FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2016 Winners Announced

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Gareth Nyandoro, from Zimbabwe, won the Emerging Voices art award. (PRNewsFoto/OppenheimerFunds, Inc.)
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Honorees selected from nearly 800 submissions from more than 60 emerging market nations

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds presented the second annual Emerging Voices Awards toClarissa Campolina for film, Eka Kurniawan for fiction and Gareth Nyandoro for art. The ceremony marked the culmination of a months-long award process which reviewed and selected from 797 submissions from 64 emerging market nations.

“It has been a fantastic process getting to know the finalists and now winners of this year’s awards through their hard work and dedication to their individual crafts,” said Michael Skapinker, associate editor of the Financial Times and chair of the judges. “I think I can speak for the entire panel of judges when I say that it is incredible to be able to share the winners’ stories and amazing talent for a second year.”


  • Clarissa Campolina won the Emerging Voices film award for Solon,Brazil
  • Eka Kurniawan won the Emerging Voices fiction award for Man Tiger,Indonesia
  • Gareth Nyandoro won the Emerging Voices art award, Zimbabwe

The three winners each receive a $40,000 award and the runners-up in each category receive $5,000.



  • Tania Cattebeke Laconich, Olia, Paraguay
  • Camilo Restrepo, Impressions of a War, Colombia


  • Yu Hua, The Seventh Day, China
  • Yan Lianke, The Four Books, China


  • Noor Abuarafeh, Jordan/Palestine
  • Syowia Kyambi, Kenya

“The emerging markets continue to be an area of inspiring innovation, vision and talent across industries and sectors, from the financial markets to the arts,” said Justin Leverenz, Director of Emerging Market Equities at OppenheimerFunds and Founder of the Emerging Voices Awards. “This award allows local artists to share their creative voice on a global stage and represent their country through their skilled craft. We are extremely honored to be a part of this international initiative.”

In making their decisions, the independent panel of judges looked for the most original pieces which best showcased the art form and voice of a region. The competition was open to artists from emerging market nations in the following regions and categories: fiction from Asia-Pacific countries; film from Latin America and the Caribbean; and painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media from Africa and the Middle East.

“As a leading asset manager for more than five decades, we know how critical it is to have a global perspective,” said Art Steinmetz, Chairman, CEO and President of OppenheimerFunds. “We are thrilled to build on the success of last year’s program and once again partner with the Financial Times to recognize these talented artists on a global platform.”

For more information, visit ft.com/emerging-voices or follow the conversation on Twitter at #EmergingVoices. Emerging market nations are defined as having Gross National Income of less than $12,746 per capita.

Following the Emerging Voices Awards, on September 27, the OppenheimerFunds Developing Markets Equity Team will host the Emerging Markets Symposium for clients. Leaders of firms across the emerging markets will offer their unique perspectives on opportunities in the regions where they conduct business. Joining them for a series of panel discussions will be OppenheimerFunds Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager HeidiHeikenfeld, CFA, and Leverenz, head of the Emerging Market Equities team, and author of a recent blog on the surge of emerging market stocks this yearand an Open Letter to China, which offers a candid assessment of the opportunities and challenges China faces and the vast resources it has to address them if the right policy decisions are made.

Key Bios from the OppenheimerFunds Emerging Markets Equity Team

Justin M. Leverenz, CFA, Director of Emerging Market Equities and Portfolio Manager

Justin Leverenz is Director of Emerging Market Equities and is portfolio manager of Oppenheimer Developing Markets Fund and Oppenheimer Emerging Markets Innovators Fund. Leverenz joined OppenheimerFunds inJuly 2004 as a senior analyst, supporting the portfolio manager of Oppenheimer Global Fund and related products as a generalist business analyst. He has managed the Developing Markets Fund since May 2007. Leverenz holds an M.A. in international economics and a B.A. in Chinese studies and political economy from the University of California, San Diego. He is a CFA® charterholder, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and lived and worked for over 10 years in the Greater China region.

Heidi Heikenfeld, CFA, Portfolio Manager

Heidi Heikenfeld serves as a portfolio manager of Oppenheimer Emerging Markets Innovators Fund. From 2002 to 2012, she was a senior research analyst on Oppenheimer Global Opportunities Fund, primarily focusing on intellectual property sectors, such as Healthcare and Technology. Prior to that, Heidi was a bond analyst for two years at the firm. Heidi is a CFA® charterholder and has an M.B.A. from Oxford University in England. She also has an undergraduate degree in business and economics from Susquehanna University.


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