YEREVAN — The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, dedicated to the promotion of humanitarian activity around the world, has appointed Dame Louise Richardson, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, to the Selection Committee of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.
The $1-million prize is a global award that recognizes those who risk their lives, health, or freedom to save the lives, health, or freedom of others.
It has shone a spotlight on some of the world’s most pressing and overlooked crises since its foundation in 2015.
As a member of the Selection Committee, Richardson will work closely with the outstanding group of humanitarians, human right activists, and former heads of state to choose the next Aurora Prize Laureate. A political scientist by training, Richardson is recognized internationally as an expert on terrorism and counterterrorism.
Prior to joining Carnegie Corporation, one of the oldest and most influential American grantmaking foundations, she held the posts of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, and Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
“Louise Richardson is not only a distinguished academic and leader, she is a visionary who has spent her career applying her tremendous insight and experience to strengthening democracy, advancing peace and working to improve the lives of others,” said Lord Ara Darzi, Chair of Aurora Prize Selection Committee and Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. “I am honored to welcome Louise to the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, where she will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact.”