Press Release – December 12, 2006
”Top Ten” Winners 2006 is Made Official Today
An election of international role models within the Norwegian society
“Top Ten” profiles progressive international men and women who have settled in Norway. For the third year in a row, we have chosen to shine the spotlight on positive and inspiring role models from within the Norwegian community life and work milieu.
An independent jury has chosen the ten winners out of a group of 20 well qualified candidates (10 women and 10 men). These again were derived from a pool of 50 nominated persons, all considered first rate contributors to Norwegian culture. This year’s winners cover a spectrum of roles from professor and arbitrator to architect and environmental activist, nurse, governmental advisor, corporate manager, entrepreneur, chi gong master, politician, food author, author, environmental therapist and security and surveillance expert. The ten come to Norway from their home countries of Somalia, Wales, Italy, Austria, China, Benin, Iran, Pakistan, USA and Gambia.
This project is carried out with the help from the Directorate for Integration and Diversity and is administrated by the Association of International Professional and Business Women. Top Ten is a development initiated by Lisa Cooper and Irmelin Drake.
Further information about the project and nomination process can be found at www.thetop10.no
Top 10 2006 winners are
Safia Y. Abdi, Pamela Hiley, Giuditta Cordera Moss, Susann Urban, Sandra Qian Xiao, Olta William Anoumou, Shahram Ariafar, Akhtar Chaudhry, Scott Givot and Adama Jobarteh.