Neelam Chhiber, Managing Director, Indus Tree Crafts Foundation (ICF) won the 2011 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award is given by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.

The award was conferred in Mumbai at a ceremony attended by over 200 participants in the presence of Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Planning, Science, Technology and Earth Sciences of India, and Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman and Founder of the World Economic Forum. Indus Tree Crafts Foundation (ICF) is a member of Fair Trade Forum – India.

More than 140 applicants entered the seventh annual “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” selection process for India, and four finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of pre-eminent judges met on 12 November to select the winner. This year’s judges included Sudha Pillai, Member Secretary of the Planning Commission; Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Group, Godrej Industries; Shobhana Bhartia, Member of Parliament, and Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media; Harish Hande, Managing Director of SELCO Solar Light and a Ramon Magsaysay Award Winner for year 2011; Rajiv Khandelwal, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Aajeevika Bureau and Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2010; and Mirjam Schöning, Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

(Based on inputs from Indus Tree Craft Foundation)