The 2nd Annual Positive Leadership Awards

Winners 2023

Discover winners of the inaugural award to managers who help people, teams and organizations thrive


21 winners selected from 7 399 nominations

Want to learn from the winners how to be a positive leader?

Download the Winners Book showcasing this year’s winners together with the positive leadership best practices that they would like to share with you.

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2023 Judging Panel

Positive Leadership Awards

By collecting, studying and amplifying examples of positive leadership, the Positive Leadership Awards define a new benchmark for impactful leadership practices that inspire others to improve their organizations, communities, and the world at large.

Over the past 20 years, since the birth of the positive psychology movement, we have witnessed a significant shift in the world from fixing what’s wrong to nurturing what’s right. More than ever, leaders on all levels of organizational hierarchy strive to create positive change by creating environments where individuals, teams and entire organizations flourish.

The global pandemic and crises of the last years highlighted unsustainability of the old approaches and triggered the search for the new standard of leadership. We believe Positive Leadership is the “new normal” of the management world, where leaders are brave to actively reimagine and create a better world for all.

The Positive Leadership Awards was developed to facilitate its adoption by honouring individuals regardless of their position in the organizational hierarchy, industry or geographical location who exemplify Positive Leadership practices.



Amin Sorour

Positive Organisational Psychologist

Amin is a frequent conference speaker, contributing to many global and regional HR/ Leadership events across different countries. He has been recognized recently as one of the most influential HR Leaders from the Middle East by ETHRWorld Middle East. Amin is a founding member and part of the advisory council of the Intelligent Leadership Hub (ILH), UK (a leadership Think Tank).

Jo Rispoli

Senior Human Resources Manager at International Organization for Migration

Jo Rispoli has worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) since 2002. He is currently Head of the Human Resources Administration Unit (HRAU). Prior to this role, he had been elected the first Chairperson of IOM’s Global Staff Association Committee (GSAC) as well as worked in various capacities in different IOM missions in Africa for over 15 years. Jo is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), specialising in Training Delivery (English, French, and Italian). He holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. as well as an M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in History from Syracuse University in the U.S.

Lucy Airs

Senior Lecturer Practitioner at Anglia Ruskin University

Lucy supports people and organisations to initiate and sustain positive transformation that benefits both performance and well-being. She does this via consultancy, coaching (one-to-one or group), training and facilitation, or organisation-wide programmes comprising several of these in diverse formats.
Lucy believes that real solutions come from working with organisations – and the people that make them up – to tailor evidence-based and scientifically validated practices to meet their needs whilst embedding them into existing day-to-day activities.
She is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK) on the Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology.

Nathaniel Shelton

Founder at Vrai Consulting

Business and psychology: engagement, motivation and purpose at work. Social impact through volunteer time off.

Romeo Ruh

Positive Leadership Advisor

Romeo has supported over 250 leaders and 100 organisations in the areas of mindfulness, positive leadership and resilience. As a long-time executive, consultant and coach, he has known the 24/7 business world first-hand for almost 20 years. He is also a mindfulness teacher (MBSR), ICF executive coach (PCC), business economist and associate coach of the Swiss Resilience Hub. In his role at the consulting firm pragmatic solutions in Zurich, he advises companies on new leadership, organisational development and agility.

Valentina Pozzobon

Director at Humatica and HVD Partners

As a director at Humatica and HVD Partners, Valentina Pozzobon leads complex organizational transformation projects for private equity-backed portfolio companies. Currently acting as the CFO of an Engineering Industrial Italian Group, she enjoys mastering the business challenges of turnarounds and restructuring cases. A strong advocate of the importance of human capital for any successful corporate change, Valentina has a track record of delivering international carve out, merger, reorganization and restructuring initiatives in Europe, Asia and North America. She holds an MSc in Accounting and Financial Management from the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and Keio University (Japan).