The Vision and Impact Award honors an inspiring and influential individual who demonstrates foresight and action in improving the health and lives of others.
- 2015: Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President, Nigerian Stock Exchange
- 2013: Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
- 2011: Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister and Current Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
- 2011: Sarah Brown, President, PiggyBankKids; Global Patron, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
- 2010: Condoleezza Rice, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; Former Secretary State of the United States
- 2009: Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District
2015: Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President, Nigerian Stock Exchange
For close to two decades, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede has been a leader in helping to shape a culture of business engagement on health in Nigeria, with a tireless drive to see business and people thrive.
An inspiring and influential leader widely respected both in the public and private sectors in Nigeria and Africa broadly, Aig-Imoukhuede championed the corporate social responsibility agenda in a local business environment that was still in its nascent stages. In recognizing the discrimination that people living with HIV/AIDS faced, for example, he corralled his peers to participate in public testing campaigns that helped to break down multiple barriers of stigma in Nigeria.
At a global level, Aig-Imoukhuede never hesitated to challenge the perceptions others had of African businesses. With CEO’s and executives from MTN Group, Cirrus Oil and Olu Mutual, to name a few, Aig-Imoukhuede led the charge in creating the first-of-its-kind initiative in health among African businesses called the Gift from Africa which mobilized over USD $3million to support the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and signaled a new shift in domestic financing for health.
2013: Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
From his time working as an immunologist in San Francisco at the height of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic, to his important work alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to his more recent work as a teacher, distinguished scholar and co-director of the O’Neill Institute’s Global Health Law Program at Georgetown University, Mark Dybul has dedicated his career to improving the lives and health of people around the world.
Notably, Dybul was a founding architect and leader of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a landmark initiative in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and the largest commitment in history by a nation to combating a single disease.
Between PEPFAR’s inception in 2003 and the end of Dybul’s tenure as U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador in 2009, the program provided compassionate care to more than 10 million people directly affected by HIV/AIDS, in some of the areas hardest hit by the epidemic. Dybul continually drove efforts to expand PEPFAR’s scope to lower the treatment and prevention costs and to bring life-saving services to the most vulnerable populations.
2011: Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister and Current Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
Born in Scotland, Gordon Brown first joined the British Parliament as an MP in 1983. As Chancellor of the Exchequer under Tony Blair’s leadership of the Labour Party, Gordon Brown presided over the longest ever period of growth, making the Bank of England independent, and delivering an agreement at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit to support the world’s poorest countries and tackle climate change. Brown began his service as prime minister of the United Kingdom in 2007, a position he held until 2010.
During his time as prime minister, Brown oversaw changes such as the introduction of neighborhood policing in every area, a legally-enforceable right to early cancer screening and treatment and the world’s first ever Climate Change Act, which came into force in autumn 2008. In April 2009, he hosted the G20 Summit in London where world leaders committed to make an additional $1.1 trillion available to help the world economy through the financial crisis and restore credit, growth and jobs.
An advocate for international health and development, Gordon Brown co-chaired creation of the Global Consensus on Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, an innovative financing proposal to increase healthcare access to women and children in developing countries while reducing financial debt and strengthening health systems through healthcare training, local health education, and effective service delivery.
2011: Sarah Brown, President, PiggyBankKids; Global Patron, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Sarah Brown has had a life-long commitment to international development. For several years, Brown has been an international voice in the campaign to meet the Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality by two thirds by 2015. Brown founded PiggyBankKids, a charity that administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund, established in memory of Sarah and Gordon’s first child. The fund seeks solutions to pregnancy difficulties and works to save new-born lives.
In 2008, Brown became the Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood, which is to save the lives of mothers across the world. In 2009, Sarah assumed a formal role in establishing a network of national and international champions on maternal health, working closely with the Global Leaders Network under the chairmanship of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
2010: Condoleezza Rice, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; Former Secretary State of the United States
When President George W. Bush created the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Condoleezza Rice was one of his strongest supporters. As an advisor to candidate Bush, Rice was a passionate advocate for Africa, seeing great potential and a clear opportunity for America to make a difference. When the President was making his final decision, Rice, then National Security Advisor, spoke decisively in favor. When PEPFAR was up for reauthorization after its first five years, Secretary of State Rice was one of the leading voices of support, ensuring that the program was continued and that the financial commitment was more than doubled. PEPFAR is the single largest commitment in history to a global initiative on a single disease.
Along with Colin Powell, she urged President Bush to make the United States the first country to invest in the Global Fund—a move that helped secure the Fund’s future. She was Secretary of State when the President’s Malaria Initiative was created, and she put the full weight of her office behind it. And she played a central role in creating the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
2009: Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District
The Coalition is deeply honored to present Congressman John Lewis with our first Inspiration Award. Congressman Lewis is a legend of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and an early and indispensable leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. His work over the years has saved millions of lives around the world. From the very beginning of the HIV epidemic, Congressman Lewis consistently authored legislation and supported funding increases for HIV/AIDS prevention, research, treatment and care through landmark initiatives like the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). He also supports increased funding for child survival and health, and seeks to ensure that the social determinants that exacerbate HIV/AIDS among African Americans are adequately addressed in all legislation.