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IHS Alumni International Award is an initiative of IHS Alumni International to identify, recognize and award individuals and/or institutions from around the world who contribute to urban management and development, through outstanding initiatives and innovative practices.

History of the Awards

In 2009, IHS Alumni International (IHS AI) was founded to foster global exchange between urban professionals. In furthering its mission of helping to create a better urban future for all, IHS has, by way of its Alumni Body, invited nominations from across the world for its first Urban Management and Development Awards.

Out of a deep sense of conviction that cities are the engines of growth for both developed and developing nations and with the support of IHS, the alumni wished to support the work and dedication of urban professionals that have been visionaries in establishing initiatives and innovative best practices for the betterment of the quality of life for city dwellers.


The Urban Professional Award is meant to honour an inspiring urban professional, who has had a significant impact on their city and who, through visionary leadership, strong motivation and commitment, has managed to bring a radical change to their country’s development and empower future city-changers.

The Youth Urban Professional Award category was introduced in 2016, to reward a young urban professional/organisation, for their exceptional work in the urban field. This award presents a unique opportunity to acknowledge one young urban professional for their exemplary and outstanding contribution to the management and development of urban spaces and the promotion of more livable cities (to promote effective urban development and management).





















Next Awards

Next year, IHS AI will present the award to outstanding city-changers during the World Urban Forum, which takes place between 8 to 13 February 2020,  in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The call for nominations for the 5th edition of the IHSAI Urban and Youth Professional Awards is now open. We are excited to accept nominations for both categories. Deadline for submissions is on the 15th of September 2019.

Kindly download the forms and selection criteria below.