Global Citizen Awards Dinner

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Speaks at the Atlantic Council, 6:10 p.m.

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    WASHINGTON – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will speak at the Atlantic Council this evening (September 18) about his country’s confrontation with the Kremlin, in the final stop on his first official visit to the United States as Ukraine’s leader. He is expected to arrive and speak at 6:10 p.m. following his meeting with President Barack Obama and his address to a Joint Session of Congress.

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  • Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards to Honor Peña Nieto, Poroshenko, Peres, Lee, De Niro, and Sanchez-Werner, Sept. 21 in New York

    NEW YORK – The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce the honorees of its annual Global Citizen Awards taking place Sunday, September 21 in New York City: President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto; President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko; former President of Israel Shimon Peres; former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew; Actor, director, producer Robert De Niro; and pianist, composer, humanitarian ...
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  • Shimon Peres, 2014 Global Citizen Award

    H.E. Shimon Peres

    Global Citizen Award

    Shimon PeresDuring his lifelong service to Israel, Shimon Peres has held every position of note in Israel's government.

    A member of the Knesset since 1959, Peres served as deputy minister of defense from 1959 to 1965. After leaving the Mapai Labor Party with Ben-Gurion in 1965, he became secretary general of Rafi, and in 1968, was instrumental in uniting Rafi with Mapai to form the Israel Labor Party.

    Among his wide range of ministerial posts, Peres headed the ministries of Immigrant Absorption (1969), Transport and Communications (1970-74), Information (1974), and Defense (1974-77). The highlight of his tenure as defense minister was the Entebbe rescue operation.

    In 1977, Peres was elected chairman of the Labor Party and in 1984, when a National Unity...

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  • Lee Kuan Yew, 2014 Global Citizen Award

    H.E. Lee Kuan Yew

    Global Citizen Award

    Lee Kuan YewLee Kuan Yew was born in Singapore in 1923. He was educated at Raffles College, Singapore and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England. He was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in London in 1950 and practised law in Singapore. He was an adviser of several trade unions. In 1954, he was a founder of the People's Action Party and was secretary general until 1992. In 1959, he became prime minister of Singapore and served successive terms until he resigned in November 1990, when he was appointed senior minister by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. He was reappointed after the 1991, 1997 and 2001 general elections. He was appointed minister mentor by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in August 2004, and was reappointed after the 2006 general elections. He stepped down as in May 2011, and...

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  • Robert De Niro, 2014 Global Citizen Award

    Robert De Niro

    Global Citizen Award

    Robert De NiroRobert De Niro is an American actor, director, and producer. He launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. He won his first Academy Award in 1974 for best supporting actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II. In 1980, he was honored with a second Academy Award for best actor for playing Jake La Motta in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. From Travis Bickle in Scorsese's Taxi Driver and a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter to a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's Awakenings and a father of a bipolar son in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, De Niro's authentic portrayal of his characters...

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  • Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, 2014 Global Citizen Award

    Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

    Young Global Citizen Award

    Sanchez WernerSeventeen-year-old Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner is an American pianist and composer who uses his music not only to connect with audiences on an emotional level, but also as a diplomatic tool to bridge cultural divides. He was recently named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. He made Juilliard history at age fourteen as the youngest-ever admittee to the College Division. In 2009, Sanchez-Werner performed solo at the White House for President Barack Obama; and in 2013, for the presidential inauguration concert at the Kennedy Center.

    In 2010, he was the first American soloist to perform in Iraq with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra for an international audience of diplomats, US...

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  • Petro Poroshenko, 2014 Global Citizen Award

    Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko

    Global Citizen Award

    PoroshenkoPetro Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine on May 25, 2014 and was sworn in as president on June 7, 2014.

    Poroshenko was born on September 26, 1965. From 1982 to 1989, he studied at Taras Shevchenko National University at the Faculty of International Relations and International Law. He graduated with a degree in international economic relations, then served in the army from 1984 to 1986.

    From 1989 to 1992, Poroshenko worked as a postgraduate student assistant at the Department of International Economic Relations in Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv. From 1993 to 1998, he was CEO of Ukrprominvest corporate group.

    In 1998, Poroshenko was elected as a member of Parliament of Ukraine. In 2000, he became a deputy head of the...

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  • H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto, 2014 Global Citizen Award

    H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto

    Global Citizen Award

    Enrique Pena NietoThe Constitutional President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, joined public service at an early age, occupying several positions in the government of the State of Mexico. From 2000 to 2002, he was secretary of administration and from 2003 to 2004, he was elected representative of the 13th District in the 65th Session of the State of Mexico, where he was coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

    In 2005, Peña Nieto ran for the governorship of the State of Mexico. During his campaign, he toured the state, listening to people and signing commitments before a notary, ranging from remodeling clinics and schools to building roads and hospitals. After a successful campaign, he was elected governor of the State of...

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  • Maestro Yu Long, 2015 Global Citizen Award

    Maestro Yu Long

    Global Citizen Award

    Long YuThe preeminent Chinese conductor with an established international reputation, Maestro Yu Long is currently Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, the Codirector of MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and he will serve as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra starting from the 2015/16 season.

    Maestro Yu Long frequently conducts top-class orchestras around the world. He has appeared with a prestigious list of leading orchestras and many opera companies, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Washington National...

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  • The Hon. Henry Kissinger, 2015 Global Citizen Award

    The Hon. Henry A. Kissinger

    Distinguished Service Award

    HENRY KISSINGERHenry Alfred Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973 as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. In July 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984 to 1990 he served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986 to 1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board since 2001.

    At present, Dr....

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