EXCELLENCE IN POSITIVE CHANGE
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
EXCELLENCE IN PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY
Author, Columnist, Speaker and Academic
Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist, women's rights & LGBT rights advocate and an inspirational public speaker. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her novels have been published in 47 languages and she has been featured in major newspapers and periodicals around the world.
Shafak has been long listed for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize, the Baileys Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Award; shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize. She was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
EXCELLENCE IN WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
One Heart World-Wide
One Heart World-Wide (OHW) is a 501(c)(3) organization with over 15 years of experience implementing maternal and neonatal mortality prevention programs in areas where women often die alone at home giving birth. Its aim is to improve access to, and utilization of healthcare services to reduce the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality in the most remote, rural areas. It operates on the belief that all women and newborns can receive the quality healthcare services they deserve during pregnancy and childbirth, anytime and anyplace.
SPECIAL AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO HUMANITY
Prince Alwaleed is perhaps best known internationally as the chairman and controlling shareholder of Kingdom Holding Company, one of the world’s most influential investment companies.
Outside of business, Prince Alwaleed is widely respected for his philanthropic work as the founder and patron of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, dedicated to supporting global cultural understanding, disaster recovery, women’s empowerment, and community development projects in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and around the world.
EXCELLENCE IN PROMOTING PEACE & COLLABORATION
The Lord Alderdice
Chairman for the Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, Belfast
As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice played a significant role in the Talks on Northern Ireland including negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and on retirement in 2004 was appointed to the Independent Monitoring Commission, tasked with closing down terrorist operations and overseeing normalization of security in Northern Ireland.
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Dr Hayat Sindi
Khalid Al Khudair
Dr Maisah Sobaihi
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