Advancing international understanding
in the Fulbright tradition
Advancing international understanding in the Fulbright tradition
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One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner

We have come to the difficult decision that we must cancel the 2020 One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner, originally scheduled for April 29.

This step does not diminish how excited we are about our outstanding honorees, and we are counting on being able to recognize their achievements in the future.

The annual Fulbright Awards Dinner raises essential funds for our programs, and having to cancel it presents a significant challenge to our ability to serve the New York City international education community. The need for our programs—and the need for your financial support—has not changed.

A gift of any amount will help us continue to serve our community, which is particularly vulnerable right now. Thank you very much to the donors listed below who have contributed so generously this year.

All of us at One To World wish you and your loved ones well in these challenging times.



Esther Benjamin
CEO and Executive Director, World Education Services

Esther has been a global executive in the public, private, and civil society sectors over 25 years. She has led programs in over 100 countries worldwide. Esther is currently CEO and Executive Director of World Education Services, Inc., a non-profit social enterprise that evaluates and advocates for the recognition of international education qualifications.

Esther was SVP for Global Public Affairs at Laureate Education, Inc., the global leader in providing access to high quality, innovative institutions of higher education. She was integrally involved in Laureate becoming the largest certified B Corp in the world, and the first Public Benefit Corporation to IPO on any stock exchange globally. She was previously Laureate’s CEO for Africa Operations and CEO of Monash South Africa, Laureate’s first university in Sub- Saharan Africa, with nearly 4,000 students from every country in Africa. Esther served in President Obama’s Administration as Associate Director for Global Operations for the Peace Corps. She was a member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and a Presidential Appointee. She oversaw Peace Corps programs in nearly 80 countries. Following the 2008 elections, she served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Esther previously worked at the International Youth Foundation, as CFO, then as VP for Business Development, responsible for the development of global programs and partnerships in 75 countries. She was Executive Director for Resource Development at the International Partnership for Microbicides, a global biotechnology organization developing products for women in developing countries to protect themselves from HIV. She mobilized funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the governments of the United States, Canada, and ten European donor countries.

In 1999, President Clinton appointed Esther a White House Fellow. In this capacity, she worked with Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman on international policies and programs. She received the White House Fellows Foundation and Association’s IMPACT Award in 2013, which recognizes the remarkable achievement and transformational contribution of a White House Fellow to society and to their professional field within 15 years of their Fellowship year. In 1994, Esther was appointed United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer, responsible for coordinating humanitarian aid in Somalia. She worked with the World Bank History Project on the Brookings Institution’s 1997 publication entitled The World Bank: Its First Half Century. She has additional private sector experience in management consulting with Grant Thornton.

Esther serves on the Board of Directors of Echoing Green, Seed Global Health, and the Foundation for Society, Law & Art in South Africa, as well as the Advisory Board of Game Denmark. She was a Fellow with the U.S.-Japan Foundation and the U.S.- Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values. She participated in Asia Society’s Asia 21 Initiative for young leaders in the U.S. and Asia, and the Remarque Forum for young leaders in the U.S. and Europe. She was a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member.

Esther earned master’s degrees from American University in International Affairs and Applied Economics. In 2009, she was awarded American University’s Cyrus Ansary Medal, the highest university honor for public service, as well as the Outstanding Alumna Award by the School of International Service, where she serves on the Board of Advisors.

She is a Trustee of North Central College, where she was a College Scholar and earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. North Central College awarded her the 2011 Outstanding Alumna Award and the 2000 Outstanding Alumna Recognition Award. New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore profiled Esther as “The Globalist” in his book entitled, The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters.

Sasha Grutman
Partner, Middlemarch Partners and Fulbright alumnus to Italy

Mr. Grutman is a founder of Middlemarch Partners and co-leads the firm’s merchant banking and investing efforts. He has spent his entire career investing and advising high-growth financial services and business services companies that leverage technology to create sustainable advantage.

At Middlemarch, Mr. Grutman advises clients on business and capital strategy issues, has sourced over $900M of capital for clients and serves as a board member for a number of Middlemarch clients and portfolio companies, including Oak Branch Advisors and Prepaid Ventures. He has deep domain expertise in the specialty finance and transaction processing sectors where he has been exceptionally active both as a merchant banker and as a private equity investor since 2002. Active with both private and public companies, he has participated in over $3.2B of transactions over the course of his career as a merchant banker and private equity investor.

Prior to founding Middlemarch Partners, Mr. Grutman served as a Partner at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1B growth equity fund, where he co-led the firm’s financial services investments in specialty finance, insurance services, and electronic capital markets companies. He was a board member or board observe of numerous portfolio companies include NEW Company, ResMAE, and Currenex. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Citigroup where he oversaw the firm’s on balance sheet financial services private equity holdings as well as managed the bank’s $6 billion private equity fund-of-funds business. He has also held private equity investment roles at Goldman Sachs and Frontline Capital. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group in its Financial Services and e-Commerce Practices.

Mr. Grutman received an MBA from the Wharton School where he majored in Finance. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy where he pursued independent research on Dante. He graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a BA in Humanities.

Isabella de la Houssaye
Partner, Material Culture

Isabella de la Houssaye has worked extensively around the world for the past 30 years, first as an international project finance attorney for White & Case, then as an investment banker based in the Hong Kong office of Lehman Brothers. She is currently the co-owner of Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based importer, retailer and auctioneer of art, antiques and traditional crafts from around the world. Isabella is a passionate believer in the importance of cultural exchange and has biked, run and ridden horseback across many countries including Mongolia, India, Libya, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Turkey, South Africa, and Haiti to promote cultural exchange. She gives cultural studies lectures and has curated a number of cultural exhibits to promote better understanding. Isabella has a BA from Princeton University, a JD from Columbia Law School and is a Trustee of Princeton in Asia and Give Back Yoga, and an Advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Students on Ice. She is married to David Crane and they have five children.

Morgan Radford
Correspondent, NBC News and Fulbright alumna to South Africa

Morgan Radford is a correspondent for NBC News based in New York City.

Since joining NBC in 2015, Morgan has covered some of the country’s biggest stories including the 2016 presidential election, the groundbreaking 2018 midterms, and the immigration debate at the U.S. southern border.

Prior to joining NBC, Morgan was an anchor/correspondent for Al Jazeera America and previously worked for ABC News at their headquarters in New York City.

Originally from Greensboro, NC, Morgan received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Fulbright Fellowship from the United States State Department, where she spent one year teaching in Durban, South Africa.

Morgan speaks Spanish fluently and is certified by the French Chamber of Commerce for business proficiency in French.

Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Ph.D.
President, Baruch College, CUNY

Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein brings a rich, extensive career in higher education, public policy, and philanthropy to his leadership of the college. He came to Baruch in 2010 after serving for seven years as the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the nation's leading graduate school of public and international affairs and social science. Other career highlights include: Vice President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Representative for Trade Security Policy, US Department of Defense; Deputy Executive Officer, National Research Council, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering; and academic positions at numerous institutions including Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native New Yorker, President Wallerstein holds PhD and MS degrees in political science from MIT, an MPA from Syracuse University, and an AB from Dartmouth College. President Wallerstein is married with two grown children, one of whom is a resident of New York City.



Event Co-Chairs

Creighton Condon
Partner and Senior Partner Emeritus, Shearman & Sterling LLP
One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner honoree, 2018
One To World Board of Directors


Sue Henderson, Ph.D.
President, New Jersey City University
Chair, One To World Board of Directors


Terrence Martell, Ph.D.
Director, Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College, CUNY
One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner honoree, 2016
Treasurer, One To World Board of Directors


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Each year, One To World honors outstanding individuals who have furthered Senator J. William Fulbright’s vision of peace through intercultural awareness and understanding at the One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner. The late Senator Fulbright was honored at this event in 1993, and Harriet Mayor Fulbright continues to serve as Honorary Chair in his memory.

The One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner is a benefit event aimed at raising money for One To World programs as well as awareness of the Fulbright program. Awards are presented by visiting Fulbright grantees currently affiliated with New York area academic institutions before an audience of over 400 international leaders in business, higher education, the arts, government, and you!

  • Fulbright Awards Dinner Honoree with his international student presenter
  • Harriet Fulbright and Susan Carmel posting with a man at the Fulbright Awards Dinner in New York City
  • Two Global Classroom students at the podium of the 2019 Fulbright Awards Dinner giving a speech
  • Fulbright scholar shaking hands with an honoree (Ken Forde) who is holding his award on stage
  • Fulbright student giving a speech at the Fulbright Awards Dinner