Award

The GFCC presented the 2018 Global Competitiveness Award to Mr. Santiago Murtagh on September 18, 2018 at the Global Innovation Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is in recognition of his demonstrated leadership in driving competitiveness, his vision and leadership in driving institutional modernization in Argentina and innovative direction to create a unique global model of institutional partnerships, materialized in the group of EXCELENCIA.

Mr. Murtagh is the CEO of Culligan Argentina and the president of EXCELENCIA, a network that includes three different foundations: FUNDECE, FPNC and IPACE. This entity encourages the development and application of innovative management tools and systems to promote excellence and competitiveness in organizations in Argentina.

With a background in business – including an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – he is an architect and implementer of new institutional models and partnerships and deeply understands the importance of connecting public and private sector.

His leadership at Culligan Argentina allowed it to enter the global Balanced Scorecard “Hall of Fame” in 2010, which recognizes well-designed strategy and sustained excellence in execution. Culligan was also awarded the National Quality Award of the Argentine Republic in 2012.

Mr. Murtagh’s vision for Argentina has not only influenced business practices in the country but have also set the standard for how innovation should be used to transform the way people live and work as countries increase their competitiveness and innovation. It is because of his exceptional vision, compassion, outreach, and innovative thought that Santiago Murtagh was named the recipient of the GFCC Global Competitiveness Award of 2018.


The GFCC presented Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid with its 2017 Global Competitiveness Award at the annual Global Innovation Summit in November in Kuala Lumpur.

Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid is the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In addition, he is the Joint-Chairman of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Chairman of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BIOTECHCORP) and Chairman of the National Professors Council (MPN). He was the former holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the founding Director of the university’s Centre for Global Sustainability Studies. He is a Pro-Chancellor at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris and a member of the International Advisory Council of Taylor’s University.

The Global Competitiveness Award honors leaders who have advanced the competitiveness agenda and made significant contributions to their nations, regions, cities and globally. The Award recognizes trailblazers and groundbreakers who have brought together coalitions of people, leveraged new tools and models, championed new legislation and government policies, or ignited other activities to help strengthen their country’s competitiveness. These leaders, like Professor Zakri, transform the way business is done, the way government works with business, and the way sectors come together to promote sustainability, innovation, growth, and prosperity for all of their citizens.

The Global Competitiveness Award was first granted in 2016 to His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh—businessman, philanthropist, former government minister, and current Chairman and CEO of the Al-Dabbagh Group, for his exceptional work advancing the intertwining interests of business, government, philanthropy, and ‘omnipreneurship.’

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