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SIPA Presents Global Leadership Awards to Henrique de Campos Meirelles, Amb. Felix Rohatyn, Citizens Budget Commission


The Honorable Felix Rohatyn

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) presents its 4th annual Global Leadership Awards on Tuesday, March 9, to Henrique de Campos Meirelles, governor of the Central Bank of Brazil; The Honorable Felix Rohatyn , former U.S. ambassador to France and former chairman, Municipal Assistance Corporation; and Citizens Budget Commission , a nonprofit organization that monitors New York City's implementation of its fiscal policies.

Each year, SIPA, the world's only global public policy school, recognizes the enormous public service contributions of individuals and organizations with its annual leadership awards.

Henrique de Campos Meirelles has been governor of the Central Bank of Brazil since January 2003 and has played a critical role in Brazil's economy for decades. He served as president of BankBoston and FleetBoston's Global Bank. Mr. Meirelles was president of the Brazilian Association of Leasing Companies, Sao Paulo , Brazil , and founding president of the Latin American Leasing Federation. On Tuesday, he will receive the Andrew Wellington Cordier Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work in both the public and private sectors in Brazil . His award also signals the importance SIPA attaches to Brazil and Brazilian studies.

SIPA also honors Ambassador Felix Rohatyn for his service in senior government positions and in the private sector, and for his contributions in New York and abroad. Amb. Rohatyn is currently president of Rohatyn Associates, LLC, a firm he founded in April 2001 that provides financial advice to corporations.

Amb. Rohatyn was U.S. ambassador to France from September 1997 until December 2000 and prior to his diplomatic appointment, was a managing director of the investment banking firm Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New York . He was a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange and is credited for playing a large part in enabling New York City to resolve its financial crisis in the late 1970s as chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation of the State of New York . Amb. Rohatyn will receive the Harvey Picker Award for Distinguished Public Service .

At each year's ceremony, SIPA bestows an award on a nonprofit, advocacy-based organization making a significant difference in bettering the lives of local, national or international communities. This year, H. Dale Hemmerdinger, chairman, and Diana Fortuna, president, will accept the award for their organization, Citizens Budget Commission (CBC). Founded during the Depression, the nonpartisan CBC monitors New York City's implementation of its fiscal policies and educates the public about the budget.

CBC is a watchdog and a research institution, providing continuous and reliable scrutiny of the efficiency and fiscal practices of New York's state government, and examining the most pressing issues facing the city and the state. The organization will receive the Schuyler C. Wallace Award for Distinguished Public Service .

Henrique de Campos Meirelles

SIPA's award dinner, held at the Plaza Hotel, is its most important annual celebration and provides critical support to its students through the School's fellowship program. The event includes remarks from President of Columbia Lee C. Bollinger , SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson, award recipients and SIPA students Yogesh Ghore , Nepeti Nicanor , Betty Wu , Wendy Anderson and Matthew Welch.

Past SIPA global leadership honorees include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Senator George Mitchell, Ted Turner, Human Rights Watch, former Columbia University President George Rupp, Ambassador-at-Large for Argentina Martin Varsavsky and the Nature Conservancy.

For tickets or additional information about the Global Leadership Awards Dinner, please contact SIPA's Venetta Amory at (212) 854-6246 or vc9@columbia.edu .

Published: Mar 08, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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