2018 Hadrian Gala

Honoring Champions of Heritage

Prince Amyn Aga Khan and Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Rainbow Room

30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City

Cocktails at 6:30pm

Dinner and awards ceremony at 8:00pm

Black tie


Celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional leaders who are helping to protect the irreplaceable architectural record of human aspiration and achievement.

Each year, World Monuments Fund applauds champions of conservation for their passionate commitment and extraordinary contributions to preserving and protecting the world’s shared cultural heritage. Please join us as we honor Prince Amyn Aga Khan and Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler with the 2018 Hadrian Awards.

Your gift provides significant support for our work with communities around the globe to preserve our most treasured places.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Prince Amyn Aga Khan is a lifelong supporter of cultural heritage in all its forms. He obtained a bachelor’s from Harvard University and a master’s from Harvard’s GSAS while studying in parallel at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1964, he joined the United Nations Secretariat in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and later joined the Aga Khan’s Secretariat. Today, Prince Amyn is a member of the board of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and is chairman of its executive committee. He is also a director of the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and chairman of the executive committee of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Prince Amyn has served as a trustee of World Monuments Fund since 1997. He is a director of the Silk Road Project and a member of the Council of the Friends of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum’s Visiting Committee of the Department of Islamic Art, and the Museum of Modern Art’s International Council. Prince Amyn has been active in the creation and design of the Serena Hotels and Lodges and many other historic and contemporary buildings and gardens.

Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler

Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler has served as the historian of the city of Havana since 1967 and is responsible for the comprehensive rehabilitation of Havana’s historic center, a World Heritage Site. Dr. Leal holds a doctorate in historical sciences and a master’s in Latin American, Caribbean, and Cuba studies. He is a specialist in archaeological sciences, and earned a post-graduate degree in restoration thanks to a grant conferred by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy. He has been granted the status of Doctor Honoris Causa and is a professor, honorary professor, or professor emeritus at more than thirty prestigious universities around the world. Dr. Leal is a member of the Cuban Academy of Language, a correspondent of both the Royal Spanish Academy and the Cuban Academy of History, and an honorary member of both the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Union of Historians of Cuba. He is an Ambassador for Peace of the Universal Peace Federation and has received the highest honors, medals, and commendations issued by countries around the world.