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Paul Polman

Paul Polman

Business leader, campaigner, co-author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, a Financial Times Business Book of the Year. 

 Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality.   

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Paul demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Paul’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability.    

Today Paul works across a range of organisations to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop. This includes his work to drive systems change with Systemiq and bold new industry coalitions, including in fashion and food. He leads the UN Global Compact, is an Ambassador for the Race to Zero, and works to develop our next generation of leaders, through the Oxford University Saïd Business SchoolINSEADOne Young World and others.  Paul’s actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim. 

 

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

Co-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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Business leader, climate and equalities campaigner

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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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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

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