Recipients and Honourable Mentions

In 2017, three finalists for the Allard Prize for International Integrity were selected following a comprehensive review of 244 nominations received from 70 countries. Nominees included prominent world leaders, academics, grass roots activists, journalists, social movements and organizations. The Allard Prize Committee is pleased to recognize the work of two outstanding individuals and one prosecution task force.

Representing Khadija Ismayilova, Kenan Aliyev

At a ceremony held on September 28, 2017 at the University of British Columbia, one of the anti-corruption movement’s most inspiring leaders, Khadija Ismayilova, was announced as the recipient of the CAD $100,000 Allard Prize. Khadija is an investigative journalist known for challenging corruption and misuse of power at the highest levels of government and for inspiring a new age of political activism in Azerbaijan where media is strictly controlled.

Representing Azza Soliman, Iman Mandour

Brazil's Car Wash Task Force

The ceremony also honoured two other finalists, Azza Soliman and Brazil's Car Wash Task Force (Força Tarefa da Lava Jato). As a prominent women's rights lawyer and co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA), Azza has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system. The Car Wash Task Force is a Brazilian prosecution task force that has been responsible for recovering billions of dollars in bribes and investigating and securing criminal convictions against corrupt political and corporate elites.

Glenn Greenwald speaking at the 2017 Allard Prize Ceremony

Peter A. Allard, Q.C., Founder of the Allard Prize for International Integrity, spoke at the Allard Prize Ceremony, along with Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story of U.S. whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and co-founded The Intercept. In addition, the winner, Khadija Ismayilova's representative, Kenan Aliyev, Azza Soliman's representative, Iman Mandour, and members of the Car Wash Task Force addressed the audience. Both Khadija and Azza were unable to attend the Ceremony due to travel bans installed by their respective governments.

Speaking at the 2017 Allard Prize ceremony, Mr. Allard stated, "Those at the top must be held to the same accountability as the average citizen; otherwise democracy cannot resurrect itself and flourish." Full remarks.

Photographs from the evening are available here.


As an investigative journalist in Azerbaijan, Khadija Ismayilova is well-known for challenging corruption and misuse of power at the highest levels of government. Working with Radio Free Europe and the Organized Crime and...

2017 Honourable Mentions

Beginning as a local money-laundering investigation in 2014, Operation Car Wash grew into the largest anti-corruption campaign in the history of Brazil and, perhaps, the world.

Over the past 25 years, Azza Soliman has dedicated her life to battling corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women.