Mayer Award Recipients

2022 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

David Lammy

David Lammy is the Member of Parliament for Tottenham and the Shadow Foreign Secretary. One of the leading agenda-setters in the fields of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism, he was a member of the previous Labour Government (2001-2010), is respected across the party spectrum and is a well-known figure amongst the general public. He was Shadow Justice Secretary from April 2020 until November 2021. A well-known advocate of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism, David continues to tackle the big issues facing society (on a macro and micro scale) and provide tangible solutions to bring about effective change. David led the campaign for the Windrush British Citizens to be granted full British Citizenship and has been at the forefront of the fight for justice for the families affected by the Grenfell Fire.

Abuzar Royesh

Abuzar Royesh is Co-Founder and CEO of the 30 Birds Foundation. He is also the co-founder and CEO of DataServeAI, a California-based startup that builds digital financial solutions for small businesses in de- veloping countries. Abuzar holds master’s degrees in Management Science & Engineering and International Policy from Stanford University as a Knight-Hennessy scholar and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in International Relations. Prior to Stanford, Abuzar worked as a research lead at Afghanistan Holding

Jennifer Selendy

Jennifer Selendy is Co-Founder of the 30 Birds Foundation and a founding and managing partner of Selendy & Gay, a premier litigation firm headquartered in New York. Under Jennifer’s leadership, women are positioned at every level of firm management, includ- ing its C-suite. The firm is also renowned for taking on industry-shaping cases and high-impact public interest work.
Jennifer is an experienced trial attorney recognized as a leader in her field by Bench- mark Litigation, Lawdragon, and Legal 500. In both 2020 and 2021, she was named one of the most influential women in law by Crain’s. Her public interest practice focuses on poverty, women’s rights, climate change, and education.
Jennifer graduated from Harvard Law School after completing an M.Phil. in Inter- national Relations at Oxford (St. Antony’s) as a Marshall Scholar. She served as board chairman for the National Center for Law & Economic Justice, a national legal services organization focused on justice for the poor. She is also the co-founder and board chairman of The Speyer Legacy School, an independent school for gifted children, with a special interest in low-income, high-achieving students. Jennifer is the vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.

Margot Wallström

The Honorable Margot Wallström was elected to the Swedish Parliament in 1979 before serving as minister for youth, women, and consumer affairs from 1988 to 1991, minister of culture from 1994 to 1996, and minister of social affairs from 1996 to 1998. Before taking up her appointment as European Union commissioner in 1999, she worked with Worldview Global Media in Colombo, Sri Lanka. From 1999 to 2004, Mrs. Wallström served as the European commissioner for the environment and then as first vice president of the European Commission from 2004 to 2010. In 2007, she became chair of the Ministerial Initiative of the Council for Women World Leaders. In 2010, the secretary-general of the United Nations appointed her the first special representative on sexual violence in conflict until 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she was chair of the board of Lund University, Sweden. She then served as Sweden’s minister of foreign affairs from 2014 to 2019.

2021 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Amb. Harry Harris

Ambassador Harry Harris (Adm, ret. U.S. Navy) is the former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and the former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Adm. Harry Harris was born in Japan and reared in Crossville, Tennessee and Pensacola, Florida.

Designated as a naval flight officer (NFO) in 1979, his first assignment was Patrol Squadron (VP) 44. Subsequent operational tours included tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga, operations officer in VP-4, three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, director of operations for U.S. 5th Fleet, and director of operations for U.S. Southern Command. Harris commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet, Striking and Support Forces NATO, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Harris served in every geographic combatant command region and participated in the following major operations: Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Attain Document III, Earnest Will, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Willing Spirit, and Odyssey Dawn.

Harris’ staff assignments included aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan; speechwriter for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS); three tours on the Navy staff, including Deputy CNO for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6); assistant to the CJCS where he was the chairman’s direct representative to the secretary of state and the U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.

In October 2013, Harris was promoted to admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Harris assumed command of U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) May 27, 2015, the 24th commander since USPACOM was established Jan. 1, 1947.

Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft -- he is the first Navy flyer from this community to achieve 4-star rank. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), the Bronze Star (two awards), the Air Medal (one strike/flight), and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He was awarded the Tong-il medal by the Republic of Korea in 2014 and the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) by the Republic of Singapore in 2017.

He received the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur Award, the CIA’s Agency Seal Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, the Who's Who in Asian American Communities Alliance Foundation Community Spirit Award, and the Asian American Government Executives Network Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to his retirement, Harris was the Navy’s “Gray Owl,” the NFO who had held this designation for the longest period, and the “Old Goat,” the longest-serving Naval Academy graduate still on active duty.

2020 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

David Scheffer

David J. Scheffer is Clinical Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.  From 2006 through 2020 he was the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and from 2006 to 2019 the Director of the Center for International Human Rights.  He taught international criminal law, international human rights law, and related subjects.  Scheffer created the International Externship Program and the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor ( Professor Scheffer is Vice-President of the American Society of International Law, a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Tom A. Bernstein Genocide Prevention Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  From 2012 to 2018 he was the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Expert on U.N. Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.  Professor Scheffer was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and led the U.S. delegation to the U.N. talks establishing the International Criminal Court.  He signed the Rome Statute of the ICC on behalf of the United States on December 31, 2000.  He negotiated the creation of five war crimes tribunals and chaired the Atrocities Prevention Inter-Agency Working Group (1998-2001). Professor Scheffer received the Berlin Prize in 2013 and the Champion of Justice Award of the Center for Justice and Accountability in 2018.  Foreign Policy magazine selected him as a “Top Global Thinker of 2011.” 

2019 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier, CBE, is a is professor of economics and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, where he is also a professorial fellow at St. Antony’s College. Previously, he was professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford, until September 2012. From 1998 to 2003, he took a leave during which he directed the World Bank’s research develop- ment department. Collier is currently a visiting professor at Sciences Po. He was awarded a knighthood in 2014 and a CBE in 2008 for services to scholarship and development. In 2013, he won the A.Sk Prize for Public Policy in Social Science. His current research is on harnessing natural resources for development, urbanization, the economics of AIDS, and the economics and social psychology of culture. He has written a number of books, including most recently Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century.

Miroslav Lajčák

The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, between September 2017 and September 2018, H. E. Miroslav Lajčák served as the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. He is also serving his fourth term as the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Mr. Lajčák has dedicated his professional life to diplomatic service, representing both the Slovak Re- public and the international community. He joined the foreign service in 1988 and has held various diplomatic positions since, including Slovak Ambassador to Japan, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Albania and Executive Assistant to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Balkans. A key gure in the mediation of the post-con ict crises in the Western Balkans, Mr. Lajčák negotiated, organized and supervised on behalf of the European Union the 2006 referendum on the independence of Montenegro. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Lajčák served as High Representative of the International Community and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Between 2010 and 2012, he helped to shape the newly formed diplomatic service of the European Union, the European External Action Service, as its Manag- ing Director for Europe and Central Asia. From April 2012 to March 2016, Mr. Lajčák served as Slovakia’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and was reappointed for his third and fourth term as the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Mr. Lajčák is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has a law degree from the Comenius University in Bratislava. He has received several state honors, including the Order of the Yugoslav Star, 1st Class (2005, the Order of Honor of the Republic of Moldova (2014), and the Order of the Montenegrin Great Star (2016).

Ratna Omidvar

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ms. Omidvar to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager. Senator Omidvar is the founding Executive Director and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ryerson University. GDX is a think-and-do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. It is dedicated to building a community of international leaders who see prosperity in migration. Previously, Senator Omidvar was the President of Maytree, where she played a lead role in local, national and international efforts to promote the integration of immigrants. Senator Omidvar serves as a Councilor on the World Refugee Council and is also a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara Canada and is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita. She was formerly the Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Migration hosted by the World Economic Forum and the Chair of Lifeline Syria. Senator Omidvar is co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015), an Open Book Toronto best book of 2015 and one of the Toronto Star’s top ve good reads from Word on the Street. She is also a contributor to The Harper Factor (2016) and co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Pro t Success (2011). Senator Omidvar received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from Ryerson University in 2018 and from York University in 2012. Senator Omidvar was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, with both honors recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. In 2014, she received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations. Senator Omidvar has also been recognized by Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, by being named as its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship in 2010. She was named to the inaugural Global Diversity List sponsored by The Economist magazine in 2015, as one of the Top 10 Diversity Champions worldwide. In 2016, she also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from CivicAction and the Canadian Urban Institute, honoring her strong commitment to civic leadership and city building.

2018 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Allan Rock

Allan Rock is President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa, and a Professor in its Faculty of Law, where he teaches International Humanitarian Law and Appellate Advocacy. Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1993, and re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He served for that decade as a senior minister in the government of Prime Minister Chrétien, in both social and economic portfolios. He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1993-1997), Minister of Health (1997-2002), and Minister of Industry and Infrastructure (2002-2003). He was appointed in 2003 as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York during a period that involved responding to several complex regional conflicts, including those in Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Darfur. He led the successful Canadian effort in New York to secure, at the 2005 World Summit, the adoption by UN member states (unanimously) of the Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other mass atrocities. He later served as a Special Envoy for the United Nations investigating the unlawful use of child soldiers in Sri Lanka during its civil war. He practiced in civil, administrative, and commercial litigation for 20 years (1973-1993), appearing as counsel in a wide variety of cases before courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was inducted in 1988 as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Most recently, Allan rock was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, associated with the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.

2017 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Juan Enriquez

Juan Enriquez is the Managing director of Excel Venture Management (life sciences VC) and the Founder of Biotechonomy LLC. He has founded several successful start-ups. He is a bestselling researcher, author, and teacher on the economic and political impacts of life sciences as well as the rise and fall of countries. He was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, ran Mexico City's Urban Development Corporation, a peace negotiator in Chiapas, and a member of Sorcerer II Expedition, a global circumnavigation, with Craig Venter, which doubled known genes from all species. He is the author of As the Future Catches You and The Untied States of America, and the co-author, with Steve Gullans, of Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Random Mutation are Changing Life on Earth. He published various academic articles and case studies including “Transforming Life Transforming Business the Life Science Revolution,” (co-authored with Ray Goldberg), “Global Life Science Data Flows and the IT industry”, “SARS, Smallpox, and Business Unusual,” and "Technology, Gene Research and National Competitiveness." He is the co-author of the first map of global nucleotide data flow (Selected by Rhem Koolhaas and Wired as one of the iconic examples of 21st century design). Has been on various boards including Cabot Corp., Cabot Micro, Synthetic Genomics, Activate Networks, Harvard Medical School Genetics Advisory Council, Americas Society, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center, Harvard’s PAPSAC, WGBH, Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, Center for Excellence in Education, and the Boston Science Museum.

Dr. Richard Haass

Richard Haass is in his fourteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations. He has served as the senior Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush and as a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. He was also U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. A recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, Dr. Haass is also the author or editor of thirteen books on U.S. foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, published in 2017 by Penguin Press.

Miguel Angel Moratinos

Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé has committed his professional and political activity to international relationships and development cooperation. He was born in Madrid on the 8th of June 1951 and studied at the Madrid French Lyceum. He graduated in Law and Political Sciences at the University Complutense in Madrid, and then in Diplomatic Studies at the Spanish Diplomatic School. He entered Spain’s diplomatic service in March 1977. He is a father of three and is married to Dominique Maunac.

At the dawn of Spanish democracy, he began his diplomatic career as the head of the Coordination Section for Eastern Europe between 1977 and 1980. At the end of 1980, he was appointed First Secretary of the Spanish Embassy in Yugoslavia and remained there until 1984 and during the last three years there he held the post of chargé d’affaires. From Belgrade he went on to Rabat, this time as a political adviser, remaining there between 1984 and 1987. With the Mediterranean in mind, he was appointed General Deputy Director for Northern Africa (1987-1991) and then Director of the Institute of Cooperation with the Arab World (1991-1993). After his tenure at the Institute, he was appointed General Director of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East, holding such position between 1993 and 1996, where he took part in the organisation of the historic Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid in 1992. After being Spain’s Ambassador in Israel from July to December 1996, he was appointed by the European Union as EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, a mission in which he worked from December 1996 to June 2003. During this period, he promoted Peace Agreements and carried out actions on behalf of the EU to foster the Arab-Israeli dialogue and turn the Mediterranean into a region of peace and prosperity.

After these years of intense political and diplomatic activity, he engaged in Spanish politics and was elected member of Parliament on the lists of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) for the constituency of Córdoba. On the 18th of April 2004, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. In his term at the head of the department, he held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the chairmanships-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union. He fostered the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the first Minister of Cooperation of the Spanish democratic period, he fostered effective multilateralism, the Alliance of Civilisations, the Group of Friends for the Reform of the United Nations and contributed to the creation of innovative programmes for development, healthcare and women within the United Nations system. He promoted new programmes and funds for water and sanitation in Latin American development countries. In his term as Minister, he doubled Official Development Assistance funds and placed Spain as the sixth donor in the United Nations system.

Upon termination of his office as Minister, on the 20th of October 2010, he joined parliamentary activity until November 2011. In that period, he ran to be elected Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and targeted his international action towards the struggle against hunger and poverty, the promotion of food security and the right to food.

In January 2012, he joined the team of the Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar and promoted this international treaty for food security in more than 15 member countries of all continents. From 2012 to 2013 he was member of the high level advisory panel of the president of the 67th UN General Assembly.

Nikos Passas

Nikos Passas is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy. He is also Visiting Professor at the Basel Institute on Governance; Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication’s Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University; Professor, Distinguished Practitioner in Financial Integrity and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western Reserve Law School; Head of UN Sanctions Implementation Legal Review Services at Compliance Capacity and Skills International (CCSI) and Chair of the Academic Council of the Anti-Corruption Academy in India. He specializes in the study of corruption, illicit financial/trade flows, sanctions, informal fund transfers, remittances, terrorism, white-collar crime, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes. He has published more than 220 articles, book chapters, reports and books in 14 languages. His next book is entitled Trade-Based Financial Crime and Illicit Flows. He is a co-author of United Nations Non-Proliferation Sanctions on Iran and North Korea (2016), the author of Informal Value Transfer Systems (IVTS) and Criminal Activities (2004), Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (2003), IVTS and Criminal Organizations (1999) and editor of Transnational Financial Crimes (2013), The United Nations Convention against Corruption as a Way of Life (2007), International Crimes (2003), It’s Legal but It Ain’t Right: Harmful Social Consequences of Legal Industries 2004); Upperworld and Underworld in Cross-Border Crime (2002); Transnational Crime (1999), The Future of Anomie Theory (1997), and Organized Crime (1995). In addition, he has contributed to the United Nations Non-Proliferation Sanctions on Iran and North Korea: Practitioner's Compliance Handbook (2015), edited a volume on the Regulation of Informal remittance Systems for the IMF, co-authored a World Bank study into Migrant Labor Remittances in the South Asia Region, authored two reports to FinCEN on the trade in precious stones and metals and completed numerous studies on terrorism finance, procurement fraud, corruption asset recovery, anti-corruption authorities, as well as on governance, development and corruption international policy. He serves as editor-in-chief of the international journal Crime, Law and Social Change and associate editor in a number of journals. He served as Chair of the Am. Soc. of Criminology International Division and as ASC’s liaison to the United Nations. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology. He served as Team Leader for a European Union Commission project on the control of proliferation/WMD finance.

Admiral James Stavridis

Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations throughout Latin America for nearly three years. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent US history. In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along with more than 50 US and international medals and decorations, including 28 from foreign nations. He also commanded a Destroyer Squadron and a Carrier Strike Group, both in combat. He has published six books on leadership, Latin America, ship handling, and innovation, as well as over a hundred articles in leading journals. Admiral Stavridis is also the Chair of the Board of the US Naval Institute, the professional association of the Nation’s sea services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine.

2016 Dr. Jean Mayer Award Recipients

Péter Balázs

Péter Balázs joined the Government and the diplomatic service of Hungary several times. He was a State Secretary for Industry and Trade (1992-1993) and a State Secretary for European Integration (2002-2003). He was nominated Ambassador of Hungary to Denmark (1994-1996), Germany (1997-2000) and to the EU in Brussels (2003-2004). In 2009-2010 he was Foreign Minister of Hungary. He also acquired experience in various EU positions. He was the Government Representative of Hungary in the European Convention drafting the Constitutional Treaty, which became, after several modifications, the Lisbon Treaty. In 2004 he was nominated the first Hungarian Member of the European Commission responsible for regional policy. On the invitation of the European Commission he coordinates priority projects of the Trans-European Transport Network. Professor Balázs holds an ad personam Jean Monnet Chair at the Central European University. His research activities are centered on the foreign policy of the EU and problems of the late modernization and European integration of the Eastern part of the continent. He also analyzes questions of European and global governance including the future of European institutions. He established (in 2005) and directs the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS). He has published several books, chapters in books and articles.

John Bowen

John Bowen is the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences, Sociocultural Anthropology, at The Washington University of St. Louis. His research focuses on comparative social studies of Islam across the world. His own ethnographic studies take place in Indonesia, France, and England, but he works with students and colleagues in field sites across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He analyzes how Muslims (judges and scholars, public figures, ordinary people) work across plural sources of norms and values, including diverse interpretations of the Islamic tradition, law codes and decisions, and local social norms. His publications include On British Islam: Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari’a Councils; “France after Charlie Hebdo”, and European States and Their Muslim Citizens: The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries (co-editor).

Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyne Cesari is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and associate professor of the practice of religion, peace, and conflict resolution in Georgetown’s Department of Government. She is also professor of religion and politics at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, as well as director of research at Birmingham’s Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. A renowned scholar of Islam and Middle Eastern politics, she teaches on contemporary Islam at Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program “Islam in the West,” as well as the Berkley Center’s Islam and World Politics program. Professor Cesari’s research focuses on Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. Recent books include The Islamic Awakening: Religion, Democracy and Modernity and Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies. Her book, When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States is a reference in the study of European Islam and integration of Muslim minorities in secular democracies. She edited the 2015 Oxford Handbook of European Islam. She coordinates a major web resource on Islam in Europe: A French political scientist, Professor Cesari is tenured at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. In the United States, She has held multiple professorships at Columbia University, Harvard University, and John Hopkins University. From 2011 to 2012, she was the Minerva Chair at the National Defense University, conducting research on Islam and democratization in the context of the Arab Spring.

Combatants for Peace

Combatants for Peace is a group of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in their region: Israeli soldiers serving in the IDF and Palestinians as combatants fighting to free their country, Palestine, from Israeli occupation. Working for peace at the local level in both communities, Combatants for Peace believes that the conflict cannot be resolved, through military means, by either of the parties.

Karl Kaiser

Karl Kaiser is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Senior Associate of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford and taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and the Departments of Government and Social Studies of Harvard. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin and an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He was a member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors. He serves on the Board of Asia-Pacific Review, Internationale Politik, Russia in Global Affairs, the Advisory Board of the American-Jewish Committee, Berlin, and the Board of the Center for International Security and Governance.

Uwe Kitzinger CBE

Uwe Kitzinger CBE. In 1951, Uwe Kitzinger was appointed the first British economist of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where he became Secretary of the Economic Committee. In 1956, he was elected a Fellow and in 1962 Investment Bursar of Nuffield College, Oxford, posts he held until 1976. He took various sabbaticals during his time at Nuffield: first in 1964/5 to the University of the West Indies as Visiting Professor of International Relations and consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation to advise on training diplomats and economists for the newly independent countries of the Caribbean; in 1969/70 to Harvard as Visiting Professor of Government taking over the seminar on European Politics from Henry Kissinger who had been called to the White House; then in 1970-73 as Visiting Professor at the University of Paris. During these years Kitzinger, became a very public champion of British accession to the European Community and when Britain did join in January 1973 he was appointed political Counsellor to the first British Vice-President of the European Commission, Sir Christopher Soames, who carried the chief responsibility for the Community’s external relations. In 1976, he was appointed Dean of the Management School INSEAD in Fontainebleau, and in 1983 became founding President of Templeton College Oxford. He returned to Harvard as Visiting Scholar from 1993 to 2003. Uwe Kitzinger was active in various other spheres: in 1967-70 he founded and chaired the Committee on Atlantic Studies; from 1982 to 1987 he was founding Chairman of the Major Projects Association of (now 80) leading international finance and engineering companies engaged on macro-projects like the Channel tunnel; he served on the Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) 1973-84, the National Council of the European Movement 1974-76 and the Council of Oxfam 1983-91. With his wife Sheila, he founded “Lentils for Dubrovnik” in 1991, a charity to deliver essential supplies to refugees in Croatia. He founded the Journal of Common Market Studies in 1962. He is a member of the IGL External Advisory Board.

Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford. She was previously associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. In 2012-2013, she was Emile Noel-Straus Senior Fellow at NYU Law School (2012-2013). In 2008-2010, she was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030 set up by the European Council. She also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 90s and early 2000s, the Dutch government in 2004, the UK government, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD and UNCTAD. She has published widely on international relations, global governance, trade ethics, law and democracy promotion, as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration in numerous journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and International Organization. Her last publications are “Special Issue on Normative Power Europe” (in the journal Conflict and Cooperation) and European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Context.

Padraig O'Malley

Padraig O'Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has spent his career helping to resolve conflicts around the world and has written extensively on the subject, including the books Shades of Difference: Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa, Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes, and The Politics of Despair, one of the New York Times' best books of 1990. O'Malley is the founder of the Forum for Cities in Transition, an international network of divided cities that work together to promote reconciliation, civic participation, and economic development. His new book is The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine, A Tale of Two Narratives.

