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FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards

New York |
Judges include:
Mira  Nair

Mira Nair

Film Director

El  Anatsui

El Anatsui

Elif  Shafak

Elif Shafak

Novelist, Political Scientist and Commentator

Overview

The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations.

There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets.

The Emerging Voices Awards will be open to passport holders of emerging nations in three categories:
1. Africa and the Middle East: including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints and mixed media.
2. Asia-Pacific: Works of fiction published in English. 
3. Latin America and the Caribbean: Films in any language with English subtitles.

The judges aim to reward those in each of the eligible art forms whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers understanding of their region.

The longlist for each category will be announced on 6 June 2016. This will be followed by the announcement of three finalists on 5 August 2016 who will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York on 26 September 2016 where category winners will be announced.

The winner in each category will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will also be featured in a post event magazine and videos profiled on ft.com. Shortlisted runners up will receive $5,000.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/26/2016 00:00:0009/26/2016 00:00:00falseFT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices AwardsThe FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations.There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets.The Emerging Voices Awards will be open to passport holders of emerging nations in three categories:1. Africa and the Middle East: including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints and mixed media.2. Asia-Pacific: Works of fiction published in English. 3. Latin America and the Caribbean: Films in any language with English subtitles.The judges aim to reward those in each of the eligible art forms whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers understanding of their region.The longlist for each category will be announced on 6 June 2016. This will be followed by the announcement of three finalists on 5 August 2016 who will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York on 26 September 2016 where category winners will be announced.The winner in each category will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will also be featured in a post event magazine and videos profiled on ft.com. Shortlisted runners up will receive $5,000.FT/OppenheimerFunds-Emerging-Voices-Awards4a3f7a4e61b2a3ab65eb5bb111c33523MM/DD/YYYY

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Judges (17)

Mira  Nair

Mira Nair

Film Director

Mira Nair is a judge for the Film award.

Mira Nair is the rare prolific filmmaker who fluidly moves between Hollywood and Independent Cinema. After several years of making documentary films, Mira Nair made a stunning entry onto the world stage with her debut feature film Salaam Bombay! (1988). Now hailed as a classic, the film has received more than 25 international awards including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988, the Caméra d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second film, Mississippi Masala (1991) won three awards at Venice. Since, Nair made films such as The Perez Family (1993), Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love(1996), My Own Country (1998), The Laughing Club of India (1999). In 2001, Monsoon Wedding won the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, becoming one of the highest grossing foreign films of all time. Nair then directed the Golden Globe winningHysterical Blindness (2002). After making William Makepeace Thackeray’s epic Vanity Fair (2004), she directed a film based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s best-selling novel The Namesake (2006). This was followed by the Amelia Earhart biopic, Amelia (2009) starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. In 2012 Nair directed The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a thriller based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid. It opened the 2012 Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim, and was released worldwide in early 2013.

She is currently directing the Disney production Queen of Katwe starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelwo. The film is based on the true story of the Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi.

Nair is an avid maker of short films, and recently directed a documentary film titled A Fork, a Spoon and a Knight, inspired by the Mandela quote, ‘Difficulties break some men but make others.’ She contributed to11.09.01 (2002) in which 11 renowned filmmakers reacted to the events of September 11. Other titles include How Can It Be? (2008), Migration (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), and her collaboration with Emir Kusturica and Guillermo Arriaga on a compilation feature Words With God.

A long time activist, Nair set up an annual film-makers’ laboratory, Maisha in Kampala, Uganda. Since 2005, young directors in East Africa have been trained at this non-profit facility with the belief that “If we dont tell our stories, no one else will”. Maisha is currently building a school with Architect Raul Pantaleo, winner of Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and his company Studio Tamassociati.

In 1998, she used the profits from Salaam Bombay! to create Salaam Balak Trust which works with street children in India.

In 2012, Mira Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan –India’s second highest civilian honor - by the President of India.

El  Anatsui

El Anatsui

Sculptor

El Anatsui is a judge for the Art award.

An alumnus of the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Professor El Anatsui is one of the most exciting international contemporary artists of our time. Throughout a distinguished forty-year career as both sculptor and teacher – he was Professor of Sculpture and Departmental Head at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – Professor El Anatsui has addressed a vast range of social, political and historical concerns, and embraced an equally diverse range of media and processes. His sculptures have been collected by major international museums, from the British Museum, London to the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka; Museum of Modern Art, New York and many other prestigious institutions besides.

His installations have provoked wide international attention in recent years, with institutions and audiences fascinated by these sumptuous, mesmerising works made from thousands of aluminium bottle tops. During the Venice Biennale, in 2007, he transformed the facade of the Palazzo Fortuny by draping it in a shimmering wall sculpture. In 2010, two major touring shows of his work opened on opposite sides of the world: El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (organised by the Museum for African Art, New York) and A Fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. As part of the 2012 Paris Triennale, he transformed the entire facade of Le Palais Galleria, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris with his striking work, Broken Bridge. In 2013, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, exhibited the touring solo exhibition, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, presented the artist with the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award for his work, TSIATSIA – searching for connection, 2013, which covered the entire facade of the RA building. The major survey exhibition Five Decades, which in 2015 premiered at The School (Jack Shainman), Kinderhook, New York, recently toured to Carriageworks (in association with Sydney Festival), Sydney, Australia. A major new work Kindred Viewpoints enveloped the facade of El Badi Palace during the 2016 Marrakech Biennale.

In 2014, Professor El Anatsui was made an Honorary Royal Academician as well as elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia – All the World’s Futures. Professor El Anatsui has been represented by the October Gallery since 1993.

Elif  Shafak

Elif Shafak

Novelist, Political Scientist and Commentator

Elif Shafak is a judge for the Fiction award.

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She writes in both English and Turkish, and has published 14 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour, The Architect’s Apprentice and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages. 

Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Defying cliches and transcending boundaries her works draws on different cultures and cities, and reflects a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, intercultural dialogue and gender equality. 

Shafak is a public speaker and works with The London Speaker Bureau and Chartwell Speakers. She is regularly invited to give talks in major universities, corporations, international organizations, festivals and charities both in the UK and across the world. 

Shafak is also a political scientist and a commentator. She holds a degree in International Relations, a master's degree in Gender and Women's Studies and a PhD in Political Science. She has taught at various universities in the UK, USA and Turkey. She has written for several international daily & weekly publications, including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica,The Independent, Newsweek and Time.  

She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). 

Honours and awards include: International Rising Talent, 2009; Ambassador of Culture Action Europe Campaign, 2010; Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Lettres; longlisted for the Orange Prize (2008); longlisted for MAN Asian Prize (2012); shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin awards; shortlisted for RSL Ondaatje Prize. She sat on the  judging panel for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2013); Sunday Times Short Story Award (two consecutive years 2014, 2015), 10th Women of the Future Awards (2015); FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards (2015, 2016); 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

She is based in London with her two children.

She has over 1.7 million followers on twitter: @elif_safak

www.elifshafak.com

Xiaolu  Guo

Xiaolu Guo

Novelist, Filmmaker

Xiaolu Guo is a judge for the Fiction award

Novelist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo's artistic career spans both China and Britain. Her novels have been translated into more than 26 languages, including A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and I Am China (long listed for Bailey’s Women’ s Fiction Prize ). In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She also directed several award-winning films, include She, a Chinese (Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival), UFO In Her Eyes and Once Upon a Time Proletarian. Guo is also a honorary professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham in the UK. She currently lives in London and Berlin and was a guest of the DAAD Artists in Residence in Berlin in 2012 and a Writer in Residence of the Literaturhaus Zurich in 2015.

Sunil  Khilnani

Sunil Khilnani

Director
India Institute, King's College London

Sunil Khilnani is a judge for the Fiction award.

Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director of the India Institute at King’s College, London.

Prior to this, he was the Starr Foundation Professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advance International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C., and Director of South Asia Studies at SAIS. He was also Professor of Politics at Seikei University, Tokyo. Formerly a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and a Leverhulme Fellow, he has also held Fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC; the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin; and the American Academy in Berlin.

