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Congratulations Nilofer Merchant on Winning the Thinkers50 “Future Thinking Award”

Congratulations Nilofer Merchant on Winning the Thinkers50 “Future Thinking Award”

Congratulations to  Nilofer Merchant on receiving the 2013 “Future Thinker Award” from Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business leaders! The honour was presented to Merchant last night in London, UK, at a black-tie gala, where she beat out seven other internationally notable management thinkers on the shortlist.

Known for her expertise in leading in the social era and innovation, a TED speaker, a bestselling author, and a business leader with 20 years of experience, Merchant challenges people to do more than just think differently—she asks them to act differently. Offering audiences new rules for creating value, leading, and innovating in our rapidly changing world, Merchant brings her world-class pedigree to every stage.

Thinkers50 has ten established criteria by which thinkers are evaluated: originality of ideas, practicality of ideas, presentation style, written communication, loyalty of followers, business sense, international outlook, rigor of research, impact of ideas, and ability to inspire. The awards, which originated in 2001, are bestowed every two years by a panel of distinguished business advisers, drawn from America, Asia, and Europe. Previous recipients include Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, and the late management consultant, Peter Drucker, to name just a few.

Other Speakers’ Spotlight talent that appeared on the 2013 awards shortlists include:


Roger Martin: Shortlisted for the Strategy Award; Winner of the Best Book Award for Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, by AG Lafley and Roger Martin

The former dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Roger Martin is a champion of innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and learning-by-doing. He is the leading proponent of Integrative Thinking—a bold new approach to the business problems emerging in the global economy, and presents a model for strengthening integrative thinking skills. Most recently, he is the co-author (with AG Lafley, chairman of Procter & Gamble) of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, a practical approach to winning strategy. He now holds Premier’s Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness at Rotman.

Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan: Shortlisted for the Innovation Award

The Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business, Vijay Govindarajan is best known for his work  on reverse innovation and achieving strategic ambitions in a world of constant flux. Govindarajan has published nine books including Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators  and The Other Side of Innovation.

Speakers’ Spotlight Talent on the 2013 Thinkers50 Ranking

#3: Roger Martin

#5: Vijay Govindarajan

#10 Marshall Goldsmith

#18 Marcus Buckingham

#25 Richard Florida