Programme Updates

Adli Qudsi, who was renowned for his conservation work in Aleppo, Syria, before the war, died in a traffic accident in Mersin, Turkey, on 21 January. Qudsi, whose restoration of the Old City of Aleppo was rewarded with his selection as an Associate Laureate in 1998, began his reconstruction work in 1978. He described the… Read more

Tributes from heads of state, philanthropists and academics have abounded in social media and newspapers in recent days following the death one of Africa’s greatest innovators and thinkers, Calestous Juma, who died in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 64 on 15 December, after a long illness. New African magazine hailed Juma, a former jury… Read more

By shedding light on the little known marvels of Patagonia’s fjords, marine explorer Vreni Häussermann is revealing crucial scientific data that will establish a case for setting up Marine Protected Areas. The remote, starkly beautiful glacial fjords of Patagonia, in southernmost South America, are emerging as a symbol of the struggle to save the natural… Read more

Kikuo Morimoto, a Japanese silk-weaver who revived Cambodia’s thousand-year-old silk tradition, has died. A Laureate of the 2004 Rolex Awards, Morimoto bequeaths to his adopted country not only the ancient craft that came close to disappearing after the conflicts that tore the nation apart, but the entire production process as it had existed for centuries.… Read more

In 1976, Rolex chose to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof watch, by setting up the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. This philanthropic programme was designed to support pioneers with groundbreaking ideas all over the world, those who had the passion, determination and leadership to contribute to the welfare of mankind.… Read more