The Zayed Sustainability Prize Newsletter

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Q1 - 2020

About the Prize winners

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed honours the 10 winners of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020

Concluding the Prize’s annual submissions cycle, the 10 winners of the 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize were recognised at the annual awards ceremony earlier this month – which took place on the first day of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the awards to the winners, with the participation of a number of world leaders.

In congratulating the winners, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed highlighted the importance of encouraging the next generation of pioneers and innovators to be sustainability champions and the significant role they will play in advancing their impact on socio-cultural and economic development. His Highness also praised the level of sophistication some of the projects display and the long-term impact they will have on a worldwide, as well as local or community level.

Having completed its 12th edition, the annual US$3 million Prize is the UAE’s pioneering sustainability award for recognising innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions of small to medium-sized companies, non-profit organisations, and global high schools.

About the Prize winners

Click play to watch the winners react to accepting their award at the 2020 awards ceremony.


Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize!
Reflecting the global reach and diverse impact of the Prize, this year’s winners are active in a number of world regions, offering sustainable and humanitarian solutions across various sectors. Addressing challenges in the areas of Health, Food, Energy, Water, collectively, these winners have been involved in delivering solutions to a wide range of beneficiaries.

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Learn more about each of the winners here.


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The 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony and ADSW made for a truly inspirational week. From the awards ceremony, to the finalists’ certificate awarding, media roundtable, gala dinner, student workshops and winners’ speaking opportunities and panel discussions – it was an incredibly busy and exciting week for all involved and we thank everyone involved for playing their part in making this year’s event a resounding success.



The Zayed Sustainability Prize recognises pioneers across the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools, whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in sustainable and humanitarian solutions that are currently operational in communities around the world.

The Prize invites small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profits organisations to submit existing solutions that have demonstrated a true impact, while the Global High Schools category seeks to inspire young minds and encourage entries based on projects they can implement with the award’s prize funding.

For more information on each category, the criteria, and how to apply, click here.

Make your Mark, apply today.


Late last year, the Zayed Sustainability Prize launched a global humanitarian initiative, 20by2020, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mubadala Petroleum, the Year of Tolerance, and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – Masdar.

Inspired by the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, 20by2020 champions his humanitarian values by advancing the world’s sustainability goals through the donation of technologies and solutions, developed by Prize winners and finalists, to vulnerable communities in 20 countries by the end of 2020.

In just two months, the initiative has successfully completed its planned deployments in three countries, including Nepal, Uganda and Tanzania. Solar suitcases developed by ‘We Care Solar’ (2019 Prize Winner – Health Category) were donated to health facilities located in Nepal’s Bhojpur and Shankhuwasabha districts, as well the Minister's Village of Ntinda, Kampala in Uganda. 6,000 mothers and babies in Nepal, as well as 12,000 mothers and babies in Uganda, are expected to benefit from these deployments. Furthermore, a food dosifier technology for the fortification of flour, developed by Sanku (2019 Prize Winner – Food Category) was donated to Dar es Salam, Tanzania, which is expected to help feed 50,000 people with nutritious food every day.

Witness the powerful journey of these deployments:


Coming up next for ‘20by2020’, the installation of solar street lights developed by Sunna Design (2018 Prize Winner – SME Category) will soon take place outside of Prince Hamza Hospital in Amman, Jordan, as well as the Habisha Village located in the Asyut Governate of Egypt. Stay tuned to our social media channels to watch live coverage and moving moments in time. For more information and the latest updates on ‘20by2020’, click here .


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