How Are Laureates Selected?


The Hillary Laureates are found via a global search programme and watch-list developed over the past decade.


Laureates cannot self-nominate - the Institute’s Director delivers the International Governors a short-list of six candidates by 31st March each year, and they make a determination on one by June. This is then ratified by the Institute’s Board of Trustees in New Zealand, whose Chair also convenes the International Governors.

No-one has refused the Laureate honour. The Institute provides support and holds annual Symposia both in New Zealand and internationally, usually in the home communities of Laureates, creating integrated linkages representing the latest thinking on our chosen leadership topic. Our current topic is “Capital for Change”. 2009-12 was “Climate Change Solutions” and 2012-15 “Climate Equity.” Hillary Laureates are also encouraged to collaborate with former Laureates to further grow their international impact.