Outstanding Contribution Awards

The Outstanding Contribution Awards recognises outstanding achievement and excellence in contributing to the insights and analytics community at an international level.
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Celebrating outstanding contributors

Day in and day out, individuals go above and beyond in order to help our community to make leaps forward. Whether it's by ensuring insights and analytics is made more impactful for you, or pioneering innovative approaches, or making the case of the value of insights and analytics for all.

We celebrate these ambassadors through a series of awards including our Outstanding Contribution Awards to serve as inspirations for you and the entire community.

Adam Phillips attending the Big Data World Event

What's the prize?

The prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award is awarded every other year by ESOMAR to a deserving individual. For the beneficiary, it is a real opportunity to stand out in front of business leaders and data, research and insights professionals from all over the world. Award winners get a number of perks including:

  • EUR €10,000

  • Exposure during the event to celebrate your lifetime achievements in service of your community.

  • Exposure of your achievements on ESOMAR's social media and digital channels

  • Recognition by the industry when included in your CV or resume.

How to win the Award

Who can enter?
By nomination only
How can you be nominated?
750 words to make your case
John Smurthwaite listening at ESOMAR Congress 2019

Past award winners


Phillis Macfarlane
ESOMAR Individual Member, Treasurer at ESOMAR Foundation


Adam Phillips
ESOMAR Individual Member, Chief Executive Officer at AMSR - The Archive of Market and Social Research


Georges Guelfand
Managing Partner at Happy Thinking People


John Smurthwaite
ESOMAR Ambassador, Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific Region at ESOMAR


Kim Dedeker
ESOMAR Individual Member, Principal, Chief Operating Officer at Mizzouri


David Smith
ESOMAR Individual Member, Director at DVL Smith Group


Mario van Hamersveld
Owner at Van Hamersveld MC

How it happens during our events

1. You're nominated!

Once one of the persons you inspired has submitted the nomination form, you're entered to win the award.

2. Selection by a jury.

Submissions are evaluated by a committee chaired by the ESOMAR President and involving the Vice President and Director General.


Once the jury has made their decision, the award recipient will be announced at the annual ESOMAR flagship event.

Be inspired by those who came before you

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