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George Clooney

George Clooney

Throughout his career as a reputable actor and director, George Clooney has supported and founded a significant number of charities. His humanitarian efforts have been widely recognized.

Clooney has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Ambassador for Humanity Award. The latter was presented by Steven Spielberg, renowned Hollywood Director, during a fundraising gala in 2013. Spielberg described Clooney as a “humble humanitarian… an unparalleled example of action over apathy.”

Along with human rights activist John Prendergast, Clooney co-initiated the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) following a trip to South Sudan in 2010. The SSP is a partnership between the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe, which conducts monitoring of both Sudan and South Sudan to assess the human security situation, identifying potential threats to civilians. It also works to detect, deter and document crimes against humanity.

Clooney co-founded a nongovernmental, international relief and humanitarian aid organization titled ’The Sentry’ with film entertainment veterans Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub. The organization, which is based in the United States, aims to focus global attention and resources toward ending large-scale massacres around the world. He sits on the board of the organization.

Clooney’s 2012 campaign for human rights in Sudan received widespread media coverage. During a series of press conferences in Washington DC, Clooney accused Sudan's leaders of committing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, criticized China's government for enabling them and also blamed the international community for turning a blind eye.

In 2006, Clooney and his journalist father Nick collaborated on a documentary titled ‘A Journey to Darfur’ which depicted their travels to the war-torn region and shed light on the state of the area. It reported that an estimated 200,000 people lost their lives and 2.5 million people were forced from their homes. The footage showed the pair interviewing survivors who witnessed atrocities and also features stories from refugees of the conflict. In addition, Clooney has appeared in a separate documentary film titled ‘Darfur Now’, a call-to-action movie which was released in November 2007 to encourage individuals to help stop the crisis in the area.

Clooney is also credited with supporting the following charities: United Way, The Enough Project, Realizing the Dream, ONE Campaign, Everyone Matters, Feeding America, International Rescue Committee, Make It Right, Make Poverty History, American Foundation for AIDS Research, American Foundation for Equal Rights,  Whatever It Takes and the World Food Program.

 

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

Member

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

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Leymah Gbowee

Member

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

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Vartan Gregorian (1934 - 2021)

Member

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

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Hina Jilani

Member

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

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Bernard Kouchner

Member

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

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Dele Olojede

Member

Journalist, Writer, Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Paul Polman

Member

Co-founder and Co-chair, IMAGINE

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John Prendergast

Member

Human Rights Activist and Co-founder, The Sentry

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Mary Robinson

Member

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

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Ernesto Zedillo

Member

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