Shakira Receives Humanitarian Award at the World Economic Forum

Shakira has a crystal heart…

The 39-year-old Colombian superstar, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which provides education for children in Colombia, received a humanitarian award at the World Economic Forum as it kicked off in Davos, Switzerland.


“We should be devastated that, in 2017, there are still 250 million kids under 5 who are still at risk, who will likely be stunted physically and intellectually,” Shakira said in a speech while accepting the WEF’s Crystal Award.

“Now take that in for a second. We’re talking about nearly the population of an entire country the size of the U.S. This is a tragedy for those children and an epic, epic failure for all of us.”

Shakira urged global government, business and academic leaders to advocate for the world’s children.

“We need to apply the brains and strategies of business and the assets and human resources and talents of your companies to do social good and to solve social problems,” she said, speaking passionately in English.

“Today’s babies will drive tomorrow’s business. Their capacity to contribute will shape tomorrow’s societies, will solve tomorrow’s problems.”

The WEF also gave humanitarian awards to violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose educational foundation provides scholarships and finances instruments for young musicians, and actor Forest Whitaker, who has worked as an advocate for youth empowerment in violent and impoverished communities.

Covarrubias Named Latino Chef of the Year

Chef Omar Covarrubias has been named the Latino Chef of the Year at this year’s Flavors of Passion Awards, which honor the best of the best nation’s Hispanic chefs.


“[He] is a great promoter of the excellence of Mexican food in the world,” said the Mexican Consulate in Dallas while recognizing Covarrubias at the third annual event.

The 42-year-old Mexico City native started cooked at a very young age in his family’s hotel kitchen in Cuautla, Mexico with guidance and some secretos he learned from traditional cocineras in Mexico.

Covarrubias, who graduated from Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Florida, currently leads the food operations at Miami’s Rosa Mexicano restaurant. He’s also served as the executive chef for a number of government events, including a special gala dinner for the Mexican President during his visit to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

“It’s pure love for Mexico and a dedication to God and my family,” that Covarrubias credits for his tremendous culinary success. “Because in the world of cooking, it would not be possible without the support of the family,” he adds.

Once hailed “an ambassador of the Mexican cuisine in the world” by The New York Times, his specialties and savory creations include his Camarones a la Cova, Ossobuco Azteca and Tres leches de Chiapas.

Chef Omar currently produces and hosts the television program “Conoce México por sus Sabores.