Sébastien Turbot is a French social entrepreneur who has served as the curator and the global director at Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education since May 2012. He is also a fellow at the Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, manufactures and commerce, an advisory board member at Samuel Hall Consulting, an independent research and strategic consulting firm, and Turbot is an adjunct professor at the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences-Po, Paris. Prior to this he worked as editorial director at TEDx Paris, and founded Sayara Strategies a social communication agency during the decade he spent in Afghanistan.
International prizes and awards for social impact such as the XPrize, the Skoll Awards or the TED Prize are much more than mere symbolic medals of honors worn by the intrepid soldiers whose bold and creative strides are helping turn poverty into prosperity. In fact, these decorations provide much-needed motivation to accelerate change, writes Sébastien Turbot in this guest commentary.