His publications include: Arguing Revolution: The Intellectual Left in Postwar France (1993), The Idea of India (7th edn. 2016); with Sudipta Kavirai, Civil Society: History and Possibilities (2000); with Nandan Nilekani, Pratap Mehta et.al., NonAlignment 2.0: a Foreign Policy for India in the 21st Century (2013); with Arun Thiruvengadam and Vikram Raghavan, and Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia (2013).

His most recent book is Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (2016), which accompanies his 50-part podcast and radio series broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015-2016

Lorien Kite

Lorien Kite

Book Editor
Financial Times

Lorien Kite is a judge for the Fiction award.

Lorien Kite is the books editor of the Financial Times. He has been at the newspaper since 2000, working most recently as deputy comment editor before taking on his current role in 2011. He was a judge for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

YiYun   Li

YiYun Li

Author

Yiyun Li is a judge for the Fiction award.

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her novel, The Vagrants, won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for Dublin IMPAC Award. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her second collection, was a finalist of Story Prize and shortlisted for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Kinder Than Solitude, her latest novel, was published to critical acclaim. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages, and two stories from her debut collection were made into feature films. Yiyun Li has received numerous awards, including Whiting Award, Lannan Foundation Residency fellow, 2010 MacArthur Foundation fellow, and 2014 Benjamin H. Danks Award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, among others. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space, and has served on national and international jury panels including Man Booker International Prize and National Book Award. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches creative writing at University of California, Davis.

Photograph credited to Roger Turesson.

Iwona  Blazwick

Iwona Blazwick

Art Director
Whitechapel Gallery

Iwona Blazwick is a judge for the Art award.

Iwona Blazwick has been Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001, leading its expansion in 2009.  From 1997 to 2001 Blazwick was at Tate Modern where she co-curated the inaugural collection displays and Turbine Hall Projects.  In the late 1980s and early 1990s she was Director of Exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art; and thereafter worked as an independent curator in Europe and Japan.Iwona Blazwick has curated and commissioned numerous projects including solo presentations of Mark Dion, Rachel Harrison, Katharina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Cristina Iglesias, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Jannis Kounellis, Sarah Lucas, Goshka Macuga, Paul McCarthy, Juan Munoz, Helio Oiticica, Giuseppe Penone, Annie Ratti, Fred Sandback, Rosemarie Trockel, Franz West and Rachel Whiteread.She has also co-curated group shows of including Possible Worlds: Sculpture from Europe  ICA, Serpentine Gallery 1990;  Ha-Ha: British Artists in an 18th Century Garden, Killerton House, 1993;On Taking a Normal Situation and Retranslating it for Conditions Past and Present,  Muhka, Antwerp 1993; Work in Progress, Louisiana Museum, Denmark, 1996; Between Cinema and a Hard Place, Tate Modern, 2000; Early One Morning, Whitechapel Gallery, 2004; and Spirit of Utopia: Art and Social Change, Whitechapel Gallery, 2012Blazwick has written extensively on contemporary artists from around the world. She has served on many juries including the Kandinsky Prize; the Turner Prize; Venice Biennale Golden Lion award; the Vincent Prize and the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. She is Chair of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women, and a member of the jury for the Jarman Artists’ Film Award.She was on the Advisory Board of Documenta 13;  and is on the Advisory Board of the Government Art Collection and the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth Commission. Iwona Blazwick is also Chair of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group.She was awarded an OBE for services to art in 2007.

Antonia  Carver

Antonia Carver

Director
Art Jameel

Antonia Carver is a judge for the Art award.

Antonia Carver was Director of Art Dubai, 2010-2016, and in May 2016 shifted to a board position at the fair; in August 2016 she becomes the first director of Art Jameel, the arts foundation that supports artists and arts infrastructure throughout the wider Middle East, South Asia and beyond.

This new role is designed to oversee the expansion of Art Jameel, as the organisation builds new institutions locally, expands its partnerships internationally, and initiates exhibition, publishing and educational projects. At Art Dubai, Antonia oversaw the annual fair’s development into the leading international fair for the Middle East and South Asia, and the world’s most global art fair. The fair’s diverse programme includes three gallery exhibition halls; artists’ residencies and commissions, film and video; the Abraaj Group Art Prize; as well as a raft of educational initiatives, including the community school Campus Art Dubai.

