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Call for Nominations: 2017 Global Citizen Award

The Global Citizen Award was established in 2015 to pay tribute to individuals who have worked towards greatly improving and supporting the global community, and whose action or thinking has, in some way, contributed to a more peaceful, understanding and tolerant world. The 2017 laureate will be selected by a seven-member Award Committee and honored at the annual Henley & Partners Gala Dinner in Hong Kong on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

What do we look for?

The Award Committee typically looks for an inspirational individual who demonstrates extraordinary vision, courage and commitment in contributing to the advancement of a global issue, whether this is social, political or environmental. Global issues are defined as ‘issues that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone’. They therefore require a concerted action at a global level by both government and civil society. The candidate’s work should demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable groups in society.

The Award

The selection process is confidential and the final decision is made by a majority vote. The award itself consists of a specially-made commemorative medal, an honorary certificate signed by the President of the Award Committee and an investment of USD 25,000 to help the awardee continue his or her excellent work. An equal share of the prize is donated each year to UNHCR to continue its work with the registration and documentation of refugees.

Our Award Committee

The Award Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Firyal of Jordan
  • Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta
  • Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, Secretary of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces, Senate of France
  • Professor Dr. Khalid Koser OBE, Executive Director of GCERF and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Council on Migration, World Economic Forum, Geneva
  • Fr. Dr. Marek Urban CSsR, Councilor of the Henley & Partners Foundation, Krakow
  • Namira Salim, Artist, Polar Explorer and Virgin Galactic Founder Astronaut, Monaco
  • Leigh Foster, Chief of Events, Campaigns and Goodwill Ambassadors, UNHCR, Geneva

Previous winners

Since its inception in 2015, the Global Citizen Award has honored two worthy winners. The first laureate was German entrepreneur Harold Höppner, who founded the refugee aid project Sea Watch. This non-profit organization has rescued thousands of migrants from capsized boats during their patrols of the Mediterranean Sea. Sea Watch has raised more than EUR 1 million in donations, purchased a new rescue ship, bought a new plane that facilitates the search for castaways, and has launched a second rescue base on the Greek island of Lesbos.

In 2016, the Global Citizen Award honored humanitarian and founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman. Since the start of the Foundation in August 1992, Dr. Sooliman has grown the Gift of the Givers into Africa’s largest disaster relief organization, raising more than ZAR 2 billion (USD 150 million) in life-saving aid for 42 countries around the world. His team of 200 provides medical assistance, equipment, supplies, food and water to millions of people each year.

The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2017.