The Middle East Institute (MEI) invites you to join our 74th Annual Awards Gala on October 8, 2020. This year's virtual Gala will feature leaders in the fight against Covid-19 and salute the efforts of regional NGOs and organizations working to help communities better address the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Featured Speakers


2020 Awardees


Master of Ceremonies

Vivian Salama

Vivian Salama

Vivian Salama joined CNN in January 2020. She has covered U.S. foreign policy and national security for nearly decades, reporting from more than 70 countries.
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General Admission tickets for the 2020 MEI Annual Awards Gala are $50.

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Students are eligible for a 50% discount, and journalists are invited to attend for free. Please click here or e-mail for a coupon code before purchasing your ticket.


About the Awards

The Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence, endowed by the former deputy prime minister of Lebanon, was created to honor inspirational, innovative Middle Eastern individuals who are making a difference in their communities and internationally. The Middle East Institute Visionary Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding work in the region.

View past recipients