2020 Aurora Humanitarians will be announced on April 24, 2020, and the name of the Laureate will be announced later during the 2020 Aurora Prize Ceremony. This year, the global humanitarian award is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
Nominations for 2020 Aurora Prize were open from May to October 2019, and during this period hundreds of submissions have been received, featuring an unprecedented 593 unique candidates. Next came the evaluation by the independent Expert Panel: professionals and experts in the humanitarian field have carefully assessed the nominations and prepared a shortlist of exceptional nominees. After that, the Aurora Prize Selection Committee reviewed the nominees’ selfless work and endless efforts to save those in need and chose the Aurora Humanitarians based on their courage, commitment and impact – the three criteria for selecting the Aurora Prize Laureates. The Aurora Prize Selection Committee is chaired by the Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London Lord Ara Darzi.
Ernesto Zedillo, Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, at the Aurora Prize Selection Committee meeting in New York
Bernard Kouchner, Co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and former French Foreign Minister, has been one of the Selection Committee members since 2017
Lord Ara Darzi, Chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London
Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, at the Aurora Prize Selection Committee meeting in New York
Every year, nominations are carefully vetted and reviewed via a rigorous process, and the final selection is made based on the following criteria: courage, commitment and impact
The Committee is comprised of Nobel Laureates, former presidents, prominent political figures, highly respected humanitarians and well-known human rights activists
Gareth Evans, President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group and former Australian Foreign Minister
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate, Liberian peace activist and women’s rights advocate