September 27, 2015
Sep 27

Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM Honorees, Special Guests and Performers Announced

New York, NY
Press Release

The 9th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards™ presented by Starkey Hearing Foundation will honor Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; Aliko Dangote, President & CEO, Dangote Group; Syeda Ghulam Fatima, General Secretary, Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan; Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility, General Manager, ArcelorMittal; and Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health

With special performances and appearances by Tony BennettBen HarperJanelle Mon
áeThe RootsTrudie Styler; Founder, The Rainforest Foundation; Rainn Wilson, co-founder the Lidè program;Mo Ibrahim, Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; and musical producer, Randy Jackson

New York, NY – The Ninth Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards™, presented by Starkey Hearing Foundation, will honor outstanding individuals for their leadership and groundbreaking work that has effected positive, lasting social change around the world in the areas of healthcare, poverty, economic empowerment, legal aid, and women's leadership.

The 2015 ceremony will honor:

  • for Leadership in Public Service, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; President, Zayed University. She will be honored for leading the United Arab Emirate’s global philanthropic efforts and making investments to fight hunger and poverty around the world. 
  • for Leadership in the Private Sector, Aliko Dangote, President and CEO, Dangote Group. He will be honored for expanding economic growth in West Africa through investments in business, healthcare, and education in the next generation of West African leaders.
  • for Leadership in Civil Society, Syeda Ghulam Fatima, General Secretary, Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan. She will be honored for driving a proactive approach toward policy in Pakistan and advocating for core labor standards in Pakistan.
  • for Leadership in Humanitarian Response, Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility, General Manager, ArcelorMittal for private sector leadership in the Ebola response efforts; and Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health, for bridging the gap between clinics and remote villages in Liberia and responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Raj Panjabi will be accepting his award on behalf of the following organizations for their Ebola response efforts: Africare; Afya Foundation; Airlink; American Logistics Aid Network; AmeriCares; 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; LIFT; 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; and Western Global Airlines.

The evening will feature musical performances by Tony Bennett, Ben Harper, Janelle Monáe, and The Roots, with special appearances by Trudie Styler, Founder, The Rainforest Foundation, Mo Ibrahim, Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Rainn Wilson, co-founder the Lidè program, and Randy Jackson who serves as musical producer for the event.

The Ninth Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be broadcast on AXS TV on October 28 at 10PM ET.

Please visit for the latest program details and list of participants. Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal, Facebook at and Instagram at for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2015.

Media Logistics
The Clinton Global Citizen Awards are open press with limited capacity and usage restrictions for audio and video of the performances: up to five minutes in total, but no more than thirty seconds of any single music performance, may be used.

If you are interested in covering the Blue Carpet beginning at 6 PM, please email [email protected]


About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

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About the Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM
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 will be presented during a special ceremony at the CGI Annual Meeting, on the evening of September 27. The evening’s program will include special appearances by individuals who embrace the mission of an integrated, shared world. In past years, special appearances have been made by Ben Affleck, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barbra Streisand, Ben Stiller, President Festus Mogae, Iman, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Salma Hayek, General Wesley Clark, Seth Meyers, Madeleine Albright?, Eva Longoria, and more. Musical entertainment has included: Sting, K’Naan, Alicia Keys, James Taylor, Juanes, Youssou N’Dour, The Roots, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Aloe Blac, Natalie Merchant, and Jason Mraz.