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Dame Louise Richardson to be honoured with Sutherland Leadership Award at Business & Finance Awards

By Business & Finance
12 October 2023

Dame Louise Richardson to receive an Sutherland Leadership Award at 2023 Business & Finance Awards, Friday, December 8th at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

President of Carnegie Corporation and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the University of St. Andrews, Dame Louise Richardson, will be honoured with the Sutherland Leadership Award at the 2023 Business & Finance Awards this December in association with KPMG.

Dame Louise Richardson said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour and very grateful to those who so generously nominated me. I very much look forward to celebrating the occasion with such an accomplished group of fellow Irishmen and women.’

Announcing the 2023 recipient of the Sutherland Leadership Award, Business & Finance President & Publisher, Ian Hyland said:

‘Dame Louise Richardson has been an incredible example of outstanding leadership internationally through her achievements as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford and the University of St. Andrews, and more recently following her appointment in January 2023 as President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. During her time as the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and under Louise’s tenure, Oxford and AztraZeneca developed the world-altering Covid vaccine.

‘I am delighted that Louise will travel to Dublin to accept the Sutherland Leadership Award at the 2023 Business & Finance Awards following in the footsteps of some of the most outstanding leaders of our time including President Clinton, President Ursula von der Leyen, Senator George Mitchell, Sir John Major, President Mary Robinson, and President Zelenskyy. We are very much looking forward to honouring Louise with this very special recognition in the company of over 1100 International business, political and social leaders on Friday, December 8th in Dublin.’

Trailblazing Political Scientist

Dame Louise Richardson DBE is president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the philanthropic foundation established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Previously, she served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and of the University of St. Andrews.

A native of Ireland, she studied history at Trinity College Dublin before gaining her PhD at Harvard University, where she spent 20 years in the faculty of the Department of Government and latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She currently sits on numerous advisory boards, while serving as a trustee of, among others, the Booker Prize Foundation and the Sutton Trust. 

A political scientist by training, Dame Richardson is recognised internationally as an expert on terrorism whose groundbreaking study, What Terrorists Want (2006), is now considered an essential classic in the field. She lectures widely to public, professional, media and education groups, and has served on editorial boards for several journals and presses.  

Dame Richardson has been honoured for the excellence of her teaching and scholarship with numerous awards, including the Centennial Medal bestowed on her in 2013 by Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The recipient of ten honorary doctorates from universities around the world, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in June 2022 in recognition of her services to higher education.

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Business & Finance was launched in 1964 as Ireland’s first business periodical with the Business & Finance Awards programme established a decade later. The Business & Finance Awards is Ireland’s premier business Leadership awards programme with former honourees including former President Clinton, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President Michael D. Higgins, former ECB President Mario Draghi, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, John & Pat Hume and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy among others.

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