A blind “barefoot lawyer” who is energizing the grass roots and, with many others, in challenging Chinese local authorities to obey the laws of the state
Awardees from 2007
A successful US-educated banker in Hong Kong who left his job at the bank to devote himself full-time to China's AIDS crisis
A blind Korean pastor who founded the Siloam Eye Hospital that helps cure preventive blindness among the poor
A Nepalese community leader who connected the people of Nangi through wireless internet technology to the outside world
As a free-lance journalist and rural affairs editor of The Hindu, Sainath has taken a different path. Believing that "journalism is for people, not for shareholders," he has doggedly covered the lives of those who have been left behind.
An influential legal and political public intellectual, who has pioneered efforts to uphold the rule of law with his passionate crusade of good and clean government, and his unrelenting battle towards a democratic country
an environmentalist whose passion is to “heal nature” and writes prolifically about the richness and variety of China's wildlife and animal habitats, tirelessly lectures on environment throughout mainland China and organizes annual Green Camps for students