About the Awards
The Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards celebrates the highest achieving individuals who embody the essence of the pillars of the transatlantic relationship. Each year, the event convenes an elite, international audience—including current and former heads of state, foreign dignitaries, ambassadors, members of Congress and the administration, military commanders, international business leaders, and leading members of the media.
Distinguished International Leadership Award
H.E. Mario Draghi
President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic
INTRODUCED BY: The Hon. Janet L. Yellen, United States Secretary of the Treasury
Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award
Singer-songwriter, the winner of Eurovision song contest 2016
Accepted on behalf of all Ukrainian artists
INTRODUCED BY: Adrienne Arsht, Executive Vice Chair; Founder, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center; Founder, Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Distinguished Business Leadership Award
INTRODUCED BY: H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, United Arab Emirates Special Envoy for Climate Change; Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; Group CEO and Managing Director, Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation (ADNOC)
Distinguished Leadership Award
The People of Ukraine
Accepted by H.E. Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the US
INTRODUCED BY: The Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, US House of Representatives and Gen. James L. Jones, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander; Executive Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council
A message from Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine
A special tribute to the people of Ukraine
A special tribute to
Secretary Madeleine K. Albright
Recorded remarks by The Hon. Hillary R. Clinton, Former US Secretary of State, and The Hon. Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State
Recap blog and transcript
New Atlanticist May 11, 2022
The 2022 Distinguished Leadership Awards: Recognizing bravery and vision in wartime
By Dan Peleschuk
The Atlantic Council’s premier gala honored Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, business leader Claudio Descalzi, Ukrainian singer Jamala, and more for their commitment to the transatlantic relationship.
Transcript May 11, 2022
Full transcript: 2022 Distinguished Leadership Awards salute the people of Ukraine, Mario Draghi, and more
By Atlantic Council
The Italian prime minister, businessman Claudio Descalzi, and Ukrainian singer Jamala were among the honorees at the Atlantic Council’s premier gala event Wednesday night.
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Selected media coverage
- Politico’s Global Insider Newsletter
- CNN Newsroom: Ukrainian 2016 Eurovision Winner Raising Money, Awareness for Homeland
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The Atlantic Council in 2021
In the face of great challenges, this annual report underscores how our community is buoyed by the conviction that we have the talent, imagination, and expertise to contribute to a better world.
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.