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The 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Honourees announced


On Tuesday, 28th of March, the winners of Oslo Business for Peace Award were announced in Oslo City Hall. The arrangement was hosted by Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen and we had Secretary General John Danilovich of our international partner, International Chamber of Commerce, as a special guest.

The selection of Honourees took place in London on February 9th, where the independent Award Committee consisting of Nobel prize winners in Peace and Economics decided upon the businessworthy leaders of 2017.

Award Committee member Ouided Bouchamaoui stated: “This year again, the Business for Peace Nominees are the proof that working ethically and looking for sustainable development is viable and worthy. The nominees are accomplished entrepreneurs helping people in need and showing the world that being businessworthy can also serve the values of trade”.

We are delighted to present four outstanding businessworthy leaders of 2017:

Durreen Shahnaz (Singapore)

Durreen Shahnaz receives the award for her work in spearheading the transformation of the way financial and capital markets work, focusing on purpose and maximising impact. Her work in Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the world’s first stock exchange dedicated to social enterprises – which she founded in 2009, has positively impacted 10 million lives to date.

Dr Harley Seyedin (USA)

Dr Harley Seyedin is an Iranian immigrant to USA, who has spent his life building a multi-national electricity and low carbon infrastructure development business with great success in China and Southeast Asia. He has lived more than 20 years in China and for the past nine years he has held the position as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China.

Murad Al-Katib (Canada)

Murad Al-Katib, son of Turkish immigrants to Canada, receives the Award for his entrepreneurship in leading the way in sustainable agriculture and contributing to feeding millions of refugee families in the Syrian crisis. His company AGT Food and Ingredients is one of the world’s largest lentil companies, handling about a quarter of the global supply.

Elon Musk (USA)

Elon Musk receives the Award for his leadership of the way forward in the automotive industry, and for his showcasing of business’ ability to help confront and solve the world’s most demanding and complex problems. The battery technology of Tesla has recently been successfully combined with solar energy in his company SolarCity, USA’s second largest provider of solar systems.

Please find the justification for the Honourees here. And do not  miss a chance to celebrate the winners in the Oslo City Hall on May 16th from 16:00 to 17:30. Reserve your place already today by registering via this link.

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Dr Brundtland key note speaker at the 2017 Summit

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The theme for this year’s Summit is: Brundtland +30: Breakthrough Ideas for Futureproofing the Global Economy, marking the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Brundtland Commission report: “Our Common Future”.

Gro Harlem Brundtland (photo credit:

We are proud to have Dr Brundtland participate at the 2017 Business for Peace Summit, giving the keynote “The State of the Union between Business and Society” at the Award Ceremony on May 16th.

Since futureproofing is our aim, we have put great effort in making this year’s Summit intergenerational. This perspective will also shape the programme, meaning the 2017 Summit will serve as a platform for intergenerational dialogue between CEOs and board members, investors and representatives from civil society, politics and academia.

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We are also proud to confirm that Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg will attend our Roundtable conference for the third consecutive year. Solberg is also the co-chair of the UN Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Among other exiting speakers are professor Adam Grant from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who will give a speech at the University of Oslo on the 15th of May. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognised as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. Grant is the author of two New York Times bestselling books (“Originals”& “Give and Take”), translated into 35 languages. His third book, “Option B” with Sheryl Sandberg, is on resilience.

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Nisa Leung, Managing Partner of China’s Qiming Venture Partners, will be speaking at the roundtable conference. Qiming Venture Partners is a leading investment firm in China which currently manages five USD funds and four RMB funds with over USD 2.7 billion in assets and investments in more than 160 companies. Leung is leading the company’s healthcare investments.

About the Summit

The Business for Peace Summit is a two-day event that has rapidly gained recognition as one of the world’s prime meeting places for leaders who have as their purpose to improve society by being ”businessworthy” – in an ethical and responsible way creating value both for business and society.

The complete program for the Business for Peace Foundations Summit, will be released within few weeks.

The highlight of every Summit is the Award Ceremony, where the winners of the Oslo Business for Peace Award are celebrated at the Oslo City Hall. This year the celebration will take place on the 16th of May from 16:00 to 17:30. We welcome you to reserve your seat today, by filling out this form.

We also invite you to follow us on social media for updates on this event and more, and hope to welcome you at the Summit!

Winners of the Oslo Business for Peace Award 2017


We are delighted to announce the winners of The Oslo Business for Peace Award 2017 on  March 28th. John Danilovich, Secretary General of our international partner, International Chamber of Commerce, will be announcing the winners at an event at the Oslo City Hall, hosted by Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen.

You are welcome to join the event via the streaming system on our website and facebook page. Find out more about the previous honourees here.

The Award Ceremony and celebration of the 2017 Honourees will take place in Oslo City Hall on May 16th from 16:00 to 17:30. Secure your place today by registering via this link.

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Business for Peace on the agenda for Nobel laureates

Ambassador Mona Juul talking to Founder BfP Per Saxegaard
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Ambassador Mona Juul, meeting with the Award Committee members of Business for Peace Foundation (BfP). From the right: Dag Dyrdal (Managing Director, BfP), Finn Kydland (member of the Committee), Dr Shirin Ebadi (member), Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui (member), Per Saxegaard (Founder, BfP) and Ms Juul

On February 9th, Nobel laureates Ouided Bouchamaoui, Dr Shirin Ebadi and Finn Kydland gathered at the Norwegian Embassy in London, and were soon joined on telephone by Michael Spence. The laureates constitute the Award Committee for the Oslo Business for Peace Award. The annual prize is awarded to international business leaders who in a responsible and ethical way create value for business as well as society.

The committee met in London to select the Business for Peace Honourees for 2017. The prize is established by Business for Peace, an Oslo based foundation dedicated to support, inspire and recognise global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business. The foundation is supported by several private and public institutions, one of the key partners being the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Norwegian Ambassador to London, Mona Juul, welcomed the committee members and the Business for Peace representatives at Belgrave Square, and highlighted the important role business leaders have in contributing to solve important societal challenges. She also underlined the significance that the distinguished Award Committee give to the prize.

– It is a Norwegian tradition to support and initiate projects promoting peace and trust building in international relations. Business for Peace makes a bridge to the business communities, by awarding leaders who are role models in supporting the sustainable development goals, she said.

Ambassador Mona Juul talking to Founder BfP Per Saxegaard

Ambassador Mona Juul talking to the founder of Business for Peace Foundation, Per Saxegaard

The members of the Award Committee are Nobel Prize winners in Peace or Economics, with an independent mandate to identify Honourees, based on nominations from the foundation’s international partners, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Global Compact (UNGC). The fifth member of the Award Committee is Peace prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, who was unable to attend this year’s meeting.

When being asked about the significance of the Oslo Business for Peace Award, committee member Ouided Bouchamaoui states:

-The spreading of businessworthy values is important work, with the potential of creating great change as to how the world thinks about business. We do, however need to ask ourselves: “How do we communicate our work? How can we spread this message also among younger generations and make people listen?”

Ms Bouchamaoui speaking

Nobel Peace laureate Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui at the Award Committee meeting

Per Saxegaard, founder and chairperson at Business for Peace, shared his reflections on the Business for Peace Award, and the role of the prize in an increasingly complex world.

– Technology, globalisation and climate change are accelerating, impacting the rules of international business. These changes make it necessary for business leaders to adjust the map to the new terrain. They need to become businessworthy, said Saxegaard.

The Business for Peace Award ceremony will take place at Oslo City Hall the 16th of May, where Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland will give the state of the union speech. The winners will be announced in March.


About Business for Peace

The mission of Business for Peace is to support, inspire, and recognise the global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business. At the centre of the foundation’s activities is the annual Oslo Business for Peace Award, conferred to exceptional individuals who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy: creating economic value in a responsible way, while also contributing to solving important challenges in society.

Nobel Peace Prize – A recognition and an incentive to the Colombian business leaders who act businessworthy

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Juan Manuel Santos Juan Andres Cano

From left to right: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia (source: The Guardian) and Juan Andrés Cano, 2015 Business for Peace Honouree

The Business for Peace Foundation would like to congratulate the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Colombian people for this important recognition. We are delighted to see that the Nobel Peace Prize is providing a new impetus to their efforts in looking for a negotiated solution to the oldest running armed conflict in Latin America.

The Business for Peace Foundation, like many others, strongly believe in the determination of Colombians to achieve peace. The Government and the negotiating teams in Havana are back to work, trying to reach an agreement that works for all, and the private sector has a strong role to play at this critical time. Businessworthy leaders should be congratulated for showing that peace-building is not only feasible and desirable from a business angle but is also the best remedy to attack a key root cause of the conflict, extreme poverty.

Juan Andrés Cano, 2015 Business for Peace Honouree, embodies this new breed of local businessworthy entrepreneurs. Through his consulting work, he has been an avid promoter of ethically responsible and sustainable business practices that support society in becoming fairer and more inclusive.

Juan Andres is also the founder of PeaceStartup. This is a joint Colombian-Spanish initiative that gathers key stakeholders to discuss and identify sustainable solutions to tackle specific challenges of peace-building through the use of information and communications technologies. It is this innovative approach to making peace-building a business opportunity which earned Cano the Business for Peace Award in 2015, the highest recognition made to a business leader.

‘The best way Colombian business leaders can contribute to building peace is by expanding their way of thinking to understand that the business is not only for individual profit but this must create value for society too. This is the type of mentality which is critical for peace and which, the Foundation, promotes’. 

Founder and Executive Chairman Business for Peace Foundation

Per Saxegaard

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