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Zaha Hadid receives the Louise Blouin Foundation Award

Zaha Hadid received the Louise Blouin Foundation Award recognizing creative leadership and excellence, particularly as evidenced in work that has had a positive social and political impact at both local and global levels. Demonstrating a commitment to innovation in all aspects of her work, the Award seeks to recognize great ambitions, and the courage to pursue them. The Award was presented at the 2015 Blouin Creative Leadership Summit on September 21, 2015 in New York City..

Previous Award recipients have included Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto; His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan; U.S. President Bill Clinton; President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland; President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi; Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen of Finland; Nobel laureates Richard Axel, Edmund Phelps, Peter Agre, and Sir Paul Nurse; Intel Corporation Chairman Dr. Craig Barrett; One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte; Telmex Chairman and Chief Executive Carlos Slim; Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; PIMCO Chief Executive Mohammed El-Erian; contemporary artists Jeff Koons, Shirin Neshat, Alex Katz, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Chuck Close; Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier; theater director Peter Sellars, soprano Renée Fleming; and designer Bruce Mau, among others.

The Louise Blouin Foundation is an international non-profit organization founded in 2005 to raise awareness of the integral role that culture and creativity can play in resolving global issues. Through a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Foundation organizes the annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit to address the opportunities and challenges presented by globalization. The Foundation is committed to large- and small-scale initiatives that promote cooperation and enhance the dignity and quality of life of people and communities around the world.