Humanitarian Hero Award
The AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award aims to recognise and celebrate stand-out individuals from the humanitarian and development aid community and showcases the courageous work and dedication that they put into their line of work.
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Nominations are open to individuals from all parts of the sector, including those who work for suppliers, NGOs, governmental and the development aid community and the winner is awarded during the AidEx networking drinks reception.
Scott Anderson, UNRWA
Scott Anderson has been working in humanitarian aid since 2008. He has spent the majority of this time with UNRWA, first in Gaza as the head of administration and security, then as the Deputy Director for UNRWA Operations in Gaza and now as the Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank. He deserves to win this award for three reasons: (1) he has repeatedly and consistently displayed an exceedingly rare balance of: deep empathy and commitment to humanitarian needs of a population suffering from a 70-year crisis; a deftness in comprehending and managing the delicate political and security environment in which aid must be delivered in Palestine; an ability to remain neutral in aid delivery but also a symbol and public advocate about humanitarian suffering of Palestine refugees, and an ability to lead and take tough decisions; (2) he has repeatedly risked his life in service of Palestine refugees, having been commended by the UN Secretary General in 2009 for moving burning white phosphorus out from an urban area of Gaza, saving the neighbourhood, and having led the UNRWA emergency response during the 2014 hostilities in Gaza; (3) he is as humble and quiet in his leadership as he is skilled - a trait that has led nearly 2 million Palestine refugees (and donors) in oPt to trust and support him fully.
WINNER: Michael Kühnel, Austrian Red Cross
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