Hillary Institute

The Hillary Institute of International Leadership is an international awards-giving institute based in Christchurch, New Zealand, inspired by the life’s work of (the late) Sir Edmund Hillary, the first conqueror (with Tensing Norgay) of Mount Everest in 1953.

Hillary Institute of International Leadership
FocusClimate Change
Key peopleSir Edmund Hillary
Helen Clark
AddressP.O. Box 578, Christchurch, 8140, Aotearoa New Zealand


Founded in 2006, the Institute was launched in 2007 by Sir Edmund Hillary and patron Helen Clark[1] (former NZ Prime Minister - now head of UNDP in New York), from Antarctica on Hillary’s last trip there before his death one year later in January 2008.[2]

Choosing its first eight operating years to focus on Leadership on Climate Change,[3] the Institute selects one Hillary Laureate annually in mid-career, drawn from an international search programme and governed by a board of governors across five continents. They include a number of pre-eminent leadership figures from INSEAD founder Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (Fontainebleau) to Saatchi's global CEO Kevin Roberts (New York) to former IPCC head Rajendra K. Pachauri and US author and visionary Paul Hawken.[4]

The Hillary Institute is a charitable foundation with its founding trustees operating board based in Aotearoa New Zealand.[5]


The Institute has celebrated six Hillary Laureates to date:


  1. ^ Clark, Helen. "PM welcomes establishment of Hillary Institute". beehive.govt.nz. beehive.govt.nz. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ National Business Review New Zealand
  3. ^ Government, New Zealand. "PM: Hillary Institute Inaugural Dinner Speech". Scoop. Scoop. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ Radio New Zealand Sir Edmund Hillary: A Tribute, The Final Step
  5. ^ New Zealand Charities Register
  6. ^ "Anote Tong Announced as Hillary Laureate 2012". Scoop. Scoop. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ "President of Kiribati awarded Hillary Laureate". Voxy. voxy.co.nz. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. ^ Zimmaro, Launa. "Michael Brune Named as 2014 Hillary Institute Laureate!". Sierra Club. Sierra Club. Retrieved 20 May 2015.