In September 2007, O’Malley, in collaboration with Nobel Prize winner Marti Ahtisaari’s Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) and the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University, assembled senior negotiators from Northern Ireland and South Africa to meet in Helsinki with their counterparts from Iraq. The partnership was known as “The Iraq Project”; the meeting became known as “Helsinki I.” O’Malley spent six months in Baghdad meeting with members of the Iraqi parliament to arrange meetings in Helsinki. There was a second round of talks in April 2008 (Helsinki II), and in July 2008, 36 leaders from all political parties in Iraq met with the same Northern Ireland and South African facilitators and negotiators. This last session resulted in the “Helsinki Agreement,” a series of principles that became the basis for exploring political reconciliation in Iraq in 2009.

Srđa Popović

Srđa Popović was one of the founders and key organizers of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor! Otpor!’s campaign to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milosovic found success in October 2000 when hundreds of thousands of protestors converged upon and took over the Serbian Parliament, effectively ending Milosevic’s rule. After the revolution, Popović served a term as a member of the Serbian National Assembly 2000-2003. In 2003, Popović and other ex-Otpor! activists started the nonprofit educational institution the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) ( CANVAS has worked with people from 37 countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran and Venezuela, spreading knowledge on nonviolent strategies and tactics that was used by the Serbian pro-democracy movement to other non-democratic countries. CANVAS has worked with the activists responsible for successful movements such as the Georgian “Rose Revolution” of 2003 and the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” of 2004-2005. It also transferred knowledge to Lebanese activists in 2004 to address the crisis after the assassination of Prime Minister Harriri, and assisted participants in the Maldives’ revolution in 2008. Recently CANVAS has worked with April 6th, a key group in the Egyptian nonviolent uprising, as well as other groups from the Middle East.

General the Lord David Julian Richards

General the Lord David Julian Richards of Herstmonceux GCB, CBE, DSO, DL, is a retired senior British Army officer who was formerly the Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces and military strategic adviser to the British government as well as a member of the National Security Council. Richards served with NATO as a major general, and he commanded the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as a lieutenant general in 2006/7. Richards became Commander-in-Chief Land Forces of the British Army in 2008 and held this role until 2009 when he was appointed Chief of the General Staff, the head of the British Army. He was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff the following year, retiring finally in July 2013. In 2014, Richards was created a Life Peer taking the title Baron Richards of Herstmonceux. He sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher. His memoir Taking Command was published to considerable acclaim in October 2014.

Ambassador Lamberto Zannier

Ambassador Lamberto Zannier took up the post of OSCE Secretary General on 1 July 2011. Amb Zannier is an Italian career diplomat. From June 2008 to June 2011, he was UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). From 2002 to 2006, he was the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE. Previous senior positions include Permanent Representative of Italy to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague (2000-2002), chairperson of the negotiations on the adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (1998-1999), and Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security at NATO (1991-1997).

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 activist work in helping the wrongly convicted.

(May 6, 1937 to April 20, 2014)

Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen, former Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, she has written for The New York Times, In­ternational Herald Tribune, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Vanity Fair, New Republic, Granta, and Slate. Gessen is the author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Math­ematical Breakthrough of the Century, a biography of Grigori Perelman. Her most recent books are Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot; And The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy on the Tsarnaevs and Boston Marathon bombing. Gessen has written extensively on LGBT rights and help founded the Pink Triangle Campaign.

Shiv Khemka

Shiv Khemka, Vice Chairman of the SUN Group, is a leading principal investor and private equity fund manager in Russia, India and other emerging and transforming markets. A “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and member of the Global Agenda Council on Education of the World Economic Forumin Davos, he is also member of the Forum’s “Foreign Business Leaders’ Council” for Russia. He is the chairman of the Russia Country Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry, and also a Co-Founder of the Council of the Moscow School of Management, “Skolkovo.” He serves on the Boards of The Wharton School, the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, the Eurasia Group in New York, and the International Advisory Council at the International Crisis Group.

Robert Legvold

Robert Legvold is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He was Director of The Harriman Institute of Columbia University and a former Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. A former faculty member of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University, he was the project director for “Rethinking U.S. Policy toward Russia” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was director of the “Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative” sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His most recent books areThe Policy World Meets Academia: Designing U.S. Policy toward Russia and Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-first Century and the Shadow of the Past.

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 interpreter 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 critical 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 United 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.

Memorial - Accepted by Kirill Koroteev

Memorial--Accepted by Kirill Koroteev, the senior lawyer with Memorial Human Rights Centre (Moscow). He has worked with the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre on numerous cases lodged against the Russian Federation with the European Court of Human Rights. He was also a charge de mission for the International Federation for Human Rights (Paris) on Belarus and Armenia. He is currently an allocataire de recherche at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

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 seeking 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. businesses 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

Major General (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.

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

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, 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.