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President Clinton to Honor Recipients of the Fifth Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards

September 22, 2011

Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Denis Mukwege, Güler Sabanci, Trudie Styler and Sting to be honored tonight at a celebration in New York

Tony Award® Winner Sarah Jones to emcee; musical performances by K’NAAN and Sting with special appearances by Morgan Freeman, Iman, Muhtar Kent, Michael McKean, Annette O’Toole, and Barbra Streisand

NEW YORK – Tonight, President Bill Clinton will recognize the recipients of the fifth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards, which honor individuals who have made an outstanding impact in philanthropy, government, civil society, and the corporate sector at a ceremony in New York hosted by Tony Award® Winner Sarah Jones. This year’s recipients are Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Denis Mukwege, Güler Sabanci, Trudie Styler and Sting.

“These six extraordinary individuals have persevered in finding innovative solutions to improve education, provide access to health care for the world’s poorest people, and protect the environment, and they deserve to be celebrated,” President Clinton said. “Through their actions, which embody the spirit CGI members – who have made more than 2,000 commitments in six years – these honorees show us what is possible if we dare to dream, continue to press on against all obstacles, and passionately believe we can make the world a better place.”

President Clinton will host the event, which will take place tonight from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sarah Jones, Tony and Obie award-winning playwright and performer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will emcee, while Somali Canadian rapper K’NAAN and Sting will perform. Morgan Freeman, Iman, Muhtar Kent, Michael McKean, Annette O’Toole, and Barbra Streisand will also make special appearances in honor of the recipients. The awards show will be broadcast on on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

The recipients were nominated by a collection of CGI members and global leaders and selected for their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving pressing global challenges. Honorees were chosen from government, civil society, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.


The 2011 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipients are:


  • Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi

Chairman and CEO, Injaz Morocco

Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi, a former banker, works to improve the education system in Morocco by mobilizing collaboration between businesses and school communities. He launched Al Jisr, which encourages businesses to adopt public schools, and Injaz Al Maghrib, which stimulates young people’s entrepreneurial spirit. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a Synergos Senior Fellow, and a member of the Moroccan High Council of Education. He won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award for the Middle East and North Africa conferred by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum. In 2010, President Clinton commended Andaloussi’s project as a model for the Arab World and perhaps for the U.S.


  • Philippe Douste-Blazy

Chairman, UNITAID

Dr. Douste-Blazy is chairman of the Executive Board at UNITAID, an international drug purchasing facility that finances global health initiatives through a tax on airline tickets. UNITAID’s mission is to provide access to medicines for the world’s poorest people as part of the global fight against the three major pandemic diseases – HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Dr. Douste-Blazy has combined a successful career as a doctor with a long-standing service to the government of France. He has held a number of major positions inside the French government: twice Minister for Health, Minister of Culture and Minister of Foreign Affairs. During his term as the leader of French diplomacy, he strongly advocated for the creation of UNITAID and the implementation in France of a solidarity contribution on airline tickets aimed at supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular in the health sector. Since 2006, UNITAID has committed over $730 million to support 16 projects in 93 countries. Dr. Douste-Blazy is also Under Secretary General and Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development at the United Nations.


  • Dr. Denis Mukwege

Founder and Medical Director, The Panzi Hospital

Dr. Denis Mukwege Mukengere is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a young child, Dr. Mukwege accompanied his father, a Pentecostal pastor, while visiting sick members of the community. This later inspired him to become a doctor. The Swedish Pentecostal mission helped support him in his medical studies. He decided to specialize in gynecology and obstetrics after observing that female patients at Lemera Hospital suffered from insufficient medical care, which caused complications during their deliveries. Amid the war in eastern DRC, in 1998, he initiated the construction of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, which has become known worldwide for the treatment of survivors of sexual violence and women with severe gynecological problems. Dr. Denis Mukwege has been awarded the Olof Palme Prize, the UN Human Rights Prize, the King Baudouin International Development Prize, and has been named African of the Year.


  • Güler Sabanci

Chairman and Managing Director, Sabanci Holding

Güler Sabanci is chairman and managing director of Sabanci Holding, the parent company of the Sabanci Group, Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate. She is also the president of the board of trustees for the Haci Omer Sabanci Foundation, which has made more than US$1.5 billion in charitable contributions since 1974. Sabanci is the founding president of Sabanci University and has been presiding over its board of trustees since 1996. She also acts as Chairman of Sakip Sabanci Museum.  She is also the first female member of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, as well as the European Round Table of Industrialists. She sits on the board of the International Crisis Group and the Atlantic Council and is also a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. In 2010, Sabanci placed third on The Financial Times list of the world’s top 50 Women in World Business. Guler Sabanci is recipient of numerous decorations from a variety of countries including Spain, Austria, France, Belgium, and Italy. She has also been awarded the Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy; the Austrian Schumpeter Prize; and the European School of Management and Technology’s Responsible Leadership Award.


  • Trudie Styler

Founder, Rainforest Fund

Trudie Styler is an actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, environmentalist, organic farmer, and UNICEF ambassador. In 1989, along with her husband, Sting, she started the Rainforest Foundation, which has raised more than $25 million to date to protect rainforests and their indigenous peoples in South America, Africa, and Asia. As an ambassador for UNICEF, Styler has been responsible for raising $5 million for their projects all over the world. For example, money she raised built new schools for children who live and work on the dump sites of Ecuador, providing them with education, regular meals, and support for their families. She also initiated a clean water project in Ecuador. Her UK film company, Xingu Films, has produced award-winning documentaries and features since the mid-1990s, and since relocating to the U.S. she is also now a partner in the New York-based production company Maven Pictures.


  • Sting

Founder, Rainforest Fund

Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting has won universal acclaim in all of these roles, yet he defies easy labeling. In 1977, Sting formed the Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums and in 2003 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since 1985, Sting has released 12 solo albums. As one of the world’s most distinctive performers, Sting has sold nearly 100 million albums and earned a total of 16 Grammy awards from his combined work with the Police and as a solo artist. Sting’s support for human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and the Rainforest Fund, which he co-founded with his wife, Trudie Styler, in 1989, mirrors his art in universal outreach.

The awards ceremony is the concluding event of the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting, which convenes global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The awards show is open to invited press due to limited space.

Photos of the Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be available on CGI’s Flickr account at


About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.

This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit 

About the Clinton Global Citizen Awards

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards were launched in 2007. Past recipients include: Andre Agassi, founder of the Andre Agassi Foundation; Fazle Hassan Abed, founder of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee; Asha Hagi Elmi Amin, chairperson of Save Somali Women and Children; Peter Bakker, chief executive officer of TNT; Jennifer and Peter Buffett, co-chairs of the NoVo Foundation; John Chambers, CEO of Cisco; Vicky Colbert, founder of the Escuela Nueva Foundation; Dr. Rola Dashti, parliament member, State of Kuwait; His Excellency Dr. Leonel Fernandez, president of the Dominican Republic; Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health; Ruchira Gupta, president, Apne Aap Women Worldwide; Mohamed Ibrahim, chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Nevill Isdell, then-chairman of the Coca-Cola Company; Quincy Jones, founder, Quincy Jones Foundation; Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc.; His Excellency Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda;

Xiaoyi (Sheri) Liao, founder of the Global Village of Beijing; Suraya Pakzad, executive director of the Voice of Women Organization; and Dr. Jean Pape, executive director of GHESKIO.

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