Fayeeza Naqvi, Arif Naqvi first Pakistanis awarded BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy
They are the first Pakistanis to have ever received the honor. The announcement was made in Paris at an award ceremony hosted by Vincent Lecomte and Sofia Merlo, Co-CEOs of BNP Paribas Wealth Management.
Accepting the award in Paris, Fayeeza Naqvi, Founding Trustee of the Aman Foundation, said, “I am deeply humbled and honored to accept the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy on behalf of the 2,000 people who are part of the Aman team and my family. Our journey over the past seven years has been one of challenge, hope and motivation as we sought to build an eco-system that put healthcare, education and food security at its core. We are privileged to be supported by an incredible team of colleagues, local and international partners who recognize the value of building scalable and sustainable change in the philanthropic sector. This award represents a milestone in Aman Foundation’s journey and galvanizes us to continue building a better future for our global community”.
The Prize, now in its 8th year, recognizes outstanding global philanthropists, Aman Foundation commended for its unique track record in healthcare and education.
The prize laureates for the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy are chosen by an independent jury made up of leading figures across a number of sectors representing business, art, media, finance, industry and philanthropy. The jury is chaired by Suzanne Berger, Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA.
In studying the profiles of the nominees, the jury made their decisions based on criteria, such as social impact of the laureates’ philanthropic initiatives, their personal and financial commitment, and the sustainability and professionalism of the projects.
The Grand Prix honors an individual or family for their overall philanthropic activity, commending the exemplary nature of their actions, their financial engagement, impact and long-term commitment.
The Aman Foundation, established by the Naqvi family in 2008 is the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, with a focus on healthcare and education. The foundation was commended for its outstanding work in creating sustainable and systemic impact through grant-giving and direct investment in a series of programs that have played a transformative role in the social fabric of Karachi.
With the explicit goal of transforming lives and championing dignity and choice for the under-served, the Aman Foundation has built a healthcare eco-system, with a best in class ambulance service that has a response time of nine minutes, in one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
AmanAmbulance was recently awarded the ‘Best Institutional Emergency Medical Service across Asia’ and has made over 675,000 interventions to date. The foundation’s education vertical is underpinned by AmanTech, a vocational training institute that has enrolled over 4,000 underprivileged students, and enabled them to enter the economic mainstream through skills training, professional development and job placement programs.
For more information on the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy, please visit: https://wealthmanagement.bnpparibas.com/public/en/achieving-your-goals-prize.