Bassam Hawas Quru was the winner in 2017 for his work in IS-controlled territory in Iraq.

Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award recognises the superheroes working in the humanitarian field. 

The finalists

The judges have selected these three inspiring individuals as the finalists. Click on the name to find out more about them. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 26 February.

Andrew Choyce, staff anaesthetist at Orbis UK - "Andrew has helped countless adults and children in need around the world, saving them from a life of unnecessary darkness."

Joe Asakibeem, project manager at AfriKids Ghana - "Joe is a hero of grassroots development, proving the power of local people to triumph over adversity."

Omar Ali, head of Mission, Iraq, at Human Appeal - "In 10 months Omar Ali has turned Human Appeal Iraq from nothing into a world-class, world-leading and world-recognised humanitarian response outfit."

The nominees

We asked you to nominate a humanitarian worker who you believe should be publicly recognised for an outstanding contribution to a particular humanitarian crisis. Click the links below to find out more about the other great nominees.

Adeem Younis, founder and chairman at Penny Appeal - "the success of this movement has been Adeem’s incredible drive to keep pushing boundaries, engage new frontiers and not give into complacency." 

FK Day, founder of World Bicycle Relief - "A business leader, cyclist and humanitarian, Day has tapped his unique skill set, envisioned how to use it to benefit others and implemented his idea on a global scale." 

Yvonne Rohan, systems director at Concern Worldwide - "Yvonne deserves to be recognised for the difference she is making in a country facing overwhelming challenges."

Last year's winner

Despite considerable personal risk, Bassam Hawas Quru's work in previously IS-controlled territory in Iraq has helped thousands of people. Click here to find out more about him.