75th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony
Date(s) - 12/16/2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Middle East Institute
Celebrating 75 Years
We are pleased to invite you to an online webcast of the Middle East Institute’s 75th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony, marking the culmination of a historic year.
The ceremony will feature addresses from Acting Assistant Secretary of State Yael Lempert and H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the UAE. MEI will also honor Afghan women’s rights advocate Fawzia Koofi and Lebanese philanthropic organization, LIFE.
We hope you will join us to celebrate this year’s honorees and MEI’s landmark year. The show will live stream on this page and on MEI’s YouTube and Facebook pages beginning at 11 am EST on Thursday, December 16.
Lempert has served as acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs since August 2021. She previously served as Senior Director for the Levant, Israel and Egypt at the National Security Council.
H.E. Amb. Anwar Gargash
Amb. Gargash is recognized as a leading statesman in the United Arab Emirates and an important figure in Middle Eastern and global affairs. He is currently the diplomatic advisor to the president of the UAE, and previously served as minister of state for foreign affairs.
Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence
Lebanese Diaspora Philanthropic Organization
Founded in 2009, LIFE is a dynamic diaspora philanthropic organization that has worked tirelessly to empower Lebanese citizens, advocate for reform, and support Lebanon through a series of crises.
LIFE Board Chair May Nasrallah will accept the award on behalf of the organization.
MEI Visionary Award
Afghan Women’s Rights Activist
Fawzia Koofi is a women’s rights activist and former member of the Afghan Parliament. She was a member of the Afghan government’s team that attempted peace negotiations with the Taliban, and was forced to flee the country after the Taliban reclaimed control.
Master of Ceremonies
Salama reports on national security for the Wall Street Journal. She has covered U.S. foreign policy and national security for nearly two decades, reporting from more than 70 countries.