2018 Annual Awards Gala

Mon, Jun 4th 2018, 5:02PM

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC


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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

Steve Clemons

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.