Based in the UAE since 2001, Antonia has written extensively, often on Middle Eastern art and film as a correspondent, and edited books and journals. In 2004, she joined Bidoun as an editor and later became the director of the Middle Eastern arts organisation’s projects division, co-organising education programs, artists’ projects, film and video series. Antonia played a role in establishing and curating the Dubai International Film Festival as a member of its programming committee (2004-2014), and has also acted as a Arab and Iranian film specialist for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Prior to moving to the UAE, Antonia was based in London, UK where she served a number of roles, including as an editor at Phaidon Press; in development and projects at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva); and in publishing at G+B Arts International.

Jan Dalley

Jan Dalley

Arts Editor
Financial Times

Jan Dalley is a judge for the Art award.

Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, appointed in November 2004. She joined the FT in 1999 as the literary editor. Previously, she was literary editor of the Independent on Sunday for eight years, and has written arts and literary journalism for fifteen years. Before becoming a journalist, she worked in publishing.

Jan has judged literary prizes including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread, the Hawthornden prize and the Encore Prize. Her latest book is Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire, a study of the Black Hole of Calcutta, published by Penguin in 2006.

Koyo  Kouoh

Koyo Kouoh

Artistic Director
RAW Material Company

Koyo Kouoh is a judge for the Art award.

Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar and the curator of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York. She served in the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). She most recently curated “Still (the) Barbarians” 37th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial in Limerick, "Streamlines: Oceans, Global Trade and Migration” at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, "Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the work of six African women artists", WIELS, Lunds Konsthall, 49N6E FRAC Lorraine (2015–2016); "Precarious Imaging: Visibility surrounding African Queerness", RAW Material Company (2014); "Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form", RAW Material Company/OCA/Sternberg Press (2013), the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb; "Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa", a collection of essays resulting from the eponymous symposium held in Dakar in January 2012; "Chronicle of a Revolt: Photographs of a Season of Protest", RAW Material Company & Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2012)

Besides a sustained theoretical, exhibition, and residency program at RAW Material Company, she maintains a critical curatorial, advisory and judging activity internationally. In collaboration with Rasha Salti, Kouoh is working on "Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy", a research, exhibition and publication project to be held in late 2017 accross different institutions. She lives and works in Dakar and occasionally in Basel.

Nigel Andrews

Nigel Andrews

Film Critic
Financial Times

Nigel Andrews is a judge for the Film award.

Nigel Andrews has been the FT’s film critic since 1973. He has been a regular broadcaster for BBC radio and is author of the books True Myths: The Life and Times of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jaws. Mr Andrews has twice been named Critic of the Year in British Press awards. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Yuhang  Ho

Yuhang Ho

Film Director

Yuhang Ho is a judge for the Film award.

Yuhang Ho is the winner of the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award in the category of Asia-Pacific Film for his short film Trespassed. Yuhang was born and raised in Petaling Jaya, just outside the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. He took a degree in engineering at Iowa State University in the US, but opted for a career in TV production when he returned to Malaysia. His debut feature MIN in 2003 was financed by television and shot on digital video, but was invited to many film festivals as a film and won the Special Jury Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France. Mr Ho’s subsequent features and shorts have been invited to an ever-widening circle of festivals and have won several more prizes, including the NETPAC Award and the Tiger Award for Best Short at International Film Festival Rotterdam (for Sanctuary and As I Lay Dying respectively). Mr Ho’s third feature film, Rain Dogs, became the first Malaysian film to enter the Venice Film Festival in 2006. His widely anticipated fourth feature At the End of the Daybreak received the NETPAC Award at the Locarno Film Festival and garnered seven Best Actress Awards for lead actress Kara Hui.  His latest film is Mrs K, a Malaysia-Hong Kong co-production. 

Claudia  Llosa

Claudia Llosa

Film Director

Claudia Llosa is a judge for the Film award.

Peruvian native Claudia Llosa studied communications sciences in the University of Lima Peru, and later scriptwriting at the U.TAI in Madrid. She began her career in advertising and television before starting her own production company. Her first feature film Madeinusa was released in 2006. Three years later, the WCF-funded film The Milk of Sorrow was a selection in the Berlinale Competition programme and went on to win the Golden Bear and the FIPRESCI Award. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2012, her short film Loxoro was a selection in the Berlinale Shorts programme and won the Teddy Awards. Her English-language film debut Aloft, starring Jennifer Connelly, Mélanie Laurent and Cillian Murphy, screened both Berlin and Sundace Competition in 2014.

