The Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award
Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning, flagship global affairs program “Amanpour,” which also airs on PBS in the United States. She is based in the network’s London bureau. Amanpour’s fearless and uncompromising approach made her popular with audiences, and a force to be reckoned with by global influencers.
In addition to her work as an anchor and reporter, Amanpour is an active rights campaigner. A board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Centre for Public Integrity and the International Women’s Media Foundation, she has used her profile to raise awareness of key global issues and journalists’ rights. She has interviewed educational rights activist Malala Yousafzai for CNN on several occasions — bringing focus to her courage and international advocacy work. In May 2014 she used an appearance on BBC television to raise awareness of the plight of the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram – asking British Prime Minister David Cameron to join the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.
The Trailblazer Luminary Award
Vera Baboun was elected Mayor of the City of Bethlehem in October 2012, to be the first woman Mayor of the city since its inception. Mayor Baboun is also Member of the Supreme Presidential Commission for the Affairs of Churches in Palestine; Secretary-General of the Association of the Palestinian Local Authorities; and Chairman of the Permanent Conference of the Historic Cities of the Mediterranean, among other positions. Prior to this, she was General Director of the Greek Catholic School in Beith Sahour (2010-2012), and authorized researcher in the network GRACE for gender research for women’s empowerment in the Middle East. Mayor Baboun submitted several papers on issues of gender equality in a large number of civil and social organizations both local and international. She has received various awards, including the Pompeo Sarnelli in recognition of her role in serving the city of Bethlehem and supporting its youth; the title and the insignia of the “Star of the Knights of Italy” by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano; and the Medal of High Uniqueness of the City of Paris by Anne Hidalgo Mayor of Paris. Mayor Baboun has been the holder of the message of peace in different conferences worldwide.
The Leadership Luminary Award
A committed philanthropist, Michael Dan is a model of social responsibility and generosity. A former neurosurgeon, he created the Paloma Foundation to fund organizations that assist marginalized people in Toronto. Dedicated to Canada’s Aboriginal community, he has created opportunities for future generations by supporting businesses on reserves. Recently, he also endowed the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto, the first privately-endowed research institute in the world geared to the unique health needs of Aboriginal people. His commitment to peace in the Middle East is exemplified by his support for The University of Haifa, the Michael and Amira Dan Professorship in Global Health at The University of Toronto, and the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Michael is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario