Hadrian Gala

Celebrating Champions of Heritage

2018 Hadrian Gala


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.

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Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Prince Amyn attended school in Switzerland and obtained a BA (magna cum laude) from Harvard University and an MA from Harvard’s GSAS. Thereafter, he joined the United Nations Secretariat in New York in 1964, where he served in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In 1968, he joined the Aga Khan’s Secretariat at Aiglemont. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in parallel with Harvard and has since been a member of the juries of various music competitions.

Prince Amyn is a member of the Board of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and is currently chairman of its Executive Committee. He is also a director of the Aga Khan Foundation and of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which organizes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and runs an Historic Cities Support Programme, and is chairman of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Prince Amyn is a trustee of the World Monuments Fund and is also a director of the Silk Road Project launched by Yo-Yo Ma. He is a member of the Council of the Friends of the Louvre, was on the Louvre’s Acquisition Committee for a number of years, and is a member of 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 actively involved in the creation and design of the Serena hotels as lodges and many other AKDN buildings and gardens. He has also worked with His Highness the Aga Khan on various projects outside of those of the AKDN institutions.


Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler

Historian of the City of Havana since 1967 and leader of the process for the comprehensive rehabilitation of Havana’s Historic Center—a World Heritage Site since 1982—Eusebio Leal Spengler holds a PhD in historical sciences and a master’s in Latin American, Caribbean, and Cuba Studies. He is a specialist in archaeological sciences. Dr. Leal 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, and 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 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.