2014 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Inger Andersen

Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank

Hannah Ashrawi

Hannah Ashwari is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar. She was a protégée and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada, served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace process, and has been elected numerous times to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Ashrawi is a member of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's Third Way party. She is the first woman elected to the Palestinian National Council.

Svetlana Broz

Svetlana Broz is a Yugoslavian author and physician who specializes in cardiology. She is the founder of "Education Towards Civil Courage", a series of seminars designed to teach adolescents from all over the Balkans how to stand up to corruption and social and political divisiveness.

Nicholas Burns

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, he was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program; Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University

William J Burns

Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State; Career Ambassador; former Under Secretary for Political Affairs; former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; former Ambassador to Jordan

Mohammed S Dajani Daoudi

Founder and Executive Director, Wasatiyya, Moderate Islamic Movement in Palestine; Founding Director, American Studies Institute, Al Quds University

Amb Robert Ford

US Ambassador to Syria (January 2011 to February 2014)

International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group (ICG) is a conflict-prevention non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out field research on violent conflict and advances policies to prevent, mitigate or resolve conflict. It advocates policies directly with governments, multilateral organisations and other political actors as well as the media.

Just Vision

This award was accepted on behalf of Just Vision by Suhad Babaa.

Just Vision highlights the power and potential of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity, equality and human security using nonviolent means. They tell their under-documented stories through award-winning films, multimedia tools and targeted public education campaigns that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action.

Bernardino León

Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Region, European Union; former Secretary-General and Foreign Policy Adviser, Office of the Prime Minister, Spain

Augustus Richard Norton

Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University; Author, Civil Society in the Middle East

Curt Rhodes

Founder and International Director, Questscope; Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Middle East and North Africa, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Scholars at Risk

This award was accepted on behalf of SAR by Denise LiGreci.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a U.S.-based international network of academic institutions organized to support and defend the principles of academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars around the world.

Tamara Wittes

Senior Fellow and Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State

2013 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Uche Amazigo

Uche Veronica Amazigo is an experienced international scientist and administrator, with extensive expertise in international and community health, public-private partnership, research and policy and strategy development. Trained in public health and parasitology, specializing in tropical diseases and reproductive health, Dr. Amazigo was formerly senior lecturer in medical parasitology and public health at the University of Nigeria. Her research experience encompasses adolescent reproductive health, strategies for controlling neglected tropical diseases and community-directed health interventions (CDI). Her interest in gender and onchocerciasis (river blindness) led to her pioneering research that formed the scientific basis for establishing APOC in 1995, succeeding the Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa. Her distinguished career culminated in her appointment as APOC Director in 2005. Currently, she is engaging 117,000 communities, 19 African governments, 14 civil societies and numerous donors using community participation to bring multiple health interventions to areas beyond the reach of health care services in stable and fragile countries.

Jason Clay

Jason Clay is the senior vice president of market transformation for the World Wildlife Fund. His goal is to create global standards for producing and using raw materials, particularly in terms of carbon and water. His ideas are changing the way governments, foundations, researchers, and NGOs identify and address risks and opportunities for their work. He brings people together to improve environmentally sensitive practices in agriculture and aquaculture. He has convened industry roundtables of retailers, buyers, producers and environmentalists to reduce the key impacts of producing soy, cotton, sugarcane, salmon, shrimp, mollusks, catfish and tilapia. Prior to joining WWF in 1999, he ran a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and spent more than 25 years working with human rights and environmental organizations. Jason, in addition to authoring numerous books on subjects including World Agriculture and the Environment (2004) and Exploring the Links Between International Business and Poverty Reduction (2005), is Founder and Editor of Cultural Survival Quarterly, winner of UTNE reader award for best publication with circulation of less than 30,000, best publication for international news and analysis, and best coverage of international cultural issues.

Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman recieved the Mayer Award on November 14, 2013.

Laurie Garrett

Since 2004, Laurie Garrett has been a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. Ms. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. Her expertise includes global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism. Ms. Garrett is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994) and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health (Hyperion Press, 2000). During her PhD studies, she started reporting on science news at KPFA, a local radio station.  At KPFA, Ms. Garrett worked on a documentary, coproduced with Adi Gevins, that won the 1977 George Foster Peabody Award. After leaving KPFA, Ms. Garrett worked briefly in the California Department of Food and Agriculture, assessing the human health impacts of pesticide use. In 1980, she joined National Public Radio, working out of the network's San Francisco and, later, Los Angeles bureaus as a science correspondent. In 1988, Ms. Garrett left NPR to join the science writing staff of Newsday. Her Newsday reporting has earned several awards, including the Newsday Publisher's Award (Best Beat Reporter, 1990), Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists (for "AIDS in Africa," 1989), Deadline Club of New York (Best Beat Reporter, 1993), First Place from the Society of Silurians (for "Breast Cancer," 1994), and the Bob Considine Award of the Overseas Press Club of America (for "AIDS in India," 1995).

Anne Goldfeld

Anne E. Goldfeld is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, Senior Investigator in the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Physician in the Division of Infectious Disease at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and President and Co-Founder of the Global and Cambodian Health Committees. Work in her laboratory has provided groundbreaking insights into the function and regulation of the innate immune system at the molecular level, in particular the transcriptional control of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) gene. Her work on the pathogenesis of HIV and M. tuberculosis infection has led to the discovery of the first gene associated with TB and regulatory T cells in infectious disease. Dr. Goldfeld’s clinical work in Cambodia has focused on developing approaches of community-based care for TB and HIV while nesting scientific studies in these delivery networks leading to new international standards of care and to fundamental medical discoveries aimed at developing new therapies. More recently, she and her colleagues have turned their attention to combating drug resistant TB and providing access to drugs in Ethiopia by spearheading the initiation of care for drug resistant TB in that country with its ministry of health. Dr. Goldfeld’s humanitarian work has focused on advocacy and bringing care to those in most need. She was at the origin of global efforts to ban landmines making the first call for an international ban on landmines in 1991 in congressional testimony. She provided some of the earliest evidence of gender-based violence against women in situations of war and torture in 1988. She served as medical coordinator at the Site II refugee camp for the American Refugee Committee’s program on the Thai-Cambodian border in 1989 and in 1994 she co-founded the Cambodian Health Committee, which has also been known as the Global Health Committee since 2008. She worked as a doctor in the Mugunga refugee camp in eastern Congo during the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and has provided assistance or participated in missions to Albania/Kosovo, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Angola, Swaziland, Dharamsala/Tibet, Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru. In addition to her scientific publications, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. She is co-author of the book Beyond Hiroshima.

Bonnie Jenkins

Ambassador Jenkins, the State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, served as the Chair of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction in 2012 and 2013. She is the Department of State lead on the Nuclear Security Summit, and she coordinates the Department of State’s activities related to the four-year effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material. Ambassador Jenkins coordinates Department of State Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs and helps to ensure a coordinated approach when promoting these programs internationally. Ambassador Jenkins also promotes international dialogue among the public health and security communities in the area of Global Health Security, including the enhancement of global preparedness and intersectoral partnerships to prevent, reduce and respond to high-impact biological threats. Ambassador Jenkins has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. She was a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. During her years at Belfer, she served as an advisor at Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising. Ambassador Jenkins has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Virginia; an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center; an M.P.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; a J.D. from Albany Law School; and a B.A. from Amherst College. She also attended The Hague Academy for International Law.

Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor (born 16 March 1946) is a British academic, currently Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, where she is also the Director of its Centre for the Study of Global Governance. She has been a key figure in the development of cosmopolitan democracy. She writes on globalisation, international relations and humanitarian intervention, global civil society and global governance, as well as what she calls New Wars. Before the LSE, Kaldor worked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and now serves on its governing board. She also worked at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where she worked closely with English economist Christopher Freeman. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament, editing its European Nuclear Disarmament Journal (1983–88). She was the founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She also writes for OpenDemocracy.net, and belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance.

Bernard Lown

Dr. Bernard Lown is Professor of Cardiology Emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and the Founder of the Lown Cardiovascular Center and Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Dr. Lown developed the direct current defibrillator for resuscitating the arrested heart as well as the cardioverter for correcting disordered heart rhythms. In 1962, he cofounded the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and became its first president. From 1974 to 1975, he presided over the USA-China Physicians Friendship Association, and served as coordinator of collaborative studies with the USSR on cardiovascular disease on behalf of the National Heart and Lung Institute. In 1980, he cofounded the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Drs. Lown and Chazov served as IPPNW’s first Co-Presidents, and in 1985, they were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of IPPNW. Dr. Lown is also the recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education Prize (with Dr. Chazov), the George F. Kennan Award, the Ghandi Peace Prize, and the first Cardinal Medeiros Peace Award, as well as 20 honorary degrees from leading universities both in the USA and abroad. Dr. Lown is the founder and emeritus Chairman of SATELLIFE, an international non-profit organization that uses satellite and Internet technologies to serve the health communication and information needs of developing countries. Dr. Lown is the founder of ProCor, an ongoing, worldwide, e-mail- and web-based electronic conference that addresses the emerging epidemic of cardiovascular diseases in the developing world.

 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF’s actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

Dr. Peter Piot

Peter Piot MD, PhD is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Professor of Global Health. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008. Professor Piot co- discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women’s health, and public health in Africa. He was a Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation and a Se- nior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He held the 2009 chair “Knowledge against poverty” at the College de France in Paris.

Irwin Rosenberg

University Professor and the Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School, Irwin Rosenberg is the 2006 recipient of the Conrad Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition, which recognizes distinguished service to the public through nutrition science. He received the award from the American Society of Clinical Nutrition in April at the 2006 Experimental Biology Meeting in San Francisco. Throughout his career, Rosenberg has participated in many national and international nutrition policy efforts and has held positions on committees for the Food and Drug Administration and the Institute of Medicine. Since joining Tufts, Rosenberg has served as dean of the Friedman School for nine years and director of the HNRCA for 15 years. Currently, Rosenberg directs the Nutrition and Neurocognition Laboratory at the HNRCA. Rosenberg’s research interests include nutrition and aging; folate nutriture; and the relationship between homocysteine, B vitamin nutriture, vascular disease and cognitive decline.

2012 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Izzeldin Abuelaish

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH, is Palestinian medical doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee Camp is a passionate and eloquent proponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Before his three daughters were killed in January 2009 during the Israeli incursion into Gaza, Dr. Abuelaish worked as a researcher at the Gertner Institute at the Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv. Abuelaish has been an important figure in the Israeli-Palestinian relations for years, working in Israeli hospitals, treating Israeli and Palestinian patients and fully believe that health is an engine for the journey to peace. This horrific tragedy did not harden Abuelaish’s heart; neither did it weaken his resolve to act for humanity. He continues to live up the description bestowed upon him by an Israeli colleague, as a magical, secret bridge between Israelis and Palestinians.Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish currently is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; University Of Toronto. He has been invited to give speeches in The European Parliament, Belgian Parliament, House of Commons, the American Congress, state department, Forum 2000 in Prague. In addition, he has given speeches all over the world in academic institutions, Universities and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe.

Mowaffak Al-Rubaie

Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie is an Iraqi politician and was appointed as a member of the 25 member Iraqi Governing Council by the Coalition Provisional Authority in July 2003. In April 2004, in recognition of his astute understanding of the risks and challenges faced by Iraq, he was appointed as National Security Advisor (NSA) by the Coalition Provisional Authority. He held this post for its full five-year term until April 2009, when he was appointed as an MP in Iraq's Council of Representatives (Iraq's Parliament), a role he held until Parliament's dissolution in March 2010.

Ami Ayalon

Israeli politician and a former member of Israeli Parliament for the Labor Party, former Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Navy, and recipient of Israel's highest decoration - the Medal of Valor.  Following Prime Minister Rabin’s assassination, Ayalon was head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. In 2003, Ayalon launched, together with Palestinian Professor Sari Nusseibeh, a peace initiative, "The People’s Voice,” calling for a two-state solution with Jerusalem as an open city, the capital of two states.

Susan Bissell

Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF, first joined the organization in 1987 working with the Division of Information and Public Affairs. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in law, economics and education and a PhD in public health at medical anthropology at the WHO Key Center for Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne. She returned to UNICEF in 2001 as the Chief of Child Protection in India then in 2004 she transferred to the Innocenti Research Center where she managed the Implementing International Standards Unit. As member of the Editorial Board of the report of the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children which was released in 2006, Susan has also been involved in follow-up activities that will advance the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study.

Dirk Jameson

Lt. General Dirk Jameson served as Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of active service. Gen. Jameson was responsible for directing the headquarters staff of 4,000 men and women and participating in numerous nuclear forums with the leaders of the Russian Federation Strategic Rocket Forces. Prior to his StratCom assignment, Gen. Jameson commanded the 14,500 men and women of the U.S. 20th Air Force, and was responsible for all U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, seven major subordinate units, operational training, testing, security and readiness. Gen. Jameson also served as the Chief of Staff, Strategic Air Command and commanded the USAF Strategic Missile Center at Vandenberg AFB, California. There, he directed the activities of the Air Force’s third largest base, staffed with 10,000 military, civilian and contractor employees. General Jameson had numerous other nuclear related assignments including Director of Command Control, Strategic Air Command, 4th Air Division Commander and Commander of the 90th Strategic Missile Wing.

Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan D. Moreno is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he edits the magazine, Science Progress. He is one of 13 Penn Integrates Knowledge university professors at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also professor of medical ethics and health policy, of history and sociology of science, and of philosophy. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences and is a national associate of the National Research Council. He has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions, including the current bioethics commission under President Obama, and has given invited testimony for both houses of Congress.  He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Neuroethics Society, a faculty affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, a fellow of the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine, and a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He advises various science, health, and national security agencies and serves as a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s TIGER committee on potentially disruptive novel technologies.

Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan D. Moreno is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he edits the magazine, Science Progress. He is one of 13 Penn Integrates Knowledge university professors at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also professor of medical ethics and health policy, of history and sociology of science, and of philosophy. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences and is a national associate of the National Research Council. He has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions, including the current bioethics commission under President Obama, and has given invited testimony for both houses of Congress. He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Neuroethics Society, a faculty affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, a fellow of the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine, and a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He advises various science, health, and national security agencies and serves as a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s TIGER committee on potentially disruptive novel technologies.

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, a Canadian-American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author, is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching and books, he has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers. Pinker is the Chair of the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary and has served as editor or advisor for numerous scientific, scholarly, media, and humanist organizations, including the American Association the Advancement of Science, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the Linguistics Society of America. He is also a Humanist Laureate, the 2006 Humanist of the Year, recipient of the 2008 Innovations for Humanity Award from La Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico, the 2008 Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association, and the recipient of six honorary doctorates. His most recent book is entitled The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (2011).

Gwyn Prins

Dr. Prins is a research professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was the First Alliance Professor appointed jointly at the LSE and the Columbia Earth Institute. He has also taught in the Department of History and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a Senior Fellow in the Office of the Secretary-General of NATO in Brussels and a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory of the UK Ministry of Defence, as well as a consultant on security at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research of the British Meteorological Office. In 1999-2000, he chaired an MoD Chatham House study group on the roots of asymmetric violence and contemporary terrorism. He is a member of the Pugwash Working Groups on Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century and on the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. He is the coeditor of The Future of War and the author of Understanding Unilateralism in American Foreign Relations and The Heart of War.

Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization's CEO from 1993 to 2011. Women for Women International is a grassroots humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. Since 1993, the organization has helped 316,000 women survivors of wars access social and economic opportunities through a program of rights awareness training, vocational skills education and access to income generating opportunities, thereby ultimately contributing to the political and economic health of their communities. In its 18-year history, the organization has distributed more than $103 million in direct aid, micro credit loans, and has impacted more than 1.7 million family members. Zainab Salbi is the author of two books; a national bestseller "Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam” (with Laurie Becklund) that documents her life under Saddam Hussein’s rule and “The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope." Her work has been featured in major media outlets, including 8 appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Susannah Sirkin

Susannah Sirkin is Deputy Director at Physicians for Human Rights, a position she has held since 1987 when she joined PHR shortly after its founding. She has helped lead PHR's campaigns against Persecution of Health Workers, including the current efforts to free the Alaei brothers, two Iranian doctors with expertise in HIV/AIDS treatment who are imprisoned in Tehran on false charges. Susannah has organized health and human rights investigations to dozens of countries, including recent documentation of genocide and systematic rape in Darfur, Sudan; PHR's exhumations of mass graves in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda for the International Criminal Tribunals; investigations into consequences of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Kosovo, Kuwait, Somalia, Turkey and the US among others. She has worked on studies of sexual violence in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, and Thailand, and authored and edited numerous reports and articles on the medical consequences of human rights violations, physical evidence of human rights abuses, and physician complicity in violations.

Abiodun Williams

Abiodun Williams is acting senior vice president of the Center for Conflict Management (CCM). Williams leads USIP’s work in major conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, Williams served as vice president of CCM, and had primary responsibility for USIP’s work on conflict prevention, Iran, and Northeast Asia. Prior to joining USIP, he served as associate dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. From 2001 to 2007, he served as director of strategic planning in the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. In that capacity, he advised Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon on a full range of strategic issues including U.N. reform, conflict prevention, peace building and international migration.

Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves. Replicas of the Grameen Bank model operate in more than 100 countries worldwide. Professor Yunus is the recipient of numerous international awards for his ideas and endeavors, including the Mohamed Shabdeen Award for Science (1993), Sri Lanka; Humanitarian Award (1993), CARE, USA; World Food Prize (1994), World Food Prize Foundation, USA; lndependence Day Award (1987), Bangladesh's highest award; King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Award (2000), King Hussien Foundation, Jordan; Volvo Environment Prize (2003), Volvo Environment Prize Foundation, Sweden; Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth (2004), Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan; Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Award (2006), Roosevelt Institute of The Netherlands; and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006), Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea. He is a member of the board of the United Nations Foundation.

2011 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Tadatoshi Akiba

Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan; President of Mayors for Peace.

Amb. Stephen Bosworth

Amb. Stephen Bosworth is the Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a position he assumed in February 2001. Prior to his appointment at the Fletcher School, he served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from November 1997 to February 2001. From 1995-1997, Bosworth was the Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization [KEDO], an inter-governmental organization established by the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. KEDO is responsible for financing and building two 1,000 megawatt light water nuclear reactors and annually shipping 500,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, in exchange for North Korea's agreement to freeze and eventually dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Earlier, Bosworth had a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1961 to 1988, including service as Ambassador to Tunisia from 1979-1981 and Ambassador to the Philippines from 1984-1987. Bosworth also served in a number of policy level positions in Washington, including Director of Policy Planning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs.

Rose Gottemoeller

Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation. Most recently she was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability.

Richard Meserve

Chairman of the International Nuclear Safety Group chartered by the International Atomic Energy Agency and of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering

William J. Perry

Fellow at the Hoover Institution; is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering and the Institute for International Studies.

Martin Sherwin

Martin Sherwin is Professor Emeritus of History at Tufts University and co-author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Pulitzer Prize).

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

O'Neill Family Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Philosophy, at the University of Notre Dame, where she also directs the Center for Environmental Justice and Children's Health.

2010 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Sugata Bose

Sugata Bose is the Gardiner Professor of History and Director of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University. Bose was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Cambridge where he obtained his Ph.D. His much-acclaimed work, A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire, was published in 2006 by Harvard University Press. In it, Bose crosses area studies and disciplinary frontiers and bridges the domains of political economy and culture. He has made three documentary films on modern South Asian history and politics that have been broadcast on public television in the USA and India. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997 and gave the G.M. Trevelyan Lecture at the University of Cambridge. Bose has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and is the founding Director of Harvard’s South Asia Initiative.

Sarah Chayes

Sarah Chayes spent 2010 as special advisor to the command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, under Generals McKiernan and McChrystal. She has contributed an intimate knowledge of Afghanistan, especially the Pashtun south, to strategic decision-making. In May 2005, she launched an agribusiness in downtown Kandahar , where she has lived since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Its objective is to expand the market for licit local agriculture. Chayes initially arrived in Afghanistan as a correspondent for National Public Radio, covering the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Prior to that, from her base in Paris, she reported on European affairs, Algeria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and the Balkans. She first served in Kandahar as Field Director for Afghans for Civil Society, a non-profit group founded by Qayum Karzai. Under Ms. Chayes’s leadership, ACS rebuilt a village destroyed during the anti-Taliban conflict, launched a successful income-generation project for Kandahar women and the most popular radio station in southern Afghanistan, and conducted a number of policy studies. In 2004, she left ACS to focus on economic development. Chayes’s book, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, focuses on events in the Afghan south, from the fall of the Taliban through summer 2005. She has participated in pre-deployment training and military colloquia for numerous NATO, US, UK, Canadian, and French commands.

Dana H. Freyer

Dana H. Freyer is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, a New York non-profit and Afghan NGO, and winner of the 2009 Purpose Prize fellowship for social entrepreneurship. Through the Global Partnership, Ms. Freyer is working to assist rural Afghans build sustainable livelihoods ad restore their environment by supporting the development of orchard, woodlot, vineyard and related enterprises. Ms. Freyer retired as a Partner of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in January 2010. She had been head of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Compliance Program practice groups. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the top 50 women litigators in America and by Global Arbitration Review as one of “The All-Female Top 30” arbitrators worldwide. From 1965-68, she was assistant to the Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations in his capacities as Ambassador and President of the UN General Assembly. She has traveled extensively in Afghanistan.

Sanjoy Hazarika

Sanjoy Hazarika is Saifuddin Kichelew Chair and Professor at the Centre for North East Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and Managing Trustee, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) in the NE of India. He has developed a flagship health intervention that runs boat clinics on the Brahmaputra river which reaches a quarter million people on islands in the area. He serves on various expert committees in India’s Planning Commission and has extensively contributed to national and state (Assam) policy formation and literature on dealing with floods and water management. He is an award wining former correspondent of The New York Times and launched and edited The North East Page at the Statesman newspaper between 2002 and January 2007. He also writes columns for other newspapers and journals and is a frequent speaker in India and abroad, as well as at radio and television discussions, on issues related to the North-east. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) review committee, of an advisory panel for the NE in the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution and has held fellowships at Harvard University, Tufts University and the University of Kentucky. In 2006, he was a “Practitioner in Residence” at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, which honored his innovation, research and policy advocacy.

Amb. Richard Holbrooke

Amb. Richard Holbrooke served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, where he was also a member of President Clinton’s cabinet (1999-2001). As Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (1994-1996), he was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. He later served as President Clinton’s Special Envoy to Bosnia and Kosovo and Special Envoy to Cyprus on a pro-bono basis while a private citizen. From 1993-1994, he was the US. Ambassador to Germany. During the Carter Administration (1977-1981), he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and was in charge of U.S. relations with China at the time Sino-American relations were normalized in December of 1978. After joining the Foreign Service in 1962, he served in Vietnam (1963-66), including a tour of duty in the Mekong Delta for AID. He worked on Vietnam issues at the Johnson White House (1966-68); wrote one volume of the Pentagon Papers; and was a member of the American delegation to the Vietnam Peace Talks in Paris (1968-69). He has received over twenty honorary degrees and numerous awards, including several Nobel Peace Prize nominations. He was the Founding Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, a center for U.S.-German cultural exchange; formerly President and CEO of the Global Business Coalition, the business alliance against HIV/AIDS; and former Chairman of the Asia Society.

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is professor of nuclear and high energy physics, as well as chairman, at the department of physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, and remains an active physicist who often lectures at US and European research laboratories and universities. Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. Over a period of 25 years, Dr. Hoodbhoy created and anchored a series of television programs that dissected the problems of Pakistan’s education system, and two other series that aimed at bringing scientific concepts to ordinary members of the public. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. Also in 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists. Over the years, he produced and directed several documentary films that have been widely viewed on national television which deal with political, nuclear, and scientific matters.

Ayesha Jalal

Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History and Director of the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University. Dr. Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-84), Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-87), Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. (1985-86) and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-90). She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. Between 1998 and 2003, she was a MacArthur Fellow. She co-authored Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy;and Nationalism, Democracy, and Development: State and Politics in India with Mayer winner Sugata Bose.

Irene Khan

Irene Khan joined Amnesty International as Secretary General in August 2001; she is the first female, first Asian, and first Muslim to head this organization. Irene reformed Amnesty International's response to crisis situations, personally leading high level missions to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel/Occupied Territories, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, the Darfur region of Sudan and Nepal. Irene helped to found the development organization, Concern Universal, in 1977, and began her work as a human rights activist with the International Commission of Jurists in 1979. Irene joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1980, and worked in a variety of positions at Headquarters and in field operations to promote the international protection of refugees. From 1991-95 she was Senior Executive Officer to Mrs. Sadako Ogata, then UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She led the UNHCR team in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia during the Kosovo crisis in 1999, and was appointed Deputy Director of International Protection later that year.Irene studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School, specialising in public international law and human rights. She is the recipient of several academic awards, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, the 2006 City of Sydney Peace Prize, the Pilkington "Woman of the Year" Award 2002, and the John Owens Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Manchester. She has been voted one of the 100 Most Influential Asians and one of the 100 Most Influential Muslims in the UK.

Amb. William Luers

Amb. William Luers is a 31-year veteran of the US Foreign Service and the former President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). He served as US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982) and held numerous posts in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and in the Department of State, where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (1977-1978) and for Inter-American Affairs (1975-1977). Amb. Luers has been a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Amb. Luers is also the former President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  His areas of expertise include: US Foreign Policy and International Affairs, The United Nations, Russia and Eastern Europe, Latin America, US and Iran, and International Cultural Relations. In a collaboration between the Project on Justice in Times of Transition, the Institute for Global Leadership, and the Experimental College, Amb. Luers is teaching a course at Tufts this semester on “Talking with the Enemy."

Ian Martin

Ian Martin has worked for the United Nations in various capacities, most recently as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) to February 2009, and as Head of the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry into certain incidents in the Gaza Strip (February-April 2009). He was previously Representative in Nepal of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, (2005-06); Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste (2006), Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the East Timor Popular Consultation (1999), Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (2000-01), Special Adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights (1998), Chief of the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda (1995-96), and Director for Human Rights of the International Civilian Mission in Haiti (1993 and 1994-95). He also served in the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Deputy High Representative for Human Rights (1998-99). He was Secretary General of Amnesty International (1986-92) and Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice (2002-05).

Hossain Zillur Rahman

Hossain Zillur Rahman is Executive Chairman of the Dhaka-based think tank Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), a Dhaka-based think tank in 1996 and was for over twenty years a leading researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies specializing on poverty and governance issues. Dr. Rahman was the lead drafter of the poverty reduction strategy of the government of Bangladesh and was on the SAARC Poverty Commission. Dr. Rahman was appointed Advisor (Minister) for Commerce and Education in the Caretaker Government of 2008 and was credited with a lead role in the successful return of the country to electoral democracy.

Roger Winter

Roger Winter has worked on issues of peace, war, humanitarian assistance, civilian protection, and advocacy in Sudan - first as Executive Director of the non-profit U.S. Committee for Refugees from 1981 to 2001 and then as Assistant Administrator of USAID and as the Deputy Secretary of State’s Special Representative on Sudan from 2001 to 2006. Currently Mr. Winter advises the Government of Southern Sudan on a voluntary basis, and he was profiled in the article, The Man for A New Sudan.

2009 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari, who has served most of his career as civil servant in the Finnish Foreign Ministry and the United Nations, was President of the Republic of Finland between 1994 and 2000. Between 2000 and 2008, Mr. Ahtisaari has taken various tasks involved in peace mediation and conflict resolution. In 2003, he chaired an independent panel on the security and safety of UN personnel in Iraq. Between 2003 and 2005, he served as UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. In 2005, he facilitated the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. Between 2005 and 2008, Mr. Ahtisaari acted as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo. Mr. Ahtisaari is the laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 2008. Mr. Ahtisaari is currently Co-Chair of European Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman of the Governing Council of Interpeace; and Chairman of the Independent Commission on Turkey, examining the challenges and opportunities presented by Turkey's possible membership in the European Union, among other positions. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award; the Hessen Peace Prize; the J. William Fulbright Award for International Understanding; and the US State Department's Tribute of Appreciation.Through the Crisis Management Initiative, Mr. Ahtisaari was very instrumental in the 2007 Iraq: Moving Forward initiative of the Institute for Global Leadership and the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy studies at UMass Boston.

Bernard Amadei

Bernard Amadei is the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders - International. He is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His main research and teaching interests have initially been in rock mechanics and engineering geology. He was recently elected a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Professor Amadei has been extremely active in publishing papers in both scientific journals and professional meetings. He has co-authored two books and approximately 150 technical papers. Professor Amadei's current interests cover the topics of sustainability and international development. At the University of Colorado at Boulder he directs a new program in Engineering for Developing Communities.

Harm de Blij

Dr. de Blij specializes in geopolitical and environmental issues and has held named chairs at Georgetown University, Marshall University, and the Colorado School of Mines. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Geography at Michigan State University, where he also taught throughout the decade of the 1960s. In the interim, he chaired the Geography Department at the University of Miami and served as editor at the National Geographic Society. In 1994, National Geographic Society President Gilbert Grosvenor appointed Dr. de Blij an Honorary Life Member of the Society. Author, professor, and television personality, Harm de Blij was the popular Geography Editor on ABC's Good Morning America for seven years. In 1996 he joined NBC News as Geography Analyst, appearing mostly on MSNBC. He was writer of and commentator for the original PBS Series The Power of Place

Sergio Farjado

Dr. Sergio Fajardo Valderrama, a PhD in mathematics, was Mayor of Medellín, Colombia's second largest city, between 2004 and 2007. He is currently running for the presidency in 2010. His term governing the city of Medellín was marked by transparency, opportunity, and the dramatic decrease in the annual rate of homicides. He balanced the local budget, used performance-based evaluation to assign the highest staff positions for the Boards of the city, and normalized teacher recruitment for one year terms. Public opinion polls gave him an 80 percent approval rating. He was a member of the National Council on Basic Sciences, the National Commission on Masters and Doctorates, the Board of the Foundation Supporting the Universidad de Antioquia, and Director of the Center for Science and Technology in Antioquia. He also had a career as a journalist, and he was sub-director of El Colombiano and a columnist for El Mundo, El Espectador and the magazine Dinero. He worked on the television programs Operación Ciudad of Telemedellín and Zanahoria of Teleantioquia. Sergio Fajardo participated in the peace process as a founding member of the Facilitating Commission for Peace in Antioquia (Comisión Facilitadora de Paz de Antioquia) during the tenure of current President Alvaro Uribe.

Robert Kiley

Robert R. Kiley is the former commissioner of transport for London (TfL), the executive transportation agency of the Mayor of London. Prior to that appointment in January 2001, he was president and CEO of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce. Immediately prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Kiley served as a member of Kohlberg & Co. From 1991to 1994, he was president of the Fischbach Corporation and in 1994 became its chairman. As chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 1983 to 1990, Mr. Kiley directed the rebuilding of New York's public transportation system (MTA) and restructured its management. Prior to working at the MTA, Mr. Kiley consulted with corporations and public agencies at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Management Analysis Center in 1979 and was the chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from 1975 to 1979. Mr. Kiley also served as Boston's deputy mayor from 1972 to 1975 and as associate director of the Police Foundation from 1970 to 1972. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and vice chairman of the Citizens Committee for New York.

Janice Perlman

Janice Perlman is the Founder and President of The Mega-Cities Project, Inc. a global non-profit organization with consultative status to UN ECOSOC whose mission is "to shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation." The Mega-Cities strategy is to identify, document, disseminate and transfer innovative solutions to the problems cities face in common. In 1996, UN-Habitat adopted the Mega-Cities approach, methodology and innovations database in creating its "Best Practices Awards." Dr. Perlman has served as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning for the New York City Partnership, which focuses on the use of private resources for public goods. She has served as Coordinator of the Inter-Agency Task Force on neighborhoods of President Carter's National Urban Policy and Director of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the New York Academy of Sciences. She was named Visiting Scholar at the World Bank for 2004-2005.

Donald Plusquellic

In January 2009, Don Plusquellic began his 23rd year as Mayor of the City of Akron. He is the city's longest-serving mayor. Previously, he served for 13 years on Akron City Council where he was president from 1984-1987. Fellow mayors elected Mayor Plusquellic as the 62nd President of the United States Conference of Mayors in June 2004, a bi-partisan organization representing 500 U.S. cities. He currently serves as vice president of the International Mayors for Peace organization and has been named an honorary member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. Mayor Plusquellic received the International Economic Development Council's 2008 Leadership Award for Public Service for his leadership in working to provide new revenue to re-build every one of Akron's schools as Community Learning Centers by the year 2018. American City & County Magazine named Mayor Plusquellic the nation's "Municipal Leader of the Year" in December 2003. The Wall Street Journal recognized the Mayor in a front-page article (5/16/00) on the importance of Mayoral leadership in America. In 1999, he received the highest honor bestowed on city leaders by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the prestigious City Livability Award, for his leadership in the decade-long effort to create and develop Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD) in Ohio.

José Ramos-Horta

José Manuel Ramos-Horta is the second President of East Timor since independence from Indonesia, taking office on 20 May 2007. He is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former Prime Minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as President after winning the 2007 East Timorese presidential election. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Ramos-Horta served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975 to 1999). While he has continued to work with FRETILIN, Ramos-Horta resigned from the party in 1988, and has since remained an independent politician. After East Timor achieved independence in 2002, Ramos-Horta was appointed as the country's first Foreign Minister. He served in this position until his resignation on 25 June 2006, amidst political turmoil. On 26 June, following the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, Ramos-Horta was appointed acting Prime Minister by the President, Xanana Gusmão. Two weeks later, on 10 July 2006, he was officially sworn in as the second Prime Minister of East Timor.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, focuses her research and writing on globalization (social, economic, and political), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. In her research, she has focused on the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established "truths." Professor Sassen has just completed a five-year project for UNESCO on sustainable human settlement for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries. She edited Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales, and Subjects, a collection of her doctoral students' work. She co-edited Digital Foundations: New Architectures for Global Order, based on a multi-year project sponsored by the SSRC through its Information Technology and International Cooperation Committee, which she chaired.

Yona Yahav

Yona Yahav is an Israeli lawyer and politician. He is currently the mayor of Haifa, Israel. He was born in Haifa during the period of the British Mandate. Mayor Yahav reached the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Military Police Corps of the Israel Defense Forces. In London, he was secretary-general of the World Union of Jewish Students. Mayor Yahav was an advisor to Minister of Transport Gad Yaacobi and the spokesman of Teddy Kollek, mayor of Jerusalem. From 1996 to 1999, he was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Labour Party and served as the chairman of the subcommittee for banking. In 2003 he was elected mayor of Haifa on a joint Shinui-Greens ticket, having already served as deputy mayor. He is also chairman of the Haifa Economic Corporation and previously chaired the Haifa International Film Festival organization and the city's theatre executive.