As a novelty, within the framework of this VIII Convention, Madrid Excellent will award the Excellence prizes on a personal level. These prizes recognize the humane and professional trajectories of famous personalities who, through their dedication and work, have managed to distinguish themselves in their respective fields.

The award recipients this year are:

Excellent Prize of Spain

Her Majesty Queen Sofía, for her world humanitarian work through the Queen Sofia Foundation, which from 1994 has directed and promoted numerous educational and health projects as well as social and humanitarian assistance which has benefitted children, the elderly, immigrants, the disabled and those effected by natural disasters.

Excellent Prize on a European Institutional Level

José Manuel Durão Barroso (Former President of the European Commission) for his work on major European integration and the creation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology during his term as President of the European Commission.

José Manuel Barroso was President of the European Commission (2004 to 2014). Before he was Prime Minister of Portugal, where he spent 12 years in Government, including Foreign Affairs and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister (1987 to 1995).

Excellent Prize in Science-Health

Rafael Matesanz (Director of the National Organization of Transplants), For his contribution to Spanish society through the creation and management of the National Organization of Transplants) and for making Spain one of the countries in the world with the greatest number of donations.

Medical doctor and surgeon, specialized in Nephrology, founder and director of the National Organization of Transplants since September 1989. He has be the head of various organizations such as INSALUD, the Spanish Commission of Transplants, the Commission of Transplants for the European Council, and the Latin American Council of Donations and Transplants. He was the recipient of the Principe de Asturias Award for International Cooperation 2010, member of the National Honor Professional Association with the Gold Distinction of the General Council of Professional Organizations.

Excellent Prize in Technology-Education

Rapelang Rabana (Founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning), for her technological focus on improving education in African countries by means of Rekindle Learning.

Featured on Forbes Africa Cover before 30 and named Entrepreneur for the World 2014 by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, Rapelang is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. She founded Rekindle Learning, a learning technology company that provides learning and performance support tools that improve the efficiency with which we learn, and reduce time to competency in corporate and academic environments. Rekindle Learning was profiled in the McKinsey report Lions go Digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning.

Excellent Prize in Business

Luis Maroto (CEO of Amadeus), for his management success at the forefront of the international expansion of Amadeus, a leading company in the technological sector.

Luis Maroto has been the managing director of Amadeus from October 2014. From 2009 to December 2010, Luis was the Deputy CEO of Amadeus and responsible for global strategy of the company as well as the areas of finance, internal and legal auditing and human resources. He also played a decisive role in the return of Amadeus to the stock market with the successful public offering of the company in April 2010.


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