Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel was honoured with the Asian Game Changer Award 2017 by the Asia Society for making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.
As per the Asia Society, Dev Patel's roles in 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Lion' challenge the audiences to view India's poor as individuals instilled with hopes, dreams and opportunities, not as teeming and desperate masses.
Patel has also established lasting ties with India with his #lionheart campaign that has raised over USD 250000 to support homeless children in India.
The other Asian Game Changer awardees of 2017 are Tadashi Yanai, the founder of clothing retailing chain UNIQLO; Mongolian Eagle huntress Aisholpan Nurgaiv and Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh.
On the other hand, Aga Khan was honoured with the Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award.
All these awardees will be honoured with the award by United Nations on 1 November 2017.
Some of the previous winners of the Asian Game Changer award include ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar; Alibaba founder Jack Ma, architect IM Pei and Nobel Prize-winner Malala Yusufzai.
Who: Actor Dev Patel
When: 8 August 2017
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