Past Buffett Award winners

2017 winner: Regina Agyare Honu

Regina Agyare Honu accepts the 2017 Buffett AwardHonu is the founder and CEO of Soronko Solutions, a software development company and social enterprise startup based in Accra, Ghana. She is also the founder of Soronko Foundation, the company’s nonprofit arm, which runs several development programs in West Africa that teach youth how to code and use technology to solve social issues. Read a Q&A with Honu to learn more about her.

Honu visited Northwestern on April 18 to give a public lecture and meet with student groups.

Other nominees for the 2017 award were:

  • Cristina Jimenez: co‐founder and executive director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth‐led organization in the nation.
  • Vuyo Kayi: founder and head coach of the South African women’s soccer team RV United, and program coordinator with Grassroots Soccer, a non-profit that uses soccer to empower and educate adolescents, with a focus on HIV and AIDS and sexual health.
  • Estefania Palomino: global health lawyer, Latin American feminist, and entrepreneur, and program manager of the women's rights, Latin American Division at the Wyss Foundation.

2016 winner: Khalida Brohi

Khalida Brohi giving the inaugural Buffett Award LectureKhalida is the founder of Sughar Empowerment Society, a nonprofit organization that provides socioeconomic opportunities to rural and tribal women of Pakistan.

Khalida launched the Sughar Empowerment Society in 2009 to fight against such customs and restrictions on women. The Sughar Empowerment Society seeks to provide opportunities for these women, including resources to create and sustain rural, woman-owned businesses.

With the successful launch of her nonprofit, Khalida’s plans for the next 10 years are to change the lives of one million women in Pakistan. Learn more about Khalida.

Other nominees:

  • Julie Carney: co-founder of Gardens for Health International (GHI), an organization that provides seeds, tree seedlings and small livestock to patients at public health centers in Rwanda. 
  • Alan Hurt: founder and Chief Lighting Officer of Light Up Africa, an organization that works in the renewable energy sector and helps improve access to energy for those living in the developing world. 
  • Anoop Jain: founding director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India, a nonprofit organization that works to improve sanitation infrastructure and health education in India. 
  • Shiza Shahid: CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, helping the organization award more than half a million dollars in grants supporting girls’ education throughout the world.