2023 Nominations

Nominate for the Thinkers50 Ranking and Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards. Nominations close 31 July 2023.

Nomination Fee Notice

Each Gala year, we receive thousands of highly valued nominations from our community to consider. The administrative process involved in properly researching and weighing all nominations — to ensure the quality and standard you have come to know Thinkers50 for — is a job we take very seriously.

To cover a portion of the costs involved in this work, from 2023, all nominations for the Thinkers50 Ranking and Distinguished Achievement Awards will have a non-refundable processing fee.

Furthermore, 50% of each fee will be donated to Reinforce UA, which helps displaced Ukrainian women start their own business. This aligns with the Thinkers50 values of independence, integrity, and accessibility. You can read more about the cause here.

Nomination Fee: £50 (including VAT)

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Submit Your Nominations


Which management thinker would you like to nominate for inclusion in the Thinkers50 2023 Global Ranking?

Add any notes that may help us. If your nominee has a common name, for example, please give us a way to identify the particular person you are nominating. (Do they have a website? A book or article or affiliation you could point us to? etc.)

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Which management thinker(s) would you like to nominate for a 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award?

Breakthrough Idea Award

dedicated to the legacy of C.K. Prahalad

The Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award celebrates a eureka moment in management thinking. It is given to a thinker whose radical ideas and insights have the potential to change the way we think about business forever. From Taylorism to The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, new ideas have challenged what we know about the business world. Where will the next management breakthrough come from?

Coaching and Mentoring Award

The Thinkers50 Coaching and Mentoring Award has been created to recognise positive differences and outstanding contributions being made by individuals in the field of executive coaching.

If you have already nominated someone for the Coaching and Mentoring Award through our partner Coaching.com, we are happy to let you know we already received it and you don’t need to submit your selected nominee again.

Digital Thinking Award

Digital technology has transformed the world. It has also changed the way we work and even the way we understand ourselves as human beings. Which thinker’s research and insights shed the most original and valuable light on the new digital reality of business? The Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award celebrates the thinker who has done the most to transform the digital revolution into useful management insights.

Ideas into Practice Award

There is nothing so practical as a great idea. At Thinkers50 we value practical thinking that makes a valuable contribution in the real world. Equally, we admire organisations that are open to new ideas no matter what their source. The Thinkers50 Ideas into Practice Award celebrates the individual whose ideas have successfully led organisational change, putting new ideas to work.


If necessity is the mother of invention, then innovation is its nurturing father. The word innovate comes from the Latin to “make new.” The need for innovation has never been more pressing—in society as well as in organisations. The Thinkers50 Innovation Award recognises the thinker who has contributed the most to our understanding of innovation in every sphere over the last two years.


in partnership with ExecOnline

Teams, corporations, and organisations of every kind demand and require leadership. Yet the nature of leadership and how we understand the role of the leader is constantly evolving and being reappraised. The Thinkers50 Leadership Award acknowledges thinkers who shed powerful and original new light onto this perennial and yet classic subject.

Public Sector Transformation Award

The Public Sector Transformation Award recognises an outstanding contribution to public sector thought leadership through an idea or set of ideas that have the potential to make a significant positive difference to citizens‘ welfare.



sponsored by Deloitte

The Thinkers50 Radar Award identifies a new emerging thinker with the potential to change the world of theory and practice. The recipient of this Award is drawn from the Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2022 and 2023. The Radar list itself showcases new talent and ideas, and provides an early alert system for managers, publishers, speaker bureaus, and others in the thought leadership industry.


in partnership with Brightline

Where are you going and how do you intend to get there? This question lives at the heart of management and leadership. Strategy is arguably the intellectual and inspirational lifeblood of every organisation. The Thinkers50 Strategy Award celebrates the very best of strategic thinking. If you were running a corporation, to whom would you turn for strategic advice?


In ancient Greece, talent was a unit of currency. Today, human talent has become the global currency, with organisations competing for the very best people from around the world. With changing attitudes toward work and new generations entering the workforce, the challenge now is to better understand how talented individuals work best and how they can be effectively trained, attracted, motivated and employed. The Thinkers50 Talent Award recognises the thinker who has done the most to advance our understanding of the changing talent landscape.

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