The Takeda Foundation announces the Awardees of the Takeda Young

Entrepreneurship Award 2015. The highest award, the Best Entrepreneur Award

goes to Mr. Mojtaba Radfa of Shole Aria Co., Isfahan Science & Technology

Town, Isfahan, Iran for his proposal of Aria E-book for Education. Mr. Radfar has

developed a new system for e-learning that provides primary and secondary

school teachers and students with textbooks, audio files, video files,

photographs, and multiple choice tests. With this system, students can study

various subjects while having fun; 1.5 million students and 25 thousand teachers

used the system last year. The Foundation highly evaluates Mr. Radfar’s efforts

and contribution to the improvement of primary and secondary school education

by developing the Aria E-book system. The monetary prize for the Best

Entrepreneur Award is one million yen.

The Entrepreneur Awards go to Mr. Muhammad Dawood Sheikh of Pakistan,

Mr. Gamal Albinsaid of Indonesia, Ms. Munisa Asilkhodjayeva of Uzbekistan, Mr.

Song Saran of Cambodia, and Mr. Tsuyoshi Takami of Japan. The monetary

prize for each of the Entrepreneur Awards is 200,000 yen. The Awards

Ceremony will be held on February 6, 2016, in conjunction with the Takeda

Symposium in the Takeda Hall of the Takeda Building, the University of Tokyo.

The purpose of the Takeda Young Entrepreneurship Award is to assist the

development of young human resources who bring well-being to people as well

as to cultivate entrepreneurship. The Award is positioned between awards for

best papers selected by peer review and business awards selected from the

point of view of economic success. The Award requires the submission of

supporting letters from people who will benefit from the success of the proposed

project as well as the project proposal itself. Candidates should be young

individuals under forty years of age regardless of sex, organization or nationality.

This year, the Foundation received 41 applications from 18 countries.

Awardees were selected by a Selection Committee (Chair, Dr. Kunihiro Asada,

Director of VLSI Design and Education Center and Professor, the University of

Tokyo) consisting of outside intellectuals. Finalists were selected following first

and second panel discussions by the selection committee; the Awardees were

chosen following video presentations by the finalists.



Gamal Albinsaid (MD, Indonesia)

Garbage Clinical Insurance

Mr. Gamal Albinsaid has developed a program of micro health insurance,

Garbage Clinical Insurance, GCI, which uses garbage as a financial resource to

improve health care for low-income people in Indonesia. People sort waste

materials such as cans, bottles, plastics and garbage, and take them to clinics,

where the waste can be traded for health insurance payments. With this program,

people can easily see doctors and receive primary treatment without paying in

cash. The program started in 2009, and as of now, five clinics with 15 doctors,12

nurses and midwives, and 88 volunteers are involved in the program. About

2,500 members of the local community use the program. They take trash to

clinics twice a week, and the program covers 20 % of the medical treatment they

receive. A unique point of the program is combining waste collection earnings

with health insurance. The program has been contributing to improving in health

care, as well as improving the environment in local communities.


Muhammad Dawood Sheikh (Young Development Trust, Founder,


Skill for Peace

In 2008, Pakistan was in a chaotic condition, and suffered from terrorism and

extremism. Many young people were unemployed, and some of them joined

terrorist groups. Mr. Muhammad Dawood Sheikh thought it important to provide

unemployed young people with stable jobs, and in August 2008, he and his

friends established the Young Development Trust (YDT) in order to build a

vocational training school in Gujranwala, a small town in Pakistan. The land for

the vocational school was donated by a local business man, and construction

has started with support from the local community and self-financing. The

construction of the school will be completed in April, 2016. When completed, the

school will provide 500 students with practical education suitable for local

industries. YDT has already provided 6 young people with video technology

training, and these young people have already started working for local

companies and supporting their families. They also volunteer for YDT. With Mr.

Muhammad Dawood Sheikh’s leadership and careful planning, YDT has gained

support from the local community and started the construction of the school. The

Foundation evaluates his endeavor of constructing a vocational school and

providing young people with vocational training despite limited funds.


Munisa Asilkhodjayeva (Apparel Designer, Uzbekistan)

Apparel Transformation

Ms. Munisa Asilkhodjayeva has been developing transformable apparel using

traditional Uzbek fabrics and patterns. Her apparel can be transformed

according to changes in season or changes in place by simply attaching or

removing parts. Women don’t have to change their clothes in response to

changes in the weather or changes in occasion, and can save time and money

using transformable apparel. They can also enjoy a variety of styles from classic

to casual. Ms. Asilkhodjayeva has converted her apartment into an office where

she develops her transformable apparel with four staff members. She is also

considering the mass production of her designed clothes. The Foundation

evaluates her efforts of trying to enrich women’s everyday life by developing

transformable apparel in Uzbekistan.


Song Saran (Amru Rice, CEO, Cambodia)

Amru Rice –Contract Farming for Sustainable Development

Cambodia has a vast amount of surplus rice, but lacks modern refining

technologies, and so most of the surplus rice is exported to Vietnam as unmilled

rice. In order to export high quality milled rice, it is necessary to integrate the

collection, storage, and refining of rice. Mr. Song Saran inherited his

grandfather’s milling company, and established Amru Rice in 2008. He started

aggressive management by buying brand new milling machines, installing mills

near rice fields, and introducing contract farming. Amru Rice has grown into one

of the two biggest milled rice-exporting companies in Cambodia. They mill

100,000 tons of unpolished rice. They contract with 10,000 farmers through

agricultural cooperatives in order to secure a long-term rice supply. The

contracts also contribute to increasing the earnings of farmers. The company’s

assets and equity have grown from 500,000US$ to 4,000,000US$ in 5 years.

The company exports 50,000 tons of milled rice for 35 million US$. The

Foundation evaluates the contribution of Amru Rice to the expansion of milled

rice export by providing stable supply of value-added rice, including organic rice,

and introducing contract farming, which is in turn contributing to increasing the

earnings of farmers.


Tsuyoshi Takami (Osaka University, Associate Professor, Japan)

Development of New Hydrogen Storage Material

Mr. Tsuyoshi Takami has succeeded in preparing a new hydrogen storage

material that has a storage capacity of 3.8 weight percent, the highest storage

capacity at the present time. The material is a metal organic compound

produced by the reaction of copper formate tetrahydrate with pyridine. The

material is easily prepared at low cost. It reversibly absorbs and removes

hydrogen, and does not generate much heat on absorption. He is collaborating

with a company in an attempt to develop more effective compounds that store

more than 5% weight percent of hydrogen, the value set by the US Department

of Energy a target for onboard hydrogen storage material by 2018. The results of

his research have been published in academic journals of the American Institute

of Physics, and a patent has been applied for. His research could have a large

impact on society if it leads to commercialization. The Foundation evaluates the

possibilities of his research in the future.


Norio Ohto, Senior Managing Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Takeda Foundation

The Takeda Building 4th Floor

The University of Tokyo

2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

113-0032 JAPAN

TEL: +81-3-3868-0160

FAX: +81-3-3868-0161






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