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The Robert Burns Humanitarians

Information on the current and previous winners.

Since its formation in 2002, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award has recognised the dedication, celebrated the selflessness and paid tribute to the sacrifice of each recipient of the award - all exceptional people with incredible stories to tell.

The 2022 winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is Dr Digambar Narzary. On receiving the 2022 RBHA title, Dr Narzary said "I am extremely happy, and I am overwhelmed to be receiving this award on behalf of the NEDAN Foundation which has been operating for nearly 20 years to deliver ground-breaking work to help children in north east India. This award will highlight the efforts of the foundation and help bring the global community together to fight human trafficking.

Dr Narzary is the latest in a long line of worthy Robert Burns Humanitarian  Award winners:

  • 2022 - Dr Digambar Narzary
  • 2021 - Mark Williamson
  • 2020 - Dr Josh Littlejohn MBE
  • 2019 - Jasvinder Sanghera
  • 2018 - Anna Ferrer
  • 2017 - Marcelline Budza
  • 2016 - Dr David Nott
  • 2015 - Olivia Giles
  • 2014 - Blanche Nicolson
  • 2013 - Khalil Dale
  • 2012 - Karen Graham
  • 2011 - Linda Norgrove
  • 2010 - Habib Malik
  • 2009 - Guy Willoughby
  • 2008 - Jonathon Kaplan
  • 2007 - Abi Roche
  • 2006 - Marla Ruzicka
  • 2005 - Pius Ncube
  • 2004 - Clive Stafford Smith
  • 2003 - Yitzhak Frankenthal
  • 2002 - Sir John E Sulston