Leadership for the Americas Awards Gala

The Inter-American Dialogue’s Leadership for the Americas Awards Gala celebrates individuals and organizations committed to advancing democratic governance, social equity and prosperity in the Western Hemisphere. The annual event brings together top world leaders whose exceptional contributions have been instrumental in addressing the pressing challenges of our hemisphere. More than 400 guests attend the gala, comprising an elite audience from the highest levels of government, business, media and civil society.  

2018 Gala

2016 Gala

2014 Gala

 

2017 Gala

2015 Gala

 

Testimonials

“The Dialogue is so important in its gathering of the great minds of this hemisphere to grapple with the relationships that have such deep roots but can always be stronger.”

– Senator Tim Kaine, Distinguished Leadership Award for Public Service 2014 

“The Dialogue has had a very strong influence on some of the major and positive trends in Colombia and the hemisphere in the last decades. …the progress in fighting poverty, the progress in the rule of law, and what we have achieved are very compatible with what the Dialogue has always defended: economic growth and integration, democracy and the rule of law, and social equity.”

– Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prize and President of Colombia, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace 2016

“[The Dialogue] may well be the most influential organization in Washington – reaching out to the Americas. I came to appreciate its steady commitment to illuminate what is happening in the Americas and the ways and means through which we may join forces in favor of a democratic, peaceful and more prosperous world.”

– Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

 

Previous Honorees

2017 

H.E. Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Former President of Brazil
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

H.E. Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American Development Bank
Distinguished Leadership Award for Social Equity

Mr. Roberto Murray Meza
Chairman, Grupo AGRISAL and Founding President, Fundemas
Distinguished Leadership Award for Civic Engagement

Dr. Luis von Ahn
Co-Founder and CEO, reCAPTCHA and Duolingo
Computer Science Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Distinguished Leadership Award for Innovation and Social Impact

Ms. Lydia Cacho
Journalist, Writer and Human Rights Activist
Distinguished Leadership Award for the Defense of Human Rights

 

 

2016

H.E. Juan Manuel Santos
President of Colombia
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace

H.E. Enrique García
President, CAF-Development Bank of America
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

BMW Group
Distinguished Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden Mota, M.D.
Pediatric Neurologist
Distinguished Leadership Award for Social Equity

2015

H.E. Felipe González
Former President of the Government of Spain
Distinguished Leadership for the Americas Award

Mr. Daniel Chávez Morán
Founder, Grupo Vidanta and Fundación Vidanta
Distinguished Leadership for the Americas Award

2014 

Mr. Salvador Paiz
Co-Chairman, Grupo PDC & Chair, FunSEPA
Distinguished Leadership Award for Civic Engagement

The Honorable Tim Kaine
US Senator, Virginia
Distinguished Leadership Award for Public Service in the Americas

 

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