RefugePoint, NEID, and The Aurora Humanitarian Prize and Initiative host Recognizing Humanitarian and Human Rights Visionaries

Leading philanthropists and social innovators gather to discuss new approaches to the humanitarian crises

On the evening of January 29, 2018, RefugePoint headquarters in Cambridge had the honor of hosting Recognizing Humanitarian and Human Rights Visionaries, sponsored by New England International Donors (NEID) and The Aurora Humanitarian Prize and Humanitarian Initiative.

With an unprecedented 65 million people displaced by war and conflict and humanitarian crises set to worsen in 2018, new humanitarian inspiration and approaches are needed. Noubar Afeyan and Ruben Vardanyan, two of the founders of The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity and the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, shared the origins and aspirations of this multi-faceted humanitarian platform, as well as the findings of the 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index and how they are using their platform to generate greater awareness of our common humanity and the need for action. The event was moderated by RefugePoint’s Executive Director, Sasha Chanoff. 

RefugePoint’s Sasha Chanoff moderates the conversation with Ruben Vardanyan and Noubar Afeyan.


New England International Donors (NEID) is a unique peer to peer learning community of global donors, grant-makers, social investors, corporations and foundations seeking to make a difference in the world.

RefugePoint expands lasting solutions for at-risk refugees and advances the ability of the humanitarian community to do the same. RefugePoint envisions an inclusive world where refugees are supported to rebuild their lives, reach their full potential and contribute to their communities.