Michael Bloomberg stands at a podium.

A Night to Remember

Luminaries gather to celebrate public health.

By Dayna Kerecman Myers • Photos Courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies

The stars came out September 19 in Manhattan as nearly 400 public health luminaries and friends attended the Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Awards event to celebrate 100 years of lifesaving public health. A fitting celebration of the Bloomberg School’s Centennial, three-term New York City mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg honored public health leaders from around the world. Bloomberg and event co-hosts Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, LLM, JD, and Bloomberg School Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, honored visionaries including:

  • Bono, lead singer of U2 and Co-founder of ONE and (RED)
  • Margaret Chan, WHO director-general
  • Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia
  • Tabaré Vázquez, president of Uruguay

News anchor Katie Couric emceed the evening, which also featured Vice President Joe Biden and CDC director Thomas R. Frieden. The event included the presentation of the $100,000 Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award to Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia’s deputy health minister and a 2012 MPH graduate who led his country’s remarkable turnaround of the Ebola outbreak. The $100,000 award recognized a student or alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional contributions to public health and leadership potential. The event followed the September 15th announcement of a $300 million gift by Michael R. Bloomberg to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Bloomberg School. “For 100 years, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been the single most influential and important school of public health in the world,” said Bloomberg. “Its past and present graduates, faculty, and administrators perform difficult and often thankless work, not for money or fame, but to live up to the School’s motto: saving lives—millions at a time. My involvement with Hopkins and its school of public health has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” 

Who's Who

The Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Awards ceremony drew School faculty, supporters and new friends. Here’s a rundown of the luminaries and speakers from the evening.

  • BONO
    Musician, activist, philanthropist

    Director-general of the World Health Organization 

    Director of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

    President of Liberia 

    President of Uruguay 

    Vice President of the United States of America 

    Journalist, Yahoo! Global News anchor 

    President of The Johns Hopkins University 

    Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

    Dean of the Bloomberg School