Mission


Our mission is to recognise, reward and nurture great leaders currently in play, who will provide answers to such challenges as climate change, poverty, disease, peace and justice.

Edmund Hillary crossing a ladder bridge over a crevasse above Camp III in the Western Cwm during the reconnaissance. April 25th 1953. Photograph courtesy of The Royal Geographic Society (with IBG).

Edmund Hillary crossing a ladder bridge over a crevasse above Camp III in the Western Cwm during the reconnaissance. April 25th 1953. Photograph courtesy of The Royal Geographic Society (with IBG).


In an age when great leadership is more vital than ever, there exists little direct international recognition of mid-career leadership. Inspired by the late Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand’s most celebrated public figure, the Hillary Institute of International Leadership takes on this challenge,  searching the globe for exceptional mid-career leaders, and providing them with prestigious recognition and ongoing celebration of their work.