Penny Campaign

The Roots of Peace Penny Campaign is an annual humanitarian program inspiring youth worldwide to organize their school student body to collect pennies and spare change to rebuild villages imprisoned by landmines. Proceeds help to construct schools, soccer fields, and playgrounds – enabling children of war-torn countries to play without fear. Learn more about our program and hear from our youth activists.

Roots of Peace Gardens

Roots of Peace Gardens have been established worldwide, with a vision to inspire global citizens to plant the roots of peace on earth. In May 2002, the first Roots of Peace Garden was established at The United Nations Isaiah Wall, located directly across the street from the United Nations, depicting the interfaith vision of turning ‘swords into plowshares’ and “mines to vines.”

Roots of Peace Gardens have been established in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Iraq, Vietnam, Israel, and Palestine.

Recently, Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO, has launched a ‘white rose’ campaign on behalf of mothers worldwide who lose their children to landmines and seeds of terror. From Margrit Mondavi in the Napa Valley to Vera Baboun in Bethlehem, Tali Yuval in Tel Aviv and Sapna Owais in Kabul, we have planted white roses on the same earth we share in a symbol of peace. Join us, and plant a ‘white rose’ in your neighborhood.

Global Citizen Award

The Global Citizen Award honors individuals who make extraordinary efforts to rid the world of landmines.

Violet Grgich

2014

Violet Grgich

Violet’s roots are in Croatia, a country where there were an estimated 1.2 million landmines planted during the Balkan War. Her father, Miljenko ‘Mike’ Grigich, joined Roots of Peace on a U.S. Department of State mission to his beloved homeland in May 2000. Over the years, Violet has been a strong supporter of Roots of Peace and has accompanied the organization to Washington D.C. for a Mines to Vines dinner hosted by Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

An artist and musician, Violet has designed special Roots of Peace bottles of Grgich Hills Estate wine to raise both awareness and funds. She was also the architect who created the Roots of Peace Fountain to ‘collect’ pennies at the entrance of their legendary Napa Valley winery. The fountain invites international visitors to ‘make a wish’ for peace. Violet’s efforts to collect pennies has supported the campaign, co-founded by ABC News Anchor Cheryl Jennings and Kyleigh Kuhn, to raise over 50 million American ‘pennies for peace’ to build schools for girls in Afghanistan.

Judy Collins

2013

Judy Collins

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folk songs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years. At 13, Judy Collins made her public debut performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival, that sparked Judy’s love of lyrics. She soon moved away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar.

In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22 and began a thirty-five year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including poet/musician Leonard Cohen – and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman.

Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Winning “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards was Judy’s version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music.”

Judy has continued an impressive musical career with an extensive catalog from every decade throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and up to the present. On July 27, 2010, Collectors’ Choice Music will reissue (digitally remastered) nine CDs of Collins’ Elektra titles: Fifth Album (1965), In My Life (1966), Whales & Nightingales (1970), True Stories & Other Dreams (1973), Bread & Roses (1976), Running for My Life (1980), Times of Our Lives (1982), Home Again (1984) and Christmas at the Biltmore (1997). These albums contain newly commissioned liner notes by Ritchie Unterberger that include interviews with Collins.

Judy has authored several books, including the inspirational memoir Sanity & Grace, focusing on the death of her only son and the healing process following the tragedy; it speaks to all who have endured the sorrow of losing a loved one before their time. She is also co-director, with Jill Godmillow, of an Academy Award-nominated film about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world—and Judy’s classical piano teacher when she was young. In 1999, Judy founded her own record label, Wildflower Records – a grass roots artist driven label committed to nurturing fresh talent. The aim of the label is to develop long-term relationships with artists and their representatives in a way that Judy’s own career was nurtured by major labels. For more information about Wildflower Records you can visit the label’s website at www.wildflowerrecords.com.

Judy Collins’ social history has always been linked with her musical history. Judy is drawn to social activism and is a representative for UNICEF and campaigns on behalf of the abolition of landmines, among many other causes.

