Former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo Joins Aurora Prize Selection Committee

Ernesto Zedillo, the former President of Mexico, joined members of the esteemed Aurora Selection Committee at a meeting in New York for deliberations on the 2017 Aurora Prize finalists.

I am honored to join this esteemed Selection Committee alongside such respected advocates for the world’s most vulnerable. I look forward to honoring those who are putting themselves at risk for the sake of another and embodying the very best in what makes us a global community today, said Ernesto Zedillo.

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity recognizes the recipients for the exceptional impact of their actions regarding the preservation of human life and advancing humanitarian causes. On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, an Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored each year with a $100,000 grant as well as the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating organizations that inspired their work for a $1,000,000 award.

The committee is formed by nine humanitarians from around the world whose extraordinary achievements give them a unique perspective into humanitarian endeavors that deserve global recognition. From these nine humanitarians, we remind Nobel Laureates Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, human rights activist Hina Jilan, and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney.

I am delighted to welcome President Zedillo to the Aurora Prize Selection Committee. He will bring tremendous insight and perspective to this outstanding jury. President Zedillo’s reputation as an advocate of progressive social and political reform, as well as his track record as a recognized leader on global and humanitarian issues, will add tremendously to the Committee’s decision-making process in selecting the next Aurora Prize Laureate, said Vartan Gregorian, one of the co-founders of the Aurora Prize.

In 2002, Zedillo received the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award. He was also the chairman of the Global Development Network from 2005-2011. Now he is the director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization where he focuses on championing international development.

The Aurora Prize Ceremony will take place in Yerevan, Armenia on May 28, 2017. For more details, click here.