Leonardo DiCaprio joins distinguished group of international leaders in government, business, academia and renowned Green activists has been selected to join the Jury for the Zayed Future Energy Prize. The Zayed Future Energy Prize is recognized as the world’s preeminent award -driving innovation, leadership, long-term vision and impact in renewable energy and sustainability.
“The Zayed Future Energy Prize serves as a catalyst to sustainable development. For us, going carbon neutral is not just the right thing to do; we believe it is in our economic self-interest. Countries that have the foresight to green their economies today, will be the winners of tomorrow” We welcome to the Prize highly accomplished individuals who bring together a multi-faceted set of experiences in the industry along with a shared passion and commitment to advancing renewable energy and sustainability around the world,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. “We will greatly benefit by each of their specific areas of expertise and participation.”Newly-selected members of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury are: HE Mohammed Nasheed, President of the Republic of the Maldives, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy for South Africa, Hon. Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation and Better World Fund, Andre Agassi, Founder of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Grand Slam Tennis Champion and Hon. Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation.The new Jury members will join continuing members: HE Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland; HE Ahmed Al Sayegh, Chairman of Masdar; and Dr. Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“Our appreciation is also extended to the exiting jury members whose efforts have laid the foundation and created the momentum for the prize in its inception phase. We recognize their efforts and are confident that they will continue to support the prize as its ambassadors.” he added. The Zayed Future Energy Prize aims to incentivize, encourage and become a catalyst for the ongoing development of renewable energy and clean technology.The Jury will convene later this year as the final judging panel in a four-tiered open process that selects the prize winners and finalists who will be honoured in an Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi on 17 January 2012. The annual Zayed Future Energy Prize is open to individuals, large companies, entrepreneurs, small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and NGOs in the field of renewable energy and sustainability.The prize organization has developed a multi-tiered evaluation procedure to ensure consistency throughout the judging process. Participants can win up to $1.5 million.