These awards are designed to spotlight the inspired leadership our complex world requires. While at the same time representing essential pillars of the transatlantic relationship: political, business, arts, and humanitarian leadership.

Brent Scowcroft, Atlantic Council interim chairman

2021 Honorees

H.E. Ursula von der Leyen – Distinguished International Leadership Award
Albert Bourla, DVM, PH.D. – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Özlem Türeci, M.D. – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Professor Ugur Sahin, M.D. – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Dua Lipa – Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

2020 Honorees

Kristalina Georgieva – Distinguished International Leadership Award
H.E. Luis Alberto Moreno – Distinguished International Leadership Award
Lionel Richie – Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

2019 Honorees

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – Distinguished International Leadership Award
Adrienne Arsht – Distinguished Service Award
Christine Lagarde – Distinguished International Leadership Award
Frederick W. Smith – Distinguished Business Leadership Award

2018 Honorees

President George W. Bush – Distinguished International Leadership Award
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti – Distinguished Military Leadership Award
Howard Schultz – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Gloria Estefan – Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

2017 Honorees

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein – Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award
Renee Fleming – Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award
William C. Ford, Jr. – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Admiral Michelle Howard – Distinguished Military Leadership Award
H.E. Jens Stoltenberg – Distinguished International Leadership Award

2016 Honorees

Dr. Robert Gates – Distinguished International Leadership
General Joseph L. Votel – Distinguished Military Leadership
Henry R. Kravis – Distinguished Business Leadership
Vittorio Grigòlo – Distinguished Artistic Leadership

2015 Honorees

H.E. Ashraf Ghani – Distinguished International Leadership
Marillyn A. Hewson – Distinguished Business Leadership
General Philip M. Breedlove – Distinguished Military Leadership
Toby Keith – Distinguished Artistic Leadership

2014 Honorees

President José Manuel Barroso – Distinguished International Leadership
Secretary Charles T. Hagel – Distinguished International Leadership
Dr. Thomas Enders – Distinguished Business Leadership
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. – Distinguished Military Leadership
Ruslana Lyzhychko – Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership

2013 Honorees

Secretary Hillary Clinton – Distinguished International Leadership
Anders Fogh Rasmussen – Distinguished International Leadership
John Watson – Distinguished Business Leadership
Tony Bennett – Distinguished Artistic Leadership
Juanes – Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership

2012 Honorees

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – Distinguished International Leadership
H.R.H. Prince Henry of Wales – Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership
Paul Polman – Distinguished Business Leadership
The Enlisted Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces – Distinguished Military Leadership
Anne-Sophie Mutter – Distinguished Artistic Leadership

2011 Honorees

Vice President Joe Biden – Distinguished International Leadership
Admiral James G. Stavridis – Distinguished Military Leadership Award
Muhtar Kent – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Placido Domingo – Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

2010 Honorees

President William J. Clinton – Distinguished International Leadership
Bono – Humanitarian Leadership Award
Dr. Josef Ackermann – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
General Stéphane Abrial – Distinguished Military Leadership Awards
General James Mattis – Distinguished Military Leadership Awards

2009 Honorees

President George H.W. Bush – Distinguished International Leadership Award
Chancellor Helmut Kohl – Distinguished International Leadership Award
General David Petraeus – Distinguished Military Leadership Award
Samuel Palmisano – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Thomas Hampson – Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

2008 Honorees

Prime Minister Tony Blair – Distinguished International Leadership
Rupert Murdoch – Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Admiral Michael Mullen – Distinguished Military Leadership Award
Evgeny Kissin – Distinguished Artistic Leadership

2007 Honorees

Dr. Alan Greenspan – Distinguished International Leadership
General James L. Jones Jr. – Distinguished Military Leadership
Stephen A. Schwarzman – Distinguished Business Leadership

2006 Honoree

Senator John W. Warner – Distinguished International Leadership

2005 Honoree

General Colin Powell – Distinguished International Leadership

2004 Honoree

Senator Chuck Hagel – Distinguished International Leadership

2003 Honorees

General Joseph Ralston – Distinguished International Leadership
Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen – Distinguished International Leadership

2002 Honoree

Robert Rubin – Distinguished International Leadership

2001 Honoree

Dr. Henry Kissinger – Distinguished International Leadership

2000 Honoree

General Brent Scowcroft – Distinguished International Leadership

1999 Honoree

Paul Volcker – Outstanding Contribution to National Policy

1998 Honoree

Norman Augustine – Outstanding Contribution to National Security

1996 Honoree

Senator Sam Nunn – Outstanding Contribution to National Security