Jeff Skoll Named James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian
Each year, one individual whose vision and leadership is helping to address some of the world’s most critical issues is awarded the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award – an honor inspired by and named after the Chairman Emeritus of Applied Materials.
I was privileged to be involved in this morning’s announcement that Jeff Skoll will receive the 2011 Global Humanitarian Award at the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, on October 20 in Silicon Valley.
Jeff, the first full-time employee and first president of eBay, went on to create the Skoll Foundation which quickly became the world’s largest foundation for social entrepreneurship. In 2009, he founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund, which has five global issues as its primary focus – climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and the Middle East conflict.
Jeff is also a celebrated film producer having founded Participant Media which partners with advocacy campaigns to address important social issues through its award-winning films including The Kite Runner, An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman.
During the Award announcement, Jeff talked about the power of technology to influence positive change and how, even as a young engineer, he focused on using innovation to improve people’s lives. Jeff believes technology can give a voice to the voiceless and connect people to one another.
Jeff is an ideal recipient of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award and I am pleased he will join past honorees including Jordan’s Queen Rania al Abdullah, Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, Intel’s founder Gordon Moore, Microfinance pioneer and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, and Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Hear more from Jeff regarding this prestigious award.