TRT World Citizen Awards 2023



On January 19th, we gathered to celebrate individuals who have shown outstanding dedication to addressing global challenges and fostering positive change within their communities. This year, in the fifth citizen awards, we recognized their commitment across five distinct categories to amplify their voices and embrace the transformative potential of collective action.

The awards ceremony was held on the 19th of January 2024 in Istanbul.
Educator Awardee
Nelly Cheboi

Nelly Cheboi is honored with the Educator Award for her exceptional efforts in using recycled technology to establish computer labs in African schools. Her work not only supports students’ academic development but also aims to reduce unemployment rates.

Communicator Awardee
Motaz Azaiza

Motaz Azaiza, a Palestinian photojournalist, received the Communicator Award for transparently reflecting the realities of Palestinians through real-time updates from Gaza, reaching over 18 million followers on social media.

Youth Awardee
Aditi Mayer

Aditi Mayer, a young activist, is recognized with the Youth Award for her impactful advocacy in sustainable fashion. She sheds light on textile worker conditions and addresses global disparities in the industry through her influential website.

World Citizen of the Year Awardee
Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah

Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, specializing in medical interventions in conflict zones, is honored with the World Citizen of the Year Award for his dedicated work on health consequences in war zones, including Yemen, Iraq, Syria, South Lebanon, and most recently, Gaza.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, is acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment to providing food support in war, crisis, and disaster areas, including post-earthquake relief efforts in Turkey.

Award Winners

Award Night Gallery