The Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture recognizes an individual whose bold vision has provided breakthrough thinking to tackle the challenges of global development. At the sixth annual lecture on November 7, 2018 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, the Aspen Global Innovators Group honored Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Laureate and former President of the Republic of Liberia. The first democratically elected president in Africa, President Sirleaf has been recognized globally for her leadership in securing peace in Liberia and her promotion of women’s rights and safety.
At the lecture, 200 Aspen Institute board members, trustees, partners, and others gathered as President Sirleaf shared her vision to move from incremental to transformative change in Africa. She celebrated the tremendous progress in Liberia and across the African continent towards economic prosperity, education reform, strong social services, and women’s political participation. At the same time, however, President Sirleaf urged her listeners to be impatient, both with ourselves and with our leaders. “We are in a race against time in keeping up with the population growth and the rising expectations of Africa’s youth,” she declared. “We must meet their impatience with action.”
Speakers: Peggy Clark, Madeleine K. Albright, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf