About The Fulbright Awards Dinner
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 international leaders in business, higher education, the arts, and government!
One To World 2023 Fulbright Awards Dinner
The 2023 One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at 583 Park in New York City. Visit our event website to learn more!
One To World 2022 Fulbright Awards Dinner
The 2022 One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 24, at The Plaza in New York City. This special event celebrated our in-person return after a three-year hiatus alongside 250 friends and supporters. We encourage you to check out a full video of the event on our YouTube channel.
In 2022, One To World is proud to have honored:
Ram Jagannath is the Global Head of Healthcare, responsible for investing across Blackstone’s Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities and Growth businesses, based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Jagannath has led Blackstone’s investments in HealthEdge, Burgess Group, Bright Health, Cryoport (NASDAQ: CYRX), ZO Skin Health, Altruista Health, Ginger, Hydrogen Health, Wellframe, Medable, and Life Science Logistics, and was involved in Blackstone’s investments in Alnylam/inclisiran royalty (NASDAQ: ALNY) and Precision Medicine Group. He is also a member of the Blackstone Growth Investment Committee.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Jagannath was a founding Partner of Navab Capital Partners (NCP), where he was Head of Healthcare and a member of NCP’s Management and Investment Committees. Prior to NCP, he was a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, focused on healthcare investments in Carlyle’s flagship US Buyout private equity fund. During his twelve years at Carlyle, Mr. Jagannath was a member of the teams which invested in One Medical Group (NASDAQ: ONEM), Pharmaceutical Product Development (NASDAQ: PPD), X-Chem (GHO Capital), Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (NASDAQ: OCDX), Healthscope Ltd. (ASX: HSO), and HCR ManorCare (NYSE: HCP/ProMedica). Previously, he worked at Genstar Capital and Thomas Weisel Capital Partners.
Mr. Jagannath currently serves on the Board of Directors of HealthEdge, Cryoport, ZO Skin Health, Headspace Health and Hydrogen Health and as a Board Observer of Medable. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and on the Kellogg School of Management Private Equity Advisory Council, as well as on the Board of Directors of Centering Healthcare Institute. Mr. Jagannath was previously a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Jagannath received a B.S.E. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Duke University, a J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. After Duke, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Economic Development at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.
George Logothetis is Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, an international business controlling 30 subsidiaries active in 50 countries across six continents. The group is focused on aviation, energy, hospitality, real estate, shipping and diversified investments.
George joined his family’s shipping company in 1992, becoming CEO in 1994 at the age of 19. In the ensuing years he presided over the company’s transformation from three vessels into a fleet of 55 before creating the Libra Group in 2003.
The group expresses its corporate responsibility through programmes that seek to deliver educational opportunity, business opportunity, and acts of humanity towards people who are marginalized or under-served. These programmes span internships, educational fellowships, backing for entrepreneurs, and support for charitable institutions and other non-profit organizations.
George and his wife, Nitzia, founded the Seleni Institute, a New York-based non-profit organization that addresses maternal mental health. George also chairs the Leadership Council of Concordia, a non-profit organization which seeks to promote public-private partnerships, and sits on the Board of Directors of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance.
Morgan Radford is a correspondent for NBC News and anchor for NBC News NOW based in New York City. Her work frequently appears on TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Noticias Telemundo and MSNBC. Radford also co-anchors a daily news program from 11am-1pmET on NBC’s new digital streaming service, NBC News Now.
Since joining NBC News in 2015, Radford has covered the country’s biggest stories including the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on low-income communities, and America’s racial reckoning following the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Her coverage of the immigration debate over the U.S. southern border was part of the MSNBC “Border Special” nominated for a 2020 “News Discussion and Analysis” Emmy Award. Radford also won the 2021 Gracie Award for National TV News On-Air Talent.
Prior to joining NBC News, Morgan was an anchor 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. Radford is fluent in Spanish and certified by the French Chamber of Commerce for business proficiency in French. She currently serves on the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Board of Visitors (J’10).
