2021 Honorees

Ursula von der Leyen

President, European Commission

Distinguished International Leadership Award

Introduced by: The Hon. Phil Murphy

Albert Bourla, DVM, PH.D.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer

Distinguished Business Leadership Award

Introduced by: H.E. Ursula von der Leyen

Özlem Türeci, M.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, BioNTech

Ugur Sahin, M.D.

Co-Founder and CEO, BioNTech

Distinguished Business Leadership Awards

Introduced by: Victor J. Dzau, M.D.

Dua Lipa

Grammy Award-winning Artist; Founder, Sunny Hill Foundation; Activist

Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

Introduced by: Damon Wilson

Honoring Veterans

Our tribute to Afghan veterans

Narrated by David McCormick, Chairman, International Advisory Board


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New Atlanticist

Nov 10, 2021

The 2021 Distinguished Leadership Awards: Celebrating the exceptional individuals meeting today’s extraordinary challenges

By Dan Peleschuk

Singer Dua Lipa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Pfizer’s Albert Bourla, and BioNTech’s Özlem Türeci and Ugur Sahin earn the Atlantic Council’s highest honors for shaping the global future together.

Coronavirus European Union


New Atlanticist

Nov 10, 2021

Full Transcript: 2021 Distinguished Leadership Awards honor bold visionaries in challenging times

By Atlantic Council

Uğur Şahin, Özlem Türeci, Ursula von der Leyen, Dua Lipa, and Albert Bourla accepted the Atlantic Council’s recognition Wednesday night for their leadership in shaping the global future.

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Distinguished Leadership Awards

Each year, the Distinguished Leadership Awards salutes an exemplary group of individuals who have contributed to the Atlantic Council mission of shaping the global future together.