good manners.

With regard to the mooted Border Management Authority (BMA), Minister Mkhize said work is underway to finalise its establishment. The BMA will allow for better integrated management of ports of entry and the borderline.

The BMA Bill is currently being processed by Parliament.

Government wants to establish the agency to ensure coordination of and cooperation among the departments operating at land, sea and air ports of entry and along the country’s borders.

The agency is expected to enhance national security and public safety and to enable the efficient flow of legitimate travellers and goods.

Minister Mkhize said Cabinet approved the White Paper on International Migration in March this year.

The new 2017 White Paper replaces the outdated 1999 White Paper, which doesn’t speak to the current challenges of globalisation, migration and national priorities set out in the National Development Plan, Vision 2030.

The new White Paper is important, as it will provide a policy framework for amending immigration and refugee legislation to better align them to our goals of using migration for development, the Minister said.

According to the Minister, the new policy will guide on how best to manage labour from the Southern African Development Community region.

Source: South African Government News Agency


JOHANNESBURG, The debate on the need to promote democratic values in Africa is currently underway at the 4th Session of the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg, with the African Union (AU) Commission saying that the extension of presidential term limits is a growing threat to democratic rule on the continent.

While the AU has taken a firm stance against regime change through military coups, the continental body has not been effective in dealing with the problem of extended presidential terms. Although a large majority of African States have moved to embrace constitutional democracy and the principle of two-term presidential limits, the measure has recently been flouted by several leaders who have used constitutional amendments to prolong their stay in office.

Such moves often spark violence as a result of mass protests by opposition parties and ordinary people. Countries like Burundi, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Burkina Faso, are but some of the examples in which this has happened.

The Director for Political Affairs at the AU Commission, Dr. Khabele Matlosa, says while progress has been made in eradicating coups on the continent, much still needs to be done to curb what he terms “constitutional coups”.

“The good news is that we no longer have military coups on the continent. But let’s not over-celebrate the good news. We still have challenges in some countries where Constitutions are changed to prolong tenures of Heads of State in office,” he noted. “There is a lot of violence that goes on before, during and after elections in many of our countries. We need to depoliticise the military and politics”

Another risk to deepening democracy on the continent is recurring electoral violence. This remains the major driving force for political instability, according to the African parliamentarians. Weak governance, corruption, and the real and perceived manipulation of election results have driven opposition parties and ordinary civilians to rebel, and disregard democratic institutions and processes.

The politicisation of State security forces is also cited as a factor. Matlosa says there is an urgent need for concerted efforts to curb electoral violence. “There is a lot of violence that goes on before, during and after elections in many of our countries. We need to depoliticise the military and politics.”

Meanwhile, the African MPs have still to debate the validity of calls by several countries for the mass pull-out by Africa from membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC).