The AFS annual award will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize, participation at the AFS Global Conference, international recognition and membership in the AFS community of young and active global citizens.


Distinguished members of the Selection Jury include:



Helmut Schuster

Helmut Schuster is the group human resources (HR) at BP, a global energy company.

Advocating for diversity and inclusion and developing global competence in young people around the world is a major priority for him. Schuster helped create the innovative AFS/BP Global STEM Academies, a four-week international scholarship program for students from all backgrounds that combines STEM and intercultural learning.

He completed his post graduate diploma in international relations and his PhD in economics at the University of Vienna and then began his career working for Henkel in a marketing capacity. Since joining BP in 1989 Helmut has held a number of leadership roles. He has worked in BP in the US, UK and continental Europe and within most parts of refining, marketing, trading and gas and power. Before taking on his current role, his portfolio of responsibilities as vice president, HR included the refining and marketing segment of BP and corporate and functions. That role saw him leading the people agenda for roughly 60,000 people across the globe that included businesses such as petrochemicals, fuels value chains, lubricants and functional experts across the group.

Helmut is a non-executive director of Ivoclar Vivadent and a board member at AFS Austria.