2019.05.01 Nikkei announces winners of the 24th Nikkei Asia Prizes

The founder of one of Southeast Asia's most valuable startups, a shrimp farming pioneer and an organization fostering Philippine cinema have been selected for this year's Nikkei Asia Prizes.

The awards honor individuals and groups that have contributed to Asia's prosperity and quality of life. They will be handed out on May 29 in Tokyo.

The recipients of the 24th Nikkei Asia Prizes are:

Mr. Nadiem Makarim, founder and CEO of Go-jek Group, Indonesia -- Winner for economic and business innovation
Makarim, 34, started the motorbike taxi ride-hailing app, providing Indonesian consumers a way around limited public transportation. His startup, most recently valued at $10 billion, has since expanded into delivery and e-payment services, making life more convenient and contributing to job creation.

Dr. I Chiu Liao, Taiwan, Lifetime Distinguished Professor, Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan -- Winner for science and technology
In 1968, the professor became the first to artificially breed black tiger shrimp. This led to the development of shrimp farming in Southeast Asia, allowing those involved to increase their income. Now 82, he is known as the "father of aquaculture in Asia."

Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., headed by Mr. Antonio O. Cojuangco, Philippines
-- Winner for culture and community
This organization, founded by Laurice Guillen, created the country's first large-scale digital film festival at a time when the global movie industry was still skeptical of the technology. The foundation examines applicants' outlines and screenplays, provides winners financial assistance to make their films, serves as a producer and offers opportunities for directors to screen their work. Through these endeavors, Cinemalaya has discovered numerous gifted filmmakers.

Secretariat of Nikkei Asia Prizes