Celebrating the Fulbright Vision of Peace in a Time of Cultural Divide

NEW YORK, NY – May 4, 2022 – One To World, an international education organization based in New York City, announced today its 2022 One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner honorees – an extraordinary group of individuals who have furthered Senator J. William Fulbright’s vision of peace through international education and exchange. One To World’s Fulbright Awards Dinner, celebrating its in-person return after a three-year hiatus, will honor the award recipients on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan alongside friends and supporters.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Ram Jagannath, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone – Mr. Jagannath is a distinguished investor and leader in the field of global healthcare, facilitating technological innovations while addressing systemic inequalities. A former Fulbright scholar himself, Mr. Jagannath completed post-graduate research in Economic Development at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and was a Hart Fellow in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • George M. Logothetis, Chairman and CEO, Libra Group – Mr. Logothetis founded and leads Libra Group, a privately-owned international business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in more than 50 countries. The Group is predominantly active in six sectors, including several vital to the global economy. Mr. Logothetis is a global leader committed to corporate responsibility. The Libra Group has 10 social responsibility programs that have a positive impact on the lives of many people around the world. These programs, including internships, educational fellowships, backing for entrepreneurs, and support for charitable institutions and other non-profit organizations, reflect the Group’s values, as well as a deep commitment to ESG.
  • Morgan Radford, Anchor / Correspondent, NBC News – Ms. Radford is a thoughtful journalist who has covered some of the country’s biggest stories including the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on low-income communities, and the immigration debate over the U.S. southern border. In addition to receiving degrees from Harvard and Columbia, Ms. Radford received a Fulbright Fellowship from the US State Department, where she spent one-year teaching in Durban, South Africa.
  • Toni G. Verstandig, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Verstandig Family Foundation – Mrs. Verstandig is a devoted philanthropist and peacekeeper, having dedicated her foreign affairs career to programs and partnerships in the Middle East. She is actively engaged in numerous boards and foundations dedicated to international affairs and more.

“After three years, we are so excited to welcome back our international community of change-makers and thought-leaders to the annual One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner to celebrate this year’s honorees,” said One To World Executive Director Jen E. Clarke. “The news headlines of cultural divides both overseas and on our own soil prove the importance of Senator Fulbright’s vision of a more peaceful and empathetic world, through international education and cultural exchange. The honorees we will celebrate during the event embody the best of this mission. We look forward to sharing their stories.”

Serving as event Co-Chairs are Erica Berthou, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Creighton Condon, Partner and Senior Partner Emeritus at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Georgia Garinois-Melenikiotou, Former Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and Sue Henderson, Ph.D., President of New Jersey City University.

For more information, tickets, and sponsorships, please visit www.onetoworld.org/dinner2022.  

One To World brings local residents together with international students and Fulbright grantees, creating face-to-face experiences to foster intercultural understanding and build relationships that last a lifetime.  Annually, it provides over 100 programs for the more than 90,000 international students and Fulbright grantees who study at New York-area institutions. One To World engages these young global leaders representing more than 140 countries in American life, building cooperation, and respect among people from around the world.

One To World is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the official Coordinator of Enrichment Programs for the 800+ visiting Fulbright grantees in the New York area each year. When the late Senator J. William Fulbright authored legislation to create the Fulbright program over 75 years ago, he specified these enrichment programs as key components of it. He believed that the time Fulbright grantees spent off-campus would be as important as their academic studies in fostering cultural understanding and ultimately, a more peaceful world.

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