Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership. These citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change.

Nominated by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members and other global leaders, honorees are chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work. Through their uncommon abilities to strengthen civil society, these visionaries inspire us all to take action and to become true global citizens.

The 2015 Clinton Global Citizen Awards were presented during a special ceremony at the CGI Annual Meeting on the evening of September 27, broadcast on AXS TV. The program included special appearances by individuals who embrace the mission of an integrated, shared world. Musical entertainment—produced by Randy Jackson—featured Tony Bennett, Ben Harper, and Janelle Monáe performing with The Roots. 

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2015 Honorees

Leadership in Public Service

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi

Minister for International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; President, Zayed University

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi was appointed Minister for International Cooperation and Development of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013. In 2014, she was named president of Zayed University and head of the UAE Committee of Humanitarian Aid. Previously, she was Minister of Foreign Trade in 2008 and UAE Minister of Economy in 2004—the first woman to hold a cabinet post in the country. Sheikha Lubna served as chairperson of the Board of Directors of the UAE’s Securities & Commodities Authority from 2004-2008 and headed the Dubai e-Government executive team in 2004. In 2000, she was appointed chief executive officer of Tejari, a business-to-business e-market. Sheikha Lubna has honorary doctorates from California State University at Chico, University of Exeter, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She has been featured on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Women, the Wall Street Journal’s 50 International Women to Watch, and the Arabian Business Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list.

Leadership in the Private Sector

Aliko Dangote

President and CEO, Dangote Group

Aliko Dangote is the founder, president, and CEO of Dangote Group. Founded over 30 years ago, the group’s interests include the production and distribution of cement, sugar, flour, and oil, as well as real estate development. Dangote set up the Dangote Foundation in 1993 to drive his corporate social responsibility initiatives, endowing it with $1.35 billion in 2014. In 2015, Dangote donated $1 million to Nepal to provide relief to the victims of Nepal’s earthquakes and $153 million to boost Nigeria’s fight against Ebola in 2014. He has been named Forbes Africa Person of the Year (2014), Forbes Most Powerful Man in Africa (2013), and listed on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2014). He is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Honorary International Investor Council, and the McKinsey Advisory Council. In 2013, Dangote was appointed to the steering committee of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative. In addition, he collaborates with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fight polio.

Leadership in Civil Society

Syeda Ghulam Fatima

General Secretary, Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan

Syeda Ghulam Fatima works for the betterment of bonded labor in Pakistan as the elected general secretary of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan (BLLF). As general secretary, Fatima strengthens organizational capacity and drives a proactive approach toward policy. She has represented BLLF at various national and international forums, including the World Social Forum (WSF) 2006 in Pakistan and WSF 2007 in Nairobi, International Visitors Program USA, and the Asian Women Alliance for Women’s Rights. Fatima is a member of the Provincial Committee for Abolition of Bonded Labour Punjab and of the District Vigilance Committee in the 12th district of Pakistan. Recognized for her work by millions of Humans of New York fans, she advocates for the compliance of the International Labour Organization’s core labor standards in Pakistan. Fatima advocates for the legal entitlements of the neglected working class brick kiln workers, as well as female domestic and home-based workers.

Leadership in Humanitarian Response

For their leadership and collective response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and their continued effort to improve the health and well-being of the affected communities.

Raj Panjabi

Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health

Raj Panjabi is chief executive officer of Last Mile Health and an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At age 9, Panjabi escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned to co-found Last Mile Health, which works to saves lives in the world’s most remote villages by recruiting, training, and equipping Community Health Workers. Panjabi has been recognized as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, an Echoing Green Fellow, a recipient of the Global Citizen Movement Award, and an adviser to the Global Impact Forum. Panjabi graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Raj Panjabi accepted the award on behalf of the following organizations for their Ebola Response Efforts:

Afya Foundation
American Logistics Aid Network
Becton, Dickinson and Company
Brussels Airlines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ChildFund International
Christian Aid Ministries
Direct Relief
GE Foundation
Government of Guinea
Government of Liberia
Government of Sierra Leone
Greenbaum Foundation
Medical Research Centre – Sierra Leone
Medtronic, Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Nippon Cargo Airlines
Open Society Foundations
Partners in Health
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
UBS Optimus Foundation
Wellbody Alliance
Western Global Airlines

Alan Knight

Corporate Responsibility, General Manager, ArcelorMittal; Chairman, Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group (EPSMG)

During the last half of 2014, when Ebola infection rates were growing, Alan Knight created and chaired what became known as the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group (EPSMG). ArcelorMittal recognized that the company’s own response would be more effective if it were not acting as a lone agent. To that end, ArcelorMittal founded the EPSMG—initially a platform for sharing information between companies to help combat Ebola, but which quickly grew to include aspects of international advocacy for a global response to the Ebola outbreak, and the mobilisation of in-country resources to support humanitarian and health care first responders. At its peak there were four country groups, more than 100 companies, and almost 50 public bodies and NGOs participating in EPSMG from a wide range of sectors and countries. Alan Knight is the general manager of corporate responsibility at ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest integrated steel and mining company. With mining operations in Liberia, ArcelorMittal was at the center of one of the regions most severely affected by Ebola. Despite this, the company resolved to continue business as usual. Like many other EPSMG members, ArcelorMittal worked hard to understand the virus and protect its employees, hired experts to advise the company, mobilised specialist medical equipment, and put in place a management committee, procedures, and systems. The award, however, is a testament to the joint work of all EPSMG members. Together, the EPSMG was able to unlock the incredible value of partnership and proved that diverse sectors of society can work together to solve the most complex challenges.

Madina Rahman

Deputy Minister Of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone

Madina Rahman is currently the deputy minister of health and sanitation in Sierra Leone. Prior to her appointment as deputy minister in 2014, she worked as a health care management consultant from 2013 to 2014 for the western area hospitals in Freetown, Sierra Leone; she also served as director of nursing services for Revera Health Systems in New Jersey. Rahman migrated to the U.S. in 1980 from her native Sierra Leone and is a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth. She was also a nursing instructor at the Sierra Allied Health Academy in New Jersey and is certified in surgical, oncological, and intensive care unit nursing. Rahman received a fellowship from the West African College of Nursing in July 2015, recognizing her contribution to the nursing profession.

About the Award

In 2012, CGI partnered with Donna Karan to design the Clinton Global Citizen Award. The collaboration was inspired by Karan’s design aesthetic and her efforts in Haiti to bring artisan products to a global market. Karan reached out to her longtime friends Nadia Swarovski of Swarovski Crystal and Cookie Villiard, a Haitian metal artist, to work together to create an award emblematic of CGI and its mission. The handcrafted design is an illustration of the magic that happens when individual voices come together to take positive action.