SIPA Presents Global Leadership Awards


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Left to right: Claire Shipman ’86CC, ’94SIPA, ABC News correspondent and emcee of the event; Michael Hoffman, co-chair of the dinner; Stelio Papadimitriou; Michael D. Tusiani, co-chair of the dinner; Lisa Anderson, dean of SIPA; Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft; Ken Knuckles; and former mayor David Dinkins, professor in the practice of public affairs at SIPA.

The School of International and Public Affairs presented the fifth annual Global Leadership Awards at a dinner earlier this year. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their public service contributions.

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft ’67GSAS received the Andrew Wellington Cordier Award for more than three decades of military service. Scowcroft was assistant to the president for national security affairs to Presidents Ford and George H. W. Bush, military assistant to President Nixon, and deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs under Presidents Nixon and Ford.

Kenneth Knuckles, president and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) received the Harvey Picker Award for distinguished public service. Since Knuckles took over UMEZ in 2003, the organization has allocated $30 million in loans, grants, and bonds to finance businesses and cultural organization expansion.

The Schuyler C. Wallace Award for distinguished public service to a nonprofit organization making a significant difference in bettering the lives of local, national, or international communities went to the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, an organization founded by the late Aristotle Onassis to enhance research and education in key policy arenas worldwide. “From building a state-of-the-art cardiac hospital in Athens to providing humanitarian aid for the victims of the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia, the foundation has helped thousands of people around the globe,” said Dean Lisa Anderson when she presented the award to Stelio Papadimitriou, president of the organization.