City University of Seattle held its inaugural Global Innovations Gala and Awards at the Four Seasons in Seattle. The event raised $25,000, and about 200 people were in attendance. Martha Choe, chief administrative officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was the keynote speaker.
Ben Zhang was one of the Global Innovator Award recipients. Zhang is the founder and CEO of Greater China Industries, Inc., which is based in Bellevue.
The other Global Innovator Award recipient was Bassel Ojjeh, senior vice president of strategic data solutions at Yahoo!, Inc. ♦