Judy’s two latest creative projects, due out June 2010 are: a new CD, Paradise (Wildflower Records), a collection of 10 songs that include duets of Judy with the legendary Stephen Stills and Joan Baez; and Over the Rainbow(Imagine Publishing) a magnificent oversized children’s picture book and 3-song CD set, featuring artwork by renowned painter Eric Puybaret illustrating the lyrics of this #1 movie song of all-time, coupled with Judy Collins’ enchanting recording of the title song makes this destined to become a beloved classic storybook, delighting children of all ages for decades to come.

Judy Collins, now 71, is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent. She plays 80 to100 dates a year around the country. Judy Collins, a relentlessly creative spirit, is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

Paul E. Dean

2012

Paul E. Dean

Paul E. Dean earned his MBA from Harvard in 1968 and is currently Chairman of NorthCoast Asset Management. Paul has been a strong advocate and financial supporter since the inception of Roots of Peace in the Fall of 1997. He is also the CEO of Spiriterra Vineyards in Napa Valley and personally donated the funds to turn Mines To Vines® in the Fields of Bethlehem. There are an estimated 1.5 million landmines in The Holy Land preventing shepherds from tending to their flocks and children from playing in the fields.

Inspired by young Daniel Yuval, who stepped on a landmine at age 11 in a rare snowfall in the Golan Heights, Paul was inspired to travel with his wife Shirley and personally visit the minefields of Israel/West Bank in January 2012. Paul is a man “who walks the talk.”

Barb Faulkenberry

2012

Barb Faulkenberry

Maj. Gen. Barbara J. Faulkenberry is the Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. As Air Mobility Command’s sole warfighting numbered air force, 18th Air Force is responsible for the command’s worldwide operational mission of providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation, and contingency response. With more than 39,000 active-duty Airmen, Reservists and civilians and approximately 1,300 aircraft, the 18th Air Force manages the global air mobility enterprise through the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), 11 wings and two stand-alone groups

General Faulkenberry entered the Air Force in 1982 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her career includes a variety of operational and staff positions to include squadron, group, wing, and task force command. She has also deployed as a squadron commander in Operation Southern Watch; a deputy operations group commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom; a vice wing commander in Operation Enduring Freedom; and as the Director of Mobility Forces for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. She served on the staff at U.S. Air Force Academy, and held two assignments on the Joint Staff J5, Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy.

Prior to her current assignment, the general was Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, where she served as the principal Logistics adviser to the Commander, U.S. Africa Command, responsible for executing all Department of Defense logistics activities in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. General Faulkenberry was selected by the U.S. Junior Chamber (Jaycees) as a “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” in 1997 and is also a 12-time Military Racquetball champion.

Shirley B. Dean

2010

Shirley B. Dean

Shirley Dean is the co-proprietor of Spiriterra Vineyards, a small, family-owned vineyard located in the Napa Valley. She is originally from Dearborn, Michigan and completed her B.A. at Michigan State University in 1966. She and her husband, Paul, met and married during Paul’s Harvard years while she was working at Boston University. Together they raised four children in Greenwich, CT before moving to the Napa Valley in 1996.

In the fall of 1997, forces aligned to bring Shirley and Heidi Kuhn together at the State of the World Forum in San Francisco. Bonding over their admiration of Princess Diana and her demining leadership, Shirley and Heidi became close friends. Shirley and Paul have been strong advocates and financial supporters of Roots of Peace ever since. In 2011, they sponsored a tree at the Roots of Peace Grove on 11-11-11 at the California Veterans Home in Yountville, and, in 2012, helped fund a historic landmine removal project in the Holy Lands of Bethlehem. Each year Spiriterra Vineyards donates a barrel of its Cabernet Sauvignon to the Roots of Peace Wine Club and continues to support Roots of Peace’s demining programs.

Jerry White

2010

Jerry White

Jerry White is an American political activist and co-founder of Survivor Corps. He is a recognized leader of the historic International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and co-founder of Survivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors Network — the first international organization created by and for survivors to help victims of war rebuild their lives).

In 1984, White lost his leg — and almost his life — in a landmine accident.[2] According to an interview he gave to the Israeli Channel 10,[3] he came to Israel to learn Hebrew as part of his studies of Judaism (though his roots are Irish Catholic). On one occasion he visited northern Israel with a few other American backpackers to follow the Biblical prophets’ footsteps. When they reached the Banias River in the Golan Heights, they decided to go off the beaten track and set up their camp on a nearby hill, where White stepped on a landmine. He said they later learned that the hill was Tel Azaziat, a former battlefield in which many minefields had been laid during the 1960s. White said he was hospitalized in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, and despite having the possibility to receive good medical treatment in the United States, he decided to stay at Tel HaShomer until he was fully recovered and rehabilitated, because he was impressed with the center’s methods of rehabilitating people with serious limb injuries.

Following this incident, White became a co-founder of Survivor Corps (together with Ken Rutherford). He led efforts to draft and enact human rights and humanitarian laws that promote and protect the rights of 650 million people with disabilities.[4]

White arranged for, and escorted, Diana, Princess of Wales, on her last humanitarian mission, to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then spearheaded efforts to promote a mine-free Middle East with King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan.

White has appeared and published extensively in the media; testified before the United States Congress and the United Nations; and received several awards in recognition of his humanitarian and human rights leadership, including: the first International UNA Humanitarian Prize from Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills; the 2001 Paul G. Hearne/American Association of People with Disabilities Leadership Award; the 2000 Mohammed Amin Humanitarian Award; Brown University’s 2000 William Rogers Alumni Award; the Center for International Rehabilitation’s Leadership Award in 1999; and the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Daniel Yuval

2010

Daniel Yuval

Daniel Yuval, age 11, lost his right leg to a landmine while playing in the snow on a family trip to the Golan Heights in February. In an extraordinary response to Daniel’s call to action to clear all non–operational minefields, leading Knesset members, government ministers, business representatives and global leaders will join military officials in an unprecedented briefing in the Jordan Valley this week.

Joseph V. Reed

2009

Joseph V. Reed

Joseph Verner Reed was born in New York City. He is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Yale University, Class of 1961.

Following his university studies, he joined the World Bank as Private Secretary to the President. From 1963 to 1981 he was Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, Mr. David Rockefeller.

Mr. Reed was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Morocco in 1981 and in 1985 as the Representative of the United States to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as Deputy Permanent Representative at the United States Mission. In 1987, he was appointed Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political and General Assembly Affairs. In early 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed Ambassador Reed the Chief of Protocol of the White House, where he served until late 1991.

In 1992, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, appointed Ambassador Reed Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Public Affairs, concluding his assignment in February 1997. In June 1997, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi A. Annan, re-appointed Ambassador Reed and as Under-Secretary-General reappointed him as President of the Staff-Management Coordination Committee, the highest internal body of the World Organization. Ambassador Reed served SMCC for twelve years, concluding his assignment in December 2004.

In January 2005, Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan appointed Ambassador Reed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser.

In February 2009, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reappointed Ambassador Reed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser. Ambassador Reed continues to serve the organization.

Ambassador Reed has received numerous honors and decorations. He was awarded the Legion of Honor of France and received decorations from Italy, Spain, Egypt, Jordan and many from Central and South America. He has received decorations from many African countries. Mr. Reed has received several honorary doctorates. Yale University awarded Ambassador Reed their highest honor, The Yale Medal.

Nancy Pelosi

2016

Nancy Pelosi

William Evers

William Evers

Bill Evers is Chair and Secretary of Annuvia, a healthcare company that is in liquidation after the sale of its assets to a private equity fund. He now spends the bulk of his time advising non-profits.

A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Bill received his BA from Yale University and his JD from the UC Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). He was a practicing attorney specializing in corporate and security law for over fifty years of which twenty years were with Pettit, Evers & Martin. He is the co-founder of the Alpine Meadows Ski Area and Boral Ridge.

Bill has a long history of civic and environmental activities, including serving as the Head of Economic Development for the City of San Francisco, Chair of the Bay Conservation & Development Commission, Founder of the League to Save Lake Tahoe (“Keep Tahoe Blue”), Founder of the Planning and Conservation League, and Member of the Council of the Wilderness Society for twelve years.

He joined the Roots of Peace Board of Directors in October 2014 and has played a critical role in launching a PeaceBuilder Membership Program.

Bill has four children and two step-children all living in the Bay Area. He enjoys gardening, exercise and reading.

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Richard Barton Lewis is an American film producer and writer. The Founder and CEO of Southpaw Entertainment and co-founder of Trilogy Entertainment, Lewis’s career has generated more than $1.2 billion dollars in revenue from 16 films, 11 soundtracks, and over 300 hours of prime time television. Lewis’s productions have been honored with more than 135 Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and other prestigious entertainment awards, garnering strong recognition for developing and producing such Oscar nominated films as August Rush (Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore & Keri Russell), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman) and Backdraft (Ron Howard, Kurt Russell & Robert DeNiro) to the screen as well as the Emmy Awarding winning MGM/UA series The Outer Limits.

Lewis led production on Warner Bros’ film August Rush, producing both the film and its Oscar and Grammy nominated soundtrack, as well as the Broadway musical adapted by Tony Award-winner director John Doyle. His most recent release was the sci-fi love story, The Space Between Us. Asa Butterfield (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ender’s Game, Hugo) and Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) starred in this interplanetary adventure based on a story co-written by Lewis about the first human born on Mars who dreams of coming to Earth.

Lewis is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s department of Biological Anthropology, and received his master’s degree from UCLA’s School of Motion Picture and Television Production.

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Bill P. Murray Jr.

2011

Bill P. Murray Jr.

Robert Mondavi

2011

Robert Mondavi

Robert Gerald Mondavi (June 18, 1913 – May 16, 2008) was a leading California vineyard operator whose technical improvements and marketing strategies brought worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley in California. From an early period, Mondavi aggressively promoted labeling wines varietally rather than generically. This is now the standard for New World wines. The Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis opened October 2008 in his honor.

Robert Mondavi’s parents emigrated from the Marche region of Italy and settled in the Minnesota city of Hibbing. Robert Gerald Mondavi was born in Virginia, Minnesota. From Minnesota the Mondavi family moved to Lodi, California, where he attended Lodi High School. In Lodi, his father, Cesare, established a successful fruit packing business under the name C. Mondavi and Sons, packing and shipping grapes to the east coast primarily for home wine making. Mondavi graduated from Stanford University in 1937 with a degree in economics and business administration. While at Stanford he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. In 1943, Mondavi joined his father and brother Peter after the family acquired the Charles Krug Winery located in St. Helena from James Moffitt. The winery had first been established by Charles Krug in 1861. In 1965 Mondavi was fired from the family winery after a feud with his younger brother Peter over the direction of wine making at Krug. Subsequently Mondavi started his own winery in Oakville. Today, the Robert Mondavi Winery is located between Oakville and Rutherford (though its corporate headquarters are in nearby St. Helena).

In 1966, he founded the Robert Mondavi Winery with his sons Michael and Tim Mondavi in the Napa Valley with the goal of producing wines that would rival the finest wines of Europe. Robert Mondavi was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the post-Prohibition era. Part of Mondavi’s original vineyard land included the To Kalon (a Greek term meaning “the beautiful”) vineyard originally established by Napa Valley pioneer H.W. Crabb in 1868. The winery bearing Mondavi’s name produced high quality wine in the California mission style.

Robert Mondavi had three children, Michael Mondavi, Marcia Mondavi and Tim Mondavi. Michael Mondavi the eldest was in charge of the sales and marketing for Robert and Tim was the winemaker.

In 1967, the woman who would later become Robert Mondavi’s second wife, Margrit (Kellenberger) Biever Mondavi, joined the winery. They married in 1980 in Palm Springs.

