2015 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Yevgenia Albats

Yevgenia Albats is editor-in-chief of the Russian political weekly The New Times. She is also an anchor with the Echo Moskva broadcast- ing and a recipient of several journalism awards worldwide. She received the Golden Pen Award in 1989, the highest journalism honor in the then-Soviet Union. She was an Alfred Friendly fellow in 1990 and a fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 1993. Albats is the author of four books, including The State Within A State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia Past, Present and Future. She is a permanent professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

John Artis

Co-Founder Innocence International

Exoneree and Co-Defendant with Rubin “Hurricane” Carter; former Counselor, Timber Ridge Residential Center for Boys; former Correctional Officer, White Post Detention Center

John Artis received the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship on November 19, 2014.

Marcelo Brodsky

For the recognition of his moral courage in addressing the legacy of Argentina’s “Dirty War,” the Instutite for Global Leadership was honored to present Marcelo Brodsky with the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. Brodsky, Argentina's leading Human Rights photographer and  conceptual artist, is highly regarded for his contributions and activism within the field of human rights. Having personally witnessed the political genocide resulting from the Argentinian military dictatorship while growing up, through his art and photographs, he was able to connect the personal with the political, intensifying the impact of both. Today, Brodsky's work has been featured in numerous museums, and has also presented a variety of lectures in universities and museums around the world.


Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Posthumous Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award

After being wrongly convicted twice for a triple murder and imprisoned for nearly two decades, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was exonerated in 1985 and we remember him for his incredibly admirable actvist work in helping the wrongly convicted.

(May 6, 1937 to April 20, 2014)

Suzanne Massie

Suzanne Massie has been involved in many aspects of study and work in the Soviet Union/Russia for 38 years. Her ability as an inter- preter of Russian culture and bridge builder between the Russian and American people has been acknowledged by both countries. In Russia she has been the subject of a documentary film, is the winner of a prestigious literary prize and is an active participant in the cultural and social concerns of the city of St. Petersburg. In the United States her books: Land of the Firebird, Pavlovsk, The Living Mirror, Journey and Nicholas and Alexandra, on which she worked with her former husband Robert K. Massie, have been read by millions. She
has worked in the development of art exhibitions with many of the foremost art museums of both the United States and Russia including the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum. She has lectured widely in the United States before academic, military, business, government, religious, public affairs, civic and cultural groups. She has been consulted by many members of Congress and the Senate, and from 1984-88 advised President Ronald Reagan, meeting with him 21 times during the crit- ical years of the ending of the Cold War. A fellow of the Harvard Russian Research Center (now the Davis Center) from 1985-97, she has also served on the Board of the International League for Human Rights. In 1991 she was appointed as the only lay member of the Permanent Episcopal-Orthodox Coordinating Committee which has involved bi-annual discussions in Russia and the United States with hierarchs of the church.

Ambassador Jack Matlock

Ambassador Jack Matlock, Jr. is an American former ambassador, career Foreign Service Officer, a teacher, a historian, and a linguist. He was a specialist in Soviet affairs during some of the most tumultuous years of the Cold War, and served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. His 35-year career encompassed much of the Cold War period between the Soviet Union and the Unit- ed States. His first assignment to Moscow was in 1961, and it was from the embassy there that he experienced the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, helping to translate diplomatic messages between the leaders. At the beginning of détente, he was Director of Soviet Affairs in the State Department, and began to participate in the summit meetings between the leaders, eventually attending all but one of the U.S. – Soviet summits held in the 20-year period 1972–91. Matlock was back in Moscow in 1974, serving in the number two position in the embassy for four years. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in early 1980 ended the period of reduced tensions. Matlock was assigned to Moscow again in 1981 as acting ambassador during the first part of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Reagan appointed him as ambassador to Czechoslovakia and later asked him to return to Washington in 1983 to work at the National Security Council, with the assignment to develop a negotiating strategy to end the arms race. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, arms negotiations and summit meetings resumed. Matlock was appointed ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1987 and saw the last years of the Soviet Union before he retired from the Foreign Service in 1991. After leaving the Foreign Service, he wrote an account of the end of the Soviet Union titled Autopsy on an Empire, followed by an account of the end of the Cold War titled Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended.

Matthew Murray

Matthew Murray was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of Commerce in March 2012. On October 1, 2013, following the International Trade Administration’s reorganization and creation of the Global Markets unit, Mr. Murray became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this capacity, he leads the Department of Commerce’s efforts to help form trade policy and solve market access issues facing U.S. firms seek- ing to expand their business operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is responsible for developing and recommending policies, strategies, and programs to advance U.S. economic and commercial interests in 117 countries, as well as the European Union. Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Murray had a distinguished career in business, law, the non-profit sector, and public service. Murray was most recently President of Sovereign Ventures, Inc., a risk management firm that he founded in 1991 to advise multinational corporations and multilateral institutions on how to reduce governance and corruption risk in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Mr. Murray led an interdisciplinary team that provided risk-mapping, guidance on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forensic investigation, and government relations services. In this position, Murray helped mediate several major commercial disputes between foreign investors and local government agencies in the region. Murray has extensive experience as a busi- ness executive in the energy industry, having served as Corruption Risk Manager at TNK-BP Management Ltd., the third largest Russian producer of oil and gas, between 2007 and 2009. Mr. Murray reported directly to the CEO and Board of Directors on policy initiatives to reduce potential risk in licensing, sales, and gas station and pipeline construction.

Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. business- es on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president international relations for Boeing. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as under secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and assistant secretary for the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific affairs.

Dmitri Trenin

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program. He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993–1997, Trenin held a post as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. In 1993, he was a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. He served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993, including experience working as a liaison officer in the external relations branch of the Group of Soviet Forces (stationed in Potsdam) and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the War Studies Department of the Military Institute from 1986 to 1993.

Major General Pavel Zolotarev

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Pavel Zolotarev is the Deputy Director of the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences and a professor at the Academy of Military Sciences. He previously served as head of the Information and Analysis Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense and deputy chief of staff of the Defense Council of Russia.