2018 Annual Awards Gala
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park
The Middle East Institute's signature event brings together hundreds of top officials, analysts, and business leaders representing a diverse cross-section of the Middle East-focused community for an evening of conversation and celebration to honor outstanding humanitarian, political, cultural, or economic contributions to the region.
The gala will begin with a cocktail reception, which will be followed by a dinner and auction. The award presentations and a word from each of the awardees will conclude the evening.
Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence
The American University of Beirut (AUB)
Institution of higher learning
AUB was founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. AUB President Dr. Fadlo Khuri will accept the award.
MEI Visionary Award
H.E. Huda Alkhamis Kanoo
Philanthropist dedicated to arts, education, and women's empowerment
Kanoo is the founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, an organization which advocates for the power of music and arts in cross-cultural understanding and seeks to embed music and the arts in the heart of civil society.
Master of Ceremonies
Editor-at-large of The Atlantic
Clemons is Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of AtlanticLIVE, the magazine's live events series, in May 2011. Clemons also serves as editor-at-large of Quartz, a digital financial publication owned by Atlantic Media.
General admissions tickets for the Awards Banquet are $200, with discounted rates for Patron, Sustaining, and Contributing Members of MEI. Please contact us if you are an educator, a student, or an employee of a charitable organization; you may qualify for a reduced ticket price. Members of the press may attend for free (no meal provided). Please click here to register.
(The discounted rate for tickets will be applied during the checkout process. MEI members have received a discount code via email. Please contact us if you are a member and have not received a code.)
For questions about ticket rates or membership status please contact Hayley Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-785-1141 ext. 209.
Sponsor a Table
Join nearly 500 leading international policymakers, diplomats, and Fortune 100 executives attending our banquet this year by reserving a table. Tables accommodate up to 10 people.
As an annual banquet sponsor, your company or organization can help support the mission and programs of The Middle East Institute.
72nd Annual Conference
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Following the gala, join us for The Middle East Institute's Annual Conference. Prominent Middle Eastern and American experts and foreign policy practitioners will engage in panel conversations covering the prevailing challenges facing the region and its partners. Attendance at the conference is free of charge.