Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alum Award

The Kroc Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award honors Notre Dame graduates in peace studies whose careers and lives exemplify the ideals of international peacebuilding. Each year the Distinguished Alumnus, who is selected by committee, travels to Notre Dame's campus to deliver a public lecture and meet with current peace studies students.

2017
Obi Anyadike, M.A.'97

Editor-at-large and Africa editor of IRIN

2016
Karsonya Wise Whitehead, M.A. '93

Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies; Loyola University Maryland

2015
Jian Yi, M.A. '98 

Independent filmmaker, cultural activist, founder of IFChina Studio.

2014
Vienna Colucci, M.A. '91, B.A. '90

Director of Policy for Amnesty International USA, overseeing human rights policy development, review, and guidance.

2013
Adriana Quiñones, M.A. '99

Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UN Women, the United Nations entity that supports the empowerment.

2012
Molly Kinder, B.A. ’01

Director of Agriculture and Europe Policy for ONE, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to mitigate extreme poverty.

2011
Rosette Muzigo-Morrison, M.A. ’93

Legal Officer, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

2010
Irene Perurena, M.A. ’91

Executive Vice President, City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama, connecting nongovernmental organizations that focus on humanitarian aid, human rights, conflict resolution and development.

2009
Xabier Agirre Aranburu, M.A. ’95

Senior Analyst, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague

2008
George Wachira, M.A. ’91

Founder, Concerned Citizens for Peace, Nairobi, Kenya

2007
Oana-Cristina Papa, M.A. ’96

Ambassador of Romania to Croatia

2006
Hannah Wu, M.A. ’89

Human Rights Specialist, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

2005
Emil Bolongaita, M.A. ’88

Technical Director, Management Systems International, Australia