Director, producer, screenwriter | Peru

Filmography (selection): Madeinusa (2006), The Milk of Sorrow (2009), Aloft (2014)

Pablo  Trapero

Pablo Trapero

Filmmaker

Pablo Trapero is a judge for the Film award.

Pablo Trapero is one of the biggest creative forces in Latin American Cinema.  He was born in San Justo, Argentina in 1971. In 1999 he directed his first feature, Mundo Grúa, which won the Critics Prize at Venice International Film Festival.

In 2002, he opened his production company, Matanza Cine, which produces films for fellow filmmakers, as well as his own. His second feature, El Bonaerense (2002) premiered at Cannes, whilst Familia Rodante (2004) was shown at Venice, and Nacido y Criado (2006) at Toronto Film Festival.

In 2008, Trapero’s Leonera – which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes – revealed the talent of his wife Martina Gusmán, who produced and starred in the film.  He returned to Cannes with Carancho (2010) and Elefante Blanco (2012), both selected for the festival’s Un Certain Regard section.

Trapero’s films have received critical acclaim and awards at festivals across the world. He has also sat on the main Festival juries at Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno, among others. In 2014 he served as President of the Cannes Un Certain Regard competition.

With his latest film, The Clan (2015), he won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival.  In Argentina, the film received the biggest box office opening for a domestic film.  2.5m cinemagoers watched the film, which tells the true story of the Puccio family, who kidnapped and murdered multiple victims in the 1980s whilst Argentina was under military dictatorship.

Justin Leverenz, CFA

Justin Leverenz, CFA

Director of Emerging Markets Equities
OppenheimerFunds

Justin Leverenz is the Founder of the Emerging Voices Awards.

Justin Leverenz has over 20 years of Emerging Markets equity experience, and manages the largest fund of its kind in the world. This fund (ODMAX) is one of the most successful and influential to invest in the developing world, and also one of the largest funds in any category to be run by a single decision maker. Being a fluent speaker of Mandarin and having lived in China for more than a decade, Mr Leverenz’s interest in Emerging Markets extends well beyond investing. This passion has inspired the launch of Emerging Markets Voices, a prestigious award that recognizes exceptional young talent in literature, film and visual arts throughout the developing world.

For more information on Justin please click here >>

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Contributing Editor and Columnist
Financial Times

Michael Skapinker is an FT contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He is also executive editor of the FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance, the FT’s executive education arm. Born in South Africa, he began his journalistic career in Greece. He joined the FT in London in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, FT Special Reports editor and management editor.

He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life in 2003 and was named WorkWorld Media Awards Columnist of the Year in 2008. At the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards he was named Business Commentator of the Year (2012) and Business Ethics Commentator of the Year (2015).

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Winners

Art

Gareth Nyandoro, Zimbabwe

Fiction

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, Verso Books, Indonesia

Film

Solon by Clarissa Campolina, Brazil

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Shortlist

Art

  • Noor Abuarafeh, Jordan/Palestine
  • Syowia Kyambi, Kenya
  • Gareth Nyandoro, Zimbabwe

Fiction

  • The Seventh Day by Yu Hua, Pantheon Books, China
  • Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, Verso Books, Indonesia
  • The Four Books by Yan Lianke, Chatto & Windus, China

Film

  • Solon by Clarissa Campolina, Brazil
  • Olia by Tania Cattebeke, Paraguay
  • Impressions of a War by Camilo Restrepo, Colombia
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Longlist

Art

Noor Abuarafeh, Jordan/Palestine

Victor Ehikhamenor, Nigeria

Aicha Filali, Tunisia

Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Kenya

Ilan Godfrey, South Africa

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Congo Dem. Rep.

