At a gala ceremony concluding the first day of the European Business Summit in the Egmont Palace, Brussels EBS and Euronews announced the winners of the first European Leadership Awards. The event – attended by high-level decision makers, business leaders and key partners of EBS and Euronews - was broadcast live by Euronews and translated into 10 languages. This brand new award recognises outstanding achievers in business, politics, entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Based on 22,504 votes received from the general between 15-31 March 2018 three candidates were shortlisted in each of the five categories: European Personality, Leader, CEO, Entrepreneur and Innovator of the Year. The winner was selected by a jury of experts from business, academia and media, including Emma Marcegaglia (BusinessEurope), Dr Jacques Bughin (McKinsey), Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl (DIGITALEUROPE), Dr Arno Behrens (CEPS), Dr Beate Degen (Ernst&Young), Jennifer Baker (Freelance Reporter) and Gabriel Grésillon (Les Echos).


European Leader of the Year: Emmanuel Macron – President of France


European Personality of the Year: Florin Badita – Founder of Coruptida Ucide - for his fight to put an end to the decriminalization of Romanian corruption cases


European Entrepeneur of the Year: Boyan Slat – a 23 year old Dutchman, the founder of Ocean Cleanup, a tool to clean up the oceans of plastic waste


European Innovator of the Year: Imre Krisztián – Hungarian; his Extended Visual Assistant can significantly improve everyday activities of partially sighted people


European CEO of the Year: Edyta Kocyk – Polish entrepreneur; designed a telemedical wristband which is now used in some of Europe’s clinics and hospitals


At this gala ceremony Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament presented a special award to Andrew and Mathhew Caruana Galizia in memory of their mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese journalist murdered in Malta on October 16th, 2017. This award pays tribute to Mrs Caruana Galizia’s work in the area of investigative journalism and her dedication to one of the EU’s fundamental values: the freedom of the media.