These awards feature recipients from the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Scotland, and the United States active in global corporate leadership awards.
Maha’s journey is inspiring – from growing up in a village with no electricity to becoming one of Australia’s wealthiest people.
He is well-known as the visionary behind the multi-award winning master planned city of Greater Springfield. Through this award, he was recognised for the vision that has produced Australia’s fastest-growing city.
The CEO Monthly magazine applauded Greater Springfield’s achievement over 30 years as Australia’s first master-planned city since Canberra.
It said in a statement:
“Instead of mimicking what has been done elsewhere, Mr Sinnathamby and his Springfield City Group team have established themselves as trailblazers. Springfield city has been developed with partnerships built on the understanding of the founders’ vision, but these partnerships flowed only after hard work.”
The magazine adds:
“Greater Springfield would have a CBD, an education precinct, a health precinct, an innovation precinct, excellent transport and many families who would live long, productive lives without the headaches of traditional cities built without planning coordination.”
Further, the magazine noted the factors of climate and diversity commitments and increased scrutiny on the likes of equity and inclusivity in modern businesses.
Maha said he was honoured to receive the award.
“This has been a team effort for decades and we are excited that Australia has been recognised for a visionary project. This city has always been built on the goal to enhance human and social capital. Brain power is the foundation of the world’s most renowned cities. When planning our city, I wanted to provide all the elements necessary for people and their ideas to flourish.”
Maha received an Appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.
Springfield city includes 53,000 residents utilising schools, tertiary education, hospital and health services and innovative businesses in its booming Knowledge Precinct.
Mr Sinnathamby was among 12 Chairs to be recognised in the awards that acknowledge the changing roles of Chairs.