The Mary Chirwa Award for Courageous Leadership

Submit your nomination for the 2019 Mary Chirwa Award — the Nudge award for Courageous Leadership!


Is there someone in your community, organisation or country who you feel deserves recognition for his/her Courageous Leadership? Nominate them for the 2019 Mary Chirwa Award!


The Award: Recognising Courageous Leadership

Nudge presents this important award in honour of Ms. Mary Chirwa Director General of the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) in Zambia, who is bravely fighting corruption in the country under difficult circumstances.

In her name, we want to recognise individuals who have proven Courageous Leadership in fields related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and who are not yet known internationally.

The first ever Mary Chirwa Award will be announced on 22 October 2019 during the Nudge Global Impact Awards at the Peace Palace in The Hague the international institution for peace and justice!

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How to nominate

Evaluation criteria

  • A proven record of courageous leadership in 2018/2019, 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.

What do we mean by ‘Courageous Leader’?

An individual who has shown integrity and fearlessness and acted on, or initiated a movement, to bravely face a challenge related to the achievement of one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nominate a Courageous Leader!

Value of the Award

Prize to be announced.

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.

Watch the official announcement of the Mary Chirwa Award below.

Notable nominees

Nominations are being processed. Stay tuned!

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Ms. Mary Chirwa reacting to the announcement of the Award in her honour at the Nudge Global Impact Awards 2018.

Important Dates

Nominations deadline

1 September 2019 before 12 midnight CET

Award Committee’s decision

1 October 2019

Winner announcement

22 October 2019 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands

Mary Chirwa Award Committee

To be announced shortly.

Nudge looks forward to awarding the first Mary Chirwa Award at its 10th annual Nudge Global Impact Awards in October 2019.