Crisis Group's In Pursuit of Peace 2018 Award Dinner will honour champions for the victims of war

In Pursuit of Peace: 2018 Award Dinner

Mandarin Oriental, New York City, New York, United States

3 October 2018

On Wednesday 3 October 2018, Crisis Group's 2018 Award Dinner will honour inspiring people who are champions for the victims of war.

A record 65 million people worldwide have fled their homes due to violent conflict. To meet the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time, we must stop the wars driving the refugee exodus.

Crisis Group’s mission is to prevent, mitigate and end deadly conflict. On Wednesday 3 October we will honour inspiring people who are champions for the victims of war. We cordially invite you to sponsor and join us at our 2018 In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. Your support for the event will link you to an influential global network that provides essential funding to halt the spread of devastating conflict.


We are grateful to all of our generous supporters, including:

  • The Edelman Family Foundation 
  • Geoffrey R. Hoguet & Ana Luisa Ponti 
  • Lily and Doug Band
  • Maria Livanos Cattaui  
  • Seth & Jane Ginns 
  • Toyota Tsusho America, Inc

Honouring champions for the victims of conflict

Members of the Refugee Olympic Team and their coaches pose for a photograph in the Olympic Village in Rio at the end of an exhausting and electrifying 2016 Games

Stephen J. Solarz Award: Olympic Refugee & Paralympic Teams

The first-ever Olympic Refugee Team and Independent Paralympic Athletes Team, formed by the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee with the support of UNHCR, competed at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Twelve athletes from five countries, Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Iran, proudly represented hope and solidarity for the 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes. The two teams will receive the Stephen J. Solarz Award in recognition of their remarkable strength, bravery, and resilience to pursue their dreams and participate at the highest levels of sport competition, despite the extreme obstacles presented by conflict and insecurity. Crisis Group is proud to honour them as ambassadors for the rights of displaced people and share their stories on the global stage to ensure the human impact of war is not forgotten.
Frank Giustra CEO of Fiore Group & Founding Partner of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative

Chairman’s Award: Frank Giustra

CEO of Fiore Group & Founder, The Giustra Foundation.
Frank Giustra, founder of the Giustra Foundation (formerly the Radcliffe Foundation), and a prolific entrepreneur and financier, has been a champion for refugees through his advocacy and philanthropy. Most recently, he established innovative housing for refugees in Greece, is a founding partner in the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative – exporting the Canadian model of private refugee sponsorship to other countries – and a founding partner in The Ascend Collaborative and The Ascend Venture Fund. Frank Giustra will receive the Chairman’s Award to honour his thirteen years as Crisis Group Trustee, his support for our Giustra Fellowship, and his transformational philanthropy in response to the global refugee and migration crisis.
H.R.H. Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein

President’s Award: H.R.H. Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and as a career diplomat, Prince Zeid has fought for the dignity of vulnerable people for more than twenty years. A vocal human rights advocate at the United Nations, including for migrants’ and refugee rights, he has challenged states to fulfil their obligations under international law to safeguard the humanity of all people displaced by conflict. Prince Zeid will receive our President’s Award in recognition of his unwavering dedication to universal human rights values, and his persistent call to hold accountable those responsible for mass atrocities and war crimes.
Asma Jahangir - Crisis Group Founder Award

Founder’s Award: In Memory of Asma Jahangir

Former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan & Former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
An inspiring human rights lawyer and social activist, the late Asma Jahangir served three times as United Nations special rapporteur and sixteen years as Crisis Group Trustee, winning international acclaim for her work in Pakistan and beyond. Asma Jahangir will receive a posthumous Founder’s Award for the many contributions she made to Crisis Group, her staunch defence of democracy and universal values, and her fearless advocacy on behalf of the marginalised.


  • Hushang Ansary
  • George Soros
  • Alexander Soros


  • President George H.W. Bush  
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman


  • Lara Dauphinee
  • Ron Glickman
  • Federica Marchionni
  • Megan McGill
  • Hamesh Mehta
  • Thomas R. Pickering
  • Brian Paes-Braga


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