2021 Aurora Dialogues Overview: Conversation with the Aurora Humanitarians

2021 Aurora Dialogues Overview: Conversation with the Aurora Humanitarians

The Aurora Dialogues Venice discussion titled “Conversation with the 2021 Aurora Humanitarians” will take place on October 8, 2021, during the 2021 Aurora Prize events in Italy. During the meeting, the five 2021 Aurora Humanitarians will introduce their work and the causes that motivate them, as well as discuss the support that is required to deliver tangible change in their communities. The conversation with the Humanitarians will be organized at the Venice International University Auditorium on the San Servolo Island (Isola di San Sèrvolo). 

The session will include a moderated discussion with the Aurora Humanitarians and a Q&A with the audience. The discussion will be held in English with Armenian, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish simultaneous translation available. 

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The 2021 Aurora Prize Ceremony and accompanying events will take place in Venice, Italy, on October 8-10, 2021. This will be the first Ceremony in Europe and it will highlight the extensive connection between Venice, this universally important cultural site, and the spirit of Aurora, with its deeply embedded respect for the human life shared by every Armenian and every member of Aurora global movement alike. It will also be the first offline Aurora Prize Ceremony since the breakout of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 


Dele Olojede

Aurora Prize Selection Committee Member; Pulitzer Prize Winner (Nigeria/USA)


Fartuun Adan

2020 Aurora Prize Laureate; Executive Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center (Somalia)

Noubar Afeyan

Co-Founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative; Co-Founder and Chairman, Moderna; CEO, Flagship Pioneering (USA)

Grégoire Ahongbonon

2021 Aurora Humanitarian; Mental Health Activist; Founder of the St Camille Association (Benin/ Côte D’ivoire)

Ruby Alba Castaño

2021 Aurora Humanitarian; Human Rights Activist; Founder of ASOCATDAME (Colombia)

Lord Ara Darzi

Chair, Aurora Prize Selection Committee; Director, Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London (UK)

Paul Farmer

2021 Aurora Humanitarian; Healthcare Professional, Co-founder of Partners In Health (USA)

Julienne Lusenge

2021 Aurora Humanitarian; Peace and Women’s Rights Activist; Co-founder of Women's Solidarity for Inclusive Peace and Development; Fund for Congolese Women (D.R. Congo)

Ashwaq Moharram

2021 Aurora Humanitarian; Medical Doctor (Yemen)

Ruben Vardanyan

Co-Founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative; Co-Founder, Noôdome; Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur (Armenia/Russia)

Top photo: Venice International University