The honorees’ achievements include inspiring millions to help prevent the spread of disease, defending human rights, nature and the rights of indigenous people, using technology for the betterment of humankind, as well as leading the largest international movement to fight for equality and justice.

This year’s honorees, two of which are recognized on TIME’S 2020 list of the 100 Most Influential People, include:


Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of HealthDr. Anthony Fauci

As the director of NIAID, Dr. Fauci oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Fauci has had an impeccable career as a pioneer in the fight against HIV and other public health crises, has become one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists, and has advised every U.S. President since 1984. In addition, his clear communication, guided by science and explained simply, has made him an undisputed and highly respected world leader during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter:Opal Tometi

As an internationally lauded human rights champion and one of the three women co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Opal Tometi will also be recognized. Respected for her thought leadership on race, immigration, and gender, Tometi has received an honorary Ph.D., spent nearly a decade serving as the first woman Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and founded Diaspora Rising, a digital digest focused on Black narratives and experiences around the globe. After nearly two decades of tireless advocacy for human rights, Tometi still feels her work has only just begun.

Of the Kayapó Tribe, in the Amazon region of BrazilAmazonian Chief Raoni

Chief Raoni has become one of the most powerful environmental voices in the world through his diligent commitment to preserve the Amazon rainforest and protect indigenous cultures. His message echoes greater than ever today, in part due to increased visibility through documentaries, narrative films, and tours with great personalities such as the singer Sting, all in pursuit of raising awareness around and protecting indigenous peoples and their environments. He epitomizes PeaceTech Lab’s unrelenting focus on local solutions.

Singer-songwriter and activistRicky Martin

The international superstar Ricky Martin, singer-songwriter and activist, is also recognized as a philanthropist and the Founder and President of the Ricky Martin Foundation. Over the past two decades, Martin has been a leading force in the fight against human trafficking and is recognized for protecting children and vulnerable communities, as well as upholding human rights.

One the “Fathers of the InternetVint Cerf

The legendary American technologist Vint Cerf, known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet”, is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. A visionary computer scientist and philanthropist, Cerf has dedicated himself to advancing the Web as a tool to serve humanity and increasing Internet accessibility throughout the world. He received the U.S. National Medal of Technology in 1997, the Marconi Fellowship in 1998 and the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004. In November 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in April 2008 the Japan Prize and in March 2013, the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering. He is a tireless and admired fighter for progress on issues like the digital divide, the online gender gap, and internet safety, always advocating for an ethical and socially impactful use of technology and science.


Ambassador for Peace

Singer-songwriter and PeaceTeach Lab partner for his lifelong humanitarian commitment, and for his sustainable use of media and technology as tools for creating peace.