What Is Global Citizen Prize?

This year, more than ever, the world needs leaders — people who go above and beyond to make the world a better place; people who are focused on supporting the most vulnerable communities; people who inspire you to stand up and take action.

The Global Citizen Prize honors four recipients who are making extraordinary efforts for the world’s most vulnerable. This broadcast and digitally streamed show will also feature inspirational stories and unforgettable performances that will bring together influencers, artists, activists, and global leaders to remind everyone that there are many reasons to be hopeful as we enter into 2021.

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The Prizes

Global Citizen Cisco Youth Leadership Award Winner 2019 - Priya Prakash

Cisco Youth Leadership Award

This celebrates an individual aged 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully towards the goal of ending global poverty in their community. Priya Prakash, the 2019 winner, is the 28-year-old Founder and CEO of HealthSetGo, an organization that is integrating technology and health care to ensure every child across India can grow up healthy.

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Businesss Leader of the Year Award Winner 2019 - Hamdi Ulukaya

Business Leader of the Year

This honors an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact. The 2019 winner, Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, is a passionate advocate for employees and the community. His Tent Partnership for Refugees mobilizes the private sector to improve opportunities for the more than 25 million men, women, and children forcibly displaced from their home countries. At Chobani, approximately 30% of the workforce is comprised of legally resettled refugees.

World Leader of the Year Award Winner 2019 - Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed

World Leader of the Year

This honors a political figure who advocates for and has implemented policy changes that have improved the lives of those living in poverty. The 2019 winner, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, previously served three Nigerian presidents — presiding over a 5% national reduction in HIV infections, and a 32% reduction in maternal mortality. Mohammed is a devoted champion of the Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner 2019 - Richard Curtis

Global Citizen of the Year

This celebrates an individual who has proven exceptional and sustained impact toward the end of extreme poverty and its systemic causes. The 2019 winner, Richard Curtis, is both one of the world's most well-loved directors and a tireless champion for a fair and equitable world through his organizations Comic Relief, Sports Relief, Red Nose Day, and now Project Everyone, which is working to accelerate progress towards a just world by 2030.

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