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ICDO Annual Excellence Award

See the individuals recognized by ICDO for their outstanding work.

ICDO Annual Excellence Award

ICDO celebrates the work of influential and committed individuals working towards the betterment of our society. The ICDO Annual Excellence Award rewards those who have dedicated their lives and upheld ideals that coincide with the ICDO’s mission to safeguard diversity.


Dr. Manfred Nowak, ICDO President Josipa Palac, and ICDO Treasurer Toni Pehar

During the Long Night of Intercultural Dialogue, the evening culminated with the first, 2018, ICDO Annual Excellence Award given to Dr. Manfred Nowak, an internally recognized Human Activist, Secretary-General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), one of the former judges in the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Director of Arts and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, co-director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, former functionary for the Council of Europe, the EU, and other inter-governmental organizations.

Dr. Manfred Nowak and ICDO President Josipa Palac

We need to stand up and fight for universal human rights in a globalized world order. The International Cultural Diversity Organization (ICDO) provides us with the tools of advocating and practicing diversity management in our societies, as transnational companies have been practicing for many years within their business communities. The ICDO reminds us that the “New World should be based on diversity, respect and equal rights for all".

Manfred Nowak



During the Long Nights of Interculturality 2019, Jaime Castle, President of Obagi Medical received the International Cultural Diversity Organization’s (ICDO) Excellence Award in recognition of her contributions in promoting cultural diversity.

Ms. Castle has established diversity and inclusion as the foundation of a “future fearless” workplace culture in Obagi Medical and has increased female leadership at the organization, championed developing educational materials for the hearing and sight-impaired, and embedded inclusivity as a corporate value within the culture of Obagi.

ICDO is proud to partner with Obagi Medical and Priyanka Chopra Jonas on SKINCLUSION, Global Initiative which aims to elevate the global dialogue about diversity and how to make conscious choices to see the beauty in all our differences.

I am honored and humbled to accept this prestigious award from ICDO, an organization that has made a significant impact around the world providing communities with the tools they need to address diversity and inclusion," she said. "Their leadership has been remarkable and Obagi is proud to be supporting them and working with their excellent team.

Jaime Castle, Obagi President