Laureates 2006

Past - Preserving Cultural Heritage

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned cellist whose inspirations go well beyond the concert hall.

In 1998, Mr. Ma founded the Silk Road Project to study the ebb and flow of ideas among different cultures along the Silk Road, illuminating the heritages of its countries and identifying the voices that represent these traditions today. Mr. Ma's mission for the Silk Road Project is to plant the seeds of new artistic and cultural growth, and to celebrate

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Present - Journalists of Print Media

Goenawan Mohamad

Goenawan Mohamad

Goenawan Mohamad is one of the world's leading voices of moderate Islam. He has written extensively and eloquently about the power of the press and the importance of free speech. For Mohamad, "the issue of freedom of expression is not about certain collective precepts and principles, or the formulation of common values, but like other issues related to human rights, in the beginning it is about violence and suffering."

Mohamad's role in

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Adam Michnik

Adam Michnik

Adam Michnik, a Polish journalist and activist, has made enormous contributions to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. First as a dissident who spoke out against communism and the dangers of totalitarianism, and later as editor in chief of Poland's largest daily Gazeta Wyborcza after the fall of communism, Michnik has consistently provoked debate on the critical issues of democracy and human rights.

After the fall of communism in

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Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez, a Chilean journalist and author, has established a reputation as Chile's premier investigative reporter and one of the top investigative reporters in Latin America. She has consistently broken news on a range of human rights cases. She has also revealed a number of scandals involving former dictator Augusto Pinochet and his family.

As a result of such revelations, Gonz?lez was repeatedly accused of slander during the Pinochet

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Magdi Allam

Magdi Allam

Magdi Allam, born in Egypt and raised in Italy, is one of the leading journalists in Italy today. He is Deputy Editor of "Corriere della Sera", one of Italy's leading newspapers, and an Arab and Islamic affairs commentator.

Allam is an author as well as a prolific journalist and editor, consistently speaking out against extremism and in favor of tolerance. He is one of the leaders in the fight for coexistence between civilizations, asserting,

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Future - Cancer Therapy

John Mendelsohn

John Mendelsohn

John Mendelsohn, MD, combines experience in clinical and laboratory research with administrative expertise for guiding The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the 21st century. Since becoming president in 1996, he has recruited a visionary management team and implemented new priorities for integrated programs in patient care, research, education and cancer prevention. Under his direction, MD Anderson has been named the top cancer

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Joseph Schlessinger

Joseph Schlessinger

Joseph Schlessinger, PhD, has been the William H. Prusoff Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine since 2001. Schlesinger was a member of the faculty of the Weizmann Institute from 1978-1991 and co-founded Sugen, Inc. in 1991 and Plexxikon in 2001. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Plexxikon.

Schlessinger changed the way we think about cell surface receptors and signal

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