While acting as head of Danske Bank’s trading unit in the Baltics, Howard Wilkinson came across suspicious activity in bank records. His investigation eventually uncovered a money laundering operation worth approximately 200 billion Euros, one of the largest such operations in the world discovered so far. In 2018, when the extent of the scandal broke, Howard’s anonymity was violated and he was exposed as the whistleblower, inviting retaliation. Despite considerable risk to himself and his family, Howard testified before the European Parliament and advocated for greater protections for whistleblowers and a new regulation model that encourages greater transparency. The scandal led to numerous investigations and criminal charges across Europe, and the resignation of Danske’s CEO, and regulators required Danske to close its Estonian branch.

About the Allard Prize for International Integrity

Established in October 2012 and funded by Mr. Peter A. Allard, Q.C. through The Allard Prize Foundation, the Allard Prize for International Integrity is awarded to an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and courage in the protection of human rights, while upholding the Rule of Law, promoting transparency and/or preventing or combating corruption.

The Allard Prize is administered by The Allard Prize Foundation and steered by the Allard Prize Committee, in consultation with the Allard Prize Advisory Board, composed of members of the anti-corruption and human rights communities worldwide.

Learn more: www.allardprize.org.

Past Winners and Honourees of the Allard Prize


Anna Hazare (India)

Global Witness – Honourable Mention (United Kingdom)

Sima Samar – Honourable Mention (Afghanistan)



John Githongo – joint winner (Kenya)

Rafael Marques de Morais – joint winner (Angola)

Indonesia Corruption Watch – Honourable Mention (Indonesia)

Sergei Magnitsky – Honourable Mention (Russia)


Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)

Car Wash Task Force (Força Tarefa da Lava Jato) – Honourable Mention (Brazil)

Azza Soliman – Honourable Mention (Egypt)


William (Bill) Binney – Lifetime Achievement Award (United States)

The Allard Prize Committee

Robert W. King, Principal, Westbridge Capital Group

Geoff Lyster, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Richard Olson, Retired

The Allard Prize Advisory Board

Ms. Eva Joly

– Member of the European Parliament; Brussels, Belgium

– Lawyer at the Paris Bar

Paul Radu

Executive Director

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Dr. Comfort Ero

Program Director, Africa

International Crisis Group

Mr. Kol Preap

Executive Director

Transparency International Cambodia

Dr. Marianne I. Camerer, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Programme Director, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice

University of Cape Town

Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman, B.A., Ph.D.

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence Law and Political Science

Yale University

Allard Prize Photography Competition

The Allard Prize Committee also oversees the Photography Competition, which recognizes photographic excellence reflecting the ideals of the Allard Prize. Each winning entrant receives a C$1,000 cash prize and is featured on the Allard Prize website. Up to six photographs are selected every six months.

Learn more: https://www.allardprize.org/photography-competition

Peter A. Allard, Q.C.

Throughout his career as a lawyer and businessman, Peter Allard has assumed leadership roles in human rights, environmental advocacy and other philanthropic work. Mr. Allard graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in History in 1968, and a LL.B. in 1971. After graduation, Mr. Allard practiced law and participated in various business enterprises. In 1993, he established the Highbury Foundation, which has assisted medical communities in B.C. and Alberta with support for research and the purchase of medical equipment. The Highbury Foundation has also made significant donations to colleges and universities across Western Canada for scholarships and building needs, and to a broad variety of other charities including those engaged in the arts, environmental protection, animal protection, food support and community services, including the YMCA. Mr. Allard’s transformational gifts to the University of British Columbia in support of its law school resulted in the re-naming of the school as the Peter A. Allard School of Law.