UK Global Honorees

The following individuals from the UK have previously been recognised as one of the global Ten Outstanding Young Persons of their year.

2013 John Loughton (Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs)

Starting his commitment to creating positive change at an early age, John Loughton began his service career through volunteerism at his local school. Loughton avoided the temptation of drugs and crime, which is common in his impoverished neighborhood of the United Kingdom. Before the age of 16, he formed the first ever youth forum in his community, leading to a conference for 100 underprivileged youth. He was the first of his family accepted into university studies and served as the youngest ever Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Using his strong voice and leadership position, Loughton rallied more than 25 000 youth to take positive actions in their community.

His strengths in youth leadership and economic empowerment were recognized when Loughton was asked to sit alongside an expert group of Scottish and English thinkers and politicians to review the British political system. In addition, he accompanied delegations of young people to both the G8 and G20 Youth summits as the UK Prime Minister of Youth Diplomatic Service. His skills and leadership experiences then launched him into his latest venture, a start-up leadership training company, Dare2Lead.

Considering his training and vast experience in leadership and human rights, Loughton fully believes that in today's modern society, ethics and compassion are intrinsic to becoming successful. Driving by this philosophy, Dare2Lead trained 6000 people in their first operating year and developed contracts with large corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Loughton is personally and professionally driven to build a new generation of entrepreneurs, social activists and active citizens invested in the wellbeing of their communities.

2012 Bobby Kensah (Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs)

Raised in some of the poorest parts of the world due to family financial issues, Bobby Kensah turned his hardships and experiences into motivation for future success. At age 12 he did not even know how to speak English, and by secondary and high school he was excelling in all of his classes. He then went on to university, obtained his law degree and became a lawyer at an international law firm, Norton Rose. 

Even through his professional life, he was determined to take an active role in creating grassroots community change. He took a sabbatical from his law firm and dedicated his time to serving others. Projects he has participated in include addressing teenage youth issues such as knife crime, bullying and gang involvement, as well as speaking at schools across the UK sharing with students the power of volunteerism.

Kensah is founder and CEO of the Phase One Network, which provides a mentoring program and networking opportunites for young people with disadvantaged backgrounds interested in obtaining a job. Phase One connects likeminded future leaders from business, law, government and education sectors across the UK. As Campaigns and Policy Officer for the United Nations Youth Council, Kensah has strengthened and inspired student populations at universities making community action the norm, not the exception. Kensah puts his community above himself and his career, showing young people success can be found by creating a positive impact at the local level.

2012 Katherine Sparkes (Moral and/or Environmental Leadership)

Katherine founded Flamingo (, a CSR consultancy, 12 years ago to bridge the gap between corporate organisations and charities. Flamingo creates hands-on, engaging projects that are all about leading social change – helping people empower themselves through long-term sustainable solutions.


From building schools from scratch to working with orphanages to reduce overheads and running costs or helping widows start businesses with second hand bras in developing countries, the projects are unique, interesting and bring long-lasting and much-needed benefits to communities.


She also created and runs the international development charity Flamingo Foundation (, is chairman at the Rainbow Centre - a charity that helps bereaved little ones ( and started and runs Flamingo Chicks ( - an inclusive dance group where children with disabilities can participate alongside their friends. Additionally, Katherine is Chief Executive at Getting On Board – a charity encouraging people to become charity trustees (


Katherine’s philosophy is simple and runs through every project she is involved with – her goal is to create a ripple effect, allowing people to help others through simple solutions that reinvent the traditional giver-beneficiary relationship.


Sparkes’ story provides a great example of how one young active citizen can take his or her ideas and turn them into concrete positive change. She inspires and empowers others to use their business success to take action to create a better world.

2010 Emily Cummins (Business, Economic and/or Entreprenuerial Accomplishments)

After learning from her grandfather how to use tools to make toys from scraps, Cummins began building an exciting future in sustainable product innovation. While attending technology classes at the South Craven School, Cummins set to work creating designs to ease traditional tasks, beginning with a toothpaste dispenser for arthritis sufferers.

Cummins continued her passion for innovation and developed a talent for sustainable design by building a multi-bracket water carrier to ease transportation throughout southern Africa. Her experience led to the development of a sustainable refrigerator using a simple water evaporator design around a cylindrical storage container, which allows for the safe, uncontaminated transport of items like medicine, regardless of the local water quality.

In 2009, Cummins was chosen as the Barclays Woman of the Year and was Cosmopolitan magazine’s Ultimate Save-the-Planet Pioneer in 2008. After giving away her initial fridge design for duplication to help as many families in southern Africa as possible, Cummins completed her degree at Leeds University and now works with a number of different companies on innovative projects. She also works in schools and colleges trying to inspire the next generation. 

2010 Sabirul Islam (Business, Economic and/or Entreprenuerial Accomplishments)

At the young age of 14, Islam established his first venture, Veyron Technology, a web design company where he employed six other youths while attending school. His initial success empowered Islam to approach several high profile corporate clients, and earned him the Best Young Company in Inner East London award.

After an educational trip to New York at age 16, supported by Merrill Lynch, who recognized Islam’s unique talent and potential, he began trading part time on the London Stock Exchange. Islam followed up this experience with his first book, “The World at Your Feet – Turning Your Vision into Reality,” to inspire young people to succeed through enterprise and entrepreneurship by harnessing each person’s intensity, integrity and intelligence.

Following the success of his first book, Islam developed the “Teen- Trepreneur” brand, featuring a further three books, audio CD and workbook aimed at helping teens develop the skills they need to start their own business ventures and succeed. Islam’s work and inspirational attitude have earned him a world tour of speaking engagements and numerous awards including the Growing Up CEO Award and 2008 Mosaic Entrepreneur of the Year. He sets a positive example for the youth of today’s world proving that individual success can be achieved at any age.

2005 Amar Latif (Business, Economic and/or Entreprenuerial Accomplishments)

Amar Latif was born in 1974 in Scotland. Latif is a 30-year-old blind entrepreneur who works for British Telecom (the UK’s leading telecommunications provider) as a Head of Commercial Finance. In addition, Latif is the founder and director of a property management business with a portfolio of stylish, high-quality and well operated houses.

Latif’s key achievement is that he has not let his blindness stop him from becoming an innovative entrepreneur or impede his pursuit of success. From the age of 10, his eyesight started to deteriorate badly and it was discovered that he had a genetic disease which caused degeneration of the retina. By the age of 18, he had only 10% visibility and was, and still is, only able to determine light and dark.

While actively supporting a range of charities through his fundraising efforts, Latif is also the founder and director of Traveleyes, a company based on the concept that blind people can be empowered to undertake world travel with the same ease and independence as sighted people.

Latif “prides himself in being someone who ‘gets things done’ and is keen to take ownership of a task and see it through to the end.”

2003 Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Business, Economic and/or Entreprenuerial Accomplishments)

By founding easyJet, a low-cost, “no frills,” point-to-point airline, Stelios Haji-Ioannou has revolutionized the airline industry in Europe. Following the success of his first company, he formed the easyGroup, a holding company to explore new ventures to extend the “easy” brand and capitalize upon the use of the Internet. His company is looking into further opportunities to change our world by undertaking feasibility studies with a view to entering new industries.

1990 David Irwin (Business, Economic and/or Entreprenuerial Accomplishments)

1989 Evelyn Glennie (Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment)

1986 Richard Crane (Moral and/or Economic Leadership)

1985 Eugene You-Hsin Chien (Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments)