12 September 2008, Dhaka. BRAC founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed has been selected by the Synergos Institute to receive the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award for his innovate work to empower poor people, help them enjoy their basic human rights and enhance their opportunities to secure a better future. The award, which will also be presented this year to Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, will be given at an event in New York on the 23rd of September.
The David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award is presented each year by Synergos to extraordinary leaders who have shown vision and courage in bringing people together to address the most critical issues of our time. The first such honoree was David Rockefeller, for whom the award is named. Last year, the award was presented to former South African President Nelson Mandela as well as the Co-Chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and William Gates Sr.