Ambassador Muhammad Sacirbey who has devoted his life to peace building and bringing people together from across the world and served numerous causes of human rights has been awarded the Sinan Wren Foundation 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
From global prominence during the Bosnia conflict when he was asked by then President of Bosnia Alija Izetbegovich to take the role of the Bosnian nation’s first United Nations Ambassador role to the position of leading Bosnia’s Foreign Service, Ambassador Sacirbey has shown true selfless leadership and inspired generations of young people across the world.
His belief in the concept of the Global Citizen has brought him to be a recognised honest broker in helping advise and negotiate conflicts whose outcome is geared to bringing a peaceful resolution to fractious and embedded disputes.
The son of doctors who were imprisoned in former Yugoslavia under Tito’s dictatorship, his family sought refuge in the United States where he arrived at a young age. Ambassador Sacirbey was a star football player in college and went on to become a leading Wall Street finance lawyer. On seeing his country of birth fighting for its very survival and undergoing a genoicide he left everything to join the cause, becoming Bosnia’s first UN ambassador and its most recognisable Western face.
He worked hard successfully to bring support and awareness to what was happening. A co-founder of the team that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ambassador Sacirbey has been a strong proponent for bringing war criminals to justice. His inspirational nature in academia along with his unique method of mentorship has been instrumental in helping so many of his students attain insights on the need to build bridges between communities.
The Foundation is honoured to award its Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 to Ambassador Muhammad Sacirbey.