SIP Distinguished Fellows
The SIP Distinguished Fellow Award honours legendary leaders whose illustrious lives have positively influenced lives across generations and communities around the globe. The Distinguished Fellow motivates collaborations and inspires extraordinary innovations across sectors. SIP Distinguished Fellows are outstanding role models and stalwarts of SIP’s community of changemakers in shaping a more inclusive, sustainable, and mindful world.
President of Singapore, 1999 – 2011
S.R. Nathan served as the sixth president of Singapore from 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2011. In his candidacy, he hosted about 50 heads of state and over 100 prime ministers and important delegations on official visits to Singapore. He also made state visits to around 30 countries, including eight capital cities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2000, he founded the President’s Challenge, which is a series of community-based fundraising events for charity. Between 2000 and 2011, the President’s Challenge raised more than $100 million for more than 500 beneficiary organisations. In 2001, he also created the President’s Social Service Awards to recognize achievers in fields such as nursing, social work and environmental activism. In 2011, the S.R. Nathan Education Upliftment Fund, which supports the needy students, was established.
Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., USA
Rob Walton has served as the Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart since 1992. In this role, he has seen Wal-Mart grow to serve more than 200 million customers per week at more than 8,000 retail units in 15 countries, generating $401 billion in sales in fiscal year 2009. Wal-Mart’s many commitments feed into three primary focus areas: promoting renewable energy, eliminating waste, and selling sustainable products.
Founder, One Foundation
Jet Li is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion who was born in Beijing. As the founder of Jet Li One Foundation which was founded in 2007, he has led the foundation and raised funds in projects to increase disaster relief, children welfare and philanthropy development. One Foundation strives to provide a professional and transparent public service platform according to the vision of “It Starts with every One”.