Aspen Central Europe
Leadership Award

The Aspen Central Europe Leadership Award is bestowed annually by the Aspen Institute CE to young emerging professionals with outstanding achievements in one of the following fields:

  • Active promotion of responsible citizenship
  • Values-based leadership
  • Innovations and/or innovative policies with positive societal impact in Central and Eastern Europe

The aim of the Aspen Europe Leadership Award is to foster the influence and potential of young emerging individuals, who can and want to contribute to improving society. It is to recognize examples of leadership with great potential to inspire others and to impact society positively.

We are looking for less known stories that, however, deserve the encouragement and recognition for their contribution to the society.

The certificate is presented at the Aspen Annual Gala Dinner at the end of the year. The prize consists of promoting the awardee’s activities, e.g. by supporting his or her participation in Aspen International Network projects.

Nominate a Young Leader for 2022 Award!




  • Open nomination – Do you know a young emerging leader who deserves recognition for Rising Potential & Leadership and/or Impact Stories? Nominate them!
  • Age – Young emerging professionals up to 40 years old in the year of the call for the Award.
  • Region – Active with an impact in the region of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia).
  • Early-stage Leadership Potential – We are looking for less famous stories with potential to inspire and impact.
    The Nominee should have taken action to lead a societal challenge.
    – showing exceptional moral leadership and courage, fostering open society and otherwise positive impact in Central Europe
    – and/or leading an early-stage projects that deserve the encouragement and recognition for facilitating change and inspiration in the society.

We look for impact stories – of leaders and/or their projects. We do not look for experienced and already well known leaders.


Laureates 2021

Ľubica Karvašová, Slovak diplomat and the first Sherpa at the Prime Minister’s Office

Jan Mencwel, Polish activist, writer, founder and current leader of Miasto Jest Nasze

Laureates 2020

Tereza Kalousková,  foreign coordinator at Palacký University Olomouc

Michal Tarnowski, co-founder of the Academy of Civic Knowledge and of educational start-ups Nativated and

Laureates 2019

Do Thu Trang, author of the blog

Michal Mižigár, a historian of Roma origin


  • The Executive Director will announce a nomination procedure at least eight months before the planned date of the award presentation and will send a request for nominations to Aspen Young Leaders alumni and to members of all Aspen Institute CE Boards.
  • Each nomination will be accompanied by a brief justification in the nomination letter, and a short bio of the nominee.
  • Nomination will also be open to the public via an online form.
  • Award nominations are due on June 30.
  • The Executive Director will submit a shortlist of three candidates approved by the President of the Board of Directors by August 15. The awardee will be chosen by the Board of Directors from the shortlisted candidates by September 30.

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