Margrit Mondavi

2011

Margrit Mondavi

Margrit Biever Mondavi is Vice President of Cultural Affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery which she joined in 1967. Under her direction, Robert Mondavi Winery developed original cultural and culinary arts programs. In 1980, she married Robert Mondavi and worked with him in many of his philanthropic activities including the founding of COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts. Margrit played a key role in securing the downtown Napa location for the center, which opened in November 2001.

When Margrit started working at Robert Mondavi Winery, there were very few visitors frequenting Napa Valley. One of the first things Margrit did was establish a fine arts program at the winery that brought many different kinds of artists to the winery including Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud and Nathan Oliveira.

Margrit founded the winery’s Summer Music Festival in 1969 as a benefit for the Napa Valley Symphony. This concert series has hosted many jazz, R&B and pop artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte and Tony Bennett. The Mondavi Summer Jazz Festival opens with the New Orleans Jazz Band Preservation Hall.

In 1984, the Festival of Winter Classical Concert Series was created, with the proceeds benefiting local musical organizations like the Napa Valley Opera. Together with Veronica di Rosa, Margrit and a small group of other Napa Valley art lovers formed a board of directors to rebuild the original 19th-century opera house in the city of Napa. She organized fundraising events, including art auctions, to keep the opera house alive. In 1998, the opera raised significant funds for the restoration as part of a challenge grant from Margrit and Robert Mondavi; the renovated opera house opened in October 2002.

John F. Campbell

2011

John F. Campbell

Major General John F. Campbell graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1979, branched Infantry and began his career as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Anti-tank Platoon Leader with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Following attendance at the Infantry Officers Advance Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course, MG Campbell served as a Battalion Adjutant and Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) Commander in 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft Bragg, North Carolina followed by assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division as commander of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th PIR and as the Division G-3 Air Officer.

Following Ft Bragg MG Campbell was the Assistant Professor of Military Science and then the Professor of Military Science at the University of California-Davis.

After attendance at Command and General Staff College, MG Campbell was assigned to Ft Bragg and the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as the Division G-3 Training Officer, Brigade Operations Officer for the 2nd Brigade, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and as the Aide-De-Camp for the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander (deployed during OPERATION Uphold Democracy).

MG Campbell commanded the 2nd Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schoefield Barracks, Hawaii followed by attendance at the Army War College at Carlisle, PA. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Joint Staff working in J-33, Joint Operations Division-CENTCOM.

MG Campbell commanded the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and deployed his Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom.

Following command MG Campbell was assigned to the Army Staff and served as the Executive Officer to the 35th Chief of Staff, Army.

After promotion to general officer he was assigned to Ft Hood, TX as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver for the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to Iraq in support of OPERATION Iraqi Freedom as the DCG-M for Multinational Division-Baghdad for both the 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division. MG Campbell’s last assignment was as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations, J33, The Joint Staff.

MG Campbell’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2OLC), Bronze Star (1OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (6OLC), the Air Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (1OLC), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He is authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Badge, the Army Staff Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge.

Major General Campbell is married and has two children.

Ted C. Sorensen

2009

Ted C. Sorensen

Theodore (Ted) Sorensen, the son of a Danish father and a Russian-Jewish mother, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on 8th May, 1928. He studied at the University of Nebraska where he graduated first in the class in 1949. He took a keen interest in politics and as a young man he had been influenced by the career of George Norris.

Sorensen developed left-wing political views and was member of the Americans for Democratic Action. He then went on to obtain a law degree from Nebraska’s College of Law. Sorensen moved to Washington where he was an attorney with the Federal Security Agency (1951-53).

Sorensen did some Senate committee staff work for Paul H. Douglas of Illinois. Douglas introduced Sorensen to the recently elected John F. Kennedy. Another colleague, Pierre Salinger claimed: “They hit it off magnificently. Sorensen not only had strong social convictions echoing those of the young senator, but a genius for translating them into eloquent and persuasive language.” According to Godfrey Hodgson: “He worked very closely for eight years with Kennedy, traveled with him, shared his political aims and ambitions and acquired a deep and instinctive understanding of Kennedy’s sometimes idiosyncratic political philosophy.”

