Rwanda’s Hope Azeda honored as a 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate

Artist and curator, Hope Azeda, h​ as been honored as a 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate. Hope is recognised for her invaluable work through the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, an international event that brings together performers from Rwanda and around the world to explore the trauma of conflict and the depths of the human experience.

The Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the 11th annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates. The recipients are four extraordinary individuals who have effectively leveraged their expertise and entrepreneurialism to create meaningful change across the world.

From giving Indian voters and policymakers access to transparency and truth; to providing New York 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 expand the reach of opportunity to people and communities around the world. By removing economic and social barriers, the Laureates are making the world healthier, fairer and more open,” said Anne Welsh McNulty, President of the McNulty Foundation and Trustee of the Aspen Institute.

Speaking about this remarkable honorary, Hope Azeda thanked the foundation for an invaluable recognition, and everyone behind the festival production.

“I am honored to have been named a McNulty Prize Laureate. It is humbling when a platform for expression and healing from Rwanda is appreciated internationally. This award is dedicated to everyone who has made the Ubumuntu Arts Festival the success it is today.” said Hope Azeda, Festival Curator.

The McNulty Prize is given annually to honor the visionary work of Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The 2018 Laureates will be recognised on July 25 at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, and each Laureate will receive $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 will receive $100,000, and be recognized in November in New York City.

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