This has been a challenging year around the world – the scourge of COVID-19 and the massive economic disruption it has caused, as well as an upsurge of protest in the long struggle against racism and inequality. It is important at a time like this to come together to mark the heroism, resilience and imagination of those who seek to help others and change the world. More than ever, we have all been awestruck by the many faces of courage in the toughest of times. With this new tribute, we look to recognize those heroes.

These are the people, groups, organizations and communities that have earned your admiration this year – your #UnsungHeroes2020. The nominees above were featured at our annual Distinguished Leadership Awards event in October. Thank you for sharing your submissions with us, posting one-minute videos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #UnsungHeroes2020. Submissions are now closed.

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Distinguished Leadership Awards

Oct 9, 2020

Atlantic Council to honor “Unsung Heroes” at 2020 Distinguished Leadership Awards

Virtual ceremony will feature a tribute to inspirational men and women around the globe demonstrating extraordinary courage, resilience, and ingenuity

Distinguished Leadership Awards

The Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards celebrates the highest achieving individuals who embody the essence of the pillars of the transatlantic relationship. The evening brings together an elite audience of some 800 guests from more than fifty countries – including current and former heads of state, foreign dignitaries, ambassadors, members of Congress and the administration, military commanders, international business leaders and media outlets such as POLITICO, Fox news, MSNBC, The Washington Post, CNN, Associates Press, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters and countless others.

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