World Affairs Council Gala To Be Held March 7 In Washington

         World Affairs Council Gala To Be Held March 7 In Washington

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WASHINGTON, February 14, 2013

News Advisory

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- General Martin E.
Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba,
Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to the United States; Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; John Chambers,
Chairman & CEO of CISCO Systems; and Frederick Thomas, Founder & CEO of MHz
Networks will be the honorees at a March 7, 2013 World Affairs Council –
Washington, DC (WAC-DC) Global Education Gala at the Ritz Carlton, Washington,

General Dempsey will deliver the Keynote Address at the 2013 Gala, and stress
his and the military's commitment to education within and outside of its
ranks. He stated "Passionate curiosity is education's launch pad. The men and
women of our Armed Forces possess that passionate curiosity. You can see it in
the way they understand and relate to our partners and in the innovative
solutions they develop. Our task is to continue to nurture this passion.
Education helps shape and channel that curiosity to meet our biggest security
challenges around the world."

Ambassador Otaiba will receive the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award on
behalf of his nation's diplomatic corps in the United States. He said "UAE
diplomats work tirelessly to increase understanding and collaboration between
nations, and help promote social and economic development — key pillars of the
UAE's foreign policy. On behalf of the Embassy in Washington, DC, and UAE
diplomats around the world, it is an honor to accept the Distinguished
Diplomatic Service Award and be recognized for these successful efforts."

Dr. Hrabowski, who was recently appointed Chairman of President Barack Obama's
Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans said of
his selection as Educator of the Year: "We at UMBC know that in the 21st
century, students will need to know first hand how to collaborate across
academic fields, languages, cultures and nationalities. The most promising
ideas for transforming our world will occur at the intersection of those

Mr. Chambers is being honored with the Global Education Award in recognition
of his company's worldwide commitment to social responsibility, knowledge
transfer, learning and education. He stated that"The Internet and education
are two great equalizers which level the playing field for people, companies,
and countries. At Cisco, we use our core expertise in networking technology
to improve both the delivery and quality of education by better preparing
students with the skills they need to succeed in a global, technology-driven
society. We're proud of this work and could have only accomplished this
result through strong partnerships with governments, educational institutions
and NGOs. We appreciate the World Affairs Council's recognition of our

Mr. Thomas will be recognized with the Global Communications Award, and said:
"On behalf of our MHZ Networks' employees, sponsors and program content
partners, I am honored to accept the WAC-DC's 2013 Global Communications
Award. We are privileged to bring unedited and unfiltered English language
foreign television and film programming to 38 million American households in
Washington DC and across the United States, through broadcast, cable,
satellite and digital media."

Mr. Brian Kelly – Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report
& WAC-DC Board Member will emcee the program. Mr. Kelly is actively involved
in many education initatives across the US, and said "We are beginning to see
the ever-important STEM initiatives merge with the Arts and Global Education,
as we realize that education must be well-rounded, objective and relentlessly
engaging to the young people of today's interconnected world."

John M. Duff, Jr., WAC-DC's Board Chairman and Co-founder of Duff Ackerman
Goodrich, LLC commented that "There is an urgent need for increased national
dialogue on how the United States can effectively bridge the global education
learning gap that exists in our nation's middle and high schools, colleges and
universities to permit our young people to effectively compete and communicate
in our increasingly multi-cultural nation and worldwide."

The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC is 'A Leading Forum for Global
Education and International Affairs' and an institution 'Where Learning
Happens.' The March 7, 2013 Global Education Gala is a call for an accelerated
Washington, DC and national dialogue and action on the urgent need for global
education and international affairs to be a more important aspect of the
middle and high school and college curriculum in the United States.

The Gala highlights the Council's regional, national, and global outreach
programs, that involve students, teachers, parents, community leaders,
educators, the American public, and international community representatives in
special programs. These programs expand understanding of global education and
international affairs issues that impact the United States and its
relationships around the the world.

The Gala will involve 1,000 guests; including 60 Ambassadors from the
Washington diplomatic corps; former WAC-DC honorees; White House, Cabinet,
Congressional, business, civic, labor, trade and professional association,
press, and media representatives; as well as students, teachers, parents and

The WAC-DC Board of Directors is composed of distinguished corporate, former
governmental, diplomatic, and NGO representatives, educators, and civic
leaders committed to implementing the Council's global education and
international affairs priorities with a DC regional and national audience of
teachers, students, educators, and the American public.

For more biographical information on the 2013 Global Education Gala Honorees,
please click here or visit our website at

SOURCE World Affairs Council

Contact: Tony Culley-Foster - Chairman, Global Communications Committee,
WAC-DC, Mobile: +1-571-227-2020, e-mail:; Carlos Alcazar -
Board Member, WAC-DC, Direct: +1-202-360-4089, e-mail:; Heidi Shoup - President & CEO, WAC-DC, Office:
+1-202-293-1051, Mobile: +1-703-946-6451, e-mail:
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