The BMI  Prize

The Boris Mints Institute was founded with the intention to encourage research, planning and innovative thinking to promote significant positive change in the world. BMI is focusing on finding strategic feasible solutions to provide strategic plans and innovative projects to enhance the welfare of communities around the globe.

Starting 2017, BMI awards a $100,000 prize to an exceptional individual who has devoted his/her research and academic life to the solution of a strategic global challenge, and whose research public action and ideas had transformative impacts on global policy formation and a proven contribution to the welfare of a significant number of communities worldwide

The 2019 BMI Prize Laureate is Prof. Sabina Alkire,  Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), at the University of Oxford, UK' for her extensive research and substantial public action in the field of poverty and inequality. 




The prize is awarded to Prof. Alkire for her exceptional contribution to our understanding of the dynamics and implications of poverty and the impact of this work on the struggle against poverty throughout the world, and in particular, in developing countries. Though a prolific scholar, undoubtedly her major academic contribution to addressing poverty is her collaboration with James Foster in developing the MPI (Multidimensional Poverty Index), which does not only provide a headcount of who is poor but also provides the intensity of poverty at the household level.  Alongside her academic achievements, Prof. Alkire has devoted much of her career to working to address poverty in different societies through her leadership at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Through this initiative and in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Bank, she has led the effort to employ the MPI as a means to identify the challenges of poverty, and the impact of policy on it, in over 100 developing nations.


  • The 2019 BMI Prize Laureate is Dr. Peter H. Gleick, Co-Founder and President Emeritus , The Pacific Institute for studies in Development, Environment and Security


  • The 2018 BMI Prize laureate is Prof. Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Dept. of Economics, Harvard University.


Prof. Michael Kremer was announced as one of three laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economy - we congratulate Prof. Kremer for his remarkable achievement and wish him and the other prize laureates further success in their research, aiming at fighting poverty and enhancing the welfare of disadvantaged communities worldwide.

According to the BMI Prize regulations, "the winner will commit to contribute 20% of the prize for scholarships to research students, who will be selected by the winner". 

Here you can see the Research report  & a CV of Matthew Goodkin-Gold, a research student of Prof. Kremer.


  • The 2017 BMI Prize Laureate is Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University

Prof. Sabina Alkire,  2020 BMI Prize  Laureat 
 The  2020 Prize Ceremony  
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