Helena Samsioe, also known as the drone queen, receives the annual FUF award in 2019. With the help of drone technology, Helena Samsioe has revolutionized and streamlined humanitarian efforts, and provided a new guideline for humanitarian research.
Helena Samsioe is the CEO of the company GLOBHE, which she started herself. The company collects and analyzes image data from drones and provides organizations with information after natural disasters. The drones are also used to deliver, for example, medical equipment such as blood, vaccines and medicine to hard-to-reach parts of Africa.
In 2018, Helena Samsioe ended up on Forbes' list of "The World's Top 50 Women in Tech" and the BBC has called her "the Drone Queen".
Helena Samsioe is awarded the FUF Prize because she “through creativity, passion and social entrepreneurship has contributed to innovations that save lives. With drone technology, Helena has revolutionized and streamlined humanitarian efforts, and provided a new guideline for further humanitarian research ”.
Through her achievements, Helena Samsioe has contributed to two criteria for the FUF Prize:
- new ideas that have contributed to innovations that benefit people living in poverty and oppression in developing countries.
Humanitarian or development assistance efforts that have helped the poor and oppressed in developing countries to improve their living conditions.