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Bernard Kouchner

Bernard Kouchner

Internationally renowned politician and physician Bernard Kouchner co-founded the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in 1971 and co-founded Médecins du Monde in 1980. From 2007 to 2010 he served as France’s minister of foreign and European affairs. Three times he was appointed as the Minister of Health between 1992 to 2002.

Bernard Kouchner contributed his time and expertise to assist in situations of emergency in the developing world. He organized humanitarian operations to Somalia, El Salvador, Lebanon and Vietnam. In addition, he led field operations in Cambodia, Thailand, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Chad, Libya, Nigeria, Syria, etc.

His organization also organized medical relief operations in Armenia after 1988 Spitak earthquake.

He was active to convince the U.N. to accept “the duty of interference” (then “the right to interfere”) resolution 688 and after devastating civil wars in the Balkans, served as a Special Representative to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in Kosovo from 1999 to 2001.

Bernard Kouchner was also the professor of public health at the Health and Development Department of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) and in Harvard School of Public Health.

He is the author of several books and co-founder of the news magazines L’Evenement and Actuel. He is the recipient of several human rights awards, including the Dag Hammarskjold Award (1979), the Louise Weiss Prize of the European Parliament (1979), the Athinai Prize of the Alexander Onassis Foundation (1981), and the Prix Europe (1984).

 

THE AURORA PRIZE SELECTION COMMITTEE

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Elie Wiesel (1928 – 2016)

First Co-Chair

President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity; Nobel Laureate

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Lord Ara Darzi

Chair

Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London

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George Clooney

Honorary Co-Chair

Co-founder, The Sentry; Humanitarian, performer and film maker

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Benjamin Ferencz

Honorary Co-Chair

Lawyer, Human Rights Activist

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Shirin Ebadi

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Human Rights Lawyer and Iran's first female judge; Nobel Laureate

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Leymah Gbowee

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Liberian peace activist and women’s rights advocate; Nobel Laureate

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Vartan Gregorian (1934 - 2021)

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Co-founder, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative; President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Hina Jilani

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Former United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders

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Bernard Kouchner

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Co-founder, Médecins Sans Frontières; Former French Foreign Minister

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Dele Olojede

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Journalist, Writer, Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Paul Polman

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Co-founder and Chair, IMAGINE

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John Prendergast

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Human Rights Activist and Co-founder, The Sentry

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Mary Robinson

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Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Former President of Ireland

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Ernesto Zedillo

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Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Former President of Mexico

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Oscar Arias

Honorary Member

Two-time President of Costa Rica; Nobel Laureate

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Valery Gergiev

Honorary Member

Artistic and General Director, Mariinsky Theatre; Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmoniker

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Gareth Evans

Honorary Member

President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group; Former Australian Foreign Minister

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Elie Wiesel (1928 – 2016)

First Co-Chair

President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity; Nobel Laureate

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Lord Ara Darzi

Chair

Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London