Announced Five Winners Of The 2019 Rolex Talent Awards

The Rolex Talent Award is the core of Rolex’s ‘Protect the Earth, Perseverance’ program. The announcement of the Rolex Talent Award indicates that this program has successfully passed forty years.

  [June 14, 2019, Washington News] Rolex today announced the five winners of the 2019 Rolex Talent Awards. They will receive funding and other rewards for projects that improve the life of the planet.
  To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the world’s first waterproof watch, the Rolex Oyster, the brand established the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 1976. The award aims to cultivate the spirit of creation, expand human knowledge, promote human well-being, protect cultural traditions and protect the environment.
  Rolex has long supported the protection of the earth, and recently launched the “PerpetualPlanet” program, which provides support for important people and organizations to solve environmental problems.

  National Geographic is a partner of the ‘Protect the Earth, Constant Action’ program, and has been working closely with Rolex since the early 1950s. Ten 2019 Rolex Talent Award winners each presented their entries at the National Geographic Explorers Festival.
  The Rolex Awards jury, composed of independent experts, met for the first time in February and selected ten finalists from a preliminary list of 957 applicants from 111 countries. For the first time in 43 years since the establishment of the Grand Prix, the public has been invited to vote through social media and vote for their favorite projects.

  Judging from the results of the public vote, the jury selected the final grand prize winner during the second meeting of the Explorers’ Day.
  Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex’s Director of Communications and Imagery, said: “Now we need more than ever to create, persevere, and solve the problems faced by leaders. We congratulate the award winners , Their winning projects are expected to have a significant impact globally. ‘

Rolex Award Winners

João Campos-Silva

João Campos-Silva

João Campos-Silva

João Campos-Silva

  João Campos-Silva, 36 years old, Brazil-The giantbone tonguefish is the world’s largest freshwater fish, weighing 200 kilograms and distributed in the Amazon. It is now on the verge of extinction. The Brazilian fisheries ecologist actively cooperates with local communities and Pu Fisheries, not only to protect the giant bone tongue fish, but also to protect the indigenous people and their livelihoods, food supplies and traditional cultures that have always depended on rivers.

Grégoire Courtine

Grégoire Courtine

Grégoire Courtine

  Grégoire Courtine, 44, France-Scientists working in Switzerland, Coutin, are developing revolutionary treatments to help paralyzed patients walk again. Its plan is to use implanted electronic ‘bridges’ to reconstruct the information transmission between the brain and spinal cord, which is expected to promote nerve regeneration and restore patients’ ability to control the legs.

Brian Gitta

 Brian Gitta

 Brian Gitta

Brian Gitta

  Brian Gitta, 26, Uganda-Many African villagers have been delaying treatment for weeks as they wait for the results of a malaria test. Kita is testing a new low-cost portable device, the Matiscope, which uses light and magnetic systems to produce results in minutes without the need for a blood sample. In 2017, there were as many as 200 million malaria cases in Africa.

Krithi Karanth

Krithi Karanth

Krithi Karanth

Krithi Karanth

  Krithi Karanth, 40, India-Conservation scientist Krithi Karanth is determined to reduce friction between wildlife and residents near Indian National Parks. To this end, she is committed to reducing the threats faced by humans, property and livestock, raising awareness of the protection of communities and schools, and more importantly, assisting users with claims through a free helpline.

Miranda Wang

Miranda Wang

Miranda Wang

Miranda Wang

Miranda Wang

  Miranda Wang, 25, Canada—Wang Yuwen, a Canadian entrepreneur and molecular biologist living in California, USA, has been working to solve the problem of plastic pollution. She took the lead in promoting innovative processes, including plastic bags and packaging materials Non-recyclable plastic waste is converted into valuable chemicals for industrial production and manufacturing of consumer goods such as automobiles and electronics.
2019 Rolex Awards Jury List
  Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, Nigeria, is a media entrepreneur and philanthropist and is currently President of EbonyLife Media. She is also the host of the Pan-African interview show Moments with Mo and the founder of the Inspire Africa Foundation.
  Jonathan Baillie (UK), an international authority on endangered species in the world, is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist of the National Geographic Society.
  Laurence de la Ferrière (France), a mountaineer, explorer and writer, has pioneered many new routes for severe terrain over the past three decades. She has twice broken the world record for female anaerobic altitude.
  Juan Dumas (Argentina), a well-known Latin American mediation and public policy expert, has worked with a number of development financial institutions. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Fundación Futuro Latinamericano (FFLA).
  David Gruber (United States), a marine biologist and prestigious National Geographic Emerging Explorer, has discovered hundreds of species and new marine phenomena to date.
  Paula Kahumbu (Kenya), president of the non-governmental organization WildLifeDirect, is dedicated to promoting conservation in Africa. She has worked to protect Kenya’s threatened wildlife and habitat.
  Adam Rutherford (United Kingdom), geneticist and writer, and host of BBC Radio 4 show Inside Science and BBC Television show The Cell and The Gene Code.
  Annika Sörenstam (Sweden / U.S.) Has been named the best female golfer in history, repeatedly breaking records and changing the development of women’s golf.
  Rav i Venkatesan (India), a business leader and philanthropist, is also a pioneer in technology and is committed to social change. He is the founder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship.
  Huang Wingling (Ling Wong, USA), an investment expert and entrepreneur, is keen to apply technology to society. She is currently a general partner of investment firm Sea Lane Ventures.
2021 Rolex Talent Award
  The 2021 Rolex Talent Award is now open for applications. All pioneers who are determined to use innovative projects to improve the quality of life on the planet are welcome to apply, regardless of nationality.