Madeleine Albright Honored at Annual Luncheon
Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund, presented Madeleine K. Albright with the Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award at its annual luncheon on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the U.N. Dr. Albright was recognized for her beliefs and leadership skills that have served as an inspiration to many. A trailblazer, she has insisted that the unique complexity of women’s issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy.
Dr. Albright is one of America’s leading authorities on foreign affairs. Asthe first female Secretary of State in 1997, she became the highest-ranking woman in U.S. government history. During her four-year tenure, Albright reinforced U.S. alliances, advocated for human rights and promoted business, labor and environmental standards abroad.
From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the American ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff.
Dr. Albright has continued her career as a businesswoman, political adviser and professor. She is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves on boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for a New American Security. She teaches diplomacy at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.
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2013 JOURNALISM FELLOWS
Leda Balbino, 35, is the Foreign Desk editor at iG in São Paulo, where she coordinates and edits the work of reporters and freelancers. Before iG, she has worked at O Estado de S. Paulo, one of the leading newspapers of Brazil. During her seven years reporting international news, Ms. Balbino covered Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to Jordan in 2009, the economic reforms in Cuba and the immigration effects in Arizona in 2010, and the Democratic National Convention and the US elections in 2012. Last year, she was one of the ten international fellows of the World Press Institute.
Gűlsin Harman, 28, is a foreign news editor for Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet. She is also a columnist for Milliyet's weekend and book review supplements. Ms. Harman writes extensively on world affairs in addition to conducting interviews with international academics, civil society figures and statesmen such as former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota. She studied international relations at Galatasaray University and has spent a semester in Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Ms. Harman is a member of International Press Institute.
Maria Kamal, 27, is assistant editor at The News International in Karachi. She has edited and written for the city, op-ed and business pages of the newspaper, which is owned by Pakistan’s largest media group. Ms. Kamal has an M.A. in international relations and journalism from Boston University. She also has an M.A. in English from the University of Karachi. She has taught multi-media journalism at Szabist University and presently teaches writing to undergraduate students. Ms. Kamal is a human rights enthusiast. She is particularly interested in women’s emancipation, freedom of expression and intercultural communication.
Rose Wangui, 34, is a features reporter at NTV Kenya. She specializes in human interest stories, traversing Kenya, often going to hardship areas to highlight issues of the less fortunate. Ms. Wangui is known for giving stories a human touch, especially stories related to women, children, and human rights abuses in Kenya. Her flexibility has helped her cover issues that are largely ignored in the media. She is also an all-round reporter, probing tough questions on achievements of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Ms. Wangui reported on the ensuing post-election violence in early 2008 and the humanitarian crisis that engulfed Kenya. She has a master's degree in international journalism.