About the awards

The Atlantic Council Distinguished Leadership Award celebrates the highest-achieving individuals who embody the pillars of the transatlantic relationship. Each year, the event convenes an elite, international audience—including current and former heads of state, political and policy leaders, ambassadors, members of Congress and the administration, military commanders, international business leaders, and leading members of the media.

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


World Trade Organization

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The Hon. Avril Haines

Director of National Intelligence

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Adena T. Friedman

Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Nasdaq, Inc.

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Gen. Laura J. Richardson

Commander, US Southern Command

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The Women and Girls of Iran

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Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami

President & CEO

Women’s Learning Partnership

Azam Jangravi

Iranian women’s rights advocate and a Girl of Revolution Street

Dr. Mehrangiz Kar

Iranian women’s rights lawyer and writer

Nazanin Nour

Actress, writer, and activist

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