Toni Verstandig is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Verstandig Family Foundation (VFF). Mrs. Verstandig has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs where she focused on the Middle East specifically the Israel-Palestinian Conflict and ways to create a pathway to broaden the aperture for enhanced Arab-Israel normalization and support for the two-state solution. She also covered the Arabian Gulf portfolio. Ms. Verstandig chaired the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Program which developed several innovative programs, Partners for New Beginning, and the Aspen-Abu Dhabi Next-Gen Leadership and Innovation Program.
Mrs. Verstandig is actively engaged in the Washington community and serves on the National Democratic Institute Board, University of Denver’s Korbel Graduate School for International Affairs, the National Cryptologic Foundation, the Institute of Peace’s International Advisory Board, and the Risk and Return Foundation, and the Mount Vernon Washington Cabinet. She is a Member of Washington’s Cabinet at Mount Vernon. She recently completed a 20 year-Board tenure at Children’s National Hospital where she was Chair of the Children’s National Hospital Foundation and served on the Parent Board. She also recently completed board service on the Center for Global Development Board.
She is a graduate of Boston University and received an Honorary Doctorate from Seton Hill University. She is married to The Honorable Lee L. Verstandig.
The Honoree Circle
The Honoree Circle is One To World’s official recognition of the distinguished individuals we have been privileged to honor since the first Fulbright Awards Dinner in 1991. Members include:
RAM JAGANNATH*, Blackstone
GEORGE M. LOGOTHETIS, Libra Group
MORGAN RADFORD*, NBC News
TONI G. VERSTANDIG, Verstandig Family Foundation
ESTHER T. BENJAMIN, World Education Services
ISABELLE DE LA HOUSSAYE , Material Culture
GEORGIA LEVENSON KEOHANE*, Columbia Business School
SARA MILLER MCCUNE, Sage Publishing
ERICA BERTHOU, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
GEORGIA GARINOIS-MELENIKIOTOU*, Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
JAMES C. RHEE, FirePine Group
CREIGHTON CONDON, Shearman & Sterling LLP
AMBASSADOR EDWARD E. ELSON, Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
KEN FORDE Former Board Chair, One To World
ALLISON GUSHÉE MOLKENTHIN*, Bentley Associates L.P.
MADELYN ANTONCIC, PH.D. The World Bank
JEFFREY BEERS*, Jeffrey Beers International
THE HON. FRANK J. GUARINI, U.S. House of Representatives; Representative, U.N. General Assembly
WHITNEY TILSON, Kase Capital Management
DIDRIC CEDERHOLM*, Lion Point Capita
TERRENCE F. MARTELL, PH.D., Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College, CUNY
CLARKE MURPHY, Russell Reynolds Associates
WENKE B. THOMAN STERNS, Industrial Mineral Holdings, Inc.
JAMES B. MILLIKEN, The City University of New York
ALAN J. POMERANTZ, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Kimberlite Group, LLC
THE HON. KENNETH D. TAYLOR, Former Canadian Ambassador to Iran
DR. PATRICIA E. TAYLOR*, Epidemiologist
ÁSLAUG MAGNÚSDÓTTIR*, Tinker Tailor
BOB MORITZ, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
FERNANDO NAPOLITANO, Italian Business & Investment Initiative
JOHN ZOGBY, Zogby Analytics
GIANLUIGI ESPOSITO*, Altieri Esposito & Minoli
SUSAN E. CARMEL, American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture
ISAAC SHAPIRO*, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
DR. DAVID STEINBERG*, Long Island University
J. FRANK BROWN, General Atlantic
MARTIN GARBUS*, Eaton & Van Winkle
SUSIE GHARIB, PBS’ Nightly Business Report
FEREYDOUN NAZEM, Nazem and Company
JACOB HAAR*, Minlam Asset Management
ROELFIEN KUIJPERS, DB Advisors, Deutsche Bank
GARY G. MUELLER*, Eagle Capital Management
SHERRY LEE MUELLER, PH.D., National Council for International Visitors
MARGARET BRENNAN*, Bloomberg Television
DAVID W. HELENIAK, Morgan Stanley
MARCO V. MASOTTI*, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
WENDELL MOTTLEY, Credit Suisse
VANESSA B. KERRY, M.D.*
STEPHEN F. MOSELEY, Academy for Educational Development
WILLIAM R. RHODES, Citibank, Citi
BETSI AND CHRISTOPHER SHAYS
MATT H. AND MELANIE L. YILDIZLAR, Yildizlar Education Fund
EMILY ALTMAN, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
BARBARA CROSSETTE*, The New York Times
MATTHEW A. DALIO, China Care Foundation
KEVIN E. PARKER, Deutsche Asset Management*
CHRISTOPHER B. BURNHAM, Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Management
VIKRAM GANDHI, Credit Suisse
JEAN KAROUBI*, The LongChamp Group, Inc.
CORNELIUS B. PRIOR*, Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.
ROBERT J. SCHWEICH, Burnham Securities Inc.
DR. MARJORY E. SEARING, Pfizer Inc.
THE HON. CLIFFORD M. SOBEL, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil
MARIAM ASSEFA, World Education Services
EVE BURTON*, The Hearst Corporation
ROHIT M. DESAI, Desai Capital Management Inc.
STEVEN C. ROCKEFELLER, JR., Grameen Foundation USA
DR. DAVID A. CAPUTO*, Pace University
ALEXANDRE DE LESSEPS, BlueOrchard Finance
DR. GABRIEL HAWAWINI*, INSEAD
MARIA FIORINI RAMIREZ, Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc.
ROBERT J. BRENNAN, American Institute for Foreign Study, Inc.
THOMAS S. JOHNSON, GreenPoint Financial
LORIN MAAZEL*, New York Philharmonic
VIOLY MCCAUSLAND-SEVE, Violy & Co.
VICTOR J. MENEZES, Citibank, N.A.
WASHINGTON SYCIP, The SGV Group
CAROLINE A. MATANO YANG, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
E. GERALD CORRIGAN, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
EDNA FUERTH LEMLE, World Gratitude Day
RANGU SALGAME, Edgix
DR. JOHN BRADEMAS, New York University
HARRIET MAYOR FULBRIGHT, J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center
DR. CLAIRE L. GAUDIANI*, Connecticut College
PETER MAYER*, The Overlook Press
PAUL AND DAISY SOROS, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
CITIBANK, N.A., Corporate Sponsor of Fulbright Scholarships, Received by: Shaukat Aziz
RODMAN C. ROCKEFELLER, U.S.-Mexico (Fulbright) Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange
MARY A. THOMPSON, Co-Founder, Metro International (Now One To World)
DR. RITA E. HAUSER* The Hauser Foundation
JOHN B. HURFORD*, BEA Associates
DR. L. JAY OLIVA, New York University
DR. ALICE STONE ILCHMAN, Sarah Lawrence College & The Rockefeller Foundation
JOSH S. WESTON*, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Master of Ceremonies: Alan Alda
STANLEY H. KAPLAN, Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center, Ltd.
DR. YASUMITSU NIHEI*, Keio Academy of New York
Master of Ceremonies: Bill Irwin*
NELL MERLINO*, Count Me In
J. RICHARD MUNRO, Time Warner Inc., Master of Ceremonies: Carol Jenkins
J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT, U.S. Senator & Author of Fulbright Act of 1946
MILTON GLASER*, Milton Glaser, Inc., Special Award
CASSANDRA A. PYLE, Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Special Guests: Peter, Paul and Mary
RUTH STEINKRAUS-COHEN, International Hospitality, Committee of Fairfield County
ALBERTO VITALE*, Random House, Master of Ceremonies: Roger Rosenblatt*
Master of Ceremonies: Roger Rosenblatt*