George Papandreou George Papandreou to Receive 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award

27 July 2017 // Brussels, Belgium & Silver Spring, Maryland 

George A. Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011), will be honored with the International Leadership Association (ILA) Distinguished Leadership Award on Friday 13 October in Brussels, Belgium at ILA’s global conference Leadership in Turbulent Times.

“It is a profound honor for me to receive ILA's 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award,” Papandreou shared. “I look forward to engaging with the business leaders, political leaders, and thought-leaders attending the ILA global conference this October.”

As the Prime Minister of Greece from 2009 to 2011, Papandreou understands leading in turbulent times. A public servant for many years, his election as prime minister after the devastation of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 came with a mandate to increase transparency and reduce corruption in Greece’s government while humanizing globalization and its economic effects on Greek citizens. Challenged by time and global financial markets, he made the difficult decision to implement austerity programs and cuts to appease the Eurozone. For his work in 2010 of “making the best of Greece’s worst year,” Foreign Policy Magazine named him a Top 100 Global Thinker. His experiences on the front lines of the Eurozone crisis provide an important lens for understanding Europe today and the continuing struggle, globally, to build inclusive, humane economies. Currently, as President of the Socialist International, a worldwide organization of progressive political parties, Papandreou continues to work on globalizing democratic institutions to meet the global economic challenges and challenges of the imagination that impede a fairer, more just world.

“Meeting tough challenges that require new human capacity is what makes leadership, leadership, as opposed to other crafts or occupations," expressed Ronald Heifetz (noted leadership author and founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School) with whom Papandreou consulted during his tenures as Foreign and Prime Minister. “With courage, reasoned discipline, and passion for a just world, as Foreign Minister in 1999 Papandreou achieved an historic rapprochement with Turkey, allowing Greece to reset a slew of priorities and opening the door to Turkey’s candidacy to the EU. As Prime Minister, Papandreou led, not only his own country in courageously facing up to the challenges uncovered by the global financial crisis, but also led Europe to develop new institutional capacity and resilience.”

As Cynthia Cherrey, ILA President & CEO sums up, “George Papandreou lives the ILA values and is an inspiring example for all of us who strive to make positive change for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.”

Additionally, Robert Lord, Professor of Leadership at Durham University in the UK, and Stella Nkomo, a scholar and consultant based at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and President of the Africa Academy of Management, will each be presented with the ILA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference. 

They will be joined by keynote speakers Herman Van Rompuy, former Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009) and the first fulltime President of the European Council (2009-2014), General (Retired) David H. Petraeus, former Director of the CIA (2011-2012), Jeroen van der Veer, a noted business leader and former Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell plc (2004-2009), and renowned thinker, speaker, and author Margaret Heffernan, whose acclaimed book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, contains valuable insights for leadership in turbulent times.

The conference opens Thursday 12 October with a selection of deep-dive pre-conference workshops and concludes Sunday afternoon 15 October with a closing plenary session. In between a diverse array of networking opportunities, international speakers at 200+ panels, presentations, and workshops, and special events promises to inform, inspire, and invigorate attendees.

Conference registration is now open. To register or learn more about the International Leadership Association’s 19th global conference, Leadership in Turbulent Times, please explore our conference website at http://www.ila-net.org/conferences. To request media credentials, please contact Debra DeRuyver at dderuyver@ila-net.org.

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For more information, contact:
Debra DeRuyver
Communications Director
International Leadership Association
dderuyver@ila-net.org | 1.202.470.4818 x102