Sep - Oct 2018
Lee Kuan Yee Prize 2018
October 28, 2018
The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2018 and the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018 were presented respectively to the city of Seoul, South Korea and American microbiologist Prof Rita R. Colwell by the President of Singapore, Madam Halimah Yacob. The 2018 laureates were honoured in an audience of global water industry leaders, mayors, city leaders and experts at the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore on 9 July 2018.
The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2018 laureate, Seoul, is recognised as the role model for megacities with a will to change. Its successive leaders and city government devised innovative solutions, which turned it around from a bureaucratic top-down city with rising tensions between the government and its people, into an inclusive, socially stable and dynamic city. Seoul has implemented successful and impactful projects to repurpose urban infrastructure, and proven itself as an excellent example of how visionary leadership, commitment to citizen engagement, decisive data-driven moves and creativity can transform the environment, boost vibrancy and improve the quality of life for its people. Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, received the Prize on behalf of the city.
For more information, please visit www.leekuanyewworldcityprize.com.sg/laureates/laureates/2018/seoul.
The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018 laureate, Prof Rita R. Colwell is recognised for her pioneering insights into microbial water quality surveillance, and her pivotal contributions in translating these insights into concrete practices and policies to better manage waterborne diseases and protect public health. A world-renowned scientist, Professor Colwell’s discoveries and innovations have changed the way the world thinks of water microbiology. Her seminal work has significantly contributed to the understanding and prevention of waterborne diseases, helping to improve water safety, as well as protecting the health and lives of millions of people worldwide.