Awards & achievements

2020 - Responsible Business Leadership, Reuters Responsible Business Awards

In October 2020, Ornella Barra was highly commended for her sustainability leadership at the Responsible Business Awards, in the Business Leader Award category, recognizing her innovation and commitment to promoting community health with a long-term vision, as Chair of the CSR Committee of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

2017 – Transatlantic Entrepreneur Award, American Chamber of Commerce in Italy

In December 2017, AmCham Italy awarded Ornella a special recognition for her leadership in ensuring, with passion and vision, continued development and growth for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

2017 - Honorary Degree in Administration, Finance and Auditing - University of Genoa

In October 2017, Ornella Barra received an honorary degree from University of Genoa, recognizing her achievements in business management and results in terms of creating value for shareholders and employees.

2016 - Honorary Degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology – University of Urbino

In December 2016, Ornella Barra received an honorary degree from University of Urbino, to recognise her support of the pharmacy profession and her commitment to the University.

2016 - Guido Carli Award

In May 2016, Ornella Barra received the prestigious Guido Carli award. This annual award honors illustrious Italians who have achieved significant results in their own field; Ornella Barra was recognised for her entrepreneurial career in healthcare.

2015 - Business in the Community (BITC) Ambassador Award

In February 2015, at the Business in the Community (BITC), Annual General Meeting and Leadership Summit 2015 (AGM), Ornella Barra was appointed HRH Prince Charles International Ambassador. As part of the role, Ornella will be responsible for highlighting the value of employee volunteering globally and demonstrating how a global business operates responsibly.

2014 - Les Trophées de l'Eco Monaco – Special Jury Prize

In December 2014, Ornella received the Special Jury Prize from ‘Les Trophées de l’Eco Monaco’, annual awards organized by the Chamber of Economic Development in Monaco and regional newspaper Nice-Matin.

2012 - Honorary Professor and Honorary Doctor of Science – University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy

A committed believer in the importance of education for the pharmacist profession, Ornella is Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy.  In late 2012, Ornella was awarded a Doctor of Science honorary degree from the University of Nottingham to recognise her support of the pharmacy profession and her commitment to the University.

2012 - Premio Polis – Commitment and Solidarity award

In December 2012 Ornella was presented with the award for “Impegno e Solidarietà (“Commitment and Solidarity”) from the Italian association Polis.

2012 - International Pericles Prize

In August 2012 Ornella and Professor Antonino Cattaneo were presented with the International Pericles Prize for their outstanding achievement in science and social causes.

2010 - European Brain Research Institute (EBRI) – plaque in recognition of support

In December 2010, Ornella received a plaque by nobel prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini in recognition of Alliance Boots support for the European Brain Research Institute (EBRI). Ornella’s contribution to the EBRI helps to make the most of the extraordinary skills demonstrated by the young generation in Italy.

2002 - International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers – William L. Ford prize

In 2002 Ornella received the William L. Ford prize from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) for her vital contribution to the development of the healthcare sector.