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Meet the fearless leaders who are the 2018 McNulty Prize Laureates

The 2018 McNulty Prize Laureates are four courageous leaders who have effectively leveraged their expertise and entrepreneurialism to create meaningful change in Rwanda, India, Australia & the United States

From giving Indian voters and policymakers access to transparency and truth; to providing New York City and Baltimore schoolchildren with glasses so they can see well enough to learn; to amplifying the arts as a means to move Rwanda and other countries from trauma to understanding, to teaching inclusive civic values to teenagers in Australia and the US, all of the 2018 Laureates are equipping individuals and communities with the tools they need to determine their own paths.

Hope Azeda, Dave Gilboa, Mehrdad Baghai and Govindraj Ethiraj have answered the call to use their talents, resources and platforms to remove economic and social barriers, making the world healthier, fairer and more open.

Anne Welsh McNulty

Meet the 2018 Laureates:

Ubumuntu Arts | Hope Azeda | Rwanda

An artist, curator and leader in reconciliation efforts following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Hope Azeda’s Ubumuntu Arts Festival & Organization brings together performers from Rwanda and around the world to explore the trauma of conflict and the depths of the human experience.

High Resolves | Mehrdad Baghai | Australia, United States

In response to rising intolerance, strategist and author Mehrdad Baghai co-founded High Resolves, a multi-year, hands-on educational intervention that immunizes high school students against racism and hatred, and trains them to be active agents of social change.

Pupils Project | Dave Gilboa | United States

Warby Parker Co-Founder and Co-CEO Dave Gilboa partnered with the New York City and Baltimore public school systems to provide students critical access to vision care, and glasses, at no cost to their families, eliminating a persistent gap for schoolchildren.

IndiaSpend / BOOM / FactChecker | Govind Ethiraj | India

Through three media ventures focused on debunking misinformation and fake news, fact-checking, and advancing public-interest journalism, media executive and journalist Govindraj Ethiraj is using a data-driven approach to improve public discourse and transparency in India.

The announcement was celebrated on July 25 at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Watch the Laureates pitch their bold ideas, followed by an interview with Ford Foundation President & McNulty Prize juror Darren Walker:

More about the McNulty Prize:

The McNulty Prize is given annually to honor the visionary work of Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The 2018 Laureates were recognized on July 25 at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, each Laureate receives $25,000 to further his or her venture. An international jury, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international statesman Olara Otunnu, and development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra will select the winner, whose venture receives $100,000, and is recognized in November in New York City.

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