the moving spirit

the moving spirit

  (literary)
someone who starts an important organization or course of action (often + behind ) Born in Nkroful, Ghana, he was the moving spirit behind the Charter of African States.
See also: moving, spirit
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I saw at once that Tchebaroff was the moving spirit in the matter, and, to speak frankly, I thought he might have induced you, Mr.
The moving spirit behind National Association of Diabetes Education of Pakistan (NADEP) Prof Abdul Basit while sharing details of the first ever conference on Diabetes Education in Pakistan, said it was to highlight the significance of diabetes education in the prevention and care of diabetes.
Over a period of just a year or so, the army chief has become the moving spirit behind the government of Pakistan's decisions that have helped prevent many disasters.
The moving spirit behind this art abode situationed at the Mall, Mohammad Javed artist himself regretted that art activity has suffered due to mutliple reasons, largely for high costs.
Not only was Billy a good soldier (our mutual friends testify to this), he was also a staunch and frequently vocal supporter of veterans' rights and most of all, the moving spirit behind ICROSS, the Foundation for the Relief of Suffering and Starvation.
The moving spirit behind this initiative was the aspiration to set up an efficient and acceptable structure for ensuring peace and security in Asia.
Tommy MacKay the moving spirit behind the success achieved in West Dunbartonshire has said that they set out to achieve the impossible - the eradication of illiteracy.
The moving spirit behind this technology that uses compressed earth blocks instead of bricks and a steel pyramid roof is Professor Javed Shah of NED University in Karachi.
Over the years, he has been the moving spirit behind some musical bands, which broke up later.
Africa's king of rumba rock has been hugely popular for both his vibrant, melodious voice and for being the moving spirit behind the fashion cult known as the Sapeurs- in which young male members dress flamboyantly in high-priced designer clothes.
But "during her lifetime the foundress of the Visitation established eighty-six houses of her order, and she was the moving spirit of them all.
Mr Karabell centres his study on Ferdinand de Lesseps, 'a potent combination of vision, pragmatism and will' who was the moving spirit behind the Canal.
Hawthorne, who seems to have been the moving spirit behind the production of a retrospective on Gwen's career, acted as presenter for the 1988 award-winning Omnibus program aired by the BBC.
He was the moving spirit behind the institute,'' said Joyce Green, senior vice president of public affairs and development for the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
While Martin Luther was indeed the moving spirit of that denomination, the southern Reformation in Switzerland did not begin in Geneva.