Syowia Kyambi, Kenya

Emo de Medeiros, Benin

Gareth Nyandoro, Zimbabwe

Abel Tilahun, Ethiopia

Fiction

The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam, Canongate Books, Bangladesh / UK

Home by Leila S. Chudori, Deep Vellum Publishing, Indonesia

The Seventh Day by Yu Hua, Pantheon Books, China

The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James, Harvill Secker. India / USA

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, Verso Books, Indonesia

The Four Books by Yan Lianke, Chatto & Windus, China

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan, Chatto & Windus, India / USA

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy, MacLehose Press, India

Reckless by Hasan Ali Toptaş, Bloomsbury Publishing, Turkey

Crystal Wedding by Xu Xiaobin, Balestier Press, China

Film

Wifi by Douglas Alonzo, Honduras

Solon by Clarissa Campolina, Brazil

Olia by Tania Cattebeke, Paraguay

History of Abraim by Otavio Cury, Brazil

When the Sun Rises by Santiago Eguia, Paraguay

3:14 by Patricio Marin, Mexico

The Tailor by Diego Pino, Bolivia

Impressions of War by Camilo Restrepo, Colombia

Dionisio by Isabel Vaca, Mexico

Zerch by J.Xavier Velasco, Mexico

We would like to thank everyone that took the time to submit an entry for the awards this year.

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Category Overview

The Awards, which will be decided by a panel of international judges, will reward the most compelling works of fiction, film and art from emerging market countries and will recognise:

  • the most distinguished artists in a variety of media in Africa and the Middle East
  • the best creators of published fiction in English or English translation in Asia-Pacific
  • the top film-makers in Latin America or the Caribbean

Further information regarding each award can be found below and via the rest of the website. Should you have any questions relating to the Awards please contact us on: emerging.voices@ft.com

THE ART AWARD:
The Award will reward an artist who is a national or passport holder of one of the eligible Africa and the Middle East countries. The artist may submit up to twelve works, created at any time since 1 September 2011. The works can be, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations or mixed media. Submissions should be made in the form of high-quality digital photographs or videos (‘Work’). Video format is only accepted for artworks, where video is a chosen medium or video serves as a recording of installations or performances. Please note the length of the video cannot exceed 20 mins including the opening and closing credits, if applicable. Submissions from galleries and nominators on an artist’s behalf are welcome.

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THE FICTION AWARD:
The Award will be presented to the author of a published work of fiction in English or published in English translation who is a national or passport holder of one of the eligible Asia-Pacific countries. The book must be a minimum of 20,000 words long and be written by a national or passport holder of one of the eligible countries of Asia-Pacific. Submissions are invited from all publishers worldwide.The book must be a novel. Poems are not eligible. Self-published works will not be accepted for entry. The works must be published for the first time in the English language, or English translation between 1 January, 2015 and 31 August 2016. Books may be in print or digital form, or both. We ask that each publisher submits no more than three works.

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THE FILM AWARD:
The Award for the best short film will be presented to the director of a film completed or released in one of the eligible countries in Latin America or the Caribbean region. The film must be directed by a national or passport holder of one of the eligible countries and must have been completed or made available for distribution for the first time between 1 January, 2015 and 31 March, 2016. The film can be in any language, but if it is not in English, it must have English subtitles. The film can be up to 40 minutes long, including opening and closing credits. Submissions from nominators on an Entrant’s behalf are welcome.

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Key Dates

1 February: Awards open for submissions

3 May: Closing date for submissions

15 June: Longlist announced

5 August: Finalists announced

26 September: Awards ceremony - Winners announced

27 September: Magazine published in FT and winners announced on FT.com

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Emerging Voices on FT.com

For further articles and information on Emerging Voices on FT.com please click here

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Venue

The New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York 10018

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Organisers (2)

OppenheimerFunds, a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $216 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of December 31, 2015.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is a high conviction asset manager with a history of providing active, innovative investment strategies to its investors. The firm’s 14 distinct, collaborative investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative and multi-asset strategies. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from endowments and sovereigns to financial advisors serving individual investors. OppenheimerFunds provides advisory services to the Oppenheimer mutual funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. 

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

With Thanks

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support to promote the Awards

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Contacts

Aneliese Hirst
Media Partner And Press Enquiries
Financial Times

FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2015

To find out more about the 2015 Awards including details of artists who were longlisted, who was shortlisted and who won the Awards, please visit the website >>

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