The Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership recognises extraordinary individuals following in Benjamin Franklin’s footsteps who exemplify great vision, cross-cultural understanding and tolerance, effectiveness, and intellectual rigour. The Medal is designed by Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, one of the world’s leading sculptors.
According to Benjamin Franklin House Chairman, John J Studzinski CBE, “Franklin led in his professional, diplomatic, and civic life with depth, insight, and dignity – leadership characteristics as important today as they were in the 18th century. The Medal celebrates those who in the mode of Franklin lead by example, making lasting contributions across disciplines and geographies.”
In June 2014, the inaugural Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership was awarded to Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and former Mayor of New York City at historic Mansion House in the City of London.
In October 2016, the Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership was awarded to former Secretary of State John Kerry in recognition of his persistent approach to maintaining and nurturing diplomatic ties around the world.
In July 2021, the Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership for Leadership was awarded to former first female President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson in recognition of her many achievements, over several decades, particularly on gender equality, human rights and climate change.