Global Citizen Awards Dinner

  • Dr. Mario Draghi, 2015 Global Citizen Award

    Dr. Mario Draghi

    Global Citizen Award

    Mario DraghiIn his capacity as President, Mario Draghi is a member of the Executive Board, the Governing Council, and General Council of the European Central Bank, as well as the Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements.

    From 2006 to October 2011 he served as Governor of the Banca d'Italia. In April 2006 he was elected Chairman of the Financial Stability Forum (later the Financial Stability Board), and served in that function until November 2011.

    He graduated from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1970 and received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. Between 1975 and 1981, he was Professor of Economics at the...

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  • H.E. Juan Manuel Santos 2015 Global Citizen Award

    H.E. Juan Manuel Santos

    Global Citizen Award

    Juan-Manuel-Santos-CalderonJuan Manuel Santos Calderón was born on August 10, 1951. He was a cadet at the Naval Military School in Cartagena, majored in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Kansas, and then he continued his studies at the postgraduate level at the London School of Economics, Harvard University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

    He held the position of Chief of the Delegation of Colombia at the International Coffee Organization in London. He was the last Designee to the Presidency of the Republic and the first Minister of Foreign Trade. He has also held the positions of Minister of Finance and Public Credit and Minister of Defense. In this latter position he led the...

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  • H.E. Shinzō Abe, 2016 Global Citizen Award

    H.E. Shinzō Abe

    AbeShinzo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1954. After graduating from Seikei University with a BS in political science, he joined Kobe Steel, Ltd. in 1979. In 1982, he started serving as executive assistant to the minister for foreign affairs.

    In 1993, he was elected as member of the House of Representatives, and thereafter he was reelected in seven consecutive elections. He represents the Yamaguchi fourth district, which includes the cities of Shimonoseki and Nagato. In 1999, he became trustee, committee on health and welfare as well as director, social affairs division of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

    After serving as deputy chief cabinet secretary in the Mori cabinet and the Koizumi cabinet, he became chief cabinet secretary in the Koizumi cabinet in 2005. In 2006, he became the president of LDP and


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  • H.E. Matteo Renzi, 2016 Global Citizen Award

    H.E. Matteo Renzi

    RenziMatteo Renzi has been the prime minister of Italy since February 22, 2014 and secretary of the Democratic Party since December 15, 2013. He was president of the Province of Florence from 2004 to 2009 and mayor of Florence from 2009 to 2014.

    He was born in Florence in January 1975 and grew up in Rignano sull'Arno. During his university years he became interested in politics, campaigning in support of Romano Prodi, later to become Italy’s prime minister and president of the European Commission. In 1999 graduated from Florence University with a JD and married his wife Agnese Landini, who is now a teacher.

    In 2004 he was elected president of the Province of Florence. During his tenure, he cut taxes and increased investment in culture and education. In 2008 he decided against...

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  • Wynton Marsalis, 2016 Global Citizen Award

    Wynton Marsalis

    MarsalisWynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

    He has recorded more than seventy jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine GRAMMY® awards and sold over seven million copies worldwide.

    In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMYs® in the same year.  Today Wynton is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® in five consecutive years.

    Marsalis is an internationally respected educator and a recipient of honorary doctorates from over twenty-five of America’s top academic institutions including Columbia, Harvard, Howard, Princeton, and Yale.

    In 2001, he was appointed messenger of peace by Mr. Kofi Annan,...

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  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, 2017 Global Citizen Award

    The Right Honourable
    Justin Trudeau

    gca trudea lgJustin Trudeau is Canada’s twenty-third prime minister. He also serves as minister of intergovernmental affairs and minister of youth.

    Justin’s vision of Canada is a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. His experiences as a teacher, father, leader, and advocate for youth have shaped his dedication to Canadians—and his commitment to make Canada a place where everyone has the opportunities they need to thrive.

    The oldest of three boys, Justin grew up with the profound influence of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and his mother, Margaret Trudeau. He was raised speaking both French and English and has family roots in both Eastern and Western Canada. This background helped spark his passion for public service and...

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  • Lang Lang, 2017 Global Citizen Award

    Lang Lang

    gca langFew artists can claim to have the same profound impact on the world of music as Lang Lang. As a pianist, educator, and philanthropist, as well as an influential ambassador for the arts, Lang Lang has fully embraced new technology and innovation, leading the way in bringing classical music into the twenty-first century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or just for a few hundred children in the public schools, Lang Lang is a master of communicating through music.

    Heralded by the New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts covering all continents of the globe. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel...

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  • His Excellency Moon Jae-in, 2017 Global Citizen Award

    His Excellency Moon Jae-in

    Moon Jae-in became the president of the Republic of Korea on May 10, 2017. He was born as a son of a refugee on the southern coast of South Korea in 1953. His parents fled North Korea during the Korean War. Although he was born into an impoverished family and was a shy boy, he was accepted to a prestigious local middle school where he first experienced social inequality. As a young student, he became aware of social issues while reading books and magazines on current affairs at the library.

    During his university years, he was arrested for participating in a protest against then-President Park Chung-hee’s dictatorial regime and was forcibly conscripted into the Special Forces. After finishing his military service, he passed the bar exam. President Moon started his career as a lawyer in...

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  • His Excellency Mauricio Macri, 2018 Global Citizen Awards

    His Excellency
    Mauricio Macri
    President of the Argentine Republic

    MacriAn engineer by training, Mauricio Macri has been president of the Republic of Argentina since December 2015, following a career in business, sports administration, and as mayor of the city of Buenos Aires.
    During his presidential campaign, Macri earned the support of citizens and political parties across the ideological spectrum based on his ‘Let’s Change’ coalition that looked for alternatives to the isolationist and populist policies of the past and sought to strengthen democratic institutions.
    Prior to being elected president, Macri served as mayor of Buenos Aires City (2007-2011; 2011-2015). As mayor, he pursued regeneration programs in the city’s more vulnerable neighborhoods, made public services more efficient and transparent, and improved the...

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  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani, Global Citizen Awards 2018

    Hamdi Ulukaya

    Hamdi UlukayaHamdi Ulukaya is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani, one of the fastest growing food companies in the last decade and a pioneer for the natural food movement.

    Raised in a dairy-farming family in a small village in eastern Turkey, Ulukaya launched Chobani in 2007 with the mission and vision of making better food more accessible. In less than five years, Chobani became the number one–selling Greek yogurt brand in the United States with more than a billion dollars in annual sales. In 2017, Chobani was named to Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ list of companies, and earlier this year it was honored with a Salute to Greatness Award by The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

    Ulukaya has always made helping people and having a positive impact on communities a priority for...

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