Nikkei Inc.'s 2013 Nikkei Asia Prizes have been awarded to Vietnamese entrepreneur, Truong Gia Binh, Indian professor, Tejraj Aminabhavi, and Vann Molyvann, a Cambodian architect.
Awarded annually, the prize recognizes the achievements of people and organizations that have improved the lives of people throughout Asia.
Truong Gia Binh, 56, the chairman and CEO of FPT Corp., the largest information technology company in Vietnam, received the award in the category of regional growth. He not only contributed to the development of his own company but also to the development of IT business in Vietnam. He set up a software industry organization and a university to foster IT experts.
Tejraj Aminabhavi, 66, the professor emeritus at Soniya Education Trust's College of Pharmacy, received the award for his contributions in the area of applied polymer science in the science, technology and innovation category. His contributions on molecular transport, separation, drug and pesticide delivery and other fields have led to a number of practical applications in the chemical industry and medicine.
Vann Molyvann, 86, a Cambodian architect, won the culture prize. He built such famous landmarks as Olympic Stadium and Independence Monument. His buildings are uniquely designed with a mix of modern and traditional Cambodian elements. Under the rapid development of Phnom Penh, his buildings are in danger of being demolished.
Nikkei Asia Prizes
Launched by Nikkei Inc. in 1996, the awards program honors people in Asia who have made significant contributions in three areas: regional growth; science, technology and innovation; and culture.
The prizes target individuals and groups in northeastern, southeastern, southern and central Asia, excluding Japan. The selection committee is chaired by Fujio Mitarai, honorary chairman of Nippon Keidanren.