Excerpt from the International House Press Release:
“The final high point of the event was Trustee and member of the Dodge family Bill Rueckert’s presentation of the first-ever Global Citizenship Award to I-House Alumna Evgenia Sokolova (’12), co-founder and CEO of Aktivera, an impact advisory firm promoting the use of renewable energy technologies to enable income growth, job creation, and sustainable economic development. This award, created especially for this celebration of David Rockefeller’s lifelong relationship with International House, was intended as a vote of confidence to an I-House alum who is living a life that demonstrates many of David Rockefeller’s personal characteristics: respect for other cultures, seeking to improve the lives of others through public and private service, empathy for those less fortunate, and most of all, personal courage.
Sokolova accepted the award by video from her home in Spain; in the final stages of pregnancy, she was under doctors’ orders not to fly to New York to attend in person. Her remarks conveyed the combination of entrepreneurial spirit and determination to do good works that inspired her selection. With humor and great humility, she provided a glimpse of the work she’s been doing over the years, which include solar projects in Africa, deploying NASA-based technology to make refrigeration available to African farmers, and her “Clean Cooking” project to improve biomass stoves. Her dedication to improving the lives of others came through the video and united the room.”
Acceptance Speech for the Rockefeller Prize by Co-Founder Evgenia Sokolova