In 1956, Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Profiles in Courage. Rumors began to circulate that the book had actually been written by Sorensen. The following year, the investigative journalist, Drew Pearson, wrote: “Jack Kennedy is the only man in history that I know who won a Pulitzer prize on a book which was ghostwritten for him.” Kennedy fiercely denied it, and Sorensen signed an affidavit confirming Kennedy’s story that the book was all his own work. Kennedy later offered, and Sorensen accepted, a substantial sum as his share in the proceeds of the book.

In 1960 John F. Kennedy appointed Sorensen as his chief speechwriter. He is believed to have been the main contributor to Kennedy’s inaugural address. Richard J. Tofel of the Wall Street Journal did a detailed analysis of the speech and has argued that Kennedy was responsible for no more than 14 of the speech’s 51 sentences, and that “if we must identify one man as the author of that speech, that man must surely be not John Kennedy but Theodore Sorensen.”

Sorenson, who was officially Kennedy’s special counsel, wrote a large number of Kennedy’s speeches. He was also the coordinator of planning for domestic policy and had a key role in formulating Kennedy’s recommendations to Congress. Sorensen was also a member of the executive committee that Kennedy set up to advise him during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. Later Sorensen claimed that the work of which he was most proud was his contribution to the messages the president sent to the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, during the crisis. He was also the author of Decision Making in the White House (1963)

The assassination of John F. Kennedy was according to Sorensen “the most deeply traumatic experience of my life.” He immediately sent a letter of resignation to President Lyndon Johnson but was persuaded to stay on as his speechwriter. Sorensen eventually left in February 1964.

Gillian M. Sorensen

2008

Gillian M. Sorensen

Gillian Martin Sorensen is a Senior Advisor and National Advocate at the United Nations Foundation. An experienced public speaker, she has addressed audiences as diverse as Rotary International and the United States Air Force Academy; university students; journalists and leaders of civil society. In recent years, she has made nearly 800 appearances, speaking about the United Nations and all related issues.

Prior to this, Sorensen served in the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, from 1997 – 2003, on appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact point for the Secretary-General with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders and other groups committed to peace, justice, development and human rights.

From 1993-1996, Sorensen served as Special Adviser for Public Policy on appointment by Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali where her duties included directing the UN’s global Fiftieth Anniversary observances in 1995. She led the planning of conferences, debates, documentaries, concerts and exhibits; the preparation of books and curricular materials, and the coordination of the UN50 Summit at in which l80 Presidents and Prime Ministers participated. As a public speaker, she often represented the World Organization in this country and abroad.

Sorensen earlier served from 1978–1990 on appointment by Mayor Edward I. Koch as New York City Commissioner for the United Nations and Consular Corps, head of the City’s liaison with the world’s largest diplomatic community. Her responsibilities included matters related to diplomatic security and immunity, housing and education, and other cultural and business contacts between the host city and over 30,000 diplomats. She secured Federal reimbursement to New York for the costs of diplomatic protection, which continues to this day.

As a role model to campus leaders for her activism, Sorensen was invited by the Millennium Campus Network (MCN) as a national keynote speaker and honored as a Global Generation Award winner alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow global leaders at MCN events in 2011.

Sorensen has been selected to be a Harvard Fellow in the unique Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2014.

Said Tayeb Jawad

2008

Said Tayeb Jawad

Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, is the Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad also recently became a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications consultancy. Ambassador Jawad holds two positions in the academic community: he recently joined the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University as Diplomat in Residence and was named the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In both of these capacities, he engages students and colleagues in a number of forums and public speaking events on the future of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Jawad served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States from December 2003 to September 2010. Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan emerged as one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C. He also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.

Ambassador Jawad returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Karzai’s Press Secretary, Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of International Relations. In these positions, Ambassador Jawad formulated and managed strategies, implemented policies, assisted in the building and re-building of national institutions (including the Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, notably to the Ministry of Defense.

A fluent speaker of English, German and French, Ambassador Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Esteqial and School of Law and Political Sciences at Kabul University and later at Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. He earned his MBA from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco and subsequently worked for a number of prominent law firms in the United States.

He is married to Shamim Jawad, a financial consultant, and they have a son, Iman, who is currently studying for his BA at Tufts University.

Queen Noor

2007

Queen Noor

Her Majesty Queen Noor was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on 23 August 1951, to a distinguished Arab-American family. She attended schools in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City and Concord Academy in Massachusetts, before entering Princeton University in its first co-educational freshman class.

After receiving a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1974, Queen Noor participated in several international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the United States and Jordan. In 1976, she traveled throughout the Arab world to research aviation training facilities for the preparation of a master plan for an Arab Air University to be established in Jordan. Subsequently, she joined ‘Royal Jordanian’ airline as Director of Planning and Design Projects.

For the past 20 years Queen Noor has promoted peace, international exchange and understanding, lecturing at international conferences, and world affairs and academic institutions on Middle Eastern politics and current global issues.

In Jordan, Queen Noor initiates, directs and sponsors projects and activities which respond to specific national needs in the areas of education, women and children’s welfare, integrated community development, human rights, environmental and architectural conservation, culture, and public architecture and planning. She is actively involved with several international organizations that address global challenges in these fields.

In 1985 the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) was established to consolidate the administration of the Queen’s diverse and expanding development initiatives. The Foundation initiates and supports national, regional and international projects in the fields of integrated community development, women and gender, children’s welfare and family health, enterprise development, education and heritage. NHF programs have successfully advanced and modernized development thinking in Jordan by progressing beyond traditional charity-oriented social welfare practices to integrate social development strategies more closely with national economic priorities, especially through the empowerment of women. NHF projects promote individual and community self-reliance, grassroots participation in decision-making and project implementation, equal opportunity with special emphasis on the empowerment of women, and intersectoral cooperation. All NHF innovative projects are designed to be locally sustainable and replicable throughout Jordan and other countries of the region. The Quality of Life Project, the Women-in-Development Project, the Institute for Child Health and Development, the Jubilee School, the National Handicrafts Development Project and the National Music Conservatory, in particular, have been recognised and supported by United Nations and other international organisations as model projects for the Middle East and the developing world.

Queen Noor is an active patron of several national institutions working in the areas of women’s welfare, child development, health, humanitarian relief work, environmental and archaeological conservation and protection, the arts, aviation, and athletics.

Internationally, Queen Noor is Patron of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the oldest international conservation organization in the world, and Honorary President of BirdLife International, which has the widest global network of conservation organizations. The Queen is the President of the United World Colleges (UWC), a network of 10 equal-opportunity international colleges around the world that aim to foster cross-cultural understanding and global peace. She is Chair of the advisory board of the Center of the Global South at American University, which examines critical issues affecting the poorer developing countries of the world, as well as the Chair of the advisory committee for the United Nations University International Leadership Academy [UNU / ILA], which is the first global leadership training facility and UN institution to be initiated and established in the Middle East. The Queen is a trustee of the Mentor Foundation, which works in collaboration globally to prevent substance abuse among youth.

Queen Noor has assumed an advocacy role in the international fight to ban antipersonnel mines. As Patron of Landmine Survivors Network (LSN), she patronized the first “International Conference on Landmine Injury & Rehabilitation in the Middle East” in Amman in 1998. On 1st October, Queen Noor and the Nobel Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), of whose international advisory board the Queen is member, announced at the United Nations the 40th ratification of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, new measures to universalize the Ottawa treaty and to promote victim-survivors assistance.”

In recognition of her efforts to advance development, democracy and peace, the Queen has been awarded honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters, and several international awards. On June 5, 1995, she received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection, in promoting awareness and in initiating community action for the preservation of Jordan’s natural heritage.

Queen Noor lived in North America, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East before her marriage. She speaks Arabic, English and French. She enjoys skiing, water skiing, tennis, sailing, horseback riding, reading, gardening and photography.