The Mary Chirwa Award for Courageous Leadership

The Award: Recognising Courageous Leadership

The Mary Chirwa Award Foundation together with Nudge aim to recognise individuals who have proven courageous leadership in fields related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Leaders who are not yet known internationally. A cheque of US$5,000 is handed out each year to the winner. We are keen to award leaders who have shown integrity and no fears.

Who is Mary Chirwa?

Mary Chirwa is the Director General of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) in Zambia, a government agency responsible for regulating financial crime. Mary Chirwa was a guest of honour at the Nudge Global Impact Awards 2018. She wowed us with her brave dedication to the fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing in Zambia under difficult circumstances.

fltr Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, Mary Chirwa and Ama van Dantzig (moderator). (Photo Bibi Veth)

.

Nominate a courageous leader who inspires you

Evaluation criteria

  • A proven record of courageous leadership in 2019/2020, in a field related to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goal(s).
  • A clear aspiration to make the world a better place.
  • Must not be a celebrity or a well-known public figure.
  • You may not nominate yourself.

Important Dates

Nominations deadline

15 September 2020 before 12 midnight CET

Award Committee’s decision

1 October 2020

Winner announcement

21 October 2020 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands

 

Value of the Mary Chirwa Award 2020:

  • The laureate will receive a cheque of US$5,000 to use for funding a cause related to the field the awardee is recognised for.
  • Recognition from our Mary Chirwa Award Committee.
  • Invitation to the Nudge Global Impact Awards ceremony at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. Keynote speakers, CEOs and sustainability leaders from all over the world will attend.

 

Nominate your leader

Mary Chirwa Award Committee and Winners

Mary Chirwa Award Committee

H.R.H. Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parma

Head of the House of Bourbon-Parma, member of the Dutch Royal Family

George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece 2009-2011, MP for the Movement for Change alliance

Jeff Furman

Former Chair of the Board at Ben&Jerry’s

Frans Geraedts

Owner at Governance and Integrity Nederland

Mary Chirwa

Director General of the Financial Intelligence (FIC) Center in Zambia

fltr Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, Mary Chirwa, Father Antonios and his wife, Stamatia Georganti (Photo by Bibi Veth)

Winners Mary Chirwa Awards


Mary Chirwa, Director General of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Zambia – Winners 2019

Father Antonios Papanikolaou, Priest/Humanitarian, Greece – Winner 2019

For more information about the Mary Chirwa Foundation, please download this Beleidsplan.

The board members of the Mary Chirwa Award foundation are: Marlon Sahetapy (treasurer), Joris Alberdingk Thijm (secretary) en Jan